February 2019
Chamber Connections
A Message From The President
Save The Date: Planes, Trains, & Automobiles 2019

Can you believe that it's already February? The time has been flying by here at the Chamber as we usher in the new year.

On Thursday, January 24th we held the inaugural Chamber Gala where we celebrated the 2019 Best of Plant City Awards, thanked our 2018 Directors, and held the official swearing in of the 2019 Directors. Thank you to all who attended and helped us celebrate this memorable evening!

Save the date for our next big event coming up which is Planes, Trains, & Automobiles, scheduled for Saturday, February 23rd at the Plant City Airport. This fun filled Saturday celebrates the magic of aviation and even has free flights for the kids provided by the EAA Young Eagles organization. Bring the family out for a day of fun in the Florida sun for PTA 2019!

Make it a great February,

2019 Board of Directors
[Executive Board of Directors]

Chair: Karen Kerr
South Florida Baptist Hospital

Chair Elect: Courtney Paat
State Farm Insurance

Immediate Past Chair: Jason Jones
Advantage Restoration & Contracting

Treasurer: Carole Wright
Myers & Wright, P.A.

VC, Membership Division: Kayla Drawdy
Hillsborough Title, Inc.

VC, Community Relations Division: Larry Jimenez, Jr.
Star Distribution Systems

VC, Community Events Division: Alice Bullard
OnPoint IT Solutions

VC, Governmental Affairs Division: Mike Arndt
Minute Man Press
[Board of Directors]

Matt Buzza
Hillsboro Bank

Irene Castillo
Raulerson Castillo & Company

Doug Driggers
Tampa Electric Company

John Haney
Ace Realty Advisors

Jamey Moody
James S. Moody, III

Dean Pfeffer
Hope Lutheran Church

Jake Raburn
Hinton Farms

Remi Sanchez
Ice Pop Factory

Jim Scott
Jarrett-Scott Ford

Shari Sun
Suncoast Community Health Center

Nick Thurston
The Bank of Tampa

Ed Verner
City Properties Company
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremonies
Ribbon Cutting: R&L Metals
On Tuesday, January 15th, The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce had the opportunity to host a ribbon cutting for R & L Metals, Inc.! R&L Metals is a family owned and operated metal recycling company located in Plant City.

"Our reputation has been built on cleanliness, honesty, prompt payment and quality customer service. We treat people the way they want to be treated and are always eager to serve our community! With over 35 years of experience, we are industry leaders in commercial and residential metal recycling. We are the company that thinks outside the box. We can do what they can’t! R&L Metals is open 5 days a week. We invite you to stop by or contact us today for up to date prices and more information on how we can serve you."

Address: 405 E. Alabama Street, Plant City
Website: www.rlmetals.com
Congratulations to the 2019
Best of Plant City Award Winners!
Welcome New Members
Clearview Business Solutions
(844) 282-2737

December 28, 2018
Snellgroves Restaurant
(813) 752-3652

January 8, 2019

Habitat for Humanity
of Hillsborough County
(813) 239-2242

January 22, 2019
(813) 659-4040

January 25, 2019
Harvest Academy
(813) 652-8014

January 25, 2019
Ambassador Corner
On Thursday, January 24th the Chamber Ambassador teams met to discover the winning team of the year and ambassador of the year.

Kudos to Alice Bullard (left) on being named the 2018 Chamber Ambassador of the Year and to Team One (below) on being named the 2018 Chamber Ambassador Team of the Year.
Beginning in January 2019, the Plant City Chamber launched a new initiative to recognize members who are involved, regularly attending meetings and events, and are truly getting the most out of their membership through their involvement. At each chamber event in 2019, the red bucket will be present - simply drop you business card in the bucket for a chance to be next month's Member of the Month! The more you attend, the more likely you are to be selected. Each month the business that is drawn from the red bucket and selected as the Member of the Month will be highlighted in the Chamber's newsletter Chamber Connections, showcased on social media, and given a sign to proudly display in the storefront or front entry of their business. Congratulations to Berry Patch Animal Clinic for being selected as the first ever Member of the Month!
Leadership Plant City
The Leadership Plant City Class of 2019 attended the mid-year retreat held at the YMCA's Camp Cristina on January 8th. The day included several team building activities and the class closed the day with a ropes course. The class has also selected their class project, which will be a partnership with the Plant City Commons Community Garden - details to follow.
Upcoming Events
Plant City Bike Fest
February 2nd, 2019
Chamber Networking Lunch Survey
Click on the image above to provide feedback on the Chamber's monthly Networking Lunches. Reminder: No luncheon in February or March.
Leadership Alumni Lunch Hosted by Hampton Inn
Thursday, February 7th, 2019
Government Advisory Committee (GAC) Meeting
Wednesday, February 13th, 2019
Strawberry Classic Cruise-In
Saturday, February 16th, 2019
Business After Hours: Focus Magazine
Thursday, January 21st, 2019
Java & Jeans: Pregnancy Care Center
Friday, February 22nd, 2019
Plant City Ag Tour
Friday, February 22, 2019
Florida SBDC at Hillsborough County Workshops
Open to members & non-members
Planes, Trains, & Automobiles 2019
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019
Non-Profit Leadership Roundtable
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
Lunch & Learn: Excelling in Customer Service
Wednesday, February 27th, 2019
2019 Florida Strawberry Festival
Thursday, February 28th - Sunday, March 10th, 2019
Member Anniversaries
35+ Years:

Cross Pest Control

Marjon Specialty Foods, Inc.
20 + Years:

Farm Credit of Central Florida, ACA

Trapnell Elementary School

Lee, Tom

 City of Plant City

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10+ Years:

Bealsville, Inc.

Haught Funeral Home, Inc.

United Food Bank & Services of Plant City

State Farm Insurance - Courtney Paat

St. Peter's Episcopal Church

Walden Lake Community Association

Keller Williams Realty

Lighthouse Ministries

Reddy Ice

Sysco International Food Group, Inc.
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5+ Years:

Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. - Plant City Family Care

Enterprise Rent A Car

Malissa Crawford - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate, Inc,

Gospel METS Ministries, Inc.

University of Florida - Plant City Campus

Tint Plus

Sweetgum Environmental
1-4 Years:

Outpatient Rehabilitation Services - SFBH

Plant City Dermatology

Davis, J. Coleman

T-R Drum LLC

Florida E.N.T. & Allergy

College Hunks Hauling Junk & College Hunks Moving

Robin F. Fuson PA

Plant City Boxing Gym

U.S. Army Recruiting

The Law Office of Makar, P.A. 

Jimmy John's

Createch Machine & Design

A Chair Affair Event Rentals



Zeno Office Solutions

Movement Mortgage

People Ready

Access Point

Bikes For Christ

Flying Manatee Productions

Brick City Bricks

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