Volume 12 l March 2021
Weekly eConnection
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"Anything Goes" Edition
The Chamber wants to see members interacting with members!
Do business with a Chamber member and you'll get a chance to win a member profile! Your ad/logo could be featured in our BizReach & on our social media.
Check out the ChamberSHOP! page for more details: ChamberSHOP!
Chamber 101 New Member Coffee
It's Great to Belong! Had the pleasure to make some new friends at the Chamber's 101 New Member Coffee. Nate Cocco of State Farm Team Cocco and Chairman-Elect of our Board of Directors is seen here helping the group "like" us on Facebook. Looking forward to many more opportunities to engage with our members as the months unfold. www.CentralChamber.biz
The 2021-2022 Directory & Go-to-Guide
Ad slots available - a couple of weeks left!
Call Kelvin Mack at (727)584-2321 or email him at events@centralchamber.biz to discuss the details or request a fillable PDF to easily submit your information.
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies
Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies are another great way to get your business noticed! For more, reach out to Zoe at Membership@CentralChamber.biz or call 727-584-2321
Tampa Bay COVID Update! March 22, 2021
The COVID-19 Regional Re-Opening Dashboard tracks the critical and official public health metrics that guide Tampa Bay residents and policymakers to safely re-open our economy.
It’s produced by the Tampa Bay Partnership.
Case growth rates in Tampa Bay decreased this past week, to 907 per day over the 14-day period ending March 21, versus the 928 reported the prior week. At 5.99%, Tampa Bay's positive testing rate over the past week remains below the 10% threshold outlined in state and federal re-opening guidelines, yet increased from last week’s rate of 5.42%. Statewide, the positive testing rate was also below the 10% threshold and rose from 5.31% to 5.60%. The 7-day rolling average of Tampa Bay patients hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 decreased by 3.3% in the past week and, as of Sunday, 661 such patients were hospitalized.
A windfall of federal stimulus money won't slow a deal between state House and Senate leaders that includes requiring out-of-state online retailers to collect sales taxes on purchases made by Floridians.
For the first time in three years, gas prices in Florida are averaging more than $2.90 per gallon. Florida drivers are now paying $2.91 per gallon, the highest daily average price since May 2018, AAA says.
Florida legislators are preparing a bill to once again enact the Disaster Preparedness Tax Free Holiday ahead of the upcoming hurricane season.
Requests logged by Suncoast 211 – which encompasses Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties – show unprecedented numbers of people are calling the helpline who are facing economic hardships since the start of the pandemic.
Many companies sold off vehicles last year as business fell. Now they’re scrambling to buy more cars as prices for those available spike.
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