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  • February 05, 2018 12:49 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2018 Florida Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo is 90 days away!

    With the USF Young Innovators Competition now part of the Bright Young Minds Coalition & Florida Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo, we cannot wait to see the incredible Young Inventors, Innovators and Entrepreneurs in action! This partnership means students, teachers and classrooms now have access to year-round support, curricula, resources and tools. Teachers will have access to all tools and resources provided by The National STEMIE Coalition. STEMIE is a STEM based program infused with Invention & Entrepreneurship. Invention Education has been around since the 1980's and precedes STEM by about 20 years. Students go through an 8-step process to take them through the entire Invention Process from Idea to Prototype and Pitch to Presentation.

    The value of invention education, according to kids: http://video.newyorker.com/watch/kid-inventors-tell-all

    STEMIE Invention & Entrepreneurship Education is currently in more than 35 states in the United States and this year we are so thrilled to have gone Global! The Global Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo is May 31st - June 3 in Dearborn. MI being held at The Henry Ford Museum. We are blessed to have wonderful National Partners like The Henry Ford Museum, The Lemelson Foundation and UTC to name a few. We have garnered a great deal of National attention recently. But really need support here locally. Winners from the Florida Invention Convention may be invited to participate in the National & Global Invention Convention!

    Bright Young Minds Coalition has partnered with Pinellas Technical College to host the Florida Invention Convention & Entrepreneurship Expo on May 4th & 5th. We are expecting to host 300-500 Young Innovators, Inventors and Entrepreneurs.

    If you are an educator and want to learn more about upcoming Professional Development Workshops, implementing Invention Education or how your student(s) can participate in Invention Convention we look forward to getting your school registered! If you are a parent or student inventor and want to learn more about Invention Education or participating in Invention Convention or Spring Break and Summer Camps, please  email Tracy for more details. Invent Florida School Registration

    If you would like to get involved we have many opportunities for volunteerism, judging, donations, Award or Category Sponsors and Corporate Sponsorship, I would love to talk with you personally! An event of this size spread over two days is a massive undertaking and an excellent opportunity for supporters of STEM, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Education to become involved and take part in helping to create our future leaders, inventors, and entrepreneurs. I am available to answer any questions about student inventors participating in FLIC, helping schools and teachers learn more about STEMIE Invention Education and discussing ways you or your company can become involved! Please feel free to email or call Tracy directly.

    Global Invention Convention comes to The Henry Ford

    Contact: Tracy Zuluaga
    Executive Director
    O: 800-311-6744
    M: (305) 753 5755


  • January 24, 2018 3:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Manufacturing Alliance of Hillsborough County is proud to announce M-Pact, a new series of events aimed at educating, informing, and connecting manufacturers. Each meeting features an expert speaker covering a critical area, such as training opportunities, employee development and more.

    Potential topics include :
    • Free Training Grants/Tax Incentives for Employees
    • Workforce Trends – Investing in staff development; Bridging Generational gap

    The first M-Pact meeting is scheduled for March 7 at the Hillsborough Community Center - Brandon Campus, Room BADM 116-117 (Conference Center). If you are a manufacturer and would like to recommend a specific topic, please contact Elizabeth Vocke at evocke@thinkcreativeinc.com.

  • January 24, 2018 11:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) Certification Course

    PLC Technicians install and repair industrial electronic equipment including I/O networks, data highways, and variable speed drives, process control equipment, and write PLC programs for a wide variety of automated control systems ranging from simple on-off controls to robotics.

    The 30 hour SPC Workforce Institute PLCs Certification Program is a hybrid program providing 12 hours of online courseware, 15 hours of intensive hands-on lab activities, and 3 hours of online preparation for the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies (PMMI) exam.

    Upcoming Course Dates:
    Feb. 5 - Mar. 4, 2018
    Mar. 12 - Apr. 8, 2018
    Apr. 9 - May 6, 2018
    May 7 - June 3, 2018

    The 5 day hands-on lab classes are conducted at BRAAS Company:
    230 Douglas Rd., Oldsmar, FL 34677
    Lab times: 1-4 PM or 5-8 PM
    (Monday – Friday)

    Register today by clicking the link and selecting the dates and lab sessions that you would like to attend:
    Register Here

    3 hours of course credit can be articulated to AS Engineering degree program

    For more information on PLC course offerings, please call Fred Tucker at 727-791-2409.
    For information on all other training, please visit SPC’s Workforce Institute page or contact us at (727) 341-4445 or workforce@spcollege.edu.

  • January 22, 2018 10:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Composite Manufacturing Training Program
    Pinellas Technical College (PTC) – Clearwater.

