Volume 24 l June 2021
Weekly eConnection
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Membership Edition
Dozens of business and community leaders took part in the Chamber’s What’s Next for the Workforce? Business After COVID forum at the St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater. Some things will be the same. Many will not.
Dr. Carly Paro-Tompkins of Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology, presents A Mental Wellness Report at the Business After COVID forum.
It’s a whole new world!
What’s Next for the Workforce? Business After COVID
*****A large group gathered to hear what some experts had to say at the Chamber’s What’s Next for the Workforce? Business After COVID forum.
*****The presentations included a series of facts and figures from the Tampa Bay Dashboard by Dave Sobush, director of Policy and Research at the Tampa Bay Partnership. Several industry indicators he showed point to the regional economy getting back to pre-COVID conditions by later this year.
*****A Mental Wellness Report was provided by Dr. Carly Paro-Tomkins, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Counseling at Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology. Stressful conditions the past 15 months has caused many to reassess their lives, most notably their work, she said. And many will pursue new life paths.
*****Amanda Jacobson of United Way Suncoast offered a Women and the Workforce Report. As COVID slowly moves behind us, it will have a lasting impact on the role that women play in our economy, she noted. Issues ranging from daycare services to flexible hours and remote workplaces will need to be addressed by employers.
*****Thanks to our Presenting Sponsors of the program, Centratel, Nova Southeastern University and Pinellas Technical College and Marketing Sponsors BioLife Plasma Services, Cloud Law Firm and State Farm Team Cocco.
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
Advanced Impact Technologies, 2-Year Member
Arden Courts of Largo, 23-Year Legacy Member
ASC Incorporated, 15-Year Legacy Member
BayStar Hotel Group, 17-Year Legacy Member
Coast-To-Coast Title & Escrow, LLC, