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Tampa Bay Export Alliance Announced Trade Mission to Canada

Tampa, FL (PRWEB) June 17, 2015

The Tampa Bay Export Alliance, a cooperative effort of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation and Pinellas County Economic Development, today announced that it will lead a trade mission to Toronto, Canada to promote export opportunities for local businesses. Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Chair Sandy Murman, Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners Vice Chairman Charlie Justice, Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman will also join the Tampa Bay delegation. The Canada trade mission participants will depart from Tampa International Airport on October 19 and return October 22.

Canada is one of the most important strategic markets for Tampa Bay, said Rick Homans, President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. It is the number one export destination for our regions goods and services and our third largest source of foreign direct investment. The opportunities for local companies to expand their North American footprint and find a receptive market for their goods and services in Canada have never been better.

The mission to Canada is the latest in a series of significant trips Tampa Bay government and business leaders have taken to foreign markets to strengthen the regions commercial opportunities abroad. In December 2014, the Tampa Bay Export Alliance led a successful trade mission to Santiago, Chile that resulted in more than $ 9 million in expected new business for participating companies. Other recent trips included trade missions to Panama, Brazil, and Colombia.

The Canadian market presents an excellent opportunity for local companies. Toronto has one of the most diverse economies in North America. Its a strong financial services hub and a center for manufacturing; life sciences; technology; and film, TV and music production, said Mike Meidel, Director of Pinellas County Economic Development. Companies should contact us as soon as possible, as the available Gold Key Appointments will be filled very quickly.

Two package options have been created for the Canada trade mission participants. The Trade/Gold Key Package, in collaboration with the U.S. Commercial Service, offers representatives from qualified companies expert counseling on their market entry/expansion strategy and the opportunity to connect with Canadian trade partners during personalized, one-on-one matchmaking sessions. Participation in the Gold Key program will be limited to 15 businesses and determined on a first-come, first-served basis, once the companies are assessed and approved based on the suitability of their product or service for the market. The mission is supported in part by a grant from Enterprise Florida and companies may qualify for individual grants as well.

A Delegate Package, which does not include the matchmaking appointments, will provide business leaders with the opportunity to attend all of the mission activities, including seminars, site visits, networking events and a briefing by U.S. Embassy officials. An unlimited number of spots for the Delegate Package are available.

Top export sectors to Canada from Tampa Bay include power generation, automotive, aerospace, oil and gas, defense products and services, safety and security equipment, renewable energy, information and communications technology, pollution control, wastewater treatment, mining, travel and tourism, film and digital media, and agricultural services, products and equipment.

Registration for the Canada Trade Mission is now open. For more information, please visit http://www.tampabayexportalliance.com.

For those interested in exploring Canadian export opportunities but wanting more information, the Tampa Bay Export Alliance is hosting two Doing Business in Canada workshops. The workshops will provide an overview of major industry trends and business opportunities in Canada and share how local companies can benefit from expanding into that market and access local assistance and grants.

Featured speakers include Ximena Pauvif-Machado, Trade Commissioner for the Canadian Consulate General in Miami; Anya Yablonska of the U.S. Commercial Services at the U.S. Consulate General in Toronto, and Lorrie Belovich, Director of International Business for the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.

Workshop 1 will be held on June 30 from 8:00 10:00 a.m. in Clearwater at the National Aviation Academy. Workshop 2 will be held at Port Tampa Bay in Tampa on July 1 from 8:00 10:00 a.m. A limited number of one-on-one meetings with the trade specialist are available by request.

Admission for the workshops is free, but registration is required. To learn more and register, please click here.


About The Tampa Bay Export Alliance

The Tampa Bay Export Alliance (TBEA) is a cooperative effort between Pinellas County Economic Development and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, formed in 2014 to grow jobs and capital investment by increasing the international export of products and services within the bi-county area. The TBEA conducts joint export activities, such as seminars, trade events and trade missions, and supports the export-related growth initiatives of regional economic partners, including Tampa International Airport and Port Tampa Bay. Visit http://www.tampabayexportalliance.com.

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation

The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation is the lead economic development agency for Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace. Established in 2009 as a partnership between the public sector and private corporate investors, the EDC works to develop and sustain a thriving local economy through the attraction, retention, and expansion of high-wage jobs and capital investment within targeted industry sectors.

The EDC exists because of the generous support of nearly 100 corporations, the Board of County Commissioners of Hillsborough County, and the cities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. To learn more, visit http://www.tampaedc.com.

About Pinellas County Economic Development

Pinellas County Economic Development (PCED) works with existing businesses to encourage expansion and seeks to attract new companies with high-wage careers to our community. Through investment tools, business classes, professional consulting services, trade missions to open new markets, and strategic partnerships, PCED fosters a pro-business environment and promotes the Ideal Business Climate of Pinellas County, Florida. Visit http://www.pced.org.


The Lost Fingers, Platinum Selling Gypsy Jazz Trio from Canada, are Featured in Episode 3 of Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets Magazine

(PRWEB) November 27, 2014

Platinum Selling Gypsy Jazz Trio from Canada, The Lost Fingers features in the 3rd edition of Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets digital magazine available exclusively on mobile iOS and Android devices. This edition includes exclusive video performances and interviews with The Lost Fingers. Each monthly issue of the magazine includes video lessons and performances from the best and brightest Gypsy Jazz guitarists from around the world.

The Lost Fingers have reached a larger audience world-wide than all the rest of our gypsy jazz heroes combined and I love the way they gypsify cheesy pop tunes from the 80s and make them cool in a whole new way. Frontman Byron Mykaloff’s boundless energy is the driving force behind this power trio.” – Robin Nolan, Gypsy Jazz Guitarist and Magazine Publisher

Exclusive live performances, cutting edge video lessons, music and interviews inside this months issue include:

Pump up the Djam: The Lost Fingers – by Robin Nolan

Robin Nolan interviews Canadian trio, The Lost Fingers, known for their witty, jazzed up versions of classic 80s hits. Also included is a video performance of The Lost Fingers with Robin Nolan at DjangoFest Mill Valley 2013.

Swinging Guitar Arrangement – by Ian Date

Ian Date shares a perfect arrangement for two guitars of Duke Ellington’s classic hook from It Dont Mean a Thing If It Aint Got Swing. Ideal to take to a gig or jam session!

Manoir de mes Reves Part 2 – by Robin Nolan

The second installment of Robin and Kevin Nolan’s lesson on Manoir de mes Reves. The Nolan brothers storm Djangos castle with three ninja moves that will help on any gypsy jazz mission.

Mix Up Your Repertoire – by Adrian Holovaty

Chicago based gypsy jazz guitarist, Adrian Holovaty, shares one of his favourite tunes to play in the gypsy jazz style, Honey Pie from The Beatles, a swinging, jazzy major-key tune.

Another jam-packed issue for all fans, students and performers of Gypsy Jazz guitars, this issue can be downloaded via the free app on iTunes or Google Play at:




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About Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets Magazine:

A unique combination of digital music magazine and Gypsy Jazz Guitar learning experience, Gypsy Jazz Guitar Secrets Magazine brings readers live performances, cutting edge lessons and exclusive music and interviews. The magazine is a digital-only, multimedia magazine available for free download on iPhone, iPad and Android mobile device.