Pinellas County Business News
March, 2016
Connecting Businesses to Success: the PCED-SPARK-TAFFIE Partnership
Making connections and networking are critical for business growth - just ask Sherry Sultenfuss and Kaye Buckler, clients of the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED). Thanks to partnerships between the FSBDC at PCED, Clearwater Business SPARK, and the Technical Arts Facility for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (TAFFIE), Sultenfuss and Buckler have received information, introductions, training and insight into opportunities to take their small businesses to the next level. "Partnering with these agencies provides our clients with options and opportunities beyond what we alone offer, and it also introduces SPARK and TAFFIE clients to the workshops, events and consulting tools we provide," explains Yolanda Cowart, a business consultant at the FSBDC. Click here to read more...

Clearwater Business SPARK will host an Entrepreneur and Small Business Open House & Presentation on March 31. Join Keynote Speaker Jerry Ross, President and CEO of the National Entrepreneur Center in Orlando, to network with business leaders, fellow entrepreneurs, and SPARK partners. Click here to register for free.
Thanks for Doing Business in Pinellas
Monin U.S. Headquarters and Flavor Innovation Center

On February 23rd, the Monin management team of William Lombardo, CEO, Gregory Grabau, CFO and Mike Brewster, VP of Plant Operations, were honored by the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners for the company's contributions to the economy of Pinellas County.  With more than 100 employees in Pinellas, this Clearwater-based team perfects and produces new flavors and oversees the operations for the company throughout the continent. Monin was recognized as one of the Best Small Companies to work for in Tampa Bay by the Tampa Bay Times for the past four consecutive years, and this year, the company was a finalist for Manufacturer of the Year at the Manufacturers Association of Florida.  Thank you - Monin U.S. Headquarters and Flavor Innovation Center for doing business in Pinellas County.
2016 Florida Medical Device Symposium:
May 9-10 in St. Petersburg

The symposium is Florida's annual event for medical device manufacturing firms, featuring nationally recognized speakers, expert panels on regulatory issues and industry trends, legislative updates, and networking opportunities.  Become a sponsor or exhibitor. Register early, as space is limited:


May 15-17: 2016 Florida Economic Development Conference

Each year, the Florida Economic Development Council hosts the Florida Economic Development Conference to bring together economic development practitioners from around the state for professional development. Join FEDC this year at the Hammock Beach Resort in Palm Coast, FL. Visit for information on registering and exhibiting.

Pinellas' citizen online survey is open

Pinellas County's annual online citizen survey is open now through March 4 and residents can submit their input on the services, programs and priorities that affect the community. Feedback from the survey and other outreach efforts is used to develop and prioritize plans and resources in order to meet the needs and concerns of Pinellas County citizens today and tomorrow. Click here to begin.

Who's #1? We are!

TripAdvisor announced that the world-famous white sand Clearwater Beach was No. 1 in its annual list of the 25 Best Beaches in America. That distinction also made it the only beach in the U.S. on its list of the 25 Best Beaches in the World at No. 20. Not far behind was St. Pete Beach at No. 4 in the U.S. making Pinellas County the only Florida destination with two beaches in the Top 10. Learn more about our Ideal Business Climate at

March 10: GrowFL CEO Summit
This day-long event will feature presentations from manufacturing industry leaders, the Manufacturers Association of Florida, and industry experts to help improve the sales and marketing efforts of business participants. Sales end March 4: click here for more information and to register.

March 9: Intellectual Property Law
Lunch n Learn from BAMA
Have questions about patents, trademarks or copyrights? Join the Bay Area Manufacturers Association on March 9 to learn from Larson & Larson Patent and Trademark Attorneys. Free to BAMA members; $10 for non-members. The event will take place at Pinellas Technical College in Clearwater, from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Learn more and register at

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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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