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How to Apply


Thank you for your interest in Business Connect. The application process is now closed. Additional Business Connect inquiries can be directed to


To qualify for Business Connect, each business must:

  • Be 51% owned by a minority, woman, veteran, or LGBT individual and be certified as one of the following: Minority Business Enterprise (MBE)
    • Women-Owned Business (WMBE)
    • Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB)
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Business Enterprise (LGBTBE)
  • Have a physical office and been in operation in Hillsborough, Pinellas, and/or Pasco County since January 2017
  • Provide a good or service requested by Business Connect (see Business Connect Categories)
  • Be the direct source of the goods and services you propose to sell
  • Be in good standing and eligible to do business with the State of Florida and Hillsborough, Pinellas, and/or Pasco County


Businesses must have proof of certification from one of the approved certifying agencies:

Business Connect Categories

 Audio Visual
 Barricades (Concrete)  Catering; Food & Beverage
 Cable Wire Contractors
 Equipment Rental (Heavy)
 Event Production
 Field Turf
 General Contractors
 Golf Carts
 Graphics  Hardware Supplies
 Office Supplies
 Scaffolding  Staffing (Hospitality)
 Tenting  Trailers
 Temporary Housing
 Videography/Photography  Waste Removal
 White-Glove Service