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  • May 13, 2019 10:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • March 19, 2019 8:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HRP's fast-paced RCRA seminar is designed to provide both entry-level and experienced environmental managers with a comprehensive review of state and federal hazardous waste regulations. The four-hour seminar assists industry in meeting their annual RCRA training requirement. Regulatory examples and case histories are used during this seminar to emphasize and reinforce aspects of the hazardous waste regulations. The key training topics include:

    • What wastes are hazardous?
    • Satellite accumulation requirements
    • Hazardous waste classification differences
    • Container management requirements
    • Universal wastes
    • Used oil requirements
    • Enforcement
    • What to do if inspected

    Certificates of Completion will be provided to all attendees.

    RCRA: $245pp/$225pp for multiple registrants from same company 

    Embassy Suites Tampa Brandon, 10220 Palm River Rd, Tampa, FL 33619
    (813) 653-1787

    Click here for more details -

  • March 12, 2019 1:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The highly-interactive DOT four-hour training program is designed to provide both entry level and experienced environmental managers with an in depth understanding on how to properly prepare a hazardous material package for transportation and their responsibilities under the DOT’s Hazardous Material Transportation regulations. The Hazardous Material Transportation Training Manual, which is designed to address the types of issues environmental professionals face on a daily basis, provides a clear and concise reference on how to complete each step for hazardous materials transportation. Topics to be introduced and discussed during the four-hour session include the following:

    • Classifying a Hazardous Material;
    • DOT Hazard Classes;
    • Hazardous Substances/Marine Pollutants/Elevated Temperature Materials;
    • How to read and use Hazardous Material Table 172.101;
    • Proper Shipping Name Identification;
    • Proper Packaging;
    • How to Mark and Label hazardous materials packages;
    • How to prepare Shipping Papers;
    • Placarding Requirements;
    • Training and Record Keeping requirements;
    • Safety and Emergency Response Information requirements; and
    • DOT Security requirements.

    Certificates of Completion will be provided to all attendees who successfully pass the required quiz. Every attendee will receive a copy of the most recent Emergency Response Guidebook.

    DOT: $195pp/$180pp for multiple registrants from same company

    Click here for more details -

  • January 31, 2019 9:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Roy Sweatman, the president of Tampa-based Southern Manufacturing Technologies was interviewed by Fox 13 News to address the challenges manufacturers face in finding skilled people to fill manufacturing jobs.

    Read more here.

  • January 31, 2019 8:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAMA member Seaway Plastics Engineering was recently featured on the segment, Made in Tampa Bay on Fox 13 News.  Seaway is a custom plastic injection molding company  specializing in low to mid volume production located in the Port Richey area. 

    Read the full story here.

  • May 10, 2018 9:01 AM | Anonymous

    Upcoming PLCs Certification Training at St. Petersburg College

    Manufacturing is alive and well in the U.S. Industrial automation in industry is providing a growing number of jobs for technically trained people who can build, program, integrate, service, maintain and operate PLCs. Job opportunities include programming, packaging, power generation, mining, machine design, and building automated systems, maintenance, transportation, systems integration, component testing, technical sales, quality control, electrical, mechanical, computer, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing. 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.

    Upcoming Course Dates:

    June 4 – July 1, 2018

    July 2 – July 29, 2018

    August 6 – Sept 2, 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)

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

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

    For more information regarding PLCs training, please contact Fred Tucker with the Workforce Institute at 727-791-2409 or

    Fred Tucker, GCDF

    Program Coordinator, Manufacturing


  • April 16, 2018 4:06 PM | Anonymous

    Mettler Toledo plans to have 600 people employed at their new facility in Pasco County in the next few months, of which, 185 of those are new jobs. 


  • March 30, 2018 2:49 PM | Anonymous

    Pinellas SBE Community Conversation

    Come share your experiences, successes and barriers in doing business with Pinellas County Government. Our Pinellas Board of County Commissioners, in partnership with the Purchasing and Economic Development departments will be listening to the voices of our citizens and local business owners to enhance the SBE program.

    Meeting Location: SPC Epi-Center, Clearwater
    Date: Thursday, April 19, 2018
    Time: 9 - 11 AM

    This activity is free

    Click here for more info and to register.

  • March 13, 2018 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    The University of South Florida's Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education works to extend the reach of USF's academic programs, and promotes advanced professional development in order to contribute to building a world class workforce in the Tampa Bay Area.

    Over $90,000 is the estimated average salary for a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in Tampa, Florida*

    Get Started Now!

    No application or previous Lean Six Sigma Green Belt experience required to register for our program.

    Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification Program will meet 9am - 5pm, the following 8 Saturdays:
    • May 5 (Define)
    • May 19 and May 26 (Measure)
    • June 23 and June 30 (Analyze)
    • July 21 (Improve)
    • July 28 (Control)
    • August 11 (Storyboard Presentations and Exam)

    What You Will Earn
    To successfully complete the program, participants must meet the attendance requirement, successfully complete a storyboard and pass the final exam. You will earn continuing education contact hours/PDUs and you will receive a letter of completion, which may apply for professional development credit. Upon successfully completing this program, you will receive a Certification from the USF Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education.

    Cost of Attendance
    $2,995 (includes cost of all materials and the tool that will be used for the duration of the course, final exam and final storyboard review for certification) The Lean Six Sigma program will encompass all the necessary requirements for you to obtain a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification including training hours, project assessment and the exam. Learn More!

    Register Now!
    USF Office of Corporate Training and Professional Education | (813) 974-5550 |

    *Source: Six Sigma Green Belt Salaries in Tampa, FL (2018).,5_IM850_KO6,26.htm

  • March 02, 2018 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    Registration Open for 31st Annual Government Small Business Conference
    Friday, May 4, 8AM - 5PM

    Florida SBDC at USF (TAMPA) – The Florida SBDC at University of South Florida, in conjunction with the Florida Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) at USF, are pleased to announce registration is now open for the 31st Annual Small Business Conference. This co-hosted conference, titled Strategy & Acquisition: Success in Federal Contracting, is a unique conference for small business owners to learn how to optimize government contracting opportunities through informative workshops, panel discussions, and a Business Opportunity Expo, featuring federal agencies.

    Led by the region’s leading experts, the information covered will help business owners strengthen their government contracting relationships and gain insight into working with federal buyers.

    “This is our premiere event each year for government contracting,” Stacey Dadd, marketing and communications officer for the Florida SBDC at USF, said. “Government contracting is such a vital area of business for many of our clients and opportunities abound. You just have to know where to find them.”

    Cost is $149 per person during the early bird registration period. Early registration discounts end April 13. The conference will take place at the Holiday Inn Tampa Westshore, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m..

    In addition to training and networking opportunities, the afternoon will feature a Small Business Awards Luncheon with a prominent keynote speaker.

    To register for 31st Annual Government Small Business Conference, click here.

    About the Florida SBDC Network:
    For over forty years, the Florida SBDC at USF, the state's principal provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001], has nourished a statewide partnership between higher education and economic development to provide emerging and established business owners with management and knowledge resources that enable overall growth, increased profitability, and economic prosperity for the state. A statewide network of over 40 centers, the Florida SBDC is funded in part by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners, with the University of West Florida serving as the network's designated lead host institution. The Florida SBDC Network is nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs. Florida SBDC services are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Language assistance services are available for individuals with limited English proficiency. For more information, please visit

    About the Florida PTAC at USF
    This Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency.


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.




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