Pinellas County Business News
September, 2016
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MasterCut Tool Corp. grows from a Safety Harbor garage to a worldwide leader in the cutting tool industry with 100+ employees
In 1985, Michael Shaluly founded his company with one hand grinding machine and one dust collector in a small garage in Safety Harbor, Florida.  Today, just two miles away from that small garage, MasterCut Tool Corp. has become a worldwide leader in the cutting tool industry, with distribution in over 40 countries. 
The company has expanded into a 70,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, opened a European Sales Office and employs over 100 staff members. The company is proud to call Safety Harbor in Pinellas County its global headquarters, as they celebrate over 30 years as a world class manufacturer.

On August 9th, at the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioner's meeting, Michael Shaluly, President of MasterCut Tool, was recognized for his contributions to the Pinellas economy and leadership in the business community with the "Thank you for Doing Business in Pinellas," award presented by Commission Chairman Charlie Justice.
GrowFL Manufacturers Business Growth Program: Sept. 30 Lunch & Learn
GrowFL, in partnership with FloridaMakes, is working to provide a year-long curriculum for manufacturers and manufacturing-related companies. The program is for CEOs, sales and marketing teams who are looking to grow their company and address challenging business problems. Attend a Lunch & Learn session in Tampa on Sept. 30. Details and registration can be found at

Oct. 7: Celebrate 2016 Manufacturing Day
Manufacturing Day brings attention to an industry sector that employs nearly 60,000 people across the Tampa Bay region. Area manufacturing companies are encouraged to host student tours of their facilities to provide insight into future careers in manufacturing. Find a Manufacturing Day event in Florida or click here to host an event.  

Export Sales Mission to the Dominican Republic, Dec. 5-8
The Export Sales Mission to the Dominican Republic will feature one-on-one customized matchmaking with potential partners, a briefing highlighting trade opportunities throughout the Caribbean, and companies will receive a regional market assessment for their products or services. Much of what is used or consumed in the Dominican Republic is imported, making this an excellent market for Tampa Bay exporters. Grants are available to qualified companies. Find details here and contact Brent Barkway at (727) 464-7411 or to learn more.

Unique Device Identifiers (UDI): Are You Ready? Sept. 20 information session
By September 24, 2016, the labels and packages of all Class II medical devices must bear a Unique Device Identifier (UDI) and data for such devices must be submitted to the FDA's Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID). This session will provide practical insights on just launching - or the final execution - of your UDI compliance plan; and will review some of the common pitfalls and challenges encountered during your UDI journey. Presented by the Florida Medical Manufacturers Consortium. Learn more and register at

Oct. 4 Webinar: Financial Support for US Exports - Small Business Exporter Programs
Join Elena Mendez, Regional Director, Eastern Regional Office of the Export-Import Bank of the United States, for this informative webinar starting at 3:00 p.m. on Oct. 4. The presentation will focus on EXIM's products which will allow small business exporters to increase their export sales of U.S. goods and services abroad, while becoming more competitive and mitigating payment risk from overseas buyers. Click here for free registration.

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