Volume 50 l December 2021
Weekly eConnection
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Economics & Advocacy Edition
A diplomat and national war hero
Senator Robert Dole
7/22/1923 – 12/6/2021
“I had the pleasure to get to know
Sen. Bob Dole when he addressed the Chamber that I represented in Worcester, Massachusetts. That was back in May 1993. He was a gentleman with a great sense of humor that knew how to work both sides of the political aisle.”
Tom Morrissette, Chamber President 
Last Day to Register for the Holiday Luncheon!
Purchase your tickets HERE. Individual: $30 | Table of Eight: $240
MANUFACTURING IN CENTRAL PINELLAS – VITAL TO OUR ECONOMIC SUCCESS! The Chamber’s Economic Development Committee got to tour Advanced Impact Technologies (AIT) last week. The Largo business, at the former Great Bay Distributors on Starkey Road, is a world leader in architectural and security glass. Here, Engineering Mgr. Ralph Henson explains the layering process that makes their product both attractive and bullet proof. To learn more about them,
PTC Student of the Month
The second Education Fund 2021 scholarship is presented to Micheal McKinney! Micheal was chosen as Student of the Month at the Pinellas Technical College. He is 25 years old - Diesel student. Once
he graduates, he is hoping to start out as a diesel technician and open his own mobile diesel mechanics fleet one day. Congratulations Micheal!
This Thursday! Register below
Start off your day with networking and a leads exercise. Registration in advance is appreciated. Click here: Coffee An Registration $25 for non-members.
*Presenting Sponsorships $200 (special pricing)
Includes logo placement on promos, marketing table at event and time at the mic to talk up your business. Register here or email/call Zoe at membership@centralchamber.biz 727-584-2321.
Thank you to our sponsors! (to date)
And the ChamberSHOP! Winner is....
Cross Signs is our last ChamberSHOP winner of the
year! Cross Signs is a full service sign shop that can
take care of most of your signage needs. They specialize in Sandblasted, routed signs, vehicle lettering and wraps. Owner Jeffrey Cross have been making signs in the
St. Petersburg area for 36 years.
Check out Cross Signs in our Business Directory: https://www.centralchamber.biz/the-chamber/business-directory?memberuid=3992
Your wallet isn’t lying. Prices are up in Florida for just about everything: housing, gas, groceries, home repairs. And we’re especially feeling the pinch during the holiday season.
Florida’s nature has been ailing since its old-growth forests were cut down a century ago. Not all is lost. The past half-century has seen scores of victories in the 800 miles between Key West and Pensacola.
The Seminole Tribe’s Hard Rock Sportsbook on Saturday announced an immediate suspension of its Florida operation as a result of an appellate court ruling that rejected a request to continue online sports betting as it tries to overturn a lower court decision.
Insurance experts presented a gloomy forecast for anyone hoping that the cost to insure homes and businesses in Florida might stabilize or even fall anytime soon.
SpaceX has begun construction on an orbital launch pad for its next-generation Starship at Kennedy Space Center, bringing to the Space Coast the world’s most powerful spacecraft that CEO Elon Musk hopes will eventually take people to Mars.
Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital
Business & Family Insurors
Cloud Law Firm PA
Duke Energy
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Home Instead/Be a Santa
Jackson & Associates CPA
Melody Hunter, Charles Rutenberg Realty
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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