Pinellas County Business News
October, 2017
Irma Business Recovery
We are here to help Pinellas County businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma! Please visit for up-to-date recovery information, or contact our office at (727) 464-7332 for assistance. The following resources are currently available:

SBA Pinellas Business Recovery Center
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) representatives at the Center can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application. 
Open Monday - Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
The EpiCenter - Pinellas County Economic Development office
13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200
Largo, FL 33760

Report Damage to Your Business
The information provided in this survey will be shared among various state and local agencies to expedite implementation of appropriate disaster relief programs for businesses.

Apply for an SBA Disaster Loan
Low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to individuals, businesses and nonprofit organizations. The loans can be used for loss and damages not fully covered by insurance.

Apply for a Short-Term Florida Disaster Business Bridge Loan
The Bridge Loan provides short-term funding until an SBA Loan or insurance reimbursement arrives.
CareerSource Unemployment Assistance
CareerSource Pinellas can immediately provide job placement to anyone who has lost their job or self-employment due to Hurricane Irma.
2017 Pinellas Reverse Trade Show: Oct. 27

Meet Pinellas County department buyers, as well as purchasing agents from surrounding counties, at this free annual event. Learn how to grow your business by providing products and services needed by local government agencies. Click here for FREE registration.
SBIR/STTR Innovation Summit & Defense Innovation in Tampa, October 3-5

Learn from and network with SBIR/STTR leaders and program experts on how to gain access to the $2.5 billion of non-diluted annual capital, the largest early stage seed funding in the world. Learn more at:
Participate in Manufacturing Day, Oct. 6
Each year, on the first Friday in October, students across the nation tour manufacturing facilities and learn about the products made in their own back yard. The Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA) has lined up a number of events to mark the occasion for 2017:
Learn more and register for events at

Global Tampa Bay Wins Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award at the IEDC Annual Conference

Pinellas County Economic Development, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, and Pasco County Economic Development won a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for  Tampa Bay Export Alliance / Global Tampa Bay, a project in the category of Regionalism and Cross - Border Collaboration of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, Sept. 19, during the IEDC Annual Conference, which was held Sept. 17 - 20, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

We are very proud of the collaborative efforts this partnership has achieved and are honored to be awarded for our success!
Did you know there are over 6,500 manufacturing employees in Pinellas Park?
How about that there are 261 construction businesses in Clearwater, or that St. Petersburg has nearly 15,000 employees in the finance & insurance industries?  Find these statistics by municipality in our City Demographic & Business Summaries and explore our Data Center for even more information.

BioFlorida Annual Conference: Oct. 15 - 17 in St. Petersburg, FL
Hear from life science executives and industry thought leaders, and connect with hundreds of professionals in the life sciences. Meet potential investors and discuss your business plans and financing needs. The BioFlorida Annual Conference attracts more than 400 attendees from across the state and outside Florida. Learn more and register at

The Penny that built a Safer Pinellas
During Hurricane Irma, the County worked alongside regional 9-1-1, law enforcement and dozens of community partners under one roof at the Emergency Operations Center, a Category-5 wind hardened command center in our centralized Public Safety Complex in Largo. This Penny for Pinellas investment and others made by our municipal partners enabled our community to be ready for Hurricane Irma and any other emergencies we may face in the future.  Mail ballots will go out on Tuesday (Oct. 3) for the countywide referendum on the renewal of the Penny for Pinellas 1-percent sales tax. The vote is on November 7. For Penny facts, FAQs and an interactive map of proposed projects, visit

2018 Business of Biotech: March 2

The Business of Biotech Conference brings together biomedical companies, startups, entrepreneurs, and investors for networking, partnership discussions and service providers. 2018's conference will feature Keynote Speaker Francis Cuss, former Chief Scientific Officer of Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Interviewer Cokie Roberts, ABC News Political Commentator, Contributing Senior News Analyst - NPR, and Member of the Moffitt Cancer Center's National Board of Advisors. Learn more and register for Business of Biotech at
Pinellas Arts Business Incubator

Creative Pinellas announces the launch of an Arts Business Incubator for nonprofit organizations focused on arts and culture in Pinellas County. Located in the administrative building of the former Gulf Coast Museum of Art, Incubator rent starts at $135 per month for offices and $38 per month for co-working space. Learn more at

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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

Pinellas County Economic Development | 727-464-7332 | |
13805 58th Street N.
Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760