Volume 39 l September 2021
Weekly eConnection
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Membership & Promotions Edition
Annual Chamber Meeting - Reservations closing soon!
Individual tickets $49.75 - purchase here

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who joined the Chamber during the past four weeks. To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz
All Smiles Orthodontics
Alex Desman
8250 Bryan Dairy Road, Largo, FL 33777
Century 21 Commercial Coastal Alliance
Julie Drolshagen
400 Island Way #207, Clearwater, FL 33756
Compass Health
Dottie Hemond
10500 Ulmerton Road, #736, Largo, FL 33771
Fritts Marketing, LLC
Alesia Fritts
8802 41st Street N, Pinellas Park, FL 33782
Nissan of Clearwater
Vince Smith
15232 US Hwy 19N, Clearwater, FL 33764
Options Medical Weight Loss
Jay Ratwani
10500 Ulmerton Road, Suite 726, Largo, FL 33771
Premier Martial Arts
Ross & Michelle Woodley
10801 Starkey Road, Suite 22, Seminole, FL 33777
PT Solutions
Dianna Grimm
10500 Ulmerton Road, #272, Largo, FL 33771
S&L Financial Solutions
Stacey Gordon
1301 Seminole Blvd., Suite 142, Largo, FL 33770
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Saluting Chamber Loyalty!
Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who renewed during the past four weeks. Their continued loyalty is inspiring! To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz
Apyx Medical, 9-Year Member
BayCare/Morton Plant Hospital, TRUSTEE, 51-Year Legacy Member
Big T Printing, First Renewal
Centratel, 39-Year Legacy Member
City Of Largo, 28-Year Legacy Member
Curtis Pools, 42-Year Legacy Member
Grade Power Learning, 8-Year Member
Great Bay Distributors, Inc., 53-Year Legacy Member
Life of Riley Salon Supply, 8-Year Member
Law Offices of Stephen W. Moore, 24-Year Legacy Member
Mr. Handyman, First Renewal
Palms of Pinellas Apartments, 3-Year Member
Panera Bread - Pinellas Park, 7-Year Member
Pinellas County Economic Development, 23-Year Legacy Member
Tommy's Express Car Wash, First Renewal
(Legacy Member = 15 years or more)
Welcome, Nissan of Clearwater!
Nissan of Clearwater is one of the latest businesses to join our Chamber! We met with their representative, Vince Smith, to learn more about them and present them with their member plaque. Visit their business profile in our Business Directory.
Partner With
National Aviation Academy! 
Students come from all over the Tampa Bay region, across the nation, and even the globe, to train with National Aviation Academy (NAA) to become successful Aviation Maintenance Professionals.
Our Student Services department works with local businesses to provide resources and solutions that ensure our students have the support they need to succeed during their training! We are always looking to expand our offerings and connect our students with the community.
Beyond NAA, our Career Services department connects with local aviation, aerospace, engineering, and manufacturing companies to place our alumni in positions across the industry. Visit naa.edu to learn more about our organization and training options.
Are you interested in partnering with NAA to offer your products or services?
For more information, please contact our VP of Student Services, Janice Reyes, jreyes@naa.edu.
Annual North Pinellas County College & Career Fair
A great opportunity for businesses to reach potential new hires or customers and network with fellow professionals!
Where: Countryside High School
When: October 11th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Registration fee: $50
For information on how to register, please follow this link https://www.pcsb.org/Domain/12787
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Join us in celebrating the grand opening of the Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group St. Pete location!
Where: Diagnostic Clinic, 6735 Crosswinds Dr. N, St Pete 33710.
When: September 28th @ 10 a.m.
Options Medical Weight Loss Ribbon-Cutting
Last Friday we celebrated the grand opening of Options Medical Weight Loss Largo location with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony! Check them out in the Largo Mall, on 10500 Ulmerton Road, Suite 726. Thank you everyone for coming out to celebrate with us. Thank you to Advanced Video Systems for the photo and video.
As snowbird season approaches once again, the U.S./Canada border remains closed to non-essential travel. But Canadians are coming anyway.
The number of hurricanes making landfall in the U.S. each year has not increased since a century ago, but researchers said it’s likely that global warming will cause future hurricanes to be more intense.
Should Florida Power & Light residential customers pay more over the next four years so that commercial and industrial customers pay less? That is one of the pivotal questions before the state’s Public Service Commission.
With the successful launch of the first all-civilian flight on board a SpaceX Crew Dragon, the company is looking to ramp up similar flights in the near future.
Doing just a fraction of the business that its developer had projected, a recently opened New Jersey mega-mall is hemorrhaging red ink, raising questions about the viability of an even larger shopping complex and amusement center planned by the same company in South Florida.
Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital
Business & Family Insurors
Cloud Law Firm PA
Duke Energy
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Home Instead/Be a Santa
Jackson & Associates CPA
Melody Hunter, Charles Rutenberg Realty
National Aviation Academy
Nova Southeastern University - Tampa Bay
Paradise Air
Piper Fire Protection
Platinum Information Services
Regions Bank
The Palms of Largo
Valley National Bank
Village Inn
Wealth Builders
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