Volume 52 l December 2021
Weekly eConnection
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Holiday Edition
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
Christmas - Thursday, Dec. 24 – 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Closed Friday, Dec. 24
New Years - Thursday, Dec. 30 - 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Closed Friday, Dec. 31
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.
Focus on 2022 - Sponsorships & tickets are available for purchase here
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!
Welcome Presentation - AGM Marketing Agency
Last week, your Chamber welcomed new member
AGM Marketing Agency!
We presented their COO, Ollie Rodriguez, with their 2021-22 Member Plaque. Thank you for stopping by our office and welcome to the CP Chamber!
To learn more about AGM, visit our Business Directory: www.centralchamber.biz/business-directory
Unemployment continues to slowly improve in Florida as the state gets closer to regaining the number of jobs lost when the COVID-19 pandemic caused business closures and layoffs last year.
Florida election officials are hunting for snowbird voter fraud in the 2020 election, combing through records to uncover people who cast ballots in multiple states.
COVID-19 cases across Florida more than doubled over the course of a week, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health.
When the pandemic first hit in spring 2020, we became accustomed to some shortages — shoppers were hoarding cleaning supplies and paper products. But these days it’s not about hoarding.
Both conservationists and pleasure boaters are now blaming the other for the sad state of affairs that have turned vast swaths of coastal Florida into manatee graveyards.
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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