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Business Workshop

May 26


Get Certified! Learn the benefits and steps needed to become certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), or Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) to best access government contracts and purchasing opportunities. Learn how to find and identify potential bids and improve your position in the bid evaluation process. 
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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 Vanessa Panzarella Watkins
(727) 464-7332  



May, 2015
Join us for a "Doing Business with Panama" Luncheon
May 8, Tampa Bay International Town Hall

Join us after the 2015 Tampa Bay International Town Hall for a luncheon in honor of the visiting Panama delegation hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce of Panama in partnership with Tampa Bay area organizations. Attendees will hear from top trade and investment officials, get an overview of specific business opportunities between Tampa Bay and Panama, and network with the Panama trade delegation. The luncheon is being sponsored by Toyota and is complimentary with your International Town Hall registration.

This is My MacDill
The My MacDill Campaign is a broad community organizational effort to support the service men and women from all branches of the armed forces serving on MacDill Air Force Base, along with their families. In the video above, Pinellas County Economic Development Director Mike Meidel shares our support and explains the importance of MacDill to our Pinellas economy.


Share your stories, photos and videos at to share your pride and unique connection to our great base.


Mapping Small Business Development Center Success 
The Florida Small Business Development Center at PCED provides outreach and assistance to hundreds of growing Pinellas businesses each year.

Discover stories and savor the details of these successful connections through this innovative mapping tool and see why Pinellas County is the #IdealBusinessClimate!

2015 Florida Venture Forum Early Stage Conference, May 14

Join the Florida Venture Forum for the 8th Annual Early Stage Conference and the 5th Annual Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition. The Early Stage Venture Capital Conference will feature expert panel discussions, exclusive networking opportunities, featured speakers and many of Florida's top entrepreneurial companies. The Early Stage Capital Conference highlights early to mid-stage investment opportunities throughout the State of Florida. Past Presenters have attracted more than $15.5 Million in investments. Learn more and register at



Pinellas Charter Review Commission vacancies announced

Applications are now being accepted for appointments to the Pinellas County Charter Review Commission. Every eight years, the Board of County Commissioners appoints a Charter Review Commission to review the Pinellas County Charter and make independent recommendations to amend the Charter. The Charter Review Commission has direct access to the ballot, where the voters of Pinellas County may consider these amendments. Applications must be received no later than the close of business on Monday, June 1. The Board of County Commissioners will review all applications and make their selection at the Tuesday, June 23, Board of County Commissioners meeting. Visit for more information and to apply.


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


Pinellas News


NASA picks Oldsmar IT firm for contract potentially worth tens of millions
(Tampa Bay Times)


How a $20B marketplace opened up to Vology of Oldsmar
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Florida named innovation leader in new state ranking
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Plan for Clearwater stretch of U.S. 19 aims to encourages reinvestment
(St. Petersburg Tribune)


Carillon developer on plan: 'We're building another city'
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


St. Pete College stands at the epicenter for statewide manufacturing recruitment
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Big properties hold big opportunities in North Pinellas
(Tampa Bay Times)


Marine biologist's side business promotes area's ecosystem
(St. Petersburg Tribune)


Tyrone Square Mall sets groundbreaking for new theater
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


In quest to lure grocers downtown, St. Petersburg flexing urban muscle
(Tampa Bay Times)


Here's what C1 Bank, CenterState will say about Q1 earnings - and about the Tampa Bay business community
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


3 more reasons Jabil shines brighter for analysts
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Report: Tampa Bay leads the south in job creation
(Tampa Bay Times)


Toffee to Go moves to Pinellas Park
(Tampa Bay Newspapers)