LoveServes International coaches pastors to develop healthy churches that equip the Church members to meet their communities’ greatest needs through the love of Christ.
The Genesis of LoveServes International (Previously AAVI – Asociación Aguas Vivientes, Inc. or Living Waters Association, Inc.) was the personal ministry work originally done by founders Martin Newby and Brent Whitehead. They came to the Dominican Republic in 1982 and became involved with the country and with this new ministry that God birthed by providing pure water. They believed that clean water and health education would help the overall health and wellness of the people. As believers in Christ they connected with the local church because of their desire to not only provide drinking water but also to provide the “living water” (John 4:10) that only Jesus Christ can provide so the Dominicans may “never need to drink again”.
After many years and many water projects, Abel Ramirez (former Executive Director) along with the Board of directors agreed that although the Dominican people were receiving clean water, there was NOT the spiritual fruit that they had been striving for.
LoveServes utilizes 8 programs that transform the vision of the church to an outward focus to meet the needs of the community:
  • Pastoral Training and Coaching
  • Church Growth and Development
  • Church Ministries
  • Family Counseling/Aid
  • Health and Education for Children
  • Youth Health and Development
  • Care for Elderly and Handicapped
  • Community Development – Recognizing Individual and Community Needs
Stephanie Smith, Director of Development, has over 20 years of experience in donor cultivation and relationship management. Stephanie is responsible for the direction and implementation of strategies to develop relationships with like-minded people and ministries.
She was also named Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce's AchieveHERs Woman of the Year for 2019 !

Learn more about LoveServes HERE
From the Chamber
See all of our Business of the Year winners from our Annual Meeting held on January 24th by visiting our Facebook page HERE !
We need your brochures!
It's that time of year when people start planning their vacations! As well as the time of year they're fed up with the cold and are looking for another place to call "home". That means we need YOUR brochures, rack cards, business cards, etc for the visitor/relocation packages! We're very low from 2018, please help us build our 2019 stock! Send a supply to Mimi Farley at our downtown location!
We can also pick up if you are a local business!
Honeymoon island is known for miles of sandy beaches, nature trails which host almost 200 years old trees and abundant wildlife, but why is it called that?
Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island were one large island known as Hog Island. The Hurricane of 1921 split the island in half and created the Hurricane Pass. In the late 1930s, a business man purchased the island and while he was lunching with his friend, a Life Magazine editor he commented that the island would be great for honeymoons. After the Life Magazine story ran Honeymoon Island was created. Fifty honeymoon cottages were built on May 8, 1940. When WW2 started the island was leased to a defense contractor and the cottages were damaged. In the 1960s a developer purchased the island and planned to build residential units along waterfront canals however the project was not completed due to environmental concerns. In 1974, the State of Florida started purchasing the island and on December 7, 1981 the Honeymoon Island State Recreation Area was created. This is the history behind Honeymoon island which is a great place to visit for locals and tourists.
National Chamber Program at Office Depot!

Open an Office Depot account through our Chamber and save BIG!
Text "ClearwaterSPC"
to 555888 to get started immediately!

Robert Love for more information!
Ribbon Cuttings and Open Houses

You may have noticed, recently we celebrated Labor Finders adding a location in Clearwater. Yesterday we celebrated the company's 25th Anniversary serving Georgia and Florida! Congratulations on your milestone!
Join us on February 19th at 10:30am for GrillSmith's Ribbon Cutting!
2539 Countryside Blvd #6
Clearwater, FL 33761
In the News
Have a drink and benefit Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County ! For the entire month of February, every Effen Cucumber Watermelon Lemonade purchased, Beachside Hospitality Group will donate $1 to Habitat!

Tropics Boat Tours loves their community, which is why they are committed to donating 10% of their Net Ticket Sales from EVERY MONDAY of the month to a local charity picked by their staff every month.
This month of March 2019, they are donating to: Ocean Allies
We encourage you to purchase tickets for cruises on 3/4, 3/11, 3/18 and 3/25 to support this local charity.
Cruise times are as follows:
March 4th
1:00 PM Dolphin Exploration Tour
3:30 PM Dolphin Exploration Tour
6:00 PM Sunset Celebration Cruise
March 11th, 18th and 25th
2:00 PM Dolphin Exploration Tour
4:30 PM Dolphin Exploration Tour
7:00 PM Sunset Celebration Cruise
Are your business revenues between $1 million & $5 million? Attend a complimentary Lunch & Learn hosted by Valley Bank to see how David of Adviser One can help place the right value on your business.

