Career & Entrepreneurship Center

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Career & Entrepreneurship Center

Upcoming Events


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Food Tech Industry Symposium
Tuesday, July 28th; 9AM-12PM

Description: Food Tech will give you tools to grow your business at the speed of technology. This conference focuses on how technology is transforming the food industry and is designed for restaurant owner, caterers, and aspiring food entrepreneurs.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$10 I Please RSVP to Attend.

Starting a Business
Tuesday, August 4th; 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.

Accounting &Tax Procedures for New and Existing Business
Tuesday, August 11th; 12-2PM

Description: Understand proper accounting procedures and record keeping requirements necessary to manage your business, calculate payroll, and pay state and federal taxes.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$20 I Click to Register.

Finance Fair
Thursday, August 13th; 12-2PM

Description: The FSBDC at Pinellas County’s 10th Annual Finance Fair. This is your chance to talk one-to-one with 20 different Tampa Bay Area lenders in a trade show format without having to fill out any loan applications or guessing which lender is the best match. Learn about SBA loans, bank loans, alternative financing, and other sources. Browse among the lender tables to find the best option for your current or future business finance needs.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760. Room 1-451
FREE I Click to Register.

Effective Marketing
Tuesday, August 18th; 12-2PM

Description: No more trial and error! Develop a plan to market your business effectively and efficiently to the right customers all the time. Effective marketing will help you find more customers and increase revenue.
Where: Pinellas County Economic Development, EpiCenter 13805 58th Street North, Largo, FL 33760
$20 I Click to Register.

StartUp Xchange hosted by Tampa Bay Innovation Center
Wednesday, August 18th; 5-7 p.m.

Description:
Monthly gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators and Innovation Center Mentors held in a different restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. Innovation Center mentors are available to share their advice and experience. Mentors and locations vary each month. This month's mentors will be available to share their advice and experience. They include: Intellectual Property Attorney - Chris Paradies, Paradies Law PA; Sales – Rick Rivich, Deloitte LLP; and Business Coach - JJ Roberts, Tampa Bay Innovation Center.
Where: Green Bench Brewing Co.  1133 Baum Ave N, St Petersburg (Outside area!)
Please RSVP to Attend.

Minority Certifications
Tuesday, August 25th; 12-2PM

Description: Get Certified! 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 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.

Where's The Money?
Tuesday, July 28th; 6-7PM

Description: Are you in need of a small amount of funding for your business? Do you think that your credit score may be a hindrance? Find out more about the microlending process from Accion. Accion is a nonprofit organization that offers small business loans from $500 to $50,000 and financial education to small business owners in the United States. This hour workshop reviews the basics of credit, micro-finance, and how to obtain a small business loan.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, July 29th; 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.

StartUp Xchange hosted by Tampa Bay Innovation Center
Wednesday, July 29th; 5-7 p.m.

Description: Monthly gathering of entrepreneurs, innovators and Innovation Center Mentors held in a different restaurant in the Tampa Bay area. Innovation Center mentors are available to share their advice and experience. Mentors and locations vary each month. This month's mentors will be available to share their advice and experience. They include:
Intellectual Property Attorney - Chris Paradies, Paradies Law PA
Business Consultant, Dino Eliadis, DE.Inc
Attorney, John Schnackel, Law Office of John Schnackel
Director, JJ Roberts, Tampa Bay Innovation Center
Where:Try Wine. 110 1st Street North, St Petersburg 33701.
Please Please RSVP to Attend

QuickBooks Basics
Wednesday, July 29th; 6-8PM

Description: Hands on seminar for new QuickBooks users.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend or call 727-893-7146.

QuickBooks: Online & Beyond
Thursday, July 30th; 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 businesses.  Hands on seminar. Previous QB experience recommended.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, August 1st; 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 Register to Attend.

