Volume 53 l December 2021
Weekly eConnection
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Happy New Year! Edition
Happy 2022 from your Chamber Board!
The final Board of Directors meeting of the year! There was discussion on topics such as the Membership Drive Campaign and the return of the Chamber Cup Golf Tournament in May. Expect more about these and many other exciting programs in the weeks and months to come. The Board wishes you a happy and prosperous 2022!
A World of Good Wishes!
One of the real joys this holiday season is the opportunity to say thank you and wish you the very best for the new year.
From Your Central Pinellas Chamber Team
Tom, Zoe and Karen
Chamber Holiday Hours
New Years - Thursday, Dec. 30 - 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Closed Friday, Dec. 31
Focus on 2022 - Sponsorships & tickets are available for purchase here
Blue Q Health & Wellness
Dr. Erika Meister, with Blue Q Health & Wellness, has been a member of our Chamber for over five years!
They just displayed their new 2022 member plaque at their location on 2480 E Bay Dr., Largo. For more information, check them out in our Business Directory.
Holiday Luncheon - $1500 Raised for the Chamber's Education Fund!
Thank you Holiday Inn Harbourside for having us and thank you to all of our generous sponsors for making this event possible. Thank you everyone for coming and participating in the Gift Basket Auction - we were able to raise $1500 for the Chamber's Education Fund! With all of your help, the Chamber will be able to provide scholarships, through the Fund, to Pinellas Technical College and Largo High School students.

Thank you for the gift basket donations: City of Largo, Serenity Funeral Home, Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, National Aviation Academy, Dreams Come True by Edie, Fritts Marketing, Piper Fire Protection, Kemco Systems, GTE Financial, Elison of Pinecrest, Tommy's Express Car Wash, Value Properties, Mutual Mortgage,
Big T Printing, Oyova, Serafyn Salon, Liberty Payment Solutions, Learning Empowered and Gulfside Wealth.

Also, Alexander Spine Center, LegalShield, McManus & McManus PA, GarrisonPro, Melody Hunter Realty, First Citizens Bank, Publix, PRP Wine International, Village Inn, BioLife Plasma Services, Mary Kay - Penny Jackson, S.S. White Technologies, Central Park Performing Arts Center, Duke - Rico Ashley, Nature's Food Patch, VSL Computer Services, Wealth Builders, Cross Signs, Regions Bank, Office Services 101 and Business & Family Insurors.

Thank you to Advanced Video Systems for the photos & video.
A heartfelt thanks to the many of you who contributed to our ChamberCARES! Campaign, this year supporting Be A Santa to a Senior! We collected over sixty bags and had five pick-ups from the Be A Santa team.

Thank you to David Puckett - GTE Financial, Sue Osborne - Elison of Pinecrest, Rob England - England Brothers Construction, Karen Gonzalez - Business & Family Insurors, Rhonda Anderson - Mutual Mortgage, Melody Hunter - Melody Hunter Realty, Joan Patterson - GilDewey's, Christine Cook - Regions Bank, Carly Beaulieu - Big T Printing, Nick Fiorentino - Ciarciaglino, Gell & Fiorentino and Gamal Megherfi - First Citizens Bank.

Also, Carolyn Tricoli - Budget Blinds of Clearwater, Gail Holden - Office Services 101,
Matt Callero - Paint Blue Commercial Painting, Terri Costello - Learning Empowered, Laurie Bunce - Centratel, Wendy Swertfeger - LegalShield, Glen Schultz - Signature Voices, Jake Prokop - Pinellas Technical College, Kerry Kalman - Copiers Etc., Marcia Engle - Mangsen Law, Kip Perry - Sonnenberg Insurance Services, Tricia Kane - Piper Fire Protection, Karen Bisco - Keiser University, Maurice Waring - PenFed Credit Union, Mia Cloud - Cloud Law Firm, Largo Mayor Woody Brown, Zoe Basheska - Chamber Staff and Tom Morrissette - Chamber President.
ChamberSHOP! - Members Interacting with Members
Thank you everyone for entering our 2021 ChamberSHOP Drawing. Here are all of our winners of the year:
Carly Beaulieu from Big T Printing
Stacy Gillis from Advanced Video Systems
Gail Holden from Office Services 101 
Terri Costello from Learning Empowered
Sue Osborne from Elmcroft of Pinecrest
Karen Gonzalez from Business & Family Insurors, Inc.
Wendy Swertfeger from LegalShield/Ladies of Justice
Clayton & GraceBelize Moore from MooreSocial LLC
Marcia Engle from Mangsen Law
Jeffrey Cross from Cross Signs

Look for new programs in the year to come!
The omicron variant is Florida’s unwelcome Christmas visitor, likely driving a 320 percent surge of COVID-19 cases in just one week.
As Florida braces for the omicron unknown this holiday season, more restaurants are booting up robots to gird themselves against another serious problem: a persistent labor squeeze that isn’t slowing down.
The first half of 2022 is slated to see two companies launch for the first time from Cape Canaveral from two older launch complexes while some massive new rockets are waiting on new engines in the hopes of lifting off before the end of the year.
For more than a year, Floridians have experienced first-hand the changes, challenges and, in many cases, the frustrations that arise when a pandemic affects global trade.
Fort Lauderdale has been named a top “18-hour city.” It’s a loosely defined term that refers to smaller cities with amenities, public services, and job opportunities that are comparable to those in larger places such as New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.
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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