Volume 82 l July 2022
Weekly eConnection
801 West Bay Drive, Suite 602 Largo, FL 33770
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Membership & Members' Promotions Edition
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Networking with Results!
Jeff Petracco of Wealth Builders, a longtime Chamber Trustee, discusses his business at last week’s Leads Team breakfast at the Village Inn, Walsingham Road. The Leads Team Program provides group camaraderie and the potential of new business referrals. Dozens of leads and closed business deals are reported each month. Here’s a link to learn more:

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who joined the Chamber during the past three weeks. To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz
PMI Clearwater
Caio Pavanelli
801 West Bay Drive, Suite 318, Largo, FL 33770
Any Lab Test Now - Largo
Ana Garcia
13847 Walsingham Road, Suite J, Largo, FL 33774
i2 Solutions
Tom Jacobs
8780 126th Avenue N, Unit D, Largo, FL 33773
Disc Centers of Largo
Dr. Marc Rogers
405 Seminole Boulevard, Largo, FL 33770

Coffe Amor
David Tilten
325 W Bay Dr., Suite 4B, Largo, FL 33770
Saluting Chamber Loyalty!
Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who renewed during the past three weeks. Their continued loyalty is inspiring! To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz
Belleair Village Motel – 54-Year Legacy Member
Big T Printing – 2-Year Member
Central Park Performing Arts Center – 9-Year Member
Elison of Pinecrest – 24-Year Member
Hampton Inn Pinellas Park/St. Petersburg – First Renewal
Home Instead Senior Care/Be A Santa to a Senior – 9-Year Member/Gold-Tier Trustee
Louis Haskel CPA, PA – 13-Year Member
Melitta USA, Inc. – 17-Year Legacy Member
MicroType Engineering – 3-Year Member
Mutual Mortgage – 11-Year Member
Oyova – 2-Year Member
The Palms of Largo – 29-Year Member/Silver-Tier Trustee
Panera Bread - Belleair Bluffs – 8-Year Member
Panera Bread - Pinellas Park – 22-Year Legacy Member
(Legacy Member = 15 years or more)
Download the nomination form here.
Email all forms, resumes, letters of support, etc. to membership@centralchamber.biz
Or mail the forms to the Chamber office: 801 W Bay Center, Ste 602, Largo, FL 33770 
Purchase your Inspire Award Ceremony & Reception tickets here.
B2B Happy Hour at Serenity Funeral Home
Be our marketing sponsor for only $100! Includes logo placement on all promotions and time at the mic. Register here
Join us for some informal networking!
When: NEXT THURSDAY, July 28 at 5:30 PM
Where: Serenity Funeral Home & Serenity Gardens Memorial Park
13401 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo, 33774
Register here.
Additional Copies Available
2022-2023 Go-To Guides
    Your Chamber’s 2022-23 Business & Community Go-To-Guide is being distributed around the region. We’re excited to have this publication to promote all our valued members who continue to support our efforts.
    A special thanks to all our advertisers!
    If you would like additional copies, stop by the Chamber offices at 801 West Bay Drive, Suite 602, Largo daily between 9 and 2.
    They’ll also be available at upcoming Chamber events.
New Member Plaque Presentation
Tom Jacobs of i2 Solutions was presented with his member plaque by Chamber President Tom Morrissette. Welcome i2 Solutions to our Chamber! Check them out in our Business Directory here for low voltage and fiber optic electrical services.
A Valued Community Service
Dr. Lisa Negrini, executive director of Learning Empowered, discusses the organization’s outreach and new St. Petersburg headquarters during a community breakfast it held last week at Just Add Power in Seminole. Chamber President Tom Morrissette was among the guests. Learning Empowered provides supportive, educational programming to foster life-long learning and growth for families in the community. It has been a member of the Chamber for 5-years and host location Just Add Power has been with us since 2009.
The report builds on the taxpayer research institute’s extensive work on the 2020 Census, focusing on how the recently reported 3.48 percent undercount – nearly 750,000 people – significantly impacts Florida’s taxpayers.
The Children’s Village will also serve as home to other community-based non-profits offering resources and programming to both sheltered and neighborhood children.
Consumers got hit with a double whammy. Interest rates have doubled. They started at 2.73% a year ago. Now they’re at 5.52%. For consumers, buying power has almost been cut in half.
After Floridians began receiving $450 checks in the mail from Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, they wanted to know: Is it a scam?
The hospitality industry, long plagued by low wages and high turnover rates, reckons with how to retain employees and attract new talent.
Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital
Business & Family Insurors
Check Before Hire
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
Piper Fire Protection
Platinum Information Services
Regions Bank
Spectrum Reach
The Palms of Largo
Valley National Bank
Village Inn
Wealth Builders
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