In 1975, pool supply company Pinch A Penny opened its doors in Pinellas County, Florida as a small discount store. With more than 200 stores in operation, Pinch A Penny is now the nation’s largest franchised retail pool, patio and spa company. “At heart, we are still a family-owned business,” reports Pinch A Penny President John Thomas. “From our headquarters through our franchise owners and staff, we are dedicated at every level to providing our customers with unrivaled value, quality and service.” And is the company’s recent expansion an example of that commitment to team excellence? “Absolutely!” Thomas insists. “If we’re growing, we’re adding jobs, we’re investing in our community, we’re adding revenue to the local economy. We don’t operate in a vacuum; the success of our business is a direct product of the skilled efforts of our team – the Pinch A Penny family – and of the support and strength of our community.”
Is your business currently exporting or do you want to begin exporting to expand your business? The U.S. Department of Commerce offers many upcoming webinars to provide information and assistance on a wide variety of topics. Click here for a comprehensive list of upcoming webinars.
Coming in May: Florida Medical Device Symposium
On May 6 and 7, 2013, Florida’s medical device industry will convene in St. Petersburg for the 7th Annual Florida Medical Device Symposium – Florida’s premier event for medical device manufacturing firms, featuring nationally recognized speakers, expert panels on regulatory issues and industry trends, legislative updates and quality networking opportunities. Visit http://www.flamedmfg.org/symposium.htm for sponsor and exhibitor opportunities and for event updates.
Watch Pinellas County Commission Meetings on Your Mobile Device
If you have a smart phone or tablet computer, you’re in luck – Pinellas County is now live streaming board meetings right to you. Mobile Internet users can visit the Pinellas County mobile website and click on the Live Streaming Video link which provides a video stream optimized for portable smart devices including iPad, iPhone, tablet computers and Android phones.
Pinellas Alternatives Analysis Named One of the Country’s Top 50 Transportation Projects
The advanced transportation plan, known as the Pinellas County Alternatives Analysis (AA), has been named as one of the country’s top 50 transportation projects by the Sierra Club. The Pinellas AA (detailed at the website www.pinellasontrack.com) is the result of a ground-breaking partnership between PSTA, the Pinellas MPO, FDOT, and TBARTA. The project has been recognized and used as an example of outstanding multi-agency partnership by transportation officials nationwide. If you’d like to participate in the new Pinellas Community Bus Plan and help shape the future of transportation in Pinellas County, you are invited to complete a survey at www.busplan.psta.net.