Volume 97 l October 2022

Weekly eConnection
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Membership & Members' Promotions Edition

Best of the best...

Chamber Business Showcase '22

****Some 30 plus businesses and organizations took part in the recent Showcase at the Central Park Performing Arts Center. Awards were presented to exhibitors in three categories. This year’s winners…

****Most Creative: State Farm Team Cocco for their take of the Despicable Me cast featuring Gru and his Minions.

****Best in Show: Jackie Skelton of JR Word Travel for her interactive international destinations montage.

****Most Interactive: Penny Jackson of Mary Kay who promoted the radiance of her products to Showcase guests.

****Thanks to all our vendors and attendees for making it a fun afternoon/evening and thank you to Stacy Gillis of Advanced Video Systems for the photos!



Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who joined the Chamber during the past eight weeks. To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz

Fifth Third Bank


Morelia Dothe

2501 West Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770





Hancock Whitney Bank


Trudi Greig

8200 Bryan Dairy Road, Suite 180, Largo, FL 33770





Linda A. Stortz, CPA, P.A.


Linda Stortz

801 West Bay Drive, Suite 418, Largo, FL 33770





PDM Creative


Patricia Marquez

2622 Flournoy Circle S, Clearwater, FL 33764





Zambuki, LLC


Alex Zalamov

801 West Bay Drive, Suite 329, Largo, FL 33770




Saluting Chamber Loyalty!

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

BayStar Hotel Group – 18-Year Legacy Member

Business & Family Insurors, Inc. – 37-Year Legacy Member

Centratel Business Telephones – 40-Year Legacy Member

City Of Largo – 29-Year Legacy Member

Corey's Ohio Auto Service – 50-Year Legacy Member

Cross Signs – 9-Year Member

Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group – First Renewal

Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Largo – 29-Year Legacy Member

Equitable Advisors, LLC./Dean J. Rosko and Associates – 24-Year Legacy Member

Flagship Bank – First Renewal

GarrisonPro – 2-Year Member

Grade Power Learning Largo – 9-Year Member

Great Bay Distributors, Inc. – 54-Year Legacy Member

Groups Recover Together – First Renewal

HD1PY, Inc. – 3-Year Member

Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach South/Harbourside – 23-Year Legacy Member

Just Add Power Cardware Company, Inc – 13-Year Member

Law Offices of Steven W. Moore – 25-Year Legacy Member

Life of Riley Salon Supply – 9-Year Member

MackWP Marketing – 2-Year Member

McKim & Creed – 2-Year Member

Pinellas County Economic Development – 24-Year Legacy Member

Platinum Information Services, Inc. – 12-Year Member

Slaughter Plumbing Service, Inc. – 40-Year Legacy Member

Source 1 Solutions – 9-Year Member

The Fran Haasch Law Group – 2-Year Member

The Pointe at Clearwater – 16-Year Legacy Member

Tommy's Express Car Wash – 2-Year Member

Ultra Electronics-Forensic Technology – 15-Year Legacy Member


(Legacy Member = 15 years or more)

A New Member Welcome!

****Alex Zalamov, owner of the digital marketing company Zambuki, LLC, receives his membership plaque during a recent visit to the Chamber.

***He didn’t have to travel far! He’s located at 801 West Bay Drive, Largo in Suite 329, three floors below us.

****We wish Alex and his business great success. To learn more about Zambuki’s services, visit www.Zambuki.com.

Check out the Largo City Commission Candidates Forum on the

City of Largo Facebook page

Ambassadors of the Month

Kay McKenzie of Check Before Hire and Richard Boisvert of Oyova were named Ambassadors of the Month at the recent Ambassadors' meeting.

Kay also received the Ambassador of the Year Award at last week's Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast, alongside Richard who received the Committee Leadership Award. Thank you for everything you do for the Chamber! 

ChamberCARES - Be a Santa to a Senior

Thanks to everyone who has picked up a gift request tag so far! There are still many senior gift requests in need of donations. Stop by the Chamber office to pick one up or call us for a list of gift requests. If you have taken one already and purchased the gifts, make sure to bring them back for a photo in front of the tree!

Gift collections end December 9th.

Citrus leaders look to weather Ian

Shifting about $1 million from marketing and public relations into reserves, the Florida Citrus Commission hopes to weather the impacts of Hurricane Ian, which exacerbated an already-anticipated decline in this season’s citrus crop.

Chamber Forum: With the right strategy, the space industry could revolve around Florida

Florida has emerged as one of the top launchpads for a surging industry, but the next decade will be crucial in determining whether the Sunshine State remains in a leadership position.

These old Florida theme parks gave us all a good time. Then reality killed them

As Walt Disney World keeps on expanding and a planned West Miami-Miami megamall dreams of becoming Retail World, take a moment to mourn the loss of South Florida’s defunct theme parks and attractions.

Citizens insurance rates increasing

Citizens Property Insurance Corp. rate increases will take effect Tuesday, as thousands of homeowners a week continue turning to the state-backed insurer for coverage.

Flu and COVID are coming to Florida. Are you ready?

The state’s flu monitoring report shows Florida’s flu season started on Oct. 2, and emergency department visits with a discharge diagnosis of flu are already on the upswing. While the season has just kicked off, by all forecasts, the situation is about to get worse.

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
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