SCORE Employee vs. Independent Contractor
Tuesday, August 4th; 6-7PM

Description: WHICH ONE ARE YOU? Sort out the gray areas surrounding the status of employees and independent contractors to avoid IRS violations, penalties and interest. The Internal Revenue Service clearly defines the requirements, and status of employees vs independent contractors. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Learn the rules and conditions, before you hire employees or independent contractors. This workshop can really protect 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, August 5th; 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 Register to Attend.

Introduction to Business Startup
Wednesday, August 5th; 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.

Introduction to Business Financing
Thursday, August 6th; 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.

SCORE Pricing for Profit
Thursday, August 6th; 6-8PM

Description: Learn about bid preparations with a financial overview of how gross profit margin & markup affect your pricing and profitability.
Where: GREENHOUSE 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE New Marketing: Social, Experiential & Viral
Tuesday, August 11th; 6-8PM

Description: Get the most out of your social media marketing! Learn about Facebook, Twitter, etc.; strategies for effective use; and what "viral" means for your business.
Where: THE GREENHOUSE. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
$20 I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, August 12th; 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 Register to Attend.

How to Research & Write Your Business Plan
Wednesday, August 12th; 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 Franchising 101: Exploring the Myths and Facts
Wednesday, August 12th; 6-8PM

Description: Learn about options in the franchise world, the benefits and how to find the right franchise.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Making Your Presentations Help Grow Your Business!
Thursday, August 13th; 6-8PM

Description: If you are an entrepreneur, you are always presenting yourself and your business! So why not be prepared to do just that in the most clear, concise and compelling way every time you speak! This workshop gives you the best practices for being prepared to speak at a moment's notice, how to prepare a presentation that informs and inspires, and how to use your communications skills while networking.
Where: The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE Business Startup Basics
Monday, August 18th; 6-8PM

Description: Learn a no-nonsense approach to starting a business with a higher chance for success.
Where: Enoch Davis Recreation Center. 1111 18th Avenue South. St Petersburg, 33705.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, August 19th; 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 Register to Attend.

SCORE Establishing a Home Based Business
Wednesday, August 19th; 7-9PM

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:Tarpon Springs Library. 138 East Lemon Street, Tarpon Springs 34689.
FREE I Please Register to Attend.

City Services and Incentives
Thursday, August 20th; 2-3PM

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 Register to Attend.

SBA Federal Contracting Certification Programs
Thursday, August 20th; 6-7:30PM

Description: This workshop will provide an introduction to programs that can help you compete, get sole source contracts and find customers for your business. 8(a) (economically and socially disadvantaged), HUBZone (Historically Underutilized Business Zone), WOSB (Women-Owned Small Business), and Veteran-Owned Small Business programs will be discussed.
Where:The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please Register to Attend.

Introduction to Contractor Financing
Tuesday, August 25th; 2-3PM

Description: Learn to access small business loans while payments of invoices from government and large corporate contracts are pending.
Where:The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, August 26th; 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 Register to Attend.

SBA Exporting Program Loans and Resources
Thursday, August 27th; 6-7PM

Description: Learn about SBA loans and other programs to export your products and services to diversify and help grow your business. Eligibility and exporting resources will be discussed.
Where:The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please Register to Attend.

Sales 101: How to Close Deals and Make Money
Tuesday, September 1st; 2-4PM

Description: Becoming a master at selling your product and getting clients to buy can be a challenging task for many small business owners. Join us for an intense two-hour workshop focused on how to sell your product. Learn how to determine distribution channels, evaluate your sales process, build a sales team and motivate them using sales tools and much more!
Where:The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

SCORE 10 Tips for Advertising Your Business
Tuesday, September 1st; 6-8PM

Description: The media, positioning your business; the internet; and marketing tips for small business owners.
Where:The Greenhouse. 440 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
FREE I Please RSVP to Attend.

1 Million Cups (1MC) St. Petersburg
Wednesday, September 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 Register to Attend.

Introduction to Business Startup
Wednesday, September 2nd; 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.