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 Vanessa Panzarella Watkins
(727) 464-7332  



August, 2015

Pinellas County Business Finance Fair, Aug. 13

The Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development offers business owners an opportunity to talk to 20 different Tampa Bay lenders in a casual, trade show format. Learn about SBA loans, bank loans, and alternative financing. Browse among the lender tables to find the best option for your current or future business finance needs. This event is free to entrepreneurs, business owners, or any interested business person, however registration is required. Learn more and register at


Three key reasons to join the Tampa Bay Export Alliance's Oct. Trade Mission to Canada...

If you're considering new international markets for your business, our neighbor to the north warrants a closer look. That's why the Tampa Bay Export Alliance (TBEA) is hosting a trade mission to Toronto, Canada on October 19-22.  Here are three compelling reasons Tampa Bay businesses should consider this opportunity:


1. Canada has been ranked the best country in the G20 for business, and the most tax competitive country in the G7.


2. The U.S.-Canada trade relationship is the largest in the world. Canada is also the #1 export destination for goods and services from Tampa Bay, and the top export sectors include aerospace, information technology, manufacturing, automotive, and film and digital media.


3. TBEA is offering Canada mission participants access to a Gold Key Package designed to save busy executives time and money and maximize business opportunities over the course of a few jam-packed days. 

Gold Key appointments are filling fast, and detailed information about the mission can be found at, or phone Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411. 


Pinellas Awarded a $250,000 Defense Grant from the State of Florida

Pinellas County was awarded a $250,000 Defense Infrastructure Grant (DIG) from the State of Florida to make airfield improvements to the U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater at the St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport. Air Station Clearwater generates over $41 million annually in direct & indirect earnings, contributing to the $3.6 billion in total Gross Regional Product from military activities in Pinellas County.  


"The U.S. Coast Guard's Air Station Clearwater is the largest and busiest in the nation, providing drug and migrant smuggling interdiction, and vital search and rescue services." said Mike Meidel, Director, Pinellas County Economic Development.  "We are pleased that the state has recognized the importance of their mission and have supported the installation with this generous grant award." 



Sept. 16: USF St. Petersburg Job and Internship Fair

The USF St. Petersburg Annual Part Time Job and Internship Fair is a great opportunity for local employers to meet USF St. Petersburg students who are seeking part-time and internship positions. Open to all USFSP students, it attracts individuals from a variety of majors from the College of Arts & Sciences, Business, and Education. Learn more and register your business at


Deadline for Responses to Toytown RFN
Extended to Aug. 31
Toytown, a 240-acre Redevelopment Site is for Sale/Lease via RFN:  A request for negotiation has been issued for the sale and/or lease of Toytown, a 240-acre historic landfill in mid-county with excellent interstate access.  This is a very attractive prospect for a mixed-use redevelopment plan that could incorporate office/industrial, retail, residential and recreational development. 

Also for sale is the 96-acre Young-Rainey STAR Center:  A request for negotiation has been issued for the sale of the Young-Rainey STAR Center.  This M-1 (light industrial) zoned campus is a manufacturing and technology hub currently managed by Pinellas County.  The deadline for responses is August 31, 2015, at 3:00 p.m.


Learn more at

Mechatronics Training Available to Local Manufacturers

A wide range of training opportunities is now available through the College Alliance for Advanced Manufacturing, a partnership between local manufacturers, St. Petersburg College, and Polk State College.


Find a listing of upcoming classes and other offerings, as well as additional information about the program and grant funding opportunities, at


Aug. 6: 2015 Military, Defense & Veteran Opportunities Summit in Orlando
The 2015 Florida Chamber Foundation's Military, Defense & Veterans Opportunities Summit will gather leaders from Florida's military and defense industry, economic development experts, policymakers and the business community to examine the challenges facing Florida throughout the next 15-plus years and identify solutions. Learn more and register at 


Need help financing employee training? 
Florida's Incumbent Worker Training and Quick Response Training programs offer opportunities to help businesses seeking to add to their employees' skills. The two programs collectively provide a variety of options to suit a company's unique needs. Contact us at (727) 464-7332 to learn more about the programs, or visit


Pinellas News

Report: Pinellas leads Tampa Bay counties in economic investments

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Unemployment drops to 4.9 percent in Pinellas

(Tampa Bay Newspapers)


Company buys Raytheon property, plans mixed-use development

(St. Petersburg Tribune)


Cyber security firm in Clearwater hiring for 30 jobs

(83 Degrees)


Startup Bros adds 7 tech, marketing jobs in Pinellas County

(83 Degrees)


Tampa Bay colleges, universities among Forbes rankings

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Ranking Tampa Bay cities where small businesses more likely to flourish

(Tampa Bay Times)


SPC campus opening a new start for Midtown, leaders hope

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Lockheed Martin to buy Sikorsky Aircraft for $9 billion

(Tampa Bay Times)


How networking in the restaurant industry paid off for LumaStream

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


'Excess dirt' boosts bottom line at C1 Bank

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Tech Data CEO: Innovation is alive and well (Video)

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)


Largo's West Bay Drive under development

(Tampa Bay Newspapers)


St. Petersburg's Skyway Marina District making big moves

(Tampa Bay Times)


Clearwater revisits CRA redevelopment plan

(Tampa Bay Newspapers)