April 2023
Florida Medical Device Symposium: May 2 - 3 in St. Petersburg
The 16th annual Florida Medical Device Symposium will be held May 2-3 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. This annual event is Florida's premier opportunity for medical device manufacturing firms to hear from nationally-recognized speakers, participate in expert panels on regulatory issues and industry trends, explore exhibiting companies, receive legislative updates, and enjoy quality networking opportunities. Visit www.floridamedtech.com/page/Symposium2023 to learn about options to sponsor, exhibit, and/or attend.
No-Cost Zoom Event May 2, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Ask an Expert: Presentation from the Florida Department of Revenue
By Terrance Harris, Senior Sales Tax Specialist
Does your business need advice about sales and use taxes, registration, deadlines, or the filing process? Join us on Tues. May 2 at 10 am for a special Zoom event, “Ask an Expert: Presentation from the Florida Department of Revenue.” This event will feature Terrance Harris, Senior Sales Tax Specialist, an expert with profound knowledge of Florida tax law.

Don’t let your business be caught off guard. Learn which business activities and products are subject to sales and use taxes, the facts about general state sales tax, and rules about the registration process, filing frequency, deadlines, and more. Register at pced.org/workshops.
Hosted by the Office of Small Business & Supplier Diversity and Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development.
FL FAST: Florida’s First Centralized SBIR/STTR Support System for Entrepreneurs
The Florida High Tech Corridor is pleased to present this series of FREE virtual workshops through the FL FAST Program, funded by a grant from the Small Business Administration's Federal and State Technology (FAST) Partnership Program:
  • May 9th at 1pm - Essentials of an SBIR/STTR Commercialization Plan
  • June 14th at 1pm - How to prepare an SBIR/STTR budget
  • September 14 at 1pm - ABC's of SBIR/STTR

FDI Mission to the UK
In April, we will join our Global Tampa Bay partners, local elected officials, and business leaders from across the Tampa Bay area on a Foreign Direct Investment mission to the United Kingdom. This
mission is being organized in partnership with Virgin Atlantic and Tampa International Airport in celebration of the direct route to London Heathrow Airport. Participants will take part in group networking events with colleagues based in the UK, while PCED staff will meet with companies throughout London that are considering expansion into the U.S. market. The United Kingdom is the largest investor in Florida, accounting for over 66,900 jobs. We look forward to the exciting opportunities this group mission affords! Be sure to follow us on our social media channels to see photos and updates from the trip.

Ready to expand your Pinellas business through international trade? Contact Brent Barkway at bbarkway@pinellas.gov to learn how!
Work Opportunity Tax Credit for Florida Employers
Through the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) Program, employers have the opportunity to earn a federal tax credit between $1200 and $9600 per employee. This tax credit is dependent upon the new employee qualifying as a member of one of the below target groups and working a minimum of 120 hours in their first year. Visit the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity WOTC page to learn more about the program and to apply.
Climate Tech Accelerator Showcase: April 24
Join the Tampa Bay Innovation Center and Keynote Speaker Cathie Wood, Founder, CEO, and CIO of ARK Invest, for this month's Climate Tech Accelerator Showcase.

April 24, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
The Birchwood 340 Beach Drive NE Grand Ballroom St. Petersburg, 33701
May 2 - 3: National Small Business Week Virtual Summit
Join the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE for this free virtual summit to learn new business strategies, meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. The two-day, action-packed event will include educational sessions, online business resources, and expert speakers. Learn more and register at https://vevents.virtualtradeshowhosting.com/event/NSBWVirtualSummit/register.
National Community Survey
Pinellas County is gathering resident feedback through the National Community Survey (NCS) to help inform and identify strategic planning and goal setting priorities for the Board of County Commissioners. The survey is open to all residents through April 6.

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