Contact Us At  (727) 443-0217

Pinellas County SCORE

Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce


The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is a founding partner of Clearwater Business SPARK and supports the network with strategies and initiatives to encourage innovation among existing businesses, and to promote entrepreneurship and new business development both locally and throughout the region. Some of the Chamber’s priorities for the network include recruitment of employers and jobs to Clearwater, working with educators to support curriculum for job training, and elevating the profile of Clearwater regionally and beyond. In addition, the Chamber facilitates community involvement through mentorship, educational programs and seminars, collaborative opportunities and committee engagement. Visit the Chamber’s website for exclusive discounts and free installation on Bright House business internet services, and receive $50 toward a Chamber membership or renewal.


600 Cleveland St #200, Clearwater, FL 33755
(727) 461-0011 | chague@clearwaterflorida.org
www.clearwaterflorida.org

Prospera


Prospera (Formerly known as HBIF) is the leading Hispanic economic development, nonprofit organization that specializes in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their businesses. For over 25 years, Prospera has provided business seminars, individual consulting sessions, access to business grants and loan facilitation process. These resources help support Hispanic entrepreneurs at no cost. As a partner of Clearwater Business Spark, our team of business development consultants is dedicated to guide and support the Hispanic entrepreneurs in building, developing and growing their business. 

600 N. Westshore Blvd. Suite 1050, Tampa, FL 33609
(813) 634-6246
www.Prosperausa.org​

Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation

Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development


The Florida Small Business Development Center at Pinellas County Economic Development (FSBDC @ PCED) works to connect local entrepreneurs to business resources and strategic solutions for expansion and growth. Through professional workshops and business counseling sessions as well as local, regional and statewide partnerships, FSBDC @ PCED fosters a pro-business climate in Pinellas County, Florida. As a partner of the Clearwater Business SPARK network, our team provides dedicated, certified consultants with the expertise to guide and support the exploration of innovative ideas for emerging entrepreneurs and small businesses, helping to accelerate business growth.


13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200 Clearwater, Florida 33760
(727) 453-7200 | Businesshelp@pinellascounty.org 
www.pced.org/entrepreneurs

City of Clearwater Economic Development & Housing Department


The City of Clearwater’s Economic Development and Housing Department serves as lead coordinator of the network’s Executive Board and Advisory Committee, and actively seeks additional partners to add to our strong support system, as well as securing sponsorships. Economic Development and Housing provides the network access to incentive and grant opportunities, office/retail and industrial site selection assistance, business licensing and permitting and regulatory assistance.


112 South Osceola Ave. Clearwater, FL 33755
Economic Development: (727) 562-4220
Housing: (727) 562-4030

http://www.myclearwater.com/economicdevelopment

Clearwater Public Library System- Main Library


The Clearwater Public Library System is an active partner of Clearwater Business SPARK, providing valuable, no-cost access to information, resources and educational opportunities to support business endeavors. Clearwater Main Library, located at 100 N. Osceola Avenue, is the first library in Pinellas County to offer a comprehensive array of maker studios. These collaborative learning environments are where people can meet, socialize and share innovative ideas, explore technologies, and learn new skills. In addition to these new DIY labs, the Library system provides entrepreneurial support, expert reference services, business training and seminars, computer and Wi-Fi access, study rooms and meeting spaces to get you to the next level.


100 N Osceola Ave, Clearwater, FL 33755
(727) 562-4970 | reference@myclearwater.com
http://www.myclearwaterlibrary.com

Florida Business Incubator, Inc. 


Working directly with entrepreneurs and small business owners, the Florida Business Incubator, Inc., delivers pertinent business programs, insightful entrepreneurial mentoring, and hands-on workshops to facilitate start-up and strategic growth.  Weekly Entrepreneurs’ Roundtables along with the monthly PROworking Series engage emerging and small business owners in interactive dialog.  Entrepreneurial participants enjoy direct support from the City of Clearwater through open exchange of ideas and services as well as business amenities.  Together with our Clearwater Business SPARK Partners, the Florida Business Incubator creates a collaborative environment where entrepreneurs acquire the resources and tools necessary for their businesses to achieve sustainability.


Clearwater, Florida
727-342-4757| Elaine.Mann@FloridaBusinessIncubator.com
www.FloridaBusinessIncubator.com

The Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation (BBIC) is a U.S. Treasury-certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) created in 1987 to meet the need for capital and capacity-building services among African American entrepreneurs who were then entering the business community in growing numbers. Today, the BBIC serves entrepreneurs of all races, with a continued focus on borrowers who are not yet ready to access bank loans. We continue to serve African American entrepreneurs primarily, across five of the eight counties that comprise Florida’s Tampa Bay region (Pinellas, Hillsborough, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties). BBIC products and services are tailored to the needs of 1) credit-ready firms that have already accessed business capital; 2) new borrowers who need help developing a viable plan and loan application; and 3) emerging and struggling entrepreneurs who – with intensive support – can build capacity to access capital.


Our value proposition is that we provide “accessible, flexible capital,” combined with development services that help entrepreneurs expand their credit capacity, offering loan sizes not offered through banks ($500 to $100,000), at interest rates that can be less costly than bank products, with underwriting that permits credit scores that are lower than the disqualifying threshold for many banks.

Clearwater Office Location To Be Announced Soon


1123 22nd. Street South, St. Petersburg, FL 33712
727.826.5785 │ tscantling@tampabaybbic.com
http://tampabaybbic.com




SCORE is a 501(c)(3) nationwide nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed. Pinellas County SCORE offers free personal and confidential mentoring, educational workshops and business tools. Business mentoring services are provided by both active and retired business executives and entrepreneurs who donate their time and expertise as mentors. Our free workshops cover a broad variety of topics including writing a business plan, advertising and marketing strategies, negotiating leases, applying for patents and registering trademarks, and navigating local government licensing and regulatory issues. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.


4707 140th Ave N #311, Clearwater, FL 33762

(727) 437-0990

www.pinellascounty.score.org




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