Volume 152 | November 2023

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Membership & Members' Promotions Edition

Chamber Leads Teams - Good for business!

Our new “Pinellas East” Leads Team was launched last week with a luncheon in the Chamber Conference Room. The group will begin meeting in January at the Village Inn currently under construction at 2659 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater. If you’re interested in joining this or our Pinellas West Team, email Tom@CentralChamber.biz. Participation is business category based at $100 a calendar year for Chamber members only.

Ambassador of the Month

For the second month in a row, Stacy Gillis of Advanced Video Systems, was given the title of Ambassador of the Month! Thank you Stacy for your continued support in the Chamber.

If you are interested in joining this this fun group of Ambassadors, email Emmy at membership@centralchamber.biz to join. The group meets monthly on the first Wednesday at 8:15 a.m.

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who joined the Chamber during the past four weeks. To see theirs and YOUR Chamber Directory listing, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz


Bayside Waters


Pat Murphy

19709 US Hwy 19 N

Clearwater, FL 33764





HCA Florida Largo Hospital (Silver Trustee)


Tiffany Briggs

201 14th Street SW

Largo, FL 33770





Inspired Living Ivy Ridge


Chantal Van Watermeulen

7179 40th Ave N, St Petersburg, FL 33709






The Oaks of Clearwater


Deborah Clark

420 Bay Avenue

Clearwater, FL 33756





Threat Angler, LLC


John Perkins

204 4th Ave N #423

Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785




Saluting Chamber Loyalty!

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who renewed during the past four weeks. Their continued loyalty is inspiring! To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz

At Home Floors Carpets Plus Color Tile, 8-Year Member

Flagship Bank, 2-Year Member

Greater Largo Library Foundation, 19-Year Legacy Member

Martin's Pest Services, 10-Year Member

Source 1 Solutions, 10-Year Member

The Rosery, 3-Year Member

The Silver Queen, Inc., 8-Year Member

VSL Computers, 4-Year Member

(Legacy Member = 15 years or more)

Click here to purchase tickets and sponsorships!

Florida Senate takes aim at 20-minute recess rule, high-stakes exams

The package of three bills, which aim to deregulate Florida’s public schools, got a first favorable vote from the Senate’s education committee Wednesday.

South Florida braces for ongoing rain rounds; advisories and closures remain in effect

The aftermath of Wednesday’s heavy rainfall has resulted in road closures and has led Broward County Public Schools and Broward College to cancel classes on Thursday.

Scientists find ethyl vanillin in a specially-bred strawberry

University of Florida scientists have found ethyl vanillin — an aroma compound in many artificial vanilla-flavored food products — in a UF/IFAS-bred strawberry.

Plan targets 'perfect storm' in prisons

Florida needs to spend at least $2.2 billion on repairs, retrofits and staffing to address “‘immediate” needs in the state prison system, according to a new report.

Florida cuts its workers comp rate

Florida businesses will see a decrease in workers’ compensation insurance rates in 2024.

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

HCA Florida Largo Hospital

Home Instead/Be a Santa

Jackson & Associates CPA

Melody Hunter Homes

National Aviation Academy

Pinellas Technical College

Piper Fire Protection

Platinum Information Services

Regions Bank

State Farm - Team Cocco

The Palms of Largo

Valley National Bank

Village Inn

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater

Wealth Builders

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