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  • October 12, 2017 8:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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).

  • September 28, 2017 2:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration for the PLC training being offered by St. Pete College is OPEN! The links below will take you to the registration page. Seats are limited and we are expecting the classes to fill so please sign up quickly.

    For more information, contact:
    Fred Tucker, GCDF Program Coordinator, Information and Innovative Technologies

    Below are the registration links for the two PLC classes.
    10/9/17 to 11/5/17, 1-4pm
    10/9/17 to 11/5/17, 5-8pm

  • September 26, 2017 8:53 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Vocational Rehabilitation Celebrates Disability Employment Awareness Month with Event Honoring Businesses Committed to Hiring People with Disabilities

    In honor of Disability Employment Awareness Month, Vocational Rehabilitation will recognize five local businesses: FBD Signs, Inc, HSN (Home Shopping Network), Jabil, Mister Car Wash, and Professional Surveys, Inc. (PSI), who are committed to hiring people with disabilities. The event is free and open to the public. Please indicate any special accommodations you may need.

    Date: Friday, October 21
    Time: 8:30-10:00 a.m.
    Location: Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront, 333 1st Street S.

    SPECIAL GUESTS: Community leaders who are scheduled to attend, include: Senator Brandes, Senator Latvala, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Pinellas County Commissioner Pat Gerard, and Master of Ceremonies Jeff Paterson of WFLA.

    Florida’s Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) is a federal-state program committed to helping people with disabilities become part of America’s workforce. The employer-focused website,, allows businesses to search at no charge for employees who are ready to go to work, as well as to post available jobs. VR has 90 offices across Florida, and last year helped 5,760 Floridians with significant disabilities find or keep a job. For more information about VR and its services, call (800) 451-4327 or visit

    Vocational Rehabilitation
    Sarah Timoti
    (850) 245-3280

  • September 26, 2017 8:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal

    Mettler Toledo cut its staff turnover at its Tampa operation from 25 percent to 10 percent in 10 years. Still, workers leaving their jobs remains a major challenge, said Viggo Nielsen, general manager of the local plant, which manufactures food inspection equipment. He suspects that’s true for most manufacturers.

    “If we really knew what the cost of turnover is we would be extremely worried and try harder to avoid it,” Nielsen said, during an executive roundtable hosted by the German American Chamber of Commerce of the South-Florida Chapter.

    Nielsen said there were four keys to hiring success for Mettler Toledo Tampa.

    Read more of the article in the Tampa Bay Business Journal

  • September 18, 2017 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) announced the opening of Business Recovery Centers (BRCs) to help businesses impacted by Hurricane Irma. SBA representatives at the Centers can provide information about disaster loans, answer questions and assist businesses in completing the SBA application.

    The location of the BRC in our area is at The EpiCenter-Pinellas County Economic Development Center, 13805 58th Street North, Clearwater, FL 33760
    Hours: 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., Monday - Saturday
    Closed: Sundays

    “The SBA is committed to facilitating economic recovery in this disaster. We want area businesses to have a resource where they can meet individually with SBA representatives and find out how a low-interest disaster loan can help them recover,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta. The SBA offers low-interest, long-term disaster loans for physical damage and working capital. To be considered for this assistance, you need to apply by the deadline.

    Additional information on the disaster loan program may be obtained by calling SBA’s Customer Service Center at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by sending an email to Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at Loan applications can be downloaded from Completed applications should be returned to a recovery center or mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.

    FEMA Teleregistration: 1-800-621-FEMA (3362)
    SBA Customer Service Center: 1-800-659-2955
    8 a.m. - 8 p.m. (ET) Monday - Friday
    9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (ET) Saturday and Sunday

    The filing deadline to return applications for physical property damage is Nov. 9, 2017. The deadline to return economic injury applications is June 11, 2018. For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit our website at

  • September 13, 2017 12:06 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AmSkills - A New Approach to Workforce Education
    How Education is the Key to the Renaissance of U.S. Manufacturing!
    Panel Discussion & Cocktail Dinner

    Panelists Include:
    - Viggo Nielsen, General Manager, Mettler-Toledo Safeline, Inc.
    - Kathryn Starkey, Commissioner, Pasco County, District 3 / AmSkills Board Member
    - Hubertus Muehlhaeuser, President & CEO, Wellbilt, Inc.
    - Gardner Carrick, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, National Association of Manufacturers, Manufacturing Institute

    Monday, September 18, 2017
    6:30 p.m. Registration & Cocktails
    7:00 p.m. AmSkills Presentation
    7:20 p.m. Panel Discussion
    8:30 p.m. Cocktail Dinner

    Location: Oxford Exchange
    420 W. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, FL 33606

    Members: Free of Charge; Non-Members: $40.00

  • August 29, 2017 8:33 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

  • August 04, 2017 4:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An increase in 63,000 manufacturing jobs from July 2016 to July 2017

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