Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida Workshops: COPYRIGHT, TRADEMARKS AND PATENTS @ Hillsborough Education Foundation Tampa
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

HBIFAprenda como obtener una patente, establecer derechos de autor y proteger su marca/imagen / Learn how to get a patent , copyright establish and protect your brand/image

Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida Workshops: IMPORT AND EXPORT @ HBIF Satellite - Kissimmee Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce
Oct 28 @ 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

HBIFLeyes y regulaciones que gobiernan las actividades relacionadas a la importación y a la exportación de productos. *** Learn the laws and regulations governing certain activities related to import and export.

FSBDC Finance Fair @ Channelside
Oct 28 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

FABDC_Financing_FairThe Florida SBDC at the University of South Florida will host its annual Finance Fair on Tuesday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event offers an opportunity for local entrepreneurs to meet face-to-face with bankers and local lenders.

This event is open exclusively to veterans from 11 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and will be open to the general public from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Entrepreneurs in attendance will get to meet face-to-face with local lenders from GulfCoast Business Finance, PNC Bank, Wells Fargo, Bay Cities Bank, BankUnited, Mutual of Omaha, and more.

Pre-registration is required. Space is limited. Please follow the appropriate registration link below:

Veteran Registration:
Non-Veteran Registration:

USF 38th Annual Basic Economic Development Course @ Hilton Garden Inn
Nov 3 – Nov 6 all-day

FEDC will be awarding three scholarships for the USF 38th Annual Basic Economic Development Course (BEDC), November 3-6, 2014 in Tampa. If you are interested in advancing your career in economic development or if you are going to become certified, this is a great opportunity and is a required element to qualify for the International Economic Development Council’s Certification (CEcD) exam.

FEDC Legislative Affairs Committee Teleconference
Nov 12 @ 10:00 am

Help us shape the FEDC 2015 Legislative Agenda by participating in this very important call. We will be presenting possible legislative items submitted to date as well as taking your input for additional items. Once the Committee has approved the items, we will move it to the FEDC Board for their final approval. Have a voice and participate!

Call in number 712-432-0075 code 452692#

Hispanic Business Initiative Fund of Florida Workshops: EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES FOR ONLINE MARKETING @ Zona Franca de Miami (Miami Free Zone) Miami/Doral
Nov 13 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

HBIFConozca las estrategias más efectivas que los negocios actuales necesitan implementar para una campaña de mercadeo por Internet.

Admisión y estacionamiento gratis.

Startup Weekend Space Coast @ Florida Tech Research Park and the Center for Aeronautics and Innovation
Nov 14 @ 6:30 pm – Nov 16 @ 9:00 pm

Ever wondered what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

The professional and personal challenges, the high and lows, the failures and the success?

Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. It is the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs with over 1800 past events in 120 countries around the world in 2014.

The non-profit organization is headquartered in Seattle, Washington but Startup Weekend organizers and facilitators can be found in over 200 cities around the world. From Mongolia to South Africa to London to Brazil, people around the globe are coming together for weekend long workshops to pitch ideas, form teams, and start companies.

All Startup Weekend events follow the same basic model: anyone is welcome to pitch their startup idea and receive feedback from their peers. Teams organically form around the top ideas (as determined by popular vote) and then it’s a 54 hour frenzy of business model creation, coding, designing, and market validation. The weekends culminate with presentations in front of local entrepreneurial leaders with another opportunity for critical feedback.

2014 Annual Community Update: The Legacy of Leadership @ Hotel Carillon Park
Nov 21 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

tampabay-partnership-logoThe Tampa Bay Partnership will be hosting its Annual Community Update in the next couple of months, so be sure to save the date!

The Partnership’s Annual Community is scheduled for Friday, November 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Hilton St. Petersburg Carillon Park. This year, the Partnership will focus on the “Legacy of Leadership” as it celebrates its 20th anniversary as the regional economic development organization for West-Central Florida. During the event, the Partnership will encourage attendees to join together in defining both their own and the region’s lasting legacy.

FEDC Winter Symposium @ Lago Mar Resort
Jan 15 – Jan 16 all-day


Join your fellow peers January 15th and 16th for the 2nd Annual Winter Symposium at the beautiful Lago Mar Resort in Fort Lauderdale.  This years’ program, Site Selection and Winning Communities will include Site Selectors from around the country, along with Secretary of Commerce, Gray Swoope.


  • Perceptions of Florida by consultants and businesses
  • Elements of successful community visits
  • Incentive negotiation
  • Marketing to Consultants
  • Roundtable discussions


Michelle Comerford, Project Director
Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Company
Minah C. Hall, Managing Director
True Partners Consulting

Mark M. Sweeney, Senior Principal
McCallum Sweeney Consulting

Del Boyette, President and CEO
Boyette Strategic Advisors

 Mike Mullis, President/CEO
J. M. Mullis, Inc


EARLY-BIRD: $190 per person through November 19
MEMBER: $240 per person beginning November 20
NON-MEMBER: $300 per person
LagoMarThe Lago Mar is a sophisticated retreat where you can appreciate the enduring traditions of genuine hospitality. With its spectacular 500-foot private beach and secluded location encompassing 10 acres in the exclusive Harbor Beach neighborhood of Fort Lauderdale, the Lago Mar provides a spectacular backdrop to the 2015 Winter Symposium. Room rates are $195. Rooms cannot be booked online. Please call 1-800-lagomar (524-6627) and request rates for the FEDC Winter Symposium Group.

Symposium Registration will open soon.