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  • December 11, 2017 7:12 PM | Anonymous

    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

    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:

  • November 07, 2017 11:30 AM | Anonymous

    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,, (863) 837-5937
    Marilyn Barger, FLATE,, (813) 259-6578
    Phil Centonze, FloridaMakes,, (954) 648-2642

  • November 06, 2017 11:13 AM | Anonymous

    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

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

  • November 03, 2017 10:06 AM | Anonymous

    Next UAS Remote Pilot Certificate Prep Course Begins on Tuesday, November 7th


    UAS Remote Pilot Certificate Prep Course


    NOV 7 - DEC 5, 2017

    (No class the week of 11/20

    due to Thanksgiving)

    Tuesdays, 6:00-8:30PM


    13805 58TH ST. N.,

    ST. PETERSBURG, FL 33760

    Register today HERE

    Course Details:

    This 4-week course is designed to prepare students to pass the FAA Remote Pilot Certificate exam. Topics include:

    • UAS Regulations

    • Flight operations and restrictions

    • Loading and performance

    • Emergency procedures

    • Crew resource management

    • Radio communication procedures

    • UAS performance

    • Psychological effects of drugs and alcohol

    • Aeronautical decision-making and judgement

    • Airport operations

    • Maintenance and pre-flight inspection procedures

    Career and business opportunities with UAS training include entrepreneurship, military UAS pilot, firefighter, disaster relief, search and rescue, law enforcement, oil and gas operations, border patrol, agriculture, package delivery, forestry, engineering, computer science, real estate, film and photography, and other industries.

    For more information on UAS (Drone) 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

  • October 30, 2017 12:19 PM | Anonymous

    FloridaMakes Webinar: Flexible Hybrid Electronics: What it Means for Your Business
    Wednesday, November 15
    12 p.m. -1 p.m.

    Click here to register.

    Presenter: C. Andy Helm, Strategic Business Manager, Enterprise Innovation Institute, Georgia Tech.
    Flexible Hybrid Electronics: What it Means for Your Business

    Manufacturers across the world are already using FHE to increase their manufacturing capabilities. Are you familiar with FHE and what it can do for your business? If not, you should be.

    In a nutshell, FHE eliminates many of the barriers associated with traditional rigid electronics and allows for new and exciting applications. Some examples may be process sensors resulting in improved shop floor efficiencies or sensors monitoring environmental conditions throughout transit.

    With the emergence of technology within manufacturing the only consistency is change, but change can mean great things for manufacturers, if you allow yourself to be exposed to new ideas and concepts to help grow your business.

    The Georgia Manufacturing Extension Partnership (GaMEP) at Georgia Tech is conducting a free, 50-minute webinar to introduce you to Flexible Hybrid Electronics and to better understand how small to mid-size manufacturers can incorporate this into their plant.

    Please register at:

    To learn how FloridaMakes’ services can unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your company, contact your FloridaMakes’ Business Advisor Amy Lee at or at (727) 424-3698 (cell).

    FloridaMakes is the official representative of the MEP National Network and NIST MEP in the State of Florida.


  • October 25, 2017 9:02 AM | Anonymous

    Congratulations to BAMA member, Hydro-Dyne® Engineering for being named one of Grow Florida, Florida Company to Watch Winner for 2017. Hydro-Dyne is a custom engineered manufacturer of mechanical, screening and grit removal equipment for water and waste water treatment.

    Read more about their award here.

  • October 12, 2017 8:25 AM | Anonymous

    Two manufacturers share tactics for keeping lean and continuous improvement fresh, growing and top of mind among the workforce.


  • October 06, 2017 9:04 AM | Anonymous

    Did you know there is a Manufacturing Talk Radio? Listen live every Tuesday at 1:00 p.m.
    Check it out:

  • September 29, 2017 11:12 AM | Anonymous

    CareerSource Tampa Bay and CareerSource Pinellas are excited to announce the Internship Hiring Event to be held on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.

    Employer set up is from 1-2 pm, Event runs from 2-4 pm
    Location: CareerSource Tampa Bay-North Tampa Office
    9215 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33612

    This internship targeted hiring event will showcase the brightest and most motivated young talent from local universities and post-secondary institutions to include University of South Florida, St. Petersburg College, University of South Florida St. Petersburg, University of Tampa, Eckerd College, and many more!

    Please note, while this event is primarily featuring Internships, it is also available to employers seeking recent grads!

    As a valued business partner, we cordially invite you to participate in this Internship Hiring Event. There are no costs associated with participating; however, opportunities are available for Sponsorships for the event. Sponsorships for the event are available for as little as $250! As a contributing sponsor of the event, our staff will work to directly recruit and pre-screen highly qualified Intern candidates for your positions. In addition, your company name and logo will be placed on all media, which may include event flyers, Social Media, Newspaper, and web advertisements.

    The deadline for registration is Wednesday, October 4th, 2017.

    Space is limited to only 50 employers, so be sure to reserve your booth space now! **Only paid internships are accepted for this event.** Be sure to submit Job Descriptions along with the Registration Form, as the positions will be posted to Employ Florida and Tampa Bay Intern.

    Thank you again for your interest in this unique opportunity to promote your company to future business leaders and offering them meaningful ways to develop their workplace competencies.

    Please contact Jason at or via phone at 813-397-2088 (Hillsborough), 727-608-2524 (Pinellas).


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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