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Get an overview of Xero cloud based accounting software. Learn to set up an account for your business using an easy to use secure application accessible by multiple users from phone, tablet, or pc anywhere. Bring your pc and get started at a discount with this class. Guest presenter Michael DeLucia, CPA, CFP.
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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April, 2015
Genius Central Systems
Chooses Pinellas for New Headquarters
Pinellas County welcomes GeniusCentral Systems
Pinellas County welcomes GeniusCentral Systems

Genius Central Systems, Inc., a leader in retail software solutions and actionable intelligence, announced today that it will relocate to and expand its headquarters operations in St. Petersburg, Florida. The growing company plans to hire 40 new employees. In addition, approximately 60 positions currently in Florida will be retained within the state and transferred to the new St. Petersburg headquarters location at 2232 5th Avenue South, St. Petersburg. "This is another win for our community and we're thrilled to welcome GeniusCentral Systems' corporate headquarters to Pinellas County," said Commissioner John Morroni, Chairman of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. "An innovative technology leader, like GeniusCentral, could choose to locate anywhere, but the strength of our Pinellas workforce and the warmth of our diverse community make Pinellas the ideal location for growing technology companies."


Read more and view photos from the event on Facebook.


iQor CEO Praises Pinellas, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay


At the University of Tampa Fellows Forum, Mr. Hartmut Liebel, CEO of iQor, discussed the company's reasons for selecting St. Petersburg, Florida as iQor global headquarters. Mr. Liebel explained that the decision was based on talent, community, and the warm welcome his team received. The leaders of iQor considered Chicago, Nevada and California, but in the end selected Pinellas as the community best suited to their company's future growth. iQor has over 32,000 employees in 66 locations throughout the world. They are looking for inquisitive staff members with a global business perspective. Curious? Click here...


Read more in Rachel Crosby's Tampa Bay Times story:


May 6: Government Small Business Conference - Small Business, Big Ideas



Whether your company is already committed to selling to the government or you'd like to start diversifying your sales, learn how to optimize your opportunities through seminars and meet face-to-face with buyers at the Business Opportunity Expo. Details and registration at


Opportunities in Cuba: 2015 Tampa Bay International Town Hall will feature Expert Cuba Panel

On May 8th, the Tampa Bay business community will engage in a meaningful dialogue with the country's leading Cuba experts from both the public and private sectors at the 2015 Tampa Bay International Town Hall. From policy perspectives to treaty compliance, what does it take to get a product on the ground in Cuba? The panel will delve into a candid conversation of the challenges and opportunities and what this all means for Tampa Bay. Learn more about the International Town Hall and register at Enter promotional code PCED for a $10 discount.


PCED on the road...


Tampa Bay Export Alliance at Select USA Investment Summit

Brent Barkway, PCED Business Development Manager, joined Lorrie Belovich and Steve Morey of Tampa Hillsborough EDC for the Select USA Investment Summit in Washington, D.C. Sixty countries were presented at the event, which brought together investors and economic development organizations. The team was pleased to see U.S. Senator Bill Nelson and President Barack Obama. View photos from the event on Facebook. Learn more at



Pinellas Companies at the NPE2015 International Plastics Showcase

Scott Talcott, PCED Business Development Manager, attended NPE2015 International Plastics Showcase and had a chance to visit with many Pinellas-based companies. Thank you to U.S. Representative David Jolly for attending and supporting our Pinellas companies: AMETEKBarrel & Screw International, Regal ComponentsEzell Precision Tool Co.Maxi-Blast, Inc., American Tool and MoldingExtreme Coatings, and Zecchetti USA. View more photos of the event on Facebook.


Lockheed Martin Clearwater Solar Carport Project

Lockheed Martin  in partnership with Advanced Green Technologies broke ground to establish Florida's Largest Private, Non-Utility Solar Array. This project will create 151,400 sq. ft. of protected parking for 534 cars sheltered by 7,260 solar modules providing over $6.5 million in cost savings to the company. Learn more at and view photos of the event on Facebook. Thank you to Lockheed Martin for allowing us to share this innovative project happening in Pinellas County.

May 12-14: Discover Global Markets 2015 Conference
Discover Global Markets: The Americas will focus on opportunities for today, tomorrow and the challenges that lie ahead in our dynamic hemisphere. More details and registration can be found at

April 17: Business of Biotech

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 here.



Manufacturing Career Fair, April 22

Is your Pinellas manufacturing company hiring? Join the Bay Area Manufacturers Association for a free table at the Florida Manufacturing Career Fair. Details and registration can be found at


Pinellas News


Forty high-tech jobs coming to St. Pete

(St. Petersburg Tribune)


GeniusCentral software support moves headquarters to St. Petersburg 

(Tampa Bay Times)


Tech Data, Valpak, Agile Thought + TBTF, SPC and USFSP = Exploratory Lab Boot Camp 



Largo Business owner finds her passion 

(Tampa Bay Newspapers)


Clearwater CEO opens North Pinellas business incubator 

(Tampa Bay Times)


New branch of St. Pete College could spur reinvention in Midtown 

(St. Petersburg Tribune)


Clearwater entrepreneur turns a billing headache into a global business 

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


CEO of Clearwater's Tech Data attributes financial success to being 'nimble' 

(Tampa Bay Times)


Pinellas' Transitions lens maker to show tech chops at SXSW 

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Morton Plant Hospital breaks ground on medical tower 

(Tampa Bay Times)


It's always sunny at Lockheed Martin 

(Business Observer)


Local universities get high marks in U.S. News' grad school rankings 

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Newly arrived CEO speaks highly of St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay 

(Tampa Bay Times)