Pinellas County Business News
May 2019
Don't wait until Hurricane Season begins - prepare your business now!
The 2019 Atlantic Hurricane Season begins June 1, but why wait? Prepare your business now! We encourage all Pinellas businesses to develop a business continuity plan, and the Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development is here to help. Click here to make an appointment with on of our counselors.

You can also find tools and resources to help your business prepare at We keep this page updated throughout the year to provide valuable information and resources for our Pinellas business community.

EEI Receives Nunn-Perry Award

Our congratulations go out to Pinellas company EEI Manufacturing Services on being selected as one of 10 companies nationally to win the prestigious Department of Defense (DOD) Nunn-Perry Award in recognition of exemplary effort in providing products and services to the Operation Warfighter DOD internship program. The award will be formally presented to EEI at the DOD Mentor-Protege Training  Week Workshop in September

Showcase Your Business at the New St. Pete Pier

The City of St. Petersburg will host information sessions about the Marketplace at the new Pier. Learn what's provided for local businesses, what's required, and how to apply.
  • May 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the St. Pete Greenhouse, 440 2nd Ave. N.
  • May 8, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the JW Cate Recreation Center, 5801 22nd Ave. N.

No RSVP required. Contact Stephanie Addis at (727) 222-0484 for more information.


May 7: Breakfast with Dr. Byron Clayton-CEO of Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing

Winner Partners proudly presents Dr. Byron Clayton as the keynote speaker for a lively morning of robotics, automation, workforce conversation and a tour of ValPak, one of the most advanced and automated manufacturing centers in the world. May 7, 8:30 a.m. Learn more and RSVP at

Florida Medical Device Symposium - 
FDA Super Session, May 13

Join in on the Symposium's first day to hear from and network with key FDA officials and staff who lead all medical device inspectional and compliance activities covering eighteen states, from Florida to Minnesota. This interactive FDA session will cover a myriad of compliance and regulatory issues critical to the medtech industry, as well as lots of Q&A and discussion. Learn more and register at

Global Tampa Bay sales mission to Panama yields more than $7 million in expected sales revenue for local companies

Global Tampa Bay announced that participating companies in last month's export sales mission to Panama have projected future sales and economic activity of $7.35 million as a result of the trip. Nine companies from the Tampa Bay region participated in the export sales mission to the Latin American country, which is one of Florida's largest merchandise export markets. The local companies participated in the U.S. Commercial Service's Gold Key Service (GKS) Matchmaker program, which provided customized one-on-one meetings with companies in Panama. These Gold Key companies conducted 41 meetings with potential customers that resulted in the expected export sales. Read more here.

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The Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development hosts a number of business workshops each month. Find a full schedule of upcoming workshops at

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