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 Business Plans Workshop

February 17


Develop the right plan for your business needs. Receive an overview and discount on LivePlan cloud-based business planning software, which features easy financials, a simple pitch format, and performance tracking. Ideal for new or experienced business owners to manage business growth, communicate ideas, or borrow money. 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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 Vanessa Panzarella Watkins
(727) 464-7332  



February, 2015
Small Business Development Center helps the Caladesi Wash Bowl Fund a Future

Georgette Vance is a successful businesswoman who is also visually impaired. She specializes in commercial laundry services. When her business, Caladesi Wash Bowl, started to struggle due to broken equipment, the Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development showed Vance how to create a business plan to prepare for a loan application. On the strength of her plan, the Division of Blind Services granted Ms. Vance approximately $64,000 worth of equipment to get her business fully operational again. Ten dryers, seven top-loader washing machines, three double loader washing machines and two 40-pound loaders were installed, and Vance can now pursue the commercial projects she once had to turn down due to equipment limitations.  Georgette Vance is continuing to grow her business in Pinellas County.   


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Watch... Bay News 9 on the Tampa Bay Export Alliance Trade Mission to Chile

Bay News 9's Al Reuchel with Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development, and Rick Homans, CEO of Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
Are YOU Entrepreneur of the Year?

EY is calling for nominations for the 29th Annual EY Entrepreneur Of The Year awards, recognized as one of the most prestigious business awards programs in the country.  There is a firm deadline of Friday, March 6, 2015 for completed applications, with the Florida Awards gala scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 2015 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate. Information is available at For information on the Entrepreneur Of The Year Florida Program please visit To nominate a candidate, please visit the secure application site: 


May 8: Save the Date
2015 Tampa Bay International Town Hall

Kick off World Trade Month with an in-depth look at the people and programs driving international business growth in Tampa Bay. Presented by the Tampa Bay Export Alliance. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For more information, contact: Stacy Demarse at

Business of Biotech 2015, April 17

The Business of Biotech Conference brings together biomedical companies, startups, entrepreneurs,  and investors for networking, partnership and discussions. Join this year's Keynote Speaker, Henri Termeer, former CEO of Genzyme. More information and registration can be found at

Attention Pinellas businesses: Upcoming SBIR/STTR Phase 1 Solicitations

Find a full list of the numerous upcoming Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Phase 1 opportunities at


Maximizing Your Company's Retirement Plan for Small Business, Feb. 10
This luncheon from the Bay Area Manufacturers Association will cover the following:
  • Types of retirement plans for small business
  • Which should you choose?
  • Establishing plans
  • Maximizing your contributions
  • Common mistakes
Learn more and register at
Pinellas News

St. Petersburg ranks as No. 1 millennial draw in Florida

(Tampa Bay Times)

Clearwater launches plan to revive downtown

(Tampa Bay Times)

Oldsmar manufacturer finds success by filling jobs with vets, students, people with disabilities

(83 Degrees)


Dunedin: New zoning equals renewed interest in ex-Nielsen site

(Tampa Bay Times)


HSN puts cash to work, returns capital to shareholders

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Valpak's new HQ space is modern, convenient and built to attract and retain top talent

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Among major metros, Tampa Bay housing market more than holding its own

(Tampa Bay Times)


Florida unemployment rate falls to 5.6 percent

(Tampa Bay Times)


Trigaux: 'Love Where You Live' author likes what he sees in Tampa Bay

(Tampa Bay Times)


Raymond James Q1 profit jumps 8 percent

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Landowner breaks ground on sprawling Clearwater Beach resort

(St. Petersburg Tribune)


Port Tampa Bay well positioned for the future, CEO says

(Tampa Bay Times)


Tampa Bay area grows next generation of STEM experts

(83 Degrees)


Superior Uniform dons award as best area stock performer of 2014

(Tampa Bay Times)