Volume 36 l September 2021
Weekly eConnection
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Happenings & Members' Promotions
Annual Leadership Planning Session
BIG THINKERS! Incoming Chamber Chairman of the Board Nate Cocco of State Farm Team Cocco gives a talk on his plans for the next program year. It took place at our annual Leadership Planning Session last week at the Holiday Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater. 
Current and new Directors along with chairs of our running committees took part. Thanks to everyone for attending and your support as we move forward.
Thanks to YOU, we’ve advanced in *many* categories in the Creative Loafing Best of the Bay!!! Please vote for us every day through September 9th (you can vote once per day in each category!)

We would LOVE to win Best Supermarket & Best Health Food Market!! 

And if you’d like to keep going, here is a list of all our nominations. Thanks for supporting local!
• Best Soup
Coffee An' Networking
Last week we had our Coffee An' Networking event at BioLife Plasma Services - Largo. Thank you all for coming out to our fourth Coffee An' Networking event of the year! A special thank you to BioLife for hosting us and thank you to our sponsors Piper Fire Protection and Cloud Law Firm, P.A. Check out the video here: Coffee An'.
12th Annual Inspire Awards
2021 Central Pinellas Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Inspire Award Honorees! Seen here, from left, Tricia Kane of Piper Fire Protection with Jeannine and Kevin Ford of the Tarpon Springs Leadership Conservatory of the Arts; and Jake Alexander of Action Accounting, Krish Asknani of Palm Harbor University High School IB Program, Misty Oudshoff of Abundant Life Children's Ministries, Jasmeen Santos-Ramirez of Largo High School IB Program, Tiffany Brown of Pinellas Multi-Ethnic Young Life, Karen McFarlin of Elmcroft of Pinecrest and Margaret Dorhman, retired dispatcher of Pinellas County Safety and Emergency Service. Missing from photo, Patricia Bell of the Greater Largo Library Foundation and Friends of the Largo Library. Special thanks to our emcee Lissette Campos and our event sponsors. Thank you to Advanced Video Systems for the video. Check out more photos on the Inspire Awards webpage.
Annual Chamber Meeting & Awards Breakfast
Purchase your tickets here
2021 Annual Chamber Community Awards: Nominations now open!
*****Throughout our community and within the organization are many individuals worthy of acclaim.
*****To spotlight their contributions in helping to make our community a better place to live and work, the Chamber each year presents its “Citizen of the Year” and “Mac Norcross Small Business Person of the Year” awards.
*****These distinguished honors will be presented at our 68th Annual Awards Breakfast on Thursday, Sept. 30 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. It’s with much pomp and circumstance that we add these two individuals to the celebrated company of past recipients.
******Use this link for Awards Criteria, Nomination Form and list of past recipients: https://www.centralchamber.biz/annual-chamber-awards
******Please take the time to consider if there is someone you know who embodies the characteristics of these honors, and submit your nomination(s) by Friday, Sept. 3. If you have any questions, call Tom at 584-2321 or email tom@CentralChamber.biz.
Welcome, WCC Business Solutions!
WCC Business Solutions, represented by Marcus Milner, is our newest Chamber member.
For over forty years, WCC has supplied businesses of all sizes in the Tampa - St. Pete -Clearwater area with printing, copying devices and they offer more than just office equipment! For more information, check them out in our Business Directory.
Partner With National Aviation Academy!

Students come from all over the Tampa Bay region, across the nation, and even the globe,
to train with National Aviation Academy (NAA)
to become successful Aviation Maintenance Professionals. 
Our Student Services department works with local businesses to provide resources and solutions that ensure our students have the support they need to succeed during their training! We are always looking to expand our offerings and connect our students with the community.
Beyond NAA, our Career Services department connects with local aviation, aerospace, engineering, and manufacturing companies to place our alumni in positions across the industry. Visit naa.edu to learn more about our organization and training options.

Are you interested in partnering with NAA to offer your products or services?
For more information, please contact our VP of Student Services, Janice Reyes, jreyes@naa.edu.
ChamberCARES! in support of Santa to a Senior
The lawsuit would have restored $300 in weekly federal unemployment compensation after DeSantis stopped participating in the program in May. DeSantis argued the benefit is incentivizing people to not work.
With certain damage from Hurricane Ida to southern U.S. oil fields, the AAA says gas prices in Florida will likely go back up.
The Florida Department of Agriculture has released a report charging rising imports of Mexican fruits and vegetables are costing the state thousands of jobs and nearly $4 billion in lost revenue.
Tropical Storm Kate formed Monday in the central Atlantic Ocean from Tropical Depression Ten, though it’s expected to stay east of the U.S. mainland.
Prompted by a case involving the retired chairman of Suzuki Motor Corp., the Florida Supreme Court shielded high-ranking business executives from having to give depositions in lawsuits.
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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