• 01 Nov 2016 9:00 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Registration Now Open! Discover Global Markets- Building Smart Cities

    The emergence of “Smart Cities” has rapidly captured the imagination of the mass market. But what does a smart city mean for construction and other firms?

    Smart Cities is a term that defines the convergence of new government policies, emerging Information Communications Technology (ICT) and innovative design in an urban environment. The touch points of these three elements are creating meaningful, exciting and lucrative opportunities for the construction industry worldwide. It is no longer a case of whether smart cities will affect construction firms; it is a case of when, and whether the firms will be ready. For more about industry based global opportunities at our upcoming business forum simply visit Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities to register today!

    The Discover Global Markets: Building Smart Cities conference will be held November 1-3 in Chicago, IL and will highlight export opportunities that exist for U.S. companies in smart city developments and projects around the world. Our program will be a mixture of pre-scheduled one-on-one counseling meetings with U.S. Commercial Diplomats visiting from 20 key markets around the world, along with plenary sessions and breakouts. The plenary sessions will focus on global smart city trends, cybersecurity, water and wastewater management, funding of smart city projects, as well as two major markets - India and China. Breakout sessions will be designed along the following tracks: 

    1. Connecting - cities, people, and data are now more connected than ever before through physical infrastructure and high-speed internet networks. The Connecting track aims to capture opportunities being created by investments in high-speed internet technologies, transportation (roads, airports, urban transit), and energy and smart grid systems.
    2. Sales and marketing professionals responsible for acting quickly on market demands, foreign tenders, and trade leads
    3. Sustaining - smarter cities are becoming greener, more resilient, and better stewards of natural resources. The Sustaining track aims to capture opportunities being created by investments in greener technologies, green/LEED design and construction, and disaster mitigation and resilience planning/solutions, and emerging waste to energy opportunities.

    More Information:
    Find more information on the agenda, location, programs and REGISTRATION, visit: http://2016.export.gov/discoverglobalmarkets/buildingsmartcities/index.asp

  • 30 Sep 2016 6:30 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)


    September is the month of Peace and Cultural Diversity

    InterNations Tampa Bay Cordially invites you to attend a special celebration - its 9th anniversary.

    September 30, 2016
    6:30PM to 9:00PM
    Aqua  : Tampa’s premiere waterfront restaurant bar and culinary experience
    Westin Tampa Bay – AAA Four Diamond Hotel
    7627 W Courtney Campbell causeway,
    Tampa, Fl 33607

    InterNations Tampa Bay is a community for expatriates and global minds

    with a presence in 390 cities worldwide.

    InterNations Ambassadors Tampa Bay Thorsten Koester and Fernando Mariz have

    extended this invitation to the FRAMCO Members and friends


    No participation fee required
    Please RSVP at President.framco@gmail.com

    We look forward to seeing you there!  A bientot!

  • 22 Sep 2016 9:00 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)
    The U.S. is by far the Dominican Republic's largest trading partner and its share of the consumer goods imported into the DR is estimated at 70 percent of the total.  And, the Dominican Republic is Florida's 5th largest export market making this an excellent market for Tampa Bay exporters.

    To help exporters in the region expand into this promising market, the Tampa Bay Export Alliance is leading a mission to the Dominican Republic on December 5 - 8, 2016. The mission will feature one-on-one customized matchmaking with potential partners. Grants are available to qualified companies.  

    Top sectors for Tampa Bay exports include, but are not limited to:  

    • Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Equipment
    • Automobile Parts and Services
    • Agricultural Products
    • Building Products
    • Hotel and Restaurant Equipment
    • Medical Equipment
    • Printing and Graphics Arts Equipment and Supplies
    • Renewable Energy
    • Safety and Security Equipment and Supplies
    • Telecommunications Equipment
    If you are interest in learning more about the market potential for your products or services and the mission, please attend a free briefing on Thursday, September 22, 2016.  Briefings are scheduled both in Tampa in the morning or Clearwater in the afternoon.

    The briefing will be presented by:

    Rebecca Torres, Commercial Officer
    Office of the Western Hemisphere
    Country Manager and Desk Officer for DR and Haiti
    International Trade Administration
    U.S. Department of Commerce

    Register Here: Tampa: 


    In Clearwater

    Sept. 22, 2016
    2:00 pm - 3:30 am
    Collaborative Lab
    First Floor
    13805 N. 58th St.
    Clearwater, FL 33760

    In Tampa

    Sept. 22, 2016
    9:00 am - 10:30 am
    Port Tampa Bay
    1101 Channelside Dr.
    Suite 210
    Tampa, FL 33602
  • 29 Jun 2016 4:30 PM | Selma Canas (Administrator)

    The Florida SBDC at USF will host the annual International Trade Master Series, beginning Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at the SBDC office, 1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 210, Tampa. The Master Series will take an in-depth look at the principal areas of international trade with Tampa Bay’s leading global experts. Information covered will help small businesses strengthen international business and become more competitive abroad. Click on picture for registration details.

