Volume 31 l July 2021
Weekly eConnection
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A Busy Month Ahead! Edition
Eight-Time Emmy-Winner to Emcee Inspire Awards ’21!
******The Chamber’s Women’s Leadership Committee has announced that Lissette Campos, eight-time Emmy Award winning journalist, media and communications strategist, will be the emcee of this year’s prestigious Inspire Awards on August 19. (More below)
******Ms. Campos, a former news anchor and community affairs director, is credited with creating initiatives that have raised the bar for program quality and have made a lasting and positive impact in the Tampa Bay region. She is best known as the creator and host of “Positively Tampa Bay”, which focused on local non-profits and advocacy groups, and the “Taking Action Against Domestic Violence” campaign at WFTS-TV.
******Her career also includes leadership roles in Crisis Communications and Public Affairs for the Disney Company, University of South Florida/ USF Health and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Florida. She is a proud member of the WEDU Community Advisory Board, The Spring of Tampa Bay Board of Directors and the Ybor City Museum Society Board of Trustees.
12th Annual Inspire Awards:
Last week to submit your Inspire Nominations!
Download the Nomination form here. Email it back to us at membership@centralchamber.biz. Tickets are available for purchase here.

Double-Header Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies

Join us to celebrate two new members to the Chamber with dual Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies!
When: August 11th @ 4:30 p.m.
Where: 1765 Clearwater-Largo Rd. Unit 1 & 2
Register here or email membership@centralchamber.biz
Register here: B2B Coffee An'
2021 Annual Chamber Community Awards: Nominations now open!
*****Throughout our community and within the organization are many individuals worthy of acclaim.
*****To spotlight their contributions in helping to make our community a better place to live and work, the Chamber each year presents its “Citizen of the Year” and “Mac Norcross Small Business Person of the Year” awards.
*****These distinguished honors will be presented at our 68th Annual Awards Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. It’s with much pomp and circumstance that we add these two individuals to the celebrated company of past recipients.
******Use this link for Awards Criteria, Nomination Form and list of past recipients: https://www.centralchamber.biz/annual-chamber-awards
******Please take the time to consider if there is someone you know who embodies the characteristics of these honors, and submit your nomination(s) by Friday, Sept. 3. If you have any questions, call Tom at 584-2321 or email tom@CentralChamber.biz.
Florida recorded more coronavirus cases this week than California, Texas, New York and Illinois combined. The state logged 73,199 more infections in this week's Department of Health report, the biggest one-week surge since Jan. 27.
Hackers targeting Florida’s unemployment website potentially stole the personal data, including Social Security numbers, of nearly 58,000 people.
Judges for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta have sided with Florida by ruling that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cannot impose COVID-19 safety rules on cruises sailing from Florida ports this summer.
To mitigate disruption for the state’s $56 billion manufacturing industry, which employs about 400,000 Floridians, the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF), Space Florida and FloridaMakes have formed Connex Florida.
More than 33,500 New Yorkers have moved to Florida in the last 10 months, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
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