• 21 Dec 2017 1:06 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Enterprise Florida, Inc. will lead an export sales mission to San Jose, Costa Rica, February 26 - March 1, 2018. Costa Rica holds vast opportunities for Florida companies interested in increasing their footprint in the Central American market. Bilateral trade between the U.S. and Costa Rica totaled $10.2 billion in 2016, where Florida was the leading state for two way trade. Costa Rica ranks as Florida’s 12th largest merchandise trading partner with nearly $3.6 billion in total trade and nearly $2.5 billion in exports alone in 2016.

    Enterprise Florida, Inc. will offer a limited number of Gold Key Matchmaking one-on-one appointments. The price of this service is $1,250. Small and midsized Florida manufacturers, eligible high tech companies and professional service providers may qualify for a Gold Key Grant, which will offset 100% of the Matchmaking Registration fee for the first company representative. A separate application process will be required for this grant. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.

    The deadline date for Gold Key registration has been extended to January 9, 2018. The deadline to register for the Delegate option is January 26, 2018.

    Contact:  Alejandra Henao | Enterprise Florida Inc. | ahenao@enterpriseflorida.com

    Click here for more information


  • 12 Dec 2017 8:59 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)



    Free Webinar hosted by SBA 10:30am - 11:30am ET


    Topics:  Export Business Plan, SBA Financing Programs, EXIM Bank Services, Florida SBDC, Enterprise Florida, US Department of Commerce  


  • 15 Nov 2017 12:02 AM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Go holiday shopping while networking with friends and colleagues on Wed., Dec. 6 with Shutts for their Second Annual Social Shopping event!

    It will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in support of women globally! Cocktails and light bites will be served.

    Please RSVP to nwhisenant@shutts.com by Thursday, November 30.

  • 14 Nov 2017 11:37 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Explore the next phase of Polk County's emergence in the international market. The Central Florida Development Council and the Lakeland and Winter Haven Chambers collaborate for the third year to present Polk Goes Global III - A Half-Day International Exporting Conference - on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Polk State College's Lakeland Campus.

    Register here!

  • 08 Nov 2017 5:23 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    If you produce or sell agricultural products or services, the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) has a grant program to help you identify some international markets for you.

    If this is of interest to you, please contact them at  1(800) 450 - 4624 by November 15, 2017.  

    You may also apply online at:  http://agribusiness-export-marketing-planservices/

  • 05 Nov 2017 7:12 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    From February 26 - March 1, 2018, Enterprise Florida will lead an Export Sales Mission to San Jose, Costa Rica. To learn more about the business opportunities for you in Costa Rica and the mission, you are invited to join us for a briefing on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

    Register at http://www.cvent.com/c/express/8b3e6223-0700-486e-93a0-5b4a0d375d41!

  • 19 Oct 2017 2:07 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    Learn how the Foreign-Trade Zone program can help streamline the process and minimize the costs associated with qualified importing, exporting, manufacturing, and distribution activities.



    Torrey Chambliss
    Member, Board of Directors
    National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones


    Eric Berry
    Director of Trade Services,
    Point Trade Services, Inc.



    THURSDAY, NOV. 9, 2017



    Port Tampa Bay Board Room

    1101 Channelside Drive Tampa, FL 33602

    Registration: 8:30 am

    Program: 9:00 am - 11:00 am


    Polk State College

    Corporate Advanced Technology Center

    310 Technology Boulevard Bartow, FL 33830

    Registration: 1:30 pm

    Program: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Sponsored by: Foreign-Trade Zone No. 79 & Port Tampa Bay


  • 12 Oct 2017 2:56 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)

    You're invited to the

    CHINA Town Hall

    11th Annual



    Meet John Allen, Chairman and CEO of Greater China Corporation, Trustee of the Chinese Cultural Foundation and Co-founder of the China Investment Group.

    You are personally invited as our guest. Please join us at The University of Tampa, Jenkins Hall, October 24th, 5-8 pm for an informative, entertaining evening. Enjoy great conversation, delicious food, beer and wine.

    Email us to confirm your attendance.

    Follow this link for more details and information on the evening’s program -  For Additional Details

    “The China Factor”

    John W. Allen, Chairman & CEO

    Greater China Corporation


  • 01 Sep 2017 2:01 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)


    Export Sales Mission to Bogota, Colombia

    September 2017 

    Colombia is Florida's second largest export market and the fourth largest economy 

    in Latin America making it an excellent market for

    Tampa Bay exporters.

    U.S. exports to Colombia have increased 15 percent since the implementation of the 

    U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which immediately eliminated import tariffs 

    on 80% of U.S. consumer and industrial products. 

    Due to Colombia's close ties to the United States and Colombians' appreciation for the quality 

    and reliability of U.S products consumers in Colombia often favor U.S. products and services 

    over those of foreign competitors making the United States Colombia's largest trading partner.

    Top Sectors for U.S. Exports





    Electric Power and Renewable

    Information Technology


    Medical Equipment

    Processed Food and Beverages

    Safety and Security


    Travel and Tourism

    Water Treatment Systems


    Mission will include the U.S. Commercial Service Gold Key program

    customized one-on-one meetings with potential customers in Colombia 

    Grants will be available to qualified companies

    Additional details coming soon!


    If questions, please contact Aly Fernandez, International Business Development Manager, afernandez@tampaedc.com or at (813) 518-2668


  • 28 Jun 2017 3:25 PM | TB OWIT (Administrator)


    Financing Your Export Sales

    Wednesday, June 28, 2017


    Please join us on Wednesday morning, June 28, for a workshop on financing export sales.

    Speakers from the SBA, Export-Import Bank of the USA, US Commercial Service, and Florida's SBDC will provide you with details on the products, programs and services available to mitigate risks associated with export transactions, i.e. letters of credit; documentary collections; working capital loans; foreign receivables insurance; and more.






    Wednesday, June 28, 2017




    8:30 am - 12:00 pm




    Pinellas County Economic Development
    13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200
    Clearwater, FL  33760




    Click Here








    Sandro Murtas, sandro.murtas@sba.gov





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