Congressman Crist Speaks to the Importance of Small Businesses at Localtopia.


Pinellas County businesses have access to a variety of resources to help them get off the ground, grow, and succeed. This includes free classes and workshops, personal consultations, and help with developing and updating business plans. Here are some places people starting their own business can go for help:

Small Business Administration’s Tampa Bay area district office in Tampa: The Small Business Administration is the primary federal agency that’s here to help small businesses succeed and grow. They provide a variety of aid to help businesses including loans, loan guarantees, and technical advice.

  • Small Business Administration’s Tampa Bay area district office in Tampa: The Small Business Administration is the primary federal agency that’s here to help small businesses succeed and grow. They provide a variety of aid to help businesses including loans, loan guarantees, and technical advice.
  • Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance: Provides low-interest disaster loans to businesses of all sizes to help employers recover damages following storms or other types of disasters.
  • Business USA: Helps business owners access any resources they need to cut through the federal bureaucracy so they can get assistance regardless of which agency is offering help, serving as a “one-stop” shop for small businesses.
  • Open My Florida Business: Florida Business Information Portal designed to help individuals seeking to start and operate a business in Florida. Provides prospective business owners with information on the type of business they wish to start, and a checklist of governmental requirements for that business category.
  • Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development: Personalized business consultations are available by appointment through the Florida SBDC at Pinellas County Economic Development.
  • Pinellas County SCORE: Supported by the Small Business Administration, SCORE provides classes, workshops, and counseling by current or former business owners and executives to help businesses succeed.

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