Volume 140 | August 2023

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Community & Members' Promotion Edition

Our 2023 Inspirers!

(Photo Credit: Advanced Video Systems)

Congratulations to our Inspire Award honorees recognized by a sold-out crowd last week. They are, from left:

Young Who Inspire: Dev Shah, Morgan Fitzgerald Middle School, the 2023 Scripps National Spelling Bee champion, and David Piehl, Largo Youth Leadership Council.

Inspiring our Young: Dr. Duncan MacMillan, musician and educator.

Inspiring Community Service: Nannette Prevost, Remember Me NFP, Inc.

Inspiring Public Service: Henry Schubert, City of Largo City Manager (retired).

Inspiring Business Leadership: Patricia Collins, Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority and Robin Katchuk, Palms of Largo.

Inspiring Community Service: Danielle Noble, McManus & McManus, P.A.

A Full House Celebration!

(Photo Credit: Advanced Video Systems)

Dozens from throughout the region joined us in recognizing our 2023 Inspire Award honorees at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo last week. This 14th annual event was coordinated by the Chamber Women’s Leadership Committee. A special thanks to our Presenting Sponsors Advanced Video Systems, Home Instead Senior Care/Be a Santa to a Senior, McManus & McManus, P.A., Pinellas Technical College, Professional Systems Printing & Promotional Products, Visit St. Pete/Clearwater, Village Inn and VSL Computer Services.

Anteing up for a good cause… 

It was a night of fun for all those who took part in the Chamber’s Charity Poker Party last week. Our thanks to them for their generosity! Funds raised benefit the Chamber Education Fund (501c3) supporting Pinellas Technical College, Pinellas Public Schools and Chamber Business Education programming. A shout out to our sponsors Piper Fire Protection, Florida Casino Company, England Brothers Construction, Centratel and Minuteman Press Largo.

Welcome Coiffure Style in Belleair!

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official grand-opening of Coiffure Style in Belleair located at 516 Indian Rocks Road N, Belleair Bluffs. Owner of the business, Iris Haluka, did the honors surrounded by Chamber members, family and friends. Coiffure Style brings a European aesthetic to town. Its mission is to provide the best pampering services from lengthy nails to the perfect haircut. Salon chair rentals are currently available for area hairstylists and manicurists. The business can be reached at 727-600-8122.

70th Chamber Annual Meeting

& Awards Breakfast

Thursday, September 28, 2023 – 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Sand Key, FL


Glimpses of optimism for Florida's homeowner's insurance market

For the first time in years there may be some small amounts of optimism about homeowners insurance in Florida. Experts say there are no signs that prices will relax dramatically, but they say it appears the market is stabilizing.

Jobless claims down for third week

Unemployment claims in Florida decreased for the third week in a row, after the jobless rate ticked up in July.

Storm system could develop in Gulf of Mexico by next week, forecasters say

Forecasters are eyeing an area of low pressure in the Caribbean Sea that some models show developing and moving toward Florida.

Florida is spending $61.6 million to bulletproof Capitol windows

The Florida Legislature is spending millions of dollars beefing up security at the Capitol Complex with expensive bulletproof windows while also making it easier for people to carry weapons into those state buildings.

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

Pinellas Technical College

Piper Fire Protection

Platinum Information Services

Regions Bank

State Farm - Team Cocco

The Palms of Largo

Valley National Bank

Village Inn

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Wealth Builders

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