Pinellas County Business News
November 2019
Tampa Bay Innovation Center Announces 2019 Cohort of Startups

Seven Tampa Bay startups have been selected for the Tampa Bay Innovation Center's 2019 Accelerator cohort:
These startups will receive specific training and mentoring in customer discovery, investor-readiness and leadership over the next 90 days. "At the Tampa Bay Innovation Center, we have been focused on supporting technology entrepreneurs and innovators for more than 16 years. We are excited to work with the founders in this cohort who are innovating solutions for the future," said Tonya Elmore, President & CEO of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center.

Visit to learn more about the Tampa Bay Innovation Center.

New in our Data Center: Occupation Explorer

We have a new tool in our Interactive Data Center: Occupation Explorer Delve into detailed information such as earnings, job forecasts, and worker demographics for about  800 occupational categories in Pinellas and the metro area.

Pinellas County Beach Business Hurricane Summit
On Oct. 23, Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce held a Beach Business Hurricane Summit. Panelists from Pinellas County Emergency Management, Pinellas County Economic Development, the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce, Visit St. Petersburg-Clearwater, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, Duke Energy, and Pinellas County Marketing and Communications discussed hurricane preparation and recovery for businesses located in our beach communities. St. Petersburg College Collaborative Labs staff facilitated the summit, in which participants were polled on topics pertaining to activities and concerns before, during and after a storm. 

See photos from the event in our Facebook album and view video segments from the event on the Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page.

U.S. 19 / Roosevelt Blvd. Special Area Plan Community Forum, Nov. 6, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Receive an overview of the project, discuss your ideas for the future of the area, and engage with hands-on work stations to learn about challenges, strategies and opportunities. The event will be held at Pinellas Technical College, Clearwater Campus, 6100 154th Ave. N., Building 10. For more information, visit

DGR Systems Grows with Government Contracting
Local IT firm expands into government realm
Local IT firm expands into government sector

DGR Systems, a technology-focused professional services organization that assists technology departments at the mid-market and enterprise-level, has found new ways to grow through government contracting. The Pinellas company worked with the Florida  Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic  Development to engage with Pinellas County's Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program

Read the full story on the FSBDC at USF's website:

2019 Pinellas County Reverse Trade Show

At this  annual event, participating business representatives met with Pinellas County Government buyers and contract administrators, as well as procurement staff from organizations throughout the Tampa Bay region. Our thanks go to the many organizations and participants that made the 2019 Reverse Trade Show a success! Learn more about doing business with Pinellas County at

Visit our Facebook album to view photos from the event.

Florida Companies to Watch Awards, Nov. 14

Five Pinellas companies will be honored at the 9th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Awards:
  • BioDerm, Inc. (Largo)
  • McCormick Stevenson (Clearwater)
  • Mother Kombucha (St. Petersburg)
  • OnMed (Clearwater)
  • WestCMR, LLC. (Clearwater)
Click here to register for the event, and please join us in congratulating these companies that choose to make Pinellas County home.
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