Volume 141 | August 2023

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Business Edition

We're All About Business

Your Chamber directors, committee leaders and staff met last week to celebrate the successes of this program year and to make plans for the next. Our sincerest thanks to these volunteer leaders and all our committee members for their support and loyalty! This session was hosted by Pinellas Technical College-Clearwater (PTC), where current Chairman of the Board Jake Prokop is executive director. Jake will officially hand over leadership to incoming Chairman, Mia Cloud of Cloud Law Firm, at the Chamber’s 70th Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast on Sept. 28.

Welcome, Commercial Partners Realty

Jeff Clapacs of Commercial Partners Realty is presented his official Chamber membership plaque by Chamber Ambassadors Kay McKenzie of Check Before Hire, Dr. Rosemary DePasque of Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic and Gail Holden of Office Services 101. Commercial Partners Realty simplifies the complexities of the commercial real estate market, providing personalized strategies and support for a seamless and rewarding experience. To learn more, visit: https://www.commercialpartnersrealty.com/

A County Economic Update

Pinellas County Economic Development Executive Director Dr. Cynthia Johnson recently met with Chamber Directors for an agency update. It included a presentation on PCED’s new website that provides real-time economic and demographic statistics countywide and by municipality. You can check it out at www.PCED.org.

Welcome, Hydrus Connect

Emma Hudziak and Ryan Thompson of Hydrus Connect are presented their official Chamber membership plaque by Chamber Ambassadors Dr. Rosemary DePasque of Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic, Gail Holden of Office Services 101 and Kay McKenzie of Check Before Hire. Hydrus Connect is a creative marketing company that specializes in everything from website design and development to logo creation and copywriting. To learn about them, visit: https://hydrusconnect.com/

Tropical Storm Idalia likely to be major hurricane before reaching Florida’s Gulf coast

Tropical Storm Idalia is likely to become a major hurricane before it reaches Florida’s Gulf coast on Wednesday, the National Hurricane Center said in a Monday morning update.

‘Florida fatigue’ slows South Florida tourism this year, after pandemic breakout

After three strong pandemic years when business flourished for South Florida’s critical tourism industry, travelers have many other places to go in the United States, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean for vacations this year.

Permanent anchor in Pensacola

Pensacola has received a $3.9-million grant from the state to build a headquarters for the American Magic sail racing team at the city’s port.

Column: Florida's springs worthy of becoming state park

It’s worth repeating and thinking about this fact: Florida has the largest concentration of freshwater springs on the planet.

‘Right to Rock’ bill filed for Florida 2024 session would limit entertainment venues

Entertainment venues that accept state funding would not be able to break contracts with performers based on their social media use or political affiliations, under legislation filed last week.

Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors

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Jackson & Associates CPA

Melody Hunter Homes

National Aviation Academy

Pinellas Technical College

Piper Fire Protection

Platinum Information Services

Regions Bank

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The Palms of Largo

Valley National Bank

Village Inn

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

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