Judy Genshaft

University of South Florida

“The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council is an integral part of our region’s international trade strategy"

President Ronald L. Vaughn

The University of Tampa

"The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council has a lead role in helping to rebuild these relationships for our community.”

Bob Rohrlack

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce commends the Mayor and County on their vision to strengthen Protocol with an international trade component.

Local Trade Assistance

Business Development Administration (SBA)
To further the mission of helping small businesses succeed, SBA has established regional offices across the country. These offices support SBA Local Offices within defined states, and work to advocate and accelerate economic development, growth and competitiveness within their geographic area. This support includes technical assistance, business training, counseling, mentoring and other services for small business owners.

Contact Information: 
Mary Hernandez

Regional Manager,
Export Solutions Group

Office of International Trade

5835 Blue Lagoon Drive, Suite 203

Miami, Florida 33126

Tel: (305) 526-7425 ext. 21

Fax: (202) 481-4471


Department of Commerce
The U.S. Commercial Service is the trade promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.   Located in Clearwater, Florida, our global network of trade professionals connects U.S. companies with international buyers, providing them with market intelligence, trade counseling, business matchmaking, and advocacy/commercial diplomacy support.  (also see www.export.gov)

Contact Information:
Sandra Campbell, Director
Tampa Bay Export Assistance Center
U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce
13805 58th Street North, Suite 1-200
Clearwater, FL 33760
Tel: (727) 893-3738
Fax: (727) 893-3839

Enterprise Florida Inc. (EFI)
Seven International Trade & Business Development Field Offices are located around the state to provide Florida companies with export counseling services and other types of exporting assistance.  

Contact Information:
Max Stewart
Regional Manager International Trade Development
Enterprise Florida – Tampa Bay/West Coast
201 N. Franklin St, Suite 201
Tampa, FL 33602
Tel:  (813) 276-9430
Fax: (813) 223-7899

Florida SBDC (Small Business Development Center) at USF
The Florida SBDC at USF’s services and resources provided to small businesses and entrepreneurs involve: no-cost one-on-one business consulting, low-cost entrepreneurial training seminars, the Business Resource Center, and Custom corporate training. Workshops and seminars are taught by industry experts and FSBDCN certified consultants.

Contact Information:
Eileen Rodriguez, MBA
Regional Director
Small Business Development Center, University of South Florida
1101 Channelside Drive Suite 210
Tampa, FL 33602
Tel: (813) 905-5800
Fax: (813) 905-5801

Tampa Bay Partnership
The Tampa Bay Partnership is the regional organization that works with its partners to market the region nationally and internationally, to conduct regional research and to coordinate efforts to influence business and governmental issues that impact economic growth and development. The Partnership is coordinating the regional, eight-county export planning effort through the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program in cooperation with Tampa Bay chambers, economic development organizations, ports, airports, private sector stakeholders and governments.

Contact Information:
Tampa Bay Partnership
4300 W. Cypress St., Suite 700
Tampa Bay, FL  33607
Tel: (813) 872-2812

Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council
The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council (Council) is the result of the vision, leadership and partnership of the following eight organizations: City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Port Tampa Bay, Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, University of South Florida and University of Tampa. The Council can assist in the following tasks, but is not limited to, facilitating matchmaking for exporting and visiting trade delegations, providing trade assistance, acting as an official host to visiting international government dignitaries and international visitors, and being the official liaison with the Tampa Bay Consular Corps.

Contact Information:
Deborah L. Wilkinson
Executive Director Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council
201 North Franklin Street, Suite 201
Tampa, FL 33602-5846
Tel: (813) 276-9457
Fax: (813) 221-6095

Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
The Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation focuses on the recruitment of foreign direct investments. It provides customized, confidential relocation services to domestic and international companies interested in growing their business in Hillsborough County. Locally, the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp. helps existing businesses access the tools they need to expand their operations, and ensure they have the resources to succeed, now and in the future.

Contact Information:
Lorrie Belovich
Director, International Business Development
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corp.
101 East Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1750,
Tampa, Fl 33602
Tel: (813) 518-2654