    The composite manufacturing program is designed to provide beginning and intermediate technical skill training to individuals interested in a career in the composite manufacturing industry. The curriculum is in draft stages right now but will involve basic safety, tools and processes, intermediate technical skills and processes and materials management. To better guide the program from inception to students being placed on the job, we are assembling employers/manufacturers who would have interest in advising us as to what to teach, help guide the program through development and operation and employ the graduates of the program.

    We are planning the first meeting of interested employers for January 26, 10:30am at Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater and would value your involvement. At this meeting we will explain in detail the plan for the program and how your involvement can help us implement a training program that will fill your need for entry-level composite technicians.

    Please share your ability to attend this meeting in person or by calling in, designee are also welcome:

    January 26, 10:30am
    Pinellas Technical College – Clearwater
    6100 154th Ave. N., Clearwater 33760
    Or Call In to: Toll-Free number: 1-888-670-3525
    Participant code: 2330752893

    Mark Hunt
    Executive Director
    Career, Technical and Adult Education
    Pinellas County Schools
    301 Fourth Street SW, Largo, Florida 33779-2942
    Office (727)588-6006
    Cell (813)453-3820

  • January 16, 2018 4:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Tampa Bay TechHire program will provide FREE IT training to youth and young adults between the ages of 17 and 29.

    Some of the different certifications you will have the opportunity to earn once you have successfully completed the program are as follows:
    • CompTIA A+
    • CompTIA Security+
    • CompTIA Network+
    • Java programming
    • USF Innovative Business Technology Boot Camp

    Spaces still available for the following classes!
    • CompTIA Network+ 1/25/2018
    • CompTIA Security+ 1/29/2018
    • USF Innovative Business Technology Boot Camp 1/22/2018

    If you have interested parties, please send them to http://careersourcetampabay.com/pages/TB_TechHire to complete an online application, or email Gabrielle Howard at howardg@careersourcetampabay.com.

  • January 04, 2018 5:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    U.S. manufacturing expanded in December at the fastest pace in three months, as gains in orders and production capped the strongest year for factories since 2004, the Institute for Supply Management said Wednesday.

    Read the article in Bloomberg

  • December 11, 2017 7:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EXPORTING: Getting Started or Expanding into new Markets

    Wednesday, Dec. 20
    10:30 am


    Contact: Sandro Murtas, CICP, CGBP
    Regional Export Finance Manager, Central & Northern Florida
    Office of International Trade, U.S. Small Business Administration
    U.S. Export Assistance Center
    13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200, Clearwater, FL 33760
    Tel: 727-464-7177
    Mob. 727-365-6939

  • November 27, 2017 11:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    National Conference on Industry Sector Growth Strategies
    December 7-9
    Location: Marriott, St. Petersburg/Clearwater

    Join other business and community leaders to include Boeing, Gulfstream Aerospace, HCA, Raymond James, and US Representative Virginia Foxx to take part in The Voice of Business: National Conference on Industry Sector Growth Strategies.

    Attendees will be able to provide and gain feedback on industry needs, vision for the future of work, talent challenges, and skills required to take their business to the next level. In addition, experts from fast-growing industries will share their insights on current economic position and what its future may hold.

    Keynote Speaker: Mark Blyth, Political Economist & Author

    Noted author, professor and expert on global politics and economics, Dr. Blyth regularly speaks to diverse global audiences including financial institutions, multi-national corporations, associations, governments and literary festivals. In addition to keynote speeches, he is a sought after moderator and live interviewer for notable figures such as Tony Blair, Gerhard Schroeder, and the ex-Greek Finance Minister, Yanis Varoufakis. Blyth distinguishes himself on the speaking circuit with an ability to break down complex, financial and political issues with clarity and sharp Scottish wit. He predicted the Brexit vote, Trump’s election and Italy’s referendum well before most pundits. Hear him speak about “Politics and Economics in a New Era.”

    To register & see the schedule: https://careersourcetampabay.com/pages/conference

  • November 07, 2017 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Curriculum Survey

    FloridaMakes, Polk State College (PSC), and FLATE (Florida Advanced Technological Education Center of Excellence) are requesting your extremely valuable participation in a short 15 minutes survey designed to define curriculum content of schools preparing competent workforce to meet your demand.

    This is pretty straightforward with drop downs, not written responses needed. Simply rate how important each topic is to you, how much and how often does it come into play.

    Click here to take the survey

    We sincerely appreciate you taking the time to provide us your valuable feedback and will share the results when all the data has been compiled. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our team. Please respond by November 30.

