Pinellas County Business News
September, 2015
Dear subscriber,

You may notice a new look to our monthly newsletter. That's not all that is new! We recently rolled out a fresh, new website at There, previous visitors will continue to find the quality information they've come to expect from Pinellas County Economic Development. New users will easily access information designed to support and encourage business growth across Pinellas County. And everyone will benefit from a clean, modern browsing experience.


We will continue developing and fine-tuning over the coming months to ensure a smooth experience with each visit. Please bear with us as we work out the kinks, and let us know if you like what you see!
Aero Supply USA grows with assistance  from the Pinellas Small Business Development Center
Michelle Ramirez, owner, and her husband Robert, Chief Operating Officer of Pinellas business Aero Supply USA, have broadened and diversified their company's reach by utilizing the tools and resources of the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development. The distributors of aerospace hardware have participated in FSBDC workshops and focus groups, and have made sound use of the FSBDC's no-cost consulting services to grow the company from its start-up roots. Chief Financial Officer William Tayler says it's reasonable to think that in five years, Aero Supply USA could be a $10 million company. Read the full story here.
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Deadline extended to Oct. 1:
Young-Rainey STAR Center for sale

The 96-acre property is located within unincorporated Pinellas County and is zoned as M-1 (Light Manufacturing). The campus is a manufacturing and technology hub currently managed by Pinellas County. Responses will be accepted through the Request for Negotioans (RFN) process until Oct. 1, 2015. More information is available at
Selling to Pinellas County, Sept. 22 business workshop
Grow your business by selling to Pinellas County government! Get an overview of the Pinellas County Purchasing Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program and learn how to register to do business with the County.
Medical Manufacturers: What do you need to grow? Tell us by Sept. 9
Workforce training, resources and assistance can help medical manufacturing companies to accelerate growth and create new jobs.  In order to best understand the needs of this specialized sector, the USEDA has worked with local industry groups to develop a survey with 11 questions to assess the needs of medical manufacturers.  The survey is anonymous, but you may voluntarily include your email address, if you would like to receive an email of the collective results.  Please note that individual responses will be kept completely confidential. The deadline is September 9.  Please click here to start the survey.

Freight Mobility and Trade Plan Update Listening Sessions
The Florida Department of Transportation is hosting a series of regional workshops to provide an opportunity for Floridians to offer their thoughts about the state's freight transportation at all levels - statewide, regional, and local. Local businesses can join the conversation at the Tampa workshop on Sept. 2. Learn more and register at
Free Pesticide Pick Up & Disposal for Pinellas companies, up to 750 lbs!
Operation Cleansweep provides farmers, nursery operators, golf course operators, and pest control services a one-time safe and economical way to dispose of their cancelled, suspended, and unusable pesticides.   Check out the flyer,  click here to learn more and see if your company is eligible.  For more information contact Shannon Turner at the Florida Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services at (877) 851-5285 or

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Business Workshops
The Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development hosts a number of business workshops each month. Find a full schedule of upcoming workshops at

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