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  • June 15, 2017 11:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    USF Continuing Education Courses - http://www.usf.edu/continuing-education/

    07/29/17 - 08/12/17 (3 consecutive Saturdays)

    Effective Project Management, the prerequisite course for the Project Management Certificate

    This course will deepen your understanding of the basic principles and techniques used in managing projects successfully. You will apply practical tools presented through scenario analysis, role playing, case studies, discussion and other experiential techniques.

    The classroom-based course fulfills the educational requirement for the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® examination, and provides fundamental information necessary to begin preparing for PMI certifications. The PMBOK® Guide will be provided. 

    07/19/17 and 07/20/17
    Values Based Leadership

    During this course, participants will:

    • Understand their behaviors and how they impact the ability to lead
    • Learn how to tap into the strengths to be the best leader possible
    • Create a better understanding of their organization's foundational communication items and an action plan to be sure they complement each other

    07/31/17 and 08/07/17
    Building High-Performing Teams


    During this course, participants will:

    • Learn the key elements of effective teams and stages of team development
    • Develop skills to enhance team cohesion and performance
    • Learn to foster a culture of creativity and collaboration

    USF Continuing Education | 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, LIB608, Tampa, FL 33620-5650

  • June 09, 2017 10:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    EMS 3D Tech Open House - Tuesday, June 27
    New 3D Printing from HP, RIZE, Desktop Metal & more!

    Technology advances in 3D printing by HP, RIZE, Desktop Metal and others are igniting a revolution in product development and manufacturing.

    When: 10 AM - 3 PM
    Where: EMS, Inc., 5803 Breckenridge Pkwy, Ste D, Tampa, FL 33610

    Join us Tuesday, June 27th to see demos of these innovative new technologies, and talk directly with representatives from EMS, HP, RIZE, and Desktop Metal. PLUS, pick up a free custom 3D printed fidget spinner.

    Register here. https://www.ems-usa.com/ems-3d-tech-open-house-hp-multijet-fusion-rize-more/

    The event is free. Sign up today to reserve your free HP 3D printed fidget spinner. Register here. We look forward to showing you the future of prototyping and additive manufacturing.

    About EMS
    Founded in 2001, EMS Inc. is a leading single source provider of 3D scanning and 3D printing solutions to customers across the automotive, aerospace, military, consumer products, medical, art and entertainment industries. With over 15,000 projects completed in 15 years, EMS specializes in streamlining product development through advanced rapid prototyping, additive manufacturing, reverse engineering and inspection solutions. EMS is an authorized reseller of HP, RIZE, 3D Systems, Creaform, SpaceClaim, Wenzel, GeoMagic, Zeiss, Surphaser, API Sensor, Innovmetric, LaserDesign, and SolidWorks.

    For more information, contact us at www.ems-usa.com or 822-845-2700.

  • June 07, 2017 4:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MacDill AFB Career Fair

    Friday, July 21, 2017
    11:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

    *Open to All Veterans , Active Duty, Guard/Reserve, Family Members That Have Access To Military Installation.
    No Endorsement Made or Implied By DoD, USAF and Federal Government

    Event Website: www.TransitionCareers.com/events/MacDill
    MacDill A&FRC POCs:
    Mr. Troy Johnson, 813-828-0138, troy.johnson.1@us.af.mil
    Mr. Evans Dasque, 813-828-3428, evans.dasque@us.af.mil

  • May 12, 2017 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Regional Stakeholders Announce Follow-Up Report to 2013 Study

    TAMPA BAY, FL – To evaluate the current local manufacturing environment, CareerSource Tampa Bay in partnership CareerSource Pasco-Hernando, CareerSource Pinellas, Florida High Tech Corridor, Pasco County Economic Development Council, Pinellas County Economic Development, Tampa Bay Partnership, and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation announced the publication of the 2016 Tampa Bay Manufacturing Workforce Analysis. The goal of the report was to understand local needs for skilled manufacturing employees and quantify difficult to fill manufacturing skill sets in Tampa Bay.

    The first Hillsborough-Pinellas Manufacturing Skills Gap Analysis was conducted in 2013. As a follow up on the progress made to the key findings at that time, the economic and workforce development organizations re-evaluated the industry in 2016. A targeted survey was conducted from June 2016 through September 2016, which included over 450 manufacturing employers in the Tampa Bay area and examined 109 manufacturing skill sets across 16 job type categories and their corresponding experience levels and certifications.

    The Tampa Bay Manufacturing Workforce Analysis was designed to be a comprehensive skill set demand analysis, so that community leaders and educational institutions can develop the qualified workers needed to support local industry. Based on the responses of the employers surveyed and local, state and national employment projection data opportunities in manufacturing are anticipated to continue to grow in the Tampa Bay region.

    The full analysis can be viewed at www.tampabaygapanalysis.com.

    About Tampa Bay Manufacturing Workforce Analysis
    A regional task force of business and economic development partners provided oversight and strategic direction for the Tampa Bay Workforce Analysis. The report was funded by the CareerSource Tampa Bay.
    Media Contact: Kimberly Williams
    Phone: (813) 397-2085

  • May 09, 2017 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Tampa Bay Export Alliance is going to Colombia.
    September 27-30, 2017

    Colombia is Florida's second largest export market and the fourth largest economy in Latin America making it an excellent market for Tampa Bay exporters.
    U.S. exports to Colombia have increased 15 percent since the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which immediately eliminated import tariffs on 80% of U.S. consumer and industrial products.
    Mission will include the U.S. Commercial Service Gold Key program, customized one-on-one meetings with potential customers in Colombia. Grants will be available to qualified companies.

