Pinellas County Business News
May, 2016
Thank You for Choosing Pinellas, PODS!
PODS was honored at the April 12th meeting of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners with a, "Thank You for Doing Business in Pinellas" award.  Ms. Lisa Goettel, Senior Vice President of Human Relations at PODS, accepted the award on behalf of the company. PODS is a leader in the moving and storage industry providing both residential and commercial services in 46 U.S. states, Canada, Australia and the UK through its 79 franchises.  The company employs 1,300 employees around the world and approximately 630 in Pinellas County. "PODS is a homegrown success story that began in Pinellas is 1998," said Commissioner Charlie Justice, Chairman of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners.  "We're honored that they've chosen to continue to grow their company and corporate headquarters operations in our community."
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Exciting business news across Pinellas...

GE Ribbon Cutting
We were honored to join the City of Clearwater and their economic development team, as George Cretekos, Mayor of Clearwater helped to cut the ribbon at the opening of GE Grid Solutions Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Clearwater. Click here to view more photos from the event.

3 Daughter Brewing Operations Tour
The Tampa Bay Export Alliance enjoyed a tour of 3 Daughters Brewing. The passion that the entire team has for their product, process, business and community is evident and inspiring! View more photos from the tour here.

Draper's Rapid Prototyping Lab Ribbon Cutting
Congressman David Jolly joined William Ostrowski, Director of the Rapid Prototyping Center for Draper to cut the ribbon on this new facility. The Tampa Bay team will increase its rapid prototyping capability in support of its United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) customers. See more from the ribbon cutting here.

Celebrating Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
This was the view as Pinellas celebrated Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg!
Last Chance to Register
Tampa Bay International Town Hall, May 6
Please join us for breakfast at Port Tampa Bay to share your thoughts and ideas about international trade in our region.  This year's keynote will feature Jabil's InControl system for global supply chain management.  We'll hear from Edelweiss' head of corporate development about the growth of Edelweiss as part of Lufthansa Group in Tampa. Finally, our panel discussion, hosted by Alexis Muellner, Editor-in-Chief of the Tampa Bay Business Journal, will feature Paul Anderson, Santiago Corrada, David Downing, J.P. DuBuque, Mike Meidel and Chris Minner sharing ideas on Tampa Bay's international outreach and global brand.  Click here to learn more and don't forget to use promo code PCED for a $10 discount on registration.

Connections in Costa Rica

Representatives of the Tampa Bay Export Alliance conducted a joint sales mission to San Josť, Costa Rica April 12 -15. A delegation of forty Tampa Bay business leaders spent several days in the capital city with the goal of developing commercial relationships and increasing trade opportunities with Costa Rica. The Latin American nation is ranked as the sixth largest trading partner for Florida and a heavy consumer market. "We're very pleased by the response and participation of our regional business exporters to this, our third mission for the Tampa Bay Export Alliance," shared Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development. "This alliance is about our local businesses and how we can help them grow sales through exports to new markets, expand their companies and create new high-wage jobs in our communities." Click here to view photos from the mission.
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May 31 Workshop: SBA Disaster Recovery Loans & Preparedness
Learn about disaster preparedness by developing a plan to mitigate your risk. Educate yourself on the SBA Disaster Recovery Loan: when and where disaster loans are made, eligibility requirements, and the process to apply. 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the EpiCenter, 13805 58 St. N., Suite 1-200, Clearwater, 33760. FREE registration:

We want to hear from you! Pinellas County Community Conversation, May3
Join the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners and the county administrator in a Community Conversation to discuss county services and topics such as housing, social services and transportation. The public meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 3, from 6 to 7 p.m. at St. Petersburg College, Seminole campus, in the University Partnership Center Digitorium, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole, preceded by an open house from 5:30 to 6 p.m. How to participate
  • Be part of the live audience at St. Petersburg College, Seminole campus, in the University Partnership Center Digitorium, 9200 113th St. N., Seminole.
  • Watch it live and blog on The blog opens Tuesday, May 3, at 9 a.m.
  • Call (888) 409-5380 to listen and ask questions.
  •  Watch on PCC-TV (Bright House Channel 637, WOW! Channel 18 or Verizon Channel 44) and SPC-TV (Bright House Channel 636, WOW! Channel 19 or Verizon Channel 47).
 For more information, visit or call (727) 464-3000.
Four Pinellas Companies to Present at the 2016 Florida Early Stage Capital Conference, May 17
Pinellas companies Alakai Defense Systems, Inc.., KynderMedRankMiner Predictive Analytics, and TAO Connect, Inc. have been selected to present at this year's Florida Venture Forum Early Stage Conference. Presenters were selected from a pool of approximately 100 applicants by a committee of active Florida venture capitalists and other investors, and will present to an audience of investors. In addition to company presentations, the Conference will feature a total of $150,000 in cash awards presented to the first, second and third place winning companies, provided by Space Florida. Past early stage presenters have attracted more than $36 million in funding. Learn more about the event at
More than 100 Job Opportunities:
May 4 Career Fair
CareerSource Pinellas and CareerSource Tampa Bay will host a career fair on May 4, featuring over 25 employers needing to fill positions in healthcare, hospitality, information technology, sales, manufacturing, and more. The free event will be held at Bright House Field, 601 North Coachman Rd.), Clearwater from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Visit for more information and to register.

Mixed-Use Opportunity: 3 Gulf Boulevard parcels in Indian Rocks Beach
The 0.83 acre site is rectangular in shape and has 300 feet of road frontage along the east side of Gulf Boulevard.  This is a very attractive prospect for a mixed-use development that could incorporate commercial and residential uses.  Bids are due July 14, at 3:00 p.m.  Learn more at:

Pinellas SPOTlight Listening Sessions
Help shape future plans for transportation and development in Pinellas. Tell us what you think at a Listening Session with the Pinellas MPO/PPC. May topics will include: Enhancing Beach Access, May 3 and A Master Plan for the Gateway/Mid-County Area, May 16. Please RSVP to Tina Jablon at Click here for dates, locations and details.

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Clearwater bank raises $45 million
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

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