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Business Support Organizations

The following local counseling resources offer free and confidential service.

City of Clearwater Economic Development

Point of contact for programs that benefit businesses and residents in Clearwater.
Contact Diane Hufford, Economic Development Coordinator
Location Clearwater City Hall
112 S. Osceola Ave., 1st Floor
Clearwater, FL 33756
Hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
Phone (727) 562-4054

Pinellas County Business Development Center

The PCBDC blends business expertise, customized training, technology applications and real-world experience to help your enterprise succeed. Whether you are starting out, needing to expand, or just looking to improve your bottom line, the center is here for you. Business and education training courses, counseling services, and a business information center with a reference library are offered.
Contact Cynthia Johnson, Sr. Manager, Business Assistance
Location EpiCenter in the ICOT Business Park
13805 58th St. N., Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760
Hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
Phone (727) 464-7445

SBDC - Small Business Development Center and Entrepreneurial Training

The University of South Florida's SBDC is your small-business partner and your resource for business assistance. SBDC's services include FREE, confidential, individual business counseling, low-cost entrepreneurial training and workshops and seminars that are taught by industry experts in their Business Resource Center.
Contact Wayne Brass, Pinellas County Area Manager
Location 1101 Channelside Dr., Suite 210
Tampa, FL 33602
Hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
Phone (813) 905-5800

SCORE- Services Corps of Retired Executives

SCORE is a volunteer counseling arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Score offers free counseling for small businesses. Counselors' experience includes: accounting, advertising, computer systems, construction, franchising, hotels, import/export, insurance, manufacturing, marketing, real estate, restaurants, retail, sales and management. (Se habla español)
Contact Juan Fret, Chapter Chair
Location 4707 140th Ave. N., Suite 311
Clearwater, FL 33762
Hours 10 a.m. - noon, 1 - 3 p.m. Mon., Wed. and Fri.
Phone (727) 532-6800

WorkNet Pinellas One Stop Center

Job seekers - get help selecting a new career, finding a new job, creating a resume, and locating suitable education or training.
Employers - place job orders and find suitable candidates, review suitable training, analyze the labor market, and determine competitive starting salaries.
Contact Pam Perkins, Centralized Lead Recruiter
Location 2312 Gulf to Bay Blvd.
Clearwater, FL 33765
Hours 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Mon. - Fri.
Phone (727) 608-2419