Last Thursday BB&T and Suntrust announced a merger. Here is some additional info on this amazing announcement. It is an exciting time to be a part of such a transformative time in our industry and BB&T/Suntrust are excited to be on the forefront of it. 
BayCare Names New Vice President of Managed Care   
Clearwater, Fla., (February 12, 2018) BayCare Health System has named Donna P. Ghobadi the new vice president of Managed Care. BayCare is a leading not-for-profit organization comprised of 15 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout Tampa Bay and central Florida regions.
Ghobadi, who was the vice president of Managed Care and Revenue Cycle at Baptist Healthcare System, is responsible for planning and directing all aspects of managed care at BayCare. She oversees the negotiations of contract reimbursement rates, structures, language and terms. She also leads the managed care fee for service and value based contracts and compliance.

CONTACT: DAVE LABELL 727.893.8523,
AHOY MATES! Chart your course the Florida State Fairgrounds on March 1, 2, 3. Enjoy walking around millions of dollars of inventory on hand from Tampa Bay’s leading boat dealers. The Tampa Bay Boat Show is a grand event showcasing area boat dealers/manufacturers, the latest in boating and fishing supplies… great accessories too. 
 The Tampa Bay Boat show offers a great way to see and compare all available makes and models in one location. Pontoons, Cruisers, Center Consoles, Inflatables, Jet Skis, exhibits and more. Plus, you don’t want to miss the Florida Fishing School Seminars Series on Saturday and Sunday. Take part in a series of presentations by the area’s top fishing guides and local experts…great tips, secrets, and fun! Learn how to catch the big one!
Clearwater  – Bruce H. Bokor, a named partner in the law firm of Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns, LLP, is a co-recipient of The Florida Bar Tax Section’s Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year award along with Leslie J. Barnett of Barnett Bolt in Tampa. The award will be presented on Friday, May 3, at the annual Tax Section meeting of The Florida Bar in Orlando.

Industry Veteran Executive, Michael Ann Williamson, Joins NTC
(Palm Harbor, FL) February 12, 2019 – Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. (NTC), the leading post-closing services provider for the nation’s largest financial institutions, investors and servicers, announced today that Michael Ann Williamson will be joining a team of National Account Executives who are responsible for client relations and client services. She joins an elite group of subject matter experts adding many years of experience to an already impressive team.
 Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. Named in Several Categories as Finalist in 2019 Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service
Palm Harbor, FL – January 29, 2019 – Nationwide Title Clearing, Inc. (NTC) was named a Finalist in three different categories: National Sales Team of the Year, Woman of the Year in Sales, and Senior Sales Executive of the Year, in the 13th annual Stevie® Awards for excelling in Sales & Customer Service, and will ultimately be a Gold, Silver, or Bronze Stevie Award winner in the program.
Member Events
Join Ocean Allies on Wednesday, February 20th at Clearwater Marine Aquarium! Learn about how your business can become an Ocean Ally!

Date: Wednesday, February 20
Hours: 2pm
Location: Clearwater Marine Aquarium 249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767
Park in the garage and let the attendant know you are attending the meeting.
The Pinellas Education Foundation and Pinellas County Schools are seeking business partners to host student interns in the Summer Career Acceleration Program .
The Summer Career Acceleration Program is an exciting new initiative that prepares students for the workforce through a combination of a paid summer internship at no cost to the employer and an industry certification. By the end of the program, participating students will be equipped with work-ready skills and a technical certification that will bolster job opportunities and provide them with a chance for greater long-term success.

Date: Thursday, February 28
Hours: 2-3pm
Location: Stavros Institute's Achieva Conference Room 12100 Starkey Road, Largo, FL
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
Softball season is upon us, and the road to the 2019 Women’s College World Series on ESPN begins with the inaugural St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational Presented by Wilson . ESPN Events’ first owned and operated softball tournament will be held at the Eddie C. Moore Complex in Clearwater, Fla., February 14-17, 2019. Of the 39 games that comprise the invitational, 25 will be available across ESPN2, ESPNU, SEC Network and ESPN3. As previously announced, there are 16 teams participating in the invitational and all 16 participating teams will be showcased at least once.

Date: February 14-17
Times: Varies
Location: Eddie C. Moore Complex 3050 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33759
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
Located downtown Clearwater at 522 Cleveland Street!
Click the flyer to visit their site for more events!
Clearwater Young Professionals
Talks & Testimonials at Homeless Empowerment Program
Thank you HEP for hosting the Clearwater Young Professionals on February 7th!

#LastTuesday Social
Join us for our February social at Clear Sky on Cleveland!
Tuesday, February 26th
From 6pm-8pm
Open Forum Meeting
March 6th is our next Open Forum Meeting. We will discuss upcoming events, the year at a glance, along with topics of YP interest.
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Kind Regards,
Jeni Borrow
Vice President of Membership
727.461.0011 ext 226

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