National Aviation Academy (NAA) has been training aviation maintenance professionals since 1932. NAA’s Aviation Maintenance and Advanced Aircraft Systems courses are designed to provide the experience and education required to become a federally licensed Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) technician and embark on an in-demand career with great earning potential. Individuals from across the globe attend campuses, including in ours in Clearwater, FL.

"I am with National Aviation Academy and have been attending the Clearwater Regional Chamber events for almost a year now. I have made so many connections with other members and events that my colleagues and I have benefitted from both professionally and personally."

-Liza, NAA
You voted for our awards, don't forget to get your ticket! Join us for the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce’s 97 th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. We will introduce your new board chair, highlight our accomplishments and where we are heading for 2019.

Meet us at the Opal Sands Resort. Doors open at 5:00pm; networking from 5:30pm to 6:30pm. Then we move into to the dining room for the program and dinner from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. The Annual Meeting traditionally attracts over 500 attendees from all sectors of the Community: Education; HealthCare, Government, Manufacturing, Non-Profit, Tourism, Services.

A $500 Patron Sponsor provides you with two tickets and your company name listed in the event program.   Enjoy our Early Opportunity specials and book your Associate Sponsorship for $1200 (save $300) or Award Sponsors for $2800 (save $200) by December 18 th .

Purchase your sponsorship online at, or, contact .

Our Annual Meeting is always a SOLD OUT event. Book your sponsorship today.
Annual Holiday Golf Tournament
Wow! Our Annual Golf Tournament, held on December 6th, was our best YET! Between our Auction Items and Sponsorships, we raised over $30,000!!! This wouldn't have been possible without the help of our AMAZING co-chairs, Sarah Byars of CenterState Bank and Bob Roperti of Jiffy Properties along with the rest of our Golf Committee and all of those who contributed, whether it was an auction item, a sponsorship or simply volunteering your time!
Thank you Bardmoor Golf & Tennis Club for another successful year! And to top it off, we couldn't have asked for better weather! 27 teams showed up to battle it out and see who could take home the Annual Trophy! In the end, it was the junior golfers from St Pete Catholic High, sponsored by MidAtlantic Finance Company ! Huge shout out to our Presenting Sponsor for the 3rd year in a row, PROforma N&M Communications . They supplied us with ALL of our signs and even left a special wine tumbler in every golfer's bag! During our Golf Tournament we were able to benefit Clothes to Kids with mulligan proceeds & Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County with our Bubba Drive.
Once again, thank you to all of those who were able to attend! Be on the lookout for 2019's tournament date coming soon!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
-Jeni Borrow, Golf Committee Liaison
Ribbon Cuttings and Open Houses
Blueberry Dental
Congrats on your Grand Re-Opening! And thank you to Councilmember Cundiff for standing by their side as they cut the ribbon!

Learn more about Blueberry Dental and what they offer!

Aspirations Winery
Aspirations Winery held an open house this week to show off their recent renovations! Stop by, have a glass of wine, and enjoy the new scenery!

Daf & Dream Ribbon Cutting
Daf & Dream is new to downtown Clearwater, located right next to Second Century Studios (the future temporary home of Dreams of Dali). They're an Italian Boutique with the PERFECT gifts for that special someone. Join us on January 5th at 5pm for their formal ribbon cutting and grand opening!!
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In the News
Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Florida! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in February 2019!  American Pickers is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the business, as they hunt for America’s most valuable antiques. They are always excited to find sizeable, unique collections and learn the interesting stories behind them. 

PINELLAS COUNTY Today, Rahul Shukla, President and CEO of S.S. White Technologies, the world's leader in flexible shaft technology, announced he has relocated his company's international headquarters from Piscataway, New Jersey to Pinellas County, Florida, bringing 125 jobs to the state.

CLEARWATER –For the fourth time,   Morton Plant Hospital has received “Baby-Friendly” designation from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). The hospital first earned the “Baby-Friendly” status in 2003 and has been designated “Baby-Friendly” longer than any other facility in Florida. Each designation is good for five years.
Launched in 1991, the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative is a global effort to implement practices that protect, promote and support breastfeeding, safe feeding practices and maternal infant bonding.

CLEARWATER –BayCare Health System has named  Lou Galdieri  president of Morton Plant Hospital and market leader for the West Region. In this role, he will be responsible for the operations at Morton Plant Hospital, Mease Countryside Hospital, Mease Dunedin Hospital and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. In addition, he will work with other BayCare leaders to coordinate all BayCare activities in this market.
Galdieri has served as president of Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin hospitals since 2009. He’s filling the position following the departure of  Kris Hoce.

CLEARWATER –BayCare Health System has named  Matt Novak president of Mease Countryside Hospital and Mease Dunedin Hospital. He replaces Lou Galdieri, who recently was selected as president of Morton Plant Hospital and market leader of BayCare’s West Region.
Novak has served as president of St. Joseph’s Hospital-South since August 2016. In that role, he developed the master campus plan and has led the current expansion while working closely with the hospital staff.

Special Fall Sale: 50% OFF all Inside Ads, through December 2018.
PLUS, buy 3 or more months and carry your discounted rate through 2019!

Valspar Championship
The holidays are drawing near, but there’s still time to save on 2019 Valspar Championship tickets! Now through December 31, get tickets AS LOW AS $35!


Member Events
RCS Food Bank Seasonal Give Back
Create a box that helps those in need this holiday season! Reverse advent calendar details different items to donate. Add one item a day to a box, then donate the box on December 26!

Dates: Wednesday, December 26
Location: RCS Food Bank 700 Druid Rd., Clearwater, FL
PlacementWorks Open House
Join PlacementWorks anytime of the day to celebrate updates to their location. Stop by for breakfast, lunch or dinner with staff, family and friends.

