Volume 117 l March 2023

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Chamber Happenings Edition

Coffee An' Networking at SPCA Tampa Bay

Over 60 businesses joined us at our Coffee An' Networking event last Thursday! A big thank you to SPCA Tampa Bay for hosting us. Shout out to Piper Fire Protection and Cloud Law Firm P.A. for sponsoring. We got to present a certificate to our Education Fund Scholarship Recipient Deile Maldonado of PTC! Thanks to all of our members and prospects for coming out. Check out the event video on our YouTube Channel here.

Thank you to Advanced Video Systems for the photos.

A Taste of Success! Chamber President Tom and 2022 Chairman Nate Cocco of State Farm Team Cocco discuss the benefits of Chamber membership at last year’s membership recruitment breakfast. Registration for this month’s Taste of the Chamber is now underway. Please take part!

Download and fill out the Taste of the Chamber form. Email it to Tom@centralchamber.biz or Zoe at membership@centralchamber.biz

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Let's celebrate with Fifth Third Bank!

Tuesday, March 28 at 10 AM

2501 W Bay Drive, Largo 33770

Register here.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Let's celebrate with Source 1 Solutions!

Thursday, March 30 at 2 PM

16331 Bay Vista Dr., Clearwater 33760

Register here.

The Women Leadership Committee presents its annual panel luncheon:

Company Culture, Benefits & Economic Trends: What’s Next?

Thursday, April 4, 2023

11:30 AM – 1:15 PM

The Palms of Largo – Royal Palms Ballroom

200 Lake Ave. NE, Largo 33771

Tickets: $30 - Purchase here.

Register as our 2023 Speakers Panel Sponsor here!


  • 2 tickets
  • Marketing table
  • time on the mic
  • logo on all promotions


  • 2 tickets
  • Marketing table

Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors (to date)!

Purchase your tickets HERE and pick up your tickets/wristbands at the Chamber office.

Florida January jobless rate at 2.6 percent

With service-related jobs topping employment gains, Florida’s unemployment rate dipped slightly as 2023 began, according to a report released Monday by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.

Michael Yaworsky confirmed by Florida Cabinet as new insurance commissioner

Yaworksy takes over the job amid an insurance crisis that has led to double- and sometimes triple-digit rate increases for homeowners and many small insurers becoming insolvent or leaving the state.

Gas prices are changing in Florida. How the spring driving season affects your wallet

With two of every five Floridians planning to hit the road for a spring vacation, gasoline prices have started to increase.

Trulieve tops $30 million in Florida pot initiative

The medical-cannabis company Trulieve contributed another $5 million last month to a ballot initiative aimed at legalizing recreational use of marijuana, bringing its total contributions to $30.5 million, according to a newly filed finance report.

Can Florida survive climate change? Here’s what the Aspen Ideas: Climate conference had to say

The Sunshine State, with its low elevation and 825 miles of shoreline, make it one of the planet’s most vulnerable locations for both sea-level rise and intensified weather events.

Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors

Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital

Business & Family Insurors

Check Before Hire

Cloud Law Firm PA

Duke Energy

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital

Home Instead/Be a Santa

Jackson & Associates CPA

Melody Hunter Homes

National Aviation Academy

Piper Fire Protection

Platinum Information Services

Regions Bank

State Farm - Team Cocco

The Palms of Largo

Valley National Bank

Village Inn

Wealth Builders

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