    Mori Toosi, Polk State College, mtoosi@polk.edu, (863) 837-5937
    Marilyn Barger, FLATE, mbarger@fl-ate.org, (813) 259-6578
    Phil Centonze, FloridaMakes, phil.centonze@floridamakes.com, (954) 648-2642

  • November 06, 2017 11:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Business Opportunities in Costa Rica Roadshow

    Date:  Wednesday, November 8, 2017 
    Time:  8:00 - 11:00 am 
    Where:  EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College
    13805 58th Street N, Room 2-302 Clearwater, FL  33760 

    From February 26 - March 1, 2018, Enterprise Florida will lead an Export Sales Mission to San Jose, Costa Rica.  To learn more about the business opportunities for you in Costa Rica and the mission, you are invited to join us for a briefing on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

    Bilateral trade between the U.S. and Costa Rica totaled $10.2 billion in 2016, and Florida leads all states in two way trade. As Florida’s 12th largest merchandise trading partner in 2016 with nearly $3.6 billion in total trade and nearly $2.5 billion in exports, Costa Rica holds vast opportunities for Florida companies.

    Facilitated by the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR), the U.S. has become the chief trading partner for Costa Rica and exporters benefit from eliminated tariffs and barriers. See what they can mean to your business!

    The guest speaker for this event is Mr. Eric Wolff, Regional Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica, and will discuss best export opportunities for Florida companies.
    A limited number of one-on-one appointments with Mr. Wolff will be available after the briefing. To reserve a one-on-one appointment, please email Joseph Bell at jbell@enterpriseflorida.com.

    Register:   Click Here
    Cost: Free
    Contact: Joseph Bell
    Enterprise Florida

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Read the 2015 Florida Manufacturing Brief from Enterprise Florida

Labor Market Industry Profile

Florida manufacturers are critical to the state’s economy. In June 2013, Florida manufacturing
was 4.4 percent of the employment for all industries. Manufacturing is separated into durable
goods manufacturing and nondurable goods manufacturing. Durable goods manufacturing
accounted for 66.7 percent of June 2013 manufacturing employment and nondurable goods
manufacturing accounted for 33.3 percent.

There were 18,510 Florida manufacturers in June 2013, with employment of 323,341 jobs.
Employment was up 5,660 jobs (+1.8 percent) over the year.

Read the entire report here

Number of Establishments
Employment December 2013
Pinellas 1,297 30,317
Hillsborough 1,114 24,651
Pasco 317 3,185
Hernando 106 1,509
TOTALS 2,834 59,662

Information provided by

International Trade

Click here for the Slide Show from the tour of the
Tampa Port on May 14, 2016.

If you need information on how to sell your goods to other countries,
here are some contacts that can help you.

Dan Bjerk is a Senior International Trade Specialist at the Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center,
the local office for the U.S. Commercial Service of the International Trade Administration of the
U.S. Department of Commerce located in Clearwater, Florida.

Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center

U.S. Department of Commerce | International Trade Administration

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




Brent Barkway joined the staff of Pinellas County Economic Development in August 2014, as a Business Development Manager specializing in Export Development, Foreign Trade Zone management, business expansion and relocation projects. He focuses on helping local companies discover new global markets for their products and services. Brent honed his economic development skills in Lee County, where he managed the relocation of Hertz Corporate Headquarters, which resulted in the creation of hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact in Southwest Florida.

Pinellas County Economic Development

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



Lorrie Belovich is Director of International Business Development for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and partner in the Tampa Bay Export Alliance. She is responsible for both international trade and foreign direct investment. She works closely with the international stakeholders in Tampa Bay, such as the Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, Visit Tampa Bay and the Mayor’s office, to align the international business strategy for Hillsborough Country. Lorrie also manages the official outbound trade and business development missions led by Mayor Buckhorn and other elected officials.

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

101 East Kennedy Blvd. | Suite 1750, Tampa, FL 33602



Gonzalo Padron joined Port Tampa Bay as director of marketing and business development for Latin America in August 2014. Prior to joining the port’s executive team, Padron was manager of strategic customers at DHL Global Forwarding. Padron began his industry career extensively traveling the Caribbean and Latin America as a senior account executive for ocean carriers Tecmarine Lines and Seaboard Marine.

Port Tampa Bay

1101 Channelside Drive, Tampa, FL 33602


office: 813-905-5150

mobile: 813-361-2892

M. Javier Zuniga’s expertise includes corporate and partnership tax compliance, partnership structures, international taxation, individual taxation and forensic accounting. Javier is also part of PDR CPAs R&D tax credit and cost segregation studies practice areas.





The OSHA presentation from January 22, 2015

Click the logo to view the presentation





Bay Area Manufacturers Association

PO Box 1264

Largo, FL 33779

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