    Want to learn more? Attend a complimentary workshop
    Special guest: Ms. Norcia Ward-Marin, U.S. Commercial Service Trade Specialist in Bogota, Colombia
    Hillsborough Session
    June 13, 2017
    9:00am - 10:30am
    Florida SBDC at USF
    1101 Channelside Drive. Suite 200
    Tampa, FL 33602
    Pinellas Session
    June 13, 2017
    1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Collaborative Labs at EPI Center
    13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200
    Clearwater, Florida  33760
    Please contact Aly Fernandez, International Business Development Manager for details.
    afernandez@tampaedc.com or at (813) 518-2668

  • May 03, 2017 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Come learn about the different training grants available for your organization.

    Thursday, May 4th, 2017
    2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

    Let us assist your organization to grow, become more proficient, increase customer satisfaction, streamline processes, improve quality, and become more effective and efficient. We will give you the tools that are necessary to meet the challenges of today’s contemporary workplace!

    Workforce Institute, EpiCenter
    Room 324
    13805 58th St. N, Clearwater 33760

    Please RSVP to Mariana Leslie at Leslie.Mariana@SPCollege.edu

  • April 25, 2017 1:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Community Job Fair, in honor of Goodwill Industries® Week

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017
    10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
    Pinellas Technical College – St. Petersburg Campus Main Building, 901 34th Street S, St. Petersburg, FL 33711-2298

    They are seeking employers and businesses that are currently looking to fill both part-time and full-time positions with qualified candidates.

    Their goal is to provide a career fair that meets the needs of job seekers and the businesses within our community.

    Organizations / Recruiters will be able to arrive as early as 8am to set up; Job Seekers who register early will have early access at 9:30am.

    More information: www.goodwill-suncoast.org/job-fair

    Lori Garcia
    Employment Specialist
    Office: 727-321-7337
    Mobile: 727-276-6666
    Email: lori.garcia@goodwill-suncoast.com

  • April 20, 2017 11:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    And it's not tourism in Florida!

    Civilian Aircraft, Engines and Parts
    2016 Value: $5.4 billion

    Florida's massive aerospace industry includes $5.4 billion worth of civilian aircraft, engines and parts exports. The sector represents 10.4 percent of all exports that leave the state. That number has increased steadily from nearly eight percent in 2013.

    Read the MSN article here.

  • April 18, 2017 8:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAMA announces its next Manufacturers RoundTable Forum
    “How do you know you have an effective Quality Management System?”
    Thursday, May 18, 5:30 – 8:00 pm
    Location: Rusty Pelican, 2425 N. Rocky Point Dr., Tampa FL 33607

    The purpose of this Roundtable event is to examine this critical manufacturing business process – both for companies with mature Quality Management Systems (QMS) as well as manufacturing companies that want to build, expand or overhaul their current system.

    Participants will be exposed to QMS fundamentals as well as lessons learned and best practices from BAMA members. Our manufacturing roundtables are designed to be interactive and this event will provide an opportunity to learn from a Quality Management System expert, benchmark with other members and learn ways to help improve the competitiveness of your business.

    The Bay Area Manufacturers Association (BAMA) Manufacturers RoundTable Forums focus on areas of interest for area manufacturers and are designed to promote sharing of best practices to its members with a goal of improving our manufacturing business base.

    Topics from our previous successful RoundTables were:
    • The Value of Pursuing Outside Awards & Recognitions for Your Company
    • Visual Management best practices
    • Measure what matters: How to establish a Continuous Improvement Program that works
    • Developing an effective Lean strategy that works – a collaborative discussion
    • How to start and maintain an effective lean program that will deliver results

    Moderator for the evening:
    J.D. Renner, Quality Assurance Manager, Coating Technology, Inc.

    Roundtable Facilitator:
    Jim Long – Vice President, Operations and Electronic Manufacturing Services for Sypris Electronics

    These Roundtables are offered to facilitate discussion and determine specific focus areas of interest manufacturing members would like more support from BAMA; to provide a forum to discuss and share best practices within manufacturing members; to provide a forum to learn and provide resources to our membership to improve manufacturing competitiveness.

    The Manufacturers Roundtable is another example of BAMA’s ongoing efforts to expand the strength of Tampa Bay’s manufacturing base. Manufacturers may register for this event at www.bama-fl.org/event-2162851. Questions may be directed to becky@bama-fl.org.

    For more than 50 years, The Bay Area Manufacturers Association has been helping manufactures in Tampa Bay. BAMA’s mission is to support manufacturers and promote economic development in the Tampa Bay Region. BAMA provides a forum to exchange ideas and share best practice information; network with colleagues; and learn about manufacturing related topics through educational programs and tours. BAMA supports STEM programs and offers scholarships to students pursuing manufacturing and STEM education. Manufacturing provides jobs for approximately 60,000 people in approximately 2,500 facilities throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties.

    For more information, please visit our website: www.bama-fl.org.

  • April 06, 2017 4:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To celebrate National Robotics Week (April 8-16) FLATE is hosting a robotics open house at Hillsborough Community College in Brandon. The open house will be on Thursday, April 13 from 3-6 p.m., and will feature a number of activities and stations geared to spark local students’ interest in robotics and STEM education and related career pathways.

    Featured activities include: programming a robotic arm and EV3 robots, learning to operate a 3D printer, watching a demo of an electric car, meeting local robotics teams-including a demo of a 6ft humanoid robot, learning about the engineering technology program at HCC and other Florida colleges, meeting local manufacturers- including members from FIRST VISTA, and getting up-close and personal with Jane, FLATE’s humanoid robot. Plus, enter a raffle drawing for a chance to win a FREE week of the FLATE robotics summer camps!

    To RSVP for this FREE event, click here, or contact Janice Mukhia, FLATE’s Project and Outreach Manager, at outreach@fl-ate.org.


Manufacturing in Tampa Bay

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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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