MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE CIVILIAN OPPORTUNITIES
MacDill Air Force Base is an important local employer and an obvious place to begin for a military spouse or dependent looking for work: www.macdill.af.mil. Keeping in touch with the local civilian personnel office is sensible even though the job-getting process can be intimidating.
Visit www.usajobs.gov to search for Department of Defense jobs at MacDill AFB. In the search field “location,” type in MacDill AFB, Florida. On the specifically Air Force job site, www.nafjobs.org, civilians can see easily what jobs are available for them at MacDill. For Base Exchange jobs, visit the AAFES career page at https://publicaffairs-sme.com/applymyexchange.
Starting your own business can be scary, but there are supporting agencies to look to for help. Pinellas County Economic Development (www.pced.org), the Pinellas County Small Business Development Center (http://sbdctampabay.com/pinellas), The Greenhouse (formerly the Business Assistance Center, www.stpete.org/greenhouse), Tampa Bay Partnership (www.tampabay.org) and Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (www.tampaedc.com) all help entrepreneurs with support and assistance in developing new ventures.
The federal Small Business Administration, at www.sba.gov, has much information about loans and grants, starting and managing a business, contracting and local assistance. There are two districts in Florida, headquartered in Jacksonville and Miami; Tampa’s SBA work site, under the Miami office, is at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 1210, or call 813-228-2100. Visit www.sba.gov/tools/local-assistance/districtoffices for more SBA locations.
Small Business Resources
Learn the steps to start and grow a small business at USA.gov’s Small Business website. The platform features hand-picked government websites helpful to small business owners. Learn about business taxes and incentives, financing a business, importing and exporting, federal government contracting, state business resources and more. The website also provides information on a wide range of programs and services to help veterans, women, minorities and the economically disadvantaged start or grow a business.