Pinellas County Business News
February, 2016
April 12 - 15:
Export Sales Mission to Costa Rica
The Tampa Bay Export Alliance will lead an Export Sales Mission to Costa Rica from April 12 - 15, 2016.  The U.S. accounts for 40% of Costa Rica's total imports, and Costa Rica is ranked as the 6th largest trading partner for Florida. Port Tampa Bay has direct container shipping connections to Costa Rica provided by Seatrade/Altamar Shipping. For more information about the April 2016 Trade Mission to Costa Rica, visit or contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411.

Feb. 4: Small Business Research Grant
Info Session

Wayne Brass of the FSBDC at PCED will provide information to help Pinellas companies increase their chances of submitting successful Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) proposals for federal research and development funds. Learn more and register at

Feb. 24-26: FHTC Career Expo 2016

In its third year, the Florida High Tech Corridor Career Expo 2016 will bring together local businesses and career professionals from top universities to help fill the local talent pipeline. The three-day event includes cocktail receptions, keynote speakers and business leaders meeting with university career center professionals to discuss hiring needs and attracting top graduates with high tech degrees. Learn more at

Feb. 17: Complying with U.S. Export Controls

This program will cover the information exporters need to know to comply with U.S. export control requirements on commercial goods. The cost is $395, and the course will be held at the USF Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation at 124 Franklin Street, Tampa, FL 33612. The course is presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Florida District Export Council. Registration is required and details can be found at:

Veterans Florida Business Training Grant
The Florida Veterans Employment and Training Services (FL VETS) Business Training Grant Program helps your business meet your workforce demands in a competitive environment by facilitating access to training and education in high-demand fields for veterans through matching training grants of up to $8,000 per veteran employee trained. Learn more at

Save the Date: Friday, May 6, 2016
2016 International Town Hall
The Tampa Bay Export Alliance presents the 2016 Tampa Bay International Town Hall at Port Tampa Bay, Cruise Terminal 2, 651 Channelside Dr., Tampa. This community briefing on the state of international business in Tampa Bay will kick off World Trade Month with a look at the people, programs and market dynamics driving international business growth in Tampa Bay. Learn more about sponsorship opportunities and contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or to join us as a sponsor. Registration will open March 1.

BayCare HQ to be Completed This Year
Creative Contractors Inc. is currently constructing Phase II of the BayCare Health System's corporate headquarters in Clearwater. The 147,000 sq. ft. office building was designed by Gresham, Smith & Partners, Tampa. The building is a "mirror image" and continuation of the Phase I building. The project will be completed this summer. To see a drone video of the construction progress and the "tilt walls" being erected click here.

Feb. 24: USF St. Petersburg Job and Internship Fair
Local employers: recruit USFSP and other USF system students and alumni for internships and full-time and part-time employment opportunities. Any recruiter representing their direct hiring organization (to include staffing agencies) may participate in the Internship & Job Fair. To qualify as a participating organization you must have jobs and internships that require an in-progress or an attained bachelor's degree. Full details and registration can be found at

Pinellas News
Tampa, St. Pete and Clearwater lead state in job growth
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

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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

Pinellas County Economic Development | 727-464-7332 | |
13805 58th Street N.
Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760