  • 23 May 2016 12:00 AM | Selma Canas (Administrator)

    Join Secretary of Commerce Bill Johnson on an Export Development Trade Mission to Mexico City, Mexico... May 23-26, 2016

    Click on picture for more details...

  • 19 May 2016 1:55 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)



    Join us in Involving, Inspiring, and Investing in women for the inaugural
    Women's Conference of Florida

    MAY 19 - 20, 2016

    Registration with early-bird pricing is now open for the 2016 Women’s Conference of Florida, the state’s inaugural professional women’s conference featuring widely-respected thought leaders, exhibits, networking events and panel discussions, designed to empower women of all ages and backgrounds.  


    Confirmed speakers for the May 19-20, 2016 event in Tampa are Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC's Today Show; Jill Abramson, former executive editor of The New York Times and first woman to hold the most senior editorial positions at the publication; and Lori Greiner, American inventor, investor, entrepreneur, author, and cast member of the reality TV show Shark Tank. The Conference will continue to announce additional speakers, panelists and events in the months ahead.


    The two-day conference – expected to draw more than 1,200 attendees from around the state – will kick-off with a pre-event reception the evening of Thursday, May 19, at Port Tampa Bay (Terminal Two). On Friday, May 20, the conference will be held at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina. 


    “The goal of the Women’s Conference of Florida is to annually raise awareness of timely issues impacting women, both at work and home, such as leadership, mentorship and paying it forward, personal finances, social change, and more,” said Arlene DiBenigno, president of the Women’s Conference of Florida and managing partner of full-service communication firm Conversa. “These speakers reflect the caliber of talent and expertise Florida’s professional women have expressed they want to learn from and be inspired by, as their stories of overcoming obstacles and achieving success resonate with a wide-variety of attendees.” 


    Women’s Conference of Florida Chair and Hillsborough County Commissioner, the Honorable Sandy Murman added, “The conference will offer women from across the state of Florida and beyond a platform to learn how they can involve, inspire, and invest in not only themselves but others, as well as provide expertise about today’s leading industries.” 


    Presenting sponsor for the Women’s Conference of Florida is Laser Spine Institute. Additional sponsors of the conference include: Clear Channel Outdoor, Verizon, DTCC, Pfizer, TECO Energy Company, Bank of America, Strategic Property Partners, Port Tampa Bay, Conversa, Gracepoint and Mosaic.


    “At Laser Spine Institute, women hold 53 percent of our leadership positions,” said Bill Horne, CEO of Laser Spine Institute. “We continually strive to give female business professionals the resources to lead, both professionally and personally, and that’s something we’re very proud of. Through our partnership with the Women’s Conference of Florida, we look forward to sharing this essential part of our culture with women from across the state of Florida and beyond, empowering them to lead healthy, happy and fulfilling lives.”


    Register today for the Women’s Conference of Florida by visiting www.womensconferenceofflorida.com.  

  • 06 May 2016 9:59 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    2016 International Town Hall 

    Port Tampa Bay, Cruise Terminal 2



    For inquiries, please contact:

    Brent Barkway at BBarkway@PinellasCounty.org

    (727) 464-7411

  • 04 May 2016 9:30 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    You are invited to this insightful half a day symposium that empowers you to make smart financial decisions for your family, take control of your mental and physical health, and discuss the ability to leave a legacy behind.  Please see the attached for more details:

  • 25 Apr 2016 12:00 AM | Selma Canas (Administrator)
    The U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Commercial Service and Enterprise Florida are offering a unique opportunity for Florida manufacturers to meet prospective foreign buyers at HANNOVER MESSE, the world’s premier manufacturing trade event, April 25-29, 2016 in Hannover, Germany. 

    Click on photo for more details...

  • 13 Apr 2016 5:30 PM | Selma Canas (Administrator)
    In this economy, improving sales can be a tough proposition. Maybe it is time to expand your customer base to Mexico, Central or South America? Get the insider tips and strategies on selling to this region, information on trade agreements, and how exporting is becoming easier to Latin American than ever before.  $25.00

    Click on picture for details and registration...

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