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Sea Sub Systems Finds New Ways to Grow In Pinellas 

Sea Sub Systems, Inc. has been growing in Pinellas County for almost 35 years, and the future looks good for a continuation of that growth. Since 2007, the company has worked with Pinellas County Economic Development to manage its growth and plan for its future, utilizing a number of tools and programs designed to support and encourage local business expansion.

“Pinellas has been an ideal place for us,” explains Anne LaMaire, President of Sea Sub Systems (SSS). “Of course, surrounded by water, we’re in the perfect location for our marine services industry. But we’ve also gained so much by locating in a place with resources to help local businesses succeed.”  Click to read more...

Infinite Potential Learning Center Utilizes the Florida SBDC at PCED to Develop and Grow

Sometimes, the ideal business concept springs from life’s challenges.  Frustrated by watching students struggle to read, former elementary school teacher Twanna Monroe was motivated to form a non-profit program to build skills in young readers, to better prepare them to enter the elementary grades.  Monroe sought the assistance of the Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) and, working with Center Director Dr. Cynthia Johnson, soon realized her business model was a better fit as a for-profit enterprise. 

“I didn’t know what to do,” explains Monroe. “I didn’t know who to seek out to help with financial planning, to help get a business started from the ground up.”  

Acting on a suggestion from her husband (also a client of the FSBDC at PCED), Monroe contacted Dr. Johnson and found in her both an ally and business mentor.  Click to read more...

K-9 Detectives: Growth through Passion and Guidance

Animal lover Christine Barsema originally began training show competition dogs as a hobby.  Now, she is the successful owner of K-9 Detectives, LLC, a Clearwater, Florida business that offers certified canine detection of bedbugs, mold, drugs and termites.  K-9 Detectives has grown from Barsema’s passion for her work and that of her dogs, but also from the knowledge and resources available through the Florida Small Business Development Center ((FSBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED).

“Almost nothing great has ever been achieved without passion,” asserts Yolanda Cowart, Certified Business Consultant at the FSBDC at PCED.  “Our most innovative entrepreneurs and business leaders – people like Christine – have it.  But passion alone won’t fuel success.  Entrepreneurs need skills, contacts and resources to turn that passion into profit.”  Click to read more...

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From Start-Up to Staff of Seven, Tucker Enterprise Services Strengthens Business with SBDC Resources

Small businesses are built through tenacity and hard work.  As proven by Tucker Enterprise Services, Inc., a tree service and property management company operating out of Pinellas County, Florida, success can be traced through the steps a growing business takes to draw on its strengths, shore-up its weak spots, and find its niche.  With help from the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED), LJ and Adelle Tucker have traversed a good many of those steps, building their company from a home-based start-up to an established business with a staff of seven.

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Pinellas County’s Small Business Development Center Brings Entrepreneurship to Job Corps -  “What if we told them they could also be their own bosses?”

“Kids don’t typically say, ‘When I finish school, I want to own my own business!’” attests Dr. Cynthia Johnson, Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED).  “They say they want to be doctors, police officers, teachers – those are all terrific goals and important careers.  But what if we told them they could also be their own bosses?  That they could turn a talent, an idea, a hobby into a career?  And then, what if we gave them the tools and skills to do it?  What if we showed them that entrepreneurship is for anyone, at any age?”  Click to read more...

The SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  All opinions, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA.  

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