Family Ties and Growth Assistance Fuel Success for Never LATE Property Cleaning in Pinellas
Ask Ada McFarley about how she got the idea of forming Never LATE Property Cleaning, LLC and she’ll tell you of the pivotal moment when she took her future into her own hands.
“I was sitting in a job where I had just gotten passed over for a promotion and I was just tired,” she explains. “I wanted to make my own business model where you could make it through the glass ceiling if you were persistent and determined.”
McFarley grew up helping her single mother clean to supplement the household income and used that experience to launch her business. The word “LATE” in her business name represents the initials of her mother’s, sister’s, and daughters’ first names, and it serves as a daily reminder of sorts.
“I have some really powerful names in my company and that makes me show up every day wanting to give it all I’ve got,” she says.
Read more here… and click below to view a video story on Never LATE from the SBDC at USF.
Never LATE Property Cleaning, LLC of Pinellas County
Pinellas Awarded a $50,000 Defense Reinvestment Grant (DRG) from the State of Florida
Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) was awarded a $50,000 Defense Reinvestment Grant (DRG) from the State of Florida to develop a sustainability plan to allow local defense industry contractors to consider expansion into related industry sectors. Beginning with a strategic market research study and gap analysis, PCED will develop a multi-year comprehensive diversification plan for defense and homeland security focused businesses.
“In the Tampa Bay region, our defense contractors are a large and essential component of our economy,” said Mike Meidel, Director, Pinellas County Economic Development. “To more effectively utilize the talent and capabilities of this industry, we propose using a portion of this funding to create a roadmap for diversification and sustainability to allow a sector that is traditionally reliant on federal defense funding to explore complementary industries.”
Jormac Aerospace, Largo, FL
What’s new in local Economic Development?
Economic development practitioners from across Pinellas met in late September to discuss the latest news and issues.
Currently, most major PSTA routes operate only once per hour, and more students and seniors are riding than ever before. Lasher explained that if Greenlight Pinellas passes, PSTA will be able to put more buses on the road immediately, and over time can increase the frequency of stops and add more routes. By 2016, the expectation is that frequency could be increased to a bus every 30 minutes on local routes, with a focus on serving employment growth centers.
Watch General Electric Energy Management CEO Mark Begor, Florida Governor Rick Scott, Pinellas County Commissioner
Norm Roche, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, and State Representative Ed Hooper break ground on GE’s new 190,000-square-foot manufacturing Center of Excellence in Clearwater. The facility is expected to create 250 jobs.
Tampa Bay International Town Hall
View highlights from the 1st Annual Tampa Bay International Town Hall, which was presented by PCED and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and provided an in-depth look at the people and programs driving international business growth in Tampa Bay.
Nov. 21 – Tampa Bay Partnership Annual Community Update: The Legacy of Leadership
Celebrating 20 years as the regional economic development organization for West-Central Florida, the Tampa Bay Partnership will recognize leaders and visionaries that have dedicated their efforts to the advancement and success of the eight-county region.
Register today to help define a “Legacy of Leadership” aimed at growth, unification and prosperity for Tampa Bay.
To register as an individual for the event, click here.
For more details or to inquire about table sponsorship or other sponsorship opportunities, contact Lindsey Parks at (813) 872-2806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Unwanted pesticides taking up space at your
business? Make a Clean Sweep!
Operation Cleansweep is a mobile pesticide program, which is offering statewide pick-up of pesticides for farms/groves, nurseries, pest control services, greenhouses, forestry services, ranches and golf courses at no cost for the first 500 lbs., and 89 cents per pound thereafter. Wholesalers and governmental entities can also participate at the state contract rate of 89 cents per pound.
Surface Water Assessment Credit application period extended
Pinellas County has extended the Surface Water Mitigation Credit application timeframe. Fully completed and certified applications must be received by Wednesday, Dec. 31, for credits to apply to the 2014 property tax bill. The Mitigation Credit Policy allows for a potential credit for Pinellas County unincorporated properties that can demonstrate that they provide relief to the county drainage system through onsite stormwater treatment. Any stormwater treatment systems must be certified as compliant by an engineer and properly maintained. The actual credit is based on the volume of water retained or detained onsite.