Pinellas County

Business Workshops  

November, 2016
Starting a Business
Nov. 1
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

The best way to get started! Receive information on the necessary licenses, permits, legal documents and requirements to do business in the State of Florida. Learn to refine your ideas into a plan for success. 
Responding to RFPs, RFIs, and RFQs
Nov. 8
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Each bid proposal is unique... In order to stand out in the sea of competing firms and to get an insider's look into writing a business proposal that will generate more successful results; Gain real insight into the bid writing process and discover proven tools for responding to proposals. In this seminar you will learn the do's and don'ts in writing and submitting a proposal.
Selling to the Federal Government
Nov. 15
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sell to the Federal Government! This class will provide information on how to register with the Federal Government, how to located federal opportunities, and the steps necessary to access federal business certification programs.
Minority Certifications
Nov. 22
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Get Certified! Learn the benefits and how to become certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Small Business Enterprise (SBE) or Woman Business Enterprise (WBE) to best access government contracts and purchasing opportunities. Learn how to find and identify potential bids and improve your position in the bid evaluation process.
Selling to Pinellas County Government
Nov. 29
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Get an overview of the Pinellas County Purchasing Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. Learn how to register to do business with County Government.
Was your Pinellas business impacted by Hurricane Hermine?  Florida's Emergency Bridge Loans and SBA Loans are Available 
The U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has opened Business Recovery Centers (BRC) at The Florida SBDC at USF at Port Tampa Bay, 1101 Channelside Drive, #210, Tampa, Florida (Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m) and the West Citrus Center, Citrus County, 1540 N. Meadowcrest Blvd., Crystal River, FL 34429 (Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. - 5.p.m).  These centers can help businesses impacted by Hurricane Hermine.

Low interest loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration are available to help with business losses not covered by insurance. Information on SBA disaster loans may be obtained by calling (800) 659-2955 and (800) 877-8339 (TTY) or by going online. The Small Business Administration filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 28, 2016.  Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA's secure website at  The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 28, 2017.

Florida businesses impacted by Hurricane Hermine may also apply for short-term, interest-free loans through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. The bridge loan program helps bridge the gap for small businesses between the time impact occurs and when other resources become available, including insurance claims or federal assistance. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2016.  To complete an application by the Oct. 31 deadline, or for more information on the program, visit

For questions regarding the Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program or SBA Disaster Loans, contact the Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County or phone (727) 453-7200  for further assistance.

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The Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County offers business training, counseling, referrals and resources. Workshops held at the Center fill quickly and advanced registration is requested. Classes are cancelled on holidays or any day county offices are closed.


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Contact Information


(727) 453-7200

13805 58th Street N.
Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760

The FSBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.   All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.