Career & Entrepreneurship Center

  CEC at St. Petersburg College

Career & Entrepreneurship Center

Upcoming Events


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Minority Certifications
Tuesday, May 26th; 12-2PM

Description: 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.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$20 I Click to Register.

Starting a Business
Tuesday, June 2nd; 12-2PM

Description: 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.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$10 I Please RSVP to Attend.

Online Marketing
Tuesday, June 9th; 12-2PM

Description: You do not have to be an expert to be effective with your time, money, and results online. Develop a plan to reach customers and control your business reputation online with a reasonable and efficient effort.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$20 I Please RSVP to Attend.

Business Plans
Tuesday, June 16th: 12-2PM

Description: Develop the right plan for your business needs. Receive an overview and discount on LivePlan cloud based business planning software which features easy financials, a simple pitch format, and performance tracking. Ideal for new or experienced business owners to manage business growth, communicate ideas, or borrow money.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$20 I Click to Register.

Selling to Pinellas County Government
Tuesday, June 23rd; 12-2PM

Description: Get an overview of the Pinellas County Purchasing Small Business Enterprise (SBE) Program. Learn how to register to do business with County Government.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SPC's Career Services offers free workshops, job fairs and other events. See SPC Career Services Events.

The event information provided is updated regularly, but these events are not managed by SPC. Students are encouraged to confirm event times, locations and costs prior to attendance.

ETSY Craft Entrepreneurship
Tuesday, May 26th; 6-8PM
Saturday, May 30th; 10AM-2PM
Monday, June 1st; 6-8PM
Monday, June 8th; 6-8PM

Description: Learn how to turn your passion into an online business and create an Etsy shop for your craft products.  Includes 20 free listings on Etsy, access to exclusive Facebook group, & opportunity to participate in a local craft fair!
Any questions, please contact Carly at CHelliesen@StPete.com.
Where: The Greenhouse, 440 2nd Avenue North, City Hall Annex, St. Petersburg, FL 33701$35.
Please APPLY HERE.

SCORE Creating Your Web Presence
Tuesday, May 26th; 6-8PM

Description: In this workshop you will learn everything you need to know to have a great web site this week. New technology makes it really easy and the cost to get started can be surprisingly low.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE QuickBooks: Online & Beyond
Wednesday, May 27th; 6-8PM

Description: Running your small business from a tablet or smart phone is now possible.  This course will provide an overview of QuickBooks online, cloud accounting and useful apps for small business.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE QuickBooks (Inter.) Part 4: Reconciliations and Reports
Thursday, May 28th; 6-8PM

Description: Learn how to use QuickBooks to generate reports to reconcile your business statements. Hands on seminar. Previous QuickBooks experience recommended.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Intellectual Property Anyone?
Tuesday, June 2nd; 6-8PM

Description: Fundamentals of copyrights, trademarks, patents, industrial design rights and trade secrets critical to protecting your business.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, June 2nd; 9-10AM

Description: Each week, Kaufman Foundation’s 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-up to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

Introduction to Business Financing
Wednesday, June 3rd; 2-3PM

Description: What documentation is required when accessing capital? What are some capital access programs available to small businesses? Representatives from tow financial institutions will address questions like these, outline requirements in applying for a loan and will offer best practices to help you with your business plan presentation to lenders. Various SBA loan programs will also be discussed.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

Introduction to Business Startup
Wednesday, June 3rd; 6-8PM; First Wednesday of the month

Description: Covers concept feasibility, marketing, business planning, financing and licensing issues. A no-nonsense approach to starting a business with a higher chance for success.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Social Media
Thursday, June 4th; 6-8PM

Description: Learn the benefits and risks associated with the use of social media as a marketing tool.
Where: The Greenhouse- 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

Tampa Bay Innovation Center Presents TECH Talk
“Protect Your Brand- Essentials” Featuring Chris Paradies

Tuesday, June 9th; 8:30-10:30AM

Description: June’s program, “Protect Your Brand – Essentials!” will be presented by Chris Paradies, president of intellectual property law firm Paradies Law P.A. and chairman of the Tampa Bay Innovation Center board of directors. Paradies will discuss what a brand is, how each startup can position its brand to maximize its value, the importance of registering trademarks, how to protect a brand from cyberbullying and online infringers, and five mistakes that can devastate a brand’s value.
Where: Microsoft, 5426 Bay Center Drive, 7th Floor, Suite 700, Tampa 33609
FREE I Please Register to Attend.

SCORE Establishing a Home Based Business
Tuesday, June 9th; 6-8PM

Description: Focuses on unique issues of home based business, including tax implications, insurance, homeowner association covenants, and creating a private and professional ambiance for clients.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, June 10th; 9-10AM

Description: Each week, Kaufman Foundation’s 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-up to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

How to Research & Write Your Business Plan
Wednesday, June 10th; 5:30-8PM

Description: Access premium business databases for industry, market and demographic information critical to your business plan. Includes concepts & process of writing the business plan.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
$20 I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Advanced QuickBooks (Q&A)
Wednesday, June 10th; 6-8PM

Description: A question and answer session for experienced QuickBook users.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

The Ice House Entrepreneurship Program
Wednesdays, June 10th-July 29th; 6-9PM

Description: The Ice House is an innovative and interactive program that will teach you how to turn an opportunity into a business and empower you to succeed!
Using the book, Who Owns the Ice House? and video clips of real entrepreneurs, this program will help you find success within your reach!
Where: PTC (Formerly P-TEC), 901 34th St S, Bldg 2, Room 1
$99 I Please RSVP to Attend.

City Services and Incentives
Thursday, June 11th; 6-7PM

Description: This workshop features highlights of zoning and permitting services, including selecting your location, complying with building codes and one-on-one assistance. Valuable business incentive information, for eligible businesses, including tax credits for construction materials, equipment and hiring is also discussed.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

The Arts Business Collaborative-Presented by The St Petersburg Arts Alliance and the Greenhouse
Mondays, June 15th-July 20th; 5:30-8PM

Description: The Arts Business Collaborative (ABC) is a six-week professional development training program for artists of all disciplines, as well as personnel of arts organizations. ABC will provide the skills and confidence to meet everyday business challenges.
Course work will offer practical, targeted information that provides immediate benefits and long-term strategy. Classes will be held Monday nights at the St. Petersburg Greenhouse and will be taught by area arts professionals and business leaders.
ABC will also provide networking support and mentorship opportunities for creative entrepreneurs in the program who connect emerging artists with seasoned professionals in each artistic genre.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
$75, Includes Dinner and Networking I Register to Attend.

SCORE Business Startup Basics
Tuesday, June 16th; 6-8PM

Description: Learn a no-nonsense approach to starting a business with a higher chance for success.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, June 17th; 9-10AM

Description: Each week, Kaufman Foundation’s 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-up to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

Successfully Launching Your Business: Grand Openings & Beyond
Wednesday, June 17th; 6-7:30PM

Description: Get tips for preparing for a successful grand opening and strategies for growing your customer base after the ribbon is cut.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Marketing Your Business Online
Thursday, June 18th; 6-8PM

Description: Do you own a small business or do you want to start one? Strong online marketing can be critical to your success. In this workshop, we will cover how to identify and reach out to your best customer base, which social media platforms to start with, and how to write copy that will connect to your audience. You will leave this workshop with more confidence about using social media to attract customers to your business.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
$20 I Please RSVP to Attend.

HR Does Not Have To Be A Burden
Tuesday, June 23rd; 6:30-7:30PM

Description: Learn the basics of what you need to have a compliant human resources department as a small business owner.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Business Startup Basics
Tuesday, June 23rd; 7-9PM

Description: Are you ready to start a new small business? This workshop will lead you through the steps you should take to be successful.
Where: Tarpon Springs Public Library. 138 East Lemon Street, Tarpon Springs.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, June 24th; 9-10AM

Description: Each week, Kaufman Foundation’s 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-up to a diverse audience of mentors, advisors and entrepreneurs.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Franchising 101: Exploring the Myths and Facts
Thursday, June 25th; 6-8PM

Description: Learn about options in the franchise world, the benefits and how to find the right franchise.
Where: Enoch Davis Recreation Center. 1111 18th Avenue South, St Pete 33705.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE How to Research/Plan for Your Business
Tuesday, June 30th; 5:30-8PM

Description: Understand the importance of a business plan, what kind you need, and its major elements. You will be able to start writing a business plan, and make an appointment with a SCORE counselor to guide you through the process.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.