Pinellas County Business News
April, 2016
255 New Pinellas Jobs:
Kobie Marketing Expands in St. Petersburg
Kobie Marketing, a global leader in fully-integrated, customer loyalty marketing and customer retention agency, announced a significant expansion of their headquarters in Pinellas County, Florida. The growing company projects hiring over 250 new employees over the next several years. "The expansion of Kobie Marketing's headquarters was a competitive process, and we're pleased that the management team considered all of the options and chose Pinellas." said Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development. "We'd invite other companies to investigate our technology workforce, quality of life and business climate in Pinellas. We think they'll come to the same conclusion." Click to read more...
50 New Pinellas Jobs
Inside Sales Solutions HQ Expansion

Inside Sales Solutions will establish its national headquarters in St. Petersburg, Florida, the largest city in Pinellas County. This expansion is projected to create 50 new jobs in Pinellas. Inside Sales Solutions provides enterprise technology firms with personalized sales consulting, training, recruitment and lead generation services that leverage resources to maximize the return on investment. "We're thrilled to establish our national headquarters in St. Petersburg," said Aidan Snee, Principal at Inside Sales Solutions. "Pinellas is a thriving coastal community with the energetic workforce we hope to attract. Being a stone's throw from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will be a boon to our recruiting efforts." Click here to read more...
NDH Medical
Thanks for doing business in Pinellas
NDH Medical, Inc. of St. Petersburg, and its owner, Geary Havran, CEO, were recognized at the March 15th Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners meeting and thanked for doing business in Pinellas County. The company has been in business and in Pinellas for more than 20 years. NDH is a leader in medical device manufacturing, a thriving industry sector in Pinellas. "Pinellas' strength in medical device manufacturing is recognized nationally," said Commission Chair Charlie Justice. "Geary Havran and NDH Medical are leaders in our community in advocating for this industry and working to advance its growth in Pinellas and throughout the state of Florida." Click to read more...

Pinellas' Defense Sector Survey:
It's a Whole New Ball Game
It's no secret that the defense sector has been facing declining numbers due to a long laundry list of uncertainties. The new keyword is "affordability". What does that mean for this industry in Pinellas County?

We asked TuckerHall to discuss with existing employers how the recent reductions in federal defense spending have impacted the local industry. This information will guide us as we develop a prioritized list of strategies to effectively assist Pinellas' defense companies so that they can compete, expand and create new jobs.

Click here to learn what local companies had to say and where there are opportunities for the future.

Registration is Open:
2016 Tampa Bay International Town Hall
The Tampa Bay Export Alliance (TBEA), a partnership between the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Pinellas County Economic Development, will host the 2016 Tampa Bay International Town Hall at Port Tampa Bay. The town hall discussion will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 6, and the program will run from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., featuring a Keynote address, Jabil in Control™ - Digitizing the Supply through Intelligent Control, with Mundit Bajaj, Vice President of Advanced Analytics Solutions, and Ross Valentine, Director of Solution Innovation. $10 discount with code PCED: register at

Pinellas County is soliciting Letters of Interest for an Operator of the Pinellas County Business Incubator
The goal is for the Pinellas County Economic Development Authority to design and construct an approximately 50,000 square-foot business incubator space and outsource the operation to a third party operator. All responses must be received by June 2, 2016 at 3:00p. To respond to this request, please read the entire five-page document by clicking here to download it. For information or questions concerning any information contained in the request for letters of interest please contact Sue Steele, Procurement Analyst Lead at Questions submitted to any other person in any other County department will not be addressed.

April 11: Listening Sessions to discuss a Vision for U.S. 19
Help shape future plans for transportation and development in Pinellas. Tell us what you think at a Listening Session with the Pinellas MPO/PPC. Topics will include: A Vision for U.S. 19, Enhancing Beach Access and A Master Plan for the Gateway/Mid-County Area. Click here for dates and details. Please RSVP to Tina Jablon at Click here for dates, locations and details.

florida.HIGH.TECH 2016 is now available
This year's edition of the Florida High Tech Corridor's annual magazine showcases the Corridor region's research capabilities and local businesses that are advancing Florida's innovation economy.  Read about Lydia Runnels at The Z in Clearwater, and look in-depth at roles of the University of Central Florida, University of South Florida and University of Florida in partnerships with private industry.  Read the magazine online at
Pinellas News

Meet Tampa Bay's largest manufacturers
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Call to enliven Trop site draws interest of 15 planning teams
(St. Petersburg Tribune)

St. Petersburg, Mixed-Use Mecca
(Business Observer Florida)

(Tampa Bay Business Journal)
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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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