Pinellas County Business News
August, 2016
Book Zurman Recognized for 20 years of commitment to Veterans' health care in Pinellas County
On August 17th, at the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioner's meeting, Brian Book was presented the "Thank you for Doing Business in Pinellas," award by Commission Chairman Charlie Justice. "I'd like to recognize Brian Book for his service to our country and for founding and growing Book Zurman in Pinellas County," said Commissioner Charlie Justice, Chairman of the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners. "Brian has a continuing passion for supporting the complex health care systems that serve our nation's Veterans and we're honored to have him in our community." In May 2016, the VA awarded Book Zurman a $20.7 million 5-year integrated health standards task. Beating out two others to secure the award, the company will provide subject matter expertise, policy guidance and strategic recommendations regarding health standards implementation for VA's IT systems. Click here to read more...
The #IdealBusinessClimate just got better...
Nonstop flights from Tampa to San Francisco
The much-anticipated announcement was made July 25: nonstop air service through United from Tampa International Airport to San Francisco will begin Feb. 16, 2017. One of the most in-demand routes, the new service will help connect Tampa Bay businesses to Silicon Valley and will bring new opportunities for local entrepreneurs.
New weekly container service between Tampa and Mexico
Port Tampa Bay announced the beginning of weekly container shipping service between Tampa and the ports of Altamira and Progresso, Mexico. Linea Peninsula will provide the two to two and a half day transit service every Tuesday. Service includes refrigerated containers and can accommodate breakbulk and project cargoes. "We are delighted to welcome Linea Peninsular to Port Tampa Bay", stated Port CEO Paul Anderson. "Linea Peninsular enjoys a well-deserved reputation as the premiere ocean carrier between Mexico and the United States, having provided reliable and quality service in this trade for over 32 years.  Mexico is already one of Port Tampa Bay's top trading partners and we see significant potential to expand our containerized business with Mexico, including for such commodities as food and beverage products, consumer goods and construction and building materials", added Anderson.
25 Pinellas companies rank in
Florida Trend's Top 350
Twenty five Pinellas businesses made it into Florida Trend's Top 350 ranking of Florida's biggest companies. Front runners in the top 125 publicly-held companies include Tech Data (#2), Jabil Circuit (#4), Raymond James Financial (#18) and HSN (#25), which are also among Pinellas County's largest employers. Learn more about the Top 350 at Find more of Pinellas County's largest target industry employers at

Join Raymond James and make a difference through Pinellas County Lunch Pals
Join the Pinellas County Schools/Raymond James partnership along with Nielsen, Power Design, Tech Data and many others, and offer your employees the opportunity to be Lunch Pals. Each company is matched with a school nearby. Lunch Pals are matched with students who can especially benefit from a relationship with a positive and caring adult. They meet each week for 30 minutes during the student's lunch time, on school grounds, when school is in session.  Pinellas County Schools provides orientation/training and materials to promote Lunch Pals to employees. Raymond James provides company support. Click here to learn more about the program and become a Lunch Pal.  Contact Ron Diner, Director of Strategic Community Partnerships at Raymond James at (727) 567-5043 or to discuss the advantages of Lunch Pals for your organization and the major impact it can have on the economic vitality of Pinellas.

PSTA Public Workshops Aug. 1 and 2

The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) needs your input! PSTA will hold a public workshop on Aug. 1 to discuss a downtown St. Petersburg improvement study and a proposed bus rapid transit line between St. Petersburg and the beaches. The Aug. 1 workshop will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at St. Petersburg College, 244 2nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Room DC-210. A second public workshop will be held on Aug. 2 to further discuss the proposed bus rapid transit line between St. Petersburg and the beaches. The Aug. 2 workshop will be held at St. Petersburg College, 6605 5th Ave. N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710, Room SA114. Learn more about the workshops at

TEC Garage Adds Four New Clients
  • AnActionPlan allows businesses to track the status of enterprise processes in one easy-to-use web interface.
  • MTM Research designs manufactures and markets portable communication and media devices with a suite of cloud-based related software.
  • SynergyWiz has created StandN, an all-in-one charging station, kickstand, Bluetooth headset carrying and grip enhancing, mobile multimedia device that attaches to a smart phone.
  • Vincent Scientifics develops a wearable device to help students achieve greater learning success.
Learn more about TEC Garage at

Baseball Forever Night, Aug. 19
The Baseball Forever Campaign is an initiative of the City of St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, residents, businesses and fans of the Tampa Bay Rays to support keeping Major League Baseball in St. Petersburg. Interested businesses can learn more about the event and ticket packages at

Export Sales Mission to the Dominican Republic, Dec. 4-7
Save Dec. 4-7 for the Tampa Bay Export Alliance's trade mission to the Dominican Republic. The Dominican Republic is Florida's 5th largest export market, making this an excellent opportunity for Tampa Bay exporters. The trip will also explore the market potential in other Caribbean markets such as Jamaica, Barbados and Trinidad & Tobago.  More details will be available next month. Contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or

Pinellas News

Florida GDP outpacing U.S. economic output thanks to strong real estate, construction sectors
(Tampa Bay Times)

Port Tampa Bay lands new container shipping service
(Tampa Bay Times)

Clearwater firm's deal helps it crack into a $1 trillion market
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Zurman recognized for commitment to Veterans' health care
(Tampa Bay Newspapers)

iHeartMedia opens national sales office in St. Petersburg with lots of buzz
(Tampa Bay Times)

Tervis Tumblers opening boutique in downtown St. Pete
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

Visit Tampa Bay selects Clearwater agency for advertising
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

New apartments, retail planned for Skyway Marina District
(Tampa Bay Times)

Kahwa Coffee opens new location in Belleair Bluffs
(83 Degrees)

Take a look at the size of the new $24 million gantry cranes at Port Tampa Bay
(Tampa Bay Times)

Take a look at how the biggest companies in Florida and Tampa Bay are driving the economy
(Tampa Bay Times)

Pinellas County is No. 1 in recycling for state of Florida
(Tampa Bay Newspapers)

Tampa Bay firms dominate venture capital deals in Florida
(Tampa Bay Business Journal)

University of South Florida St. Petersburg Brewing Arts program going strong
(Tampa Bay Times)

In This Issue
Quick Links
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