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INNOVATIONS & CHANGE

Despite being one of the smaller cities in the five-county Tampa Bay area, Oldsmar is the fastest-growing city in the region, with new commercial and residential development at an all-time high. The Oldsmar area’s population has more than doubled during the last five years, and hundreds of new and relocating businesses have sprung up here as the city experienced a commercial building "boom" in the late 1990s.

Affordable land prices, low taxes and competitive construction costs combine to make the Top of the Bay area extremely attractive to all types of businesses, from retail and service-oriented companies to major manufacturing and high-tech corporations. More than 4,000 businesses currently call the area home and employ an estimated 45,000 workers, and a handful of rapidly growing business and industrial parks are in place to accommodate any type of business … no matter how large or small.

Major Oldsmar Employers

In the last year alone, more than a dozen major employers opened (or are preparing to open) their doors in Oldsmar, including: Pinellas County’s first major multiplex theater, the AMC Woodlands Square 20; the county’s first Walmart Superstore; the 315,000 square foot 580 Corporate Center; an 80-unit Holiday Inn Express Suites hotel; and the new, 650-employee regional headquarters for Uniprise, a division of United Health Services.

Other major employers in the Oldsmar area include:

• Lockheed Martin
• BFGoodrich Aerospace Lighting Systems Division
• Reptron Electronics
• Micon Packaging Products
• Osgood Industries
• Jesada Tools
• Structall Building Systems
• Military Distributors
• Tampa Bay Downs
• 1 Nation Technology

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The Top of the Bay area is home to four full-service business/industrial parks, all of which enjoy easy access to major highways and public transportation.

• The Tri-County Business Park, located just east of Oldsmar on the Hillsborough County line, has 27 buildings on 150 acres, with more than 1 million square feet of high-tech, light manufacturing, office, showroom and warehouse space.

• The Lynmar Park of Commerce is a 100-acre, build-to-suit development zoned for office, warehousing and light industrial uses. Its custom buildings and properties are available in a variety of sizes.

• The 580 Corporate Center is located in the heart of Oldsmar, and offers 315,000 square feet of Class A, professional space suited for office, showroom, manufacturing, R&D and warehousing. Custom designed space from 1,000 square feet. is available in four buildings, with 20-foot minimum clear height available.

• The Tampa Bay Park of Commerce is a sprawling 400-acre development, zoned for commercial, office and industrial uses. Build-to-suit parcels ranging in size from 1/2 acre to 100 acres are available.


Workforce Development

The Oldsmar Chamber, in cooperation with Pinellas County Economic Development, is working to assure that the area’s workforce keeps pace with the demands of our rapidly-expanding (and evolving) business community. More than 115,000 people live within a

five mile radius of downtown Oldsmar, and the total population of the Tri-County Area (which includes Pinellas, Hillsborough and Pasco counties) exceeds 2.3 million. graphic

Preparing those workers for the demands of the 21st Century workplace is the top priority of the Chamber and the county, both of whom work closely with educational leaders to ensure that high school, college and technical school curriculum is both timely and relevant. The University of South Florida — the nation’s 13th largest university and one of the Top 50 research universities in the country — is also home to an award-winning Small Business Development Center.

St. Petersburg Junior College’s innovative Corporate Training Program is one of the best in the nation. In addition to traditional, on-campus courses, SPJC works one-on-one with employers to design the programs they need, in an effort to get employees up to speed on the technologies, tools and techniques they need to keep Oldsmar companies productive and competitive.The Pinellas Technical Education Centers also tailor their offerings to meet the specific needs of today’s employers, and offer more than 50 different technical programs designed to meet the rapidly changing needs of business and industry.And it doesn’t end there. Once prospective employees are trained and ready to go … we help them get there! Through a unique partnership involving the Oldsmar Chamber, the state of Florida, three regional transit agencies and local job placement organizations, a web of "express bus" routes began service last fall, delivering hundreds of able-bodied workers to Oldsmar worksites from throughout the Tampa Bay area. As a small business owner — or a prospective business owner — there is nothing more common than feeling alone … no supervisor to turn to for guidance, no colleague to ask for an opinion.

But being in business for yourself doesn’t have to mean that you’re in business by yourself! There is a place you can go for guidance and support … the Oldsmar Business Assistance Partnership (BAP). A jointly funded partnership of the Oldsmar Chamber, the City of Oldsmar and Pinellas County Economic Development, the BAP was designed with three primary goals:

1) To give existing local businesses the help they need to stay in business and turn a profit;

2) To give companies that are in a position to grow the assistance they need to successfully expand their operation; andgraphic

3) To help start-up business owners get their "ducks in a row," and give them the best possible chance for success in today’s increasingly competitive economy.

The Oldsmar BAP provides many different types of assistance to local businesses, including:

• Business Plan development
• Identifying your financing options
• Permitting information
• Eliminating bureaucratic "red tape"
• Marketing Plan development
• Demographic surveys
• Customized employee training programs
• Finding (and keeping) employees
• Governmental liaison services
• Start-up assistance
• And much, much more!

Oldsmar’s Business Assistance Specialist — often referred to as our "Business Doctor" — acts as a conduit to link businesses with solutions to their problems, in an effort to resolve issues that are hampering their profitability. He also works pro-actively to identify and monitor "at risk" and growth-postured businesses, to isolate their needs and assist in their efforts to prosper and grow.

The BAP Specialist surveys dozens of local businesses each month, to track the attitudes, opinions and concerns of employers on issues such as permitting, training, health insurance, workers’ comp, governmental regulations and financing. Whenever a "red flag" pops up, the partnership between the Chamber, City and County springs into action, to make sure their combined resources — and those of state and national organizations — go to work to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

Best of all, the services of the Oldsmar Business Assistance Partnership are provided to all Top of the Bay area businesses — Chamber members and non-members alike — at absolutely no charge!!

For more information on the Oldsmar BAP — or to put the Chamber’s resources to work for your business — contact Business Assistance Specialist Jerry Custin at (813) 855-4233.

 

 

 

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