Volume 26 l June 2021
Weekly eConnection
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Awards Season Edition
A Happy 4th to all!
“One flag, one land, one heart,
one hand, one nation evermore!
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Chamber Holiday Office Hours
Closed Monday, July 5
Friday, July 2 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (regular hours)
Tuesday, July 6 – 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (regular hours)
The Inspire Awards Nomination form is available for download here.
To register as a Presenting or Marketing Sponsor, visit the Inspire Awards event page or contact the chamber at (727)584-2321.
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.
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony
Let's celebrate a new member with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony!
When: July 15th @ 5 pm
Where: 13819 Walsingham Road, Suite H, Largo 33774
Register here: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Additional Copies Available
2021-2022 Business & Community Go-To Guides
**Your Chamber’s 2021-22 Business & Community Go-To-Guide is being distributed around the region. We’re excited to have this publication to promote all our valued members who continue to support our efforts.
**A special thanks to all our advertisers!
****If you would like additional copies, stop by the Chamber offices at 801 West Bay Drive, Suite 602, Largo daily between 9 and 2. They’ll also be available at upcoming Chamber events. 
A $53 billion industry is about to set sail again in the U.S. as the first cruise ship with paying passengers raised anchor from a U.S. port for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut the industry down.
City officials and advocacy groups are working to secure housing for the homeless leaving hotels, but it’s challenging.
Florida’s new compact with the Seminole Tribe gives it a monopoly over sports betting, but two online betting companies are seeking to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat after being shut out of the state’s newly legalized sports betting market.
Shooting off fireworks in Florida could be more expensive this Fourth of July, thanks to pandemic-related supply shortages.
Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital
Cloud Law Firm PA
Duke Energy
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Home Instead/Be a Santa
Jackson & Associates CPA
Melody Hunter, Charles Rutenberg Realty
MidFlorida Credit Union
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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