Date: Friday, December 21
Hours: 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location: 4422 Central Avenue St. Petersburg, FL 337711
Don't miss this is a Holiday-themed, family friendly race. Come experience a beautiful run/
walk starting in downtown Clearwater,
Florida then onto the Clearwater Bridge
and back. After the race stay for awards,
prizes and a street party finale.

Date: Sunday, December 23
Hours: Registration starts 2:00 pm
Race begins 4:00 pm
Loc ation: 418 Cleveland St.,
Clearwater, FL 33755
Eat, drink and celebrate New Years Eve under the stars.

Date: Monday, December 31
Hours: 9:00 pm reserved seating
Location: Edge Hotel Terrace Balcony 505 S., Gulfview Blvd., Clearwater Beach 33767
It’s your chance to run or walk 3-miles on the beautiful Copperhead course at Innisbrook Resort prior to the Valspar Championship. Each participant receives a tech shirt, gallon of Valspar paint and a fun post-race reception featuring green beer and pizza. Spend your St. Patrick’s Day afternoon on a green course. Event benefits Veterans Alternative. To register, visit

Date: Sunday, March 17
Hours: 4:00 pm
Location: Innisbrook Resort 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North , Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Valspar Championship
At the official PGA TOUR golf tournament see the world’s finest golf professionals compete on the Copperhead Course. After-play on March 23, check out the Valspar LIVE concert presented by Chick-fil-A featuring country superstar Brad Paisley . For tournament tickets, purchase online at .

Date: Saturday, March 23
Location: Innisbrook Resort 36750 U.S. Highway 19 North , Palm Harbor, FL 34684
The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation and the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department look forward to sharing the beautiful lights displayed at the Florida Botanical Gardens with visitors from near and far.

The Gardens will sparkle with more than 1 million, twinkling, colorful, LED lights of all shapes and sizes. Vibrant laser lights and lighted figures will wow guests of all ages as they stroll through the Gardens.

Date: Until December 30
Hours : 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Where: Florida Botanical Gardens 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo, FL 33774
Winter Wonderland
Celebrate the spirit of the season and bring out the child in you and enjoy the perks of being a grown-up: live entertainment, wine and hors d’oeuvres while indulging in the fun of childhood – a petting zoo, visits with Santa Claus and train rides , all while benefiting the cause of literacy in the Tampa Bay area.

Date: Wednesdays through Sundays until Dec. 22
Hours: 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Location: L ocated on the corner of Drew St. and N. Ft Harrison Ave.
Celebrate Christmas with family and friends at Tampa Bay's best brunch spot, the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa! It's an amazing array of delicious entrees and breakfast items, savory soups, carving and omelet stations, endless desserts and their famous seafood boat, brimming with fresh shrimp and oysters , all for only $44.95 plus tax and gratuity. 

Date: Tuesday, December 25
Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Safety Harbor Resort and Spa 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Reserve: Call 888-BEST SPA
Ring in the New Year at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa Havana Style! Enjoy Lavish Hors D ‘Oeuvres, Dinner Buffet and a 2-Hour Open Bar. Enjoy the sounds of the 10-piece Ray Olan Latin Band, Salsa Dancers, Champagne Toast & Party Favors at Midnight. $159 per Person All-Inclusive, or purchase a table of 10 for $1499 which includes 1 bottle of house champagne.

Date: Tuesday, December 25
Hours: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Location: Safety Harbor Resort and Spa 105 N Bayshore Dr, Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Reserve: Purchase tickets call the resort at 727-724-7706
InnovationLabs presents a true Creative Problem Solving 101, this course identifies your personal innovation strength(s) and offers an introduction to creative thinking and the tools and methods used by the top creativity scholars and practitioners in the world to boost creative problem-solving skills and confidence.

Date: Saturday, January 19
Hours: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Location: The Dali Museum 1 Dali Blvd St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Outback Bowl Beach Day
Join the teams, their marching bands and cheerleaders as they enjoy the sun and beaches at the Hilton Clearwater Beach next to Pier 60. This fun day includes live music, skydivers, a tug-of-war and other contests.
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort & Spa  400 Mandalay Ave, Clearwater, FL 33767
Don't miss the   Outback Bowl Tuesday January, 1.
Raymond James Stadium  - Tampa 
4201 Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33607
CYP Open Forum Meeting
The  Clearwater Young Professionals  is an initiative of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce designed for up and coming professionals. If you are young at heart and have a passion for mentoring and engaging in a youthful community, then CYP is great for you!
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Clearwater Regional Chamber  600 Cleveland Street Suite 204, Clearwater, FL 33755
Public Policy & Business Development Committee Meeting
7:45 am- 9:30 am
St. Petersburg College  2465 Drew Street, ES-104, Clearwater, FL 33765
January 24th Chamber Annual Meeting And Awards Dinner 2019
Join us for the Clearwater Regional Camber of Commerce’s 97 th Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner. We will introduce your new board chair, highlight our accomplishments and where we are heading for 2019.
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Opal Sands Resor t 430 S Gulfview Blvd 
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767
Initiative Sponsors
Hill Ward Henderson has as its cornerstone an obligation and a commitment to our valued clients to provide the highest degree of integrity, professionalism and competence to ensure the timely, efficient delivery of high quality legal services. The dividend to our firm has been the long-term relationships we have developed with our clients and with the Tampa community.

Economic Development Initiatives Sponsor
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Workforce Development Initiatives Sponsors
Division Partners
Kind Regards,
Jeni Borrow
Vice President of Membership
727.461.0011 ext 226

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