Volume 142 | September 2023

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President's Edition & Members' Promotions

From the President's Desk...

It’s Great to Belong!

        I hope everyone got to enjoy the Labor Day holiday. After a few bumpy days with Idalia, the weekend weather was certainly a cause to celebrate!

      With September now upon us, we mark the end of another Chamber program year. And we’re now in high gear planning for a new one that will provide even greater value for your investment with us.

      On September 28, at our 70th Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast, we will be reviewing our most recent successes and revealing our future course.  I hope you will join us! How we move forward will rely on the continued support of you, our members, be it through direct participation and/or financial investment. You are the Chamber!

      My special thanks to all those who gave of their time and energy this program year, most notably our Chairman, Jake Prokop of Pinellas Technical College. He championed our continuing efforts in business development, membership retention and education programming.  We made gains in these areas and many others through Jake’s leadership.

               As you consider ways to get the most from your Chamber investment, look at serving on a Chamber committee. There’s one for every interest, and you get to meet some terrific people. Just give me a call and we can talk about what would be best for you.

        All the best for a happy and prosperous month,

        Tom Morrissette 

Welcome, Minuteman Press

(Photo Credit: Advanced Video Systems)

Athan Colon, Amyelise Quindes-Gonzalez, and Daniel Miller of Minuteman Press Largo are presented their official Chamber membership plaque. Minuteman Press Largo is a family owned and operated full service print shop who are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service and the best quality products in a timely manner. With a talented designer on staff, Minuteman Press can help you design and print anything with your logo on it to help your business grow. To learn more, visit: https://minuteman.com/us/locations/fl/largo/

Welcome, DRIPBaR Largo

Audra Abu-Rumman of The DRIPBaR Largo is presented her official Chamber membership plaque by her membership sponsor Ryan Carter of Piper Fire Protection and Chamber Ambassadors Dr. Rosemary DePasque of Belleair Bluffs Chiropractic and Gail Holden of Office Services 101. Opening soon at Largo Mall, The DRIPBaR is focused on helping people take their healthcare beyond diet, exercise, and traditional medicine to support their physical, mental, and cellular wellness. Using advances in intravenous therapies, it enables clients to live a more energized life by helping them remain more resistant to disease. To learn more, visit: www.TheDRIPBaR.com/Largo

Apply Online for Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program.

The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program is now open. The state program makes $20 million available for businesses impacted by Hurricane Idalia. Florida small business owners in need of assistance are encouraged to visit www.FloridaJobs.org/EBL to apply.

Reflecting on the Inspire Awards

(Photo Credit: Advanced Video Systems)

The 2023 Inspire Awards were a great success and those honored continue to receive praise for their astounding accomplishments. With over 100 people in attendance, these 8 recipients were honored for their contribution to others through leadership, dedication, and service. Thank you again to those who attended and for your continued support.

Free for members. $25 for guests.

Florida orange shortage causes price increase for some products

Orange juice prices are on the rise after Florida citrus production plummeted this year and dragged down the country’s supply of the iconic fruit.

Tropical Storm Lee expected to become 'extremely dangerous hurricane.' Is Florida at risk?

Tropical Storm Lee is expected to become an "extremely dangerous hurricane" by the weekend, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Energy efficiency detectives help Miami-Dade buildings cut power bills and carbon emissions

Miami-Dade County’s Building Efficiency 305 program& started last year to help building managers save money and shrink their carbon footprint.

Melbourne Margaritaville construction resumes after economy-driven delay

As Parrot Heads around the world mourn the death of legendary "Margaritaville" singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett, construction crews are resuming work on his future namesake tourist resort on the Space Coast.

‘Dead on arrival’: Tampa City Council axes Mayor Castor’s tax hike

Tampa City Council voted to axe a proposed double-digit property tax rate increase the mayor said was a “critical investment” to tackle an ever-growing backlog of maintenance projects and meet the needs of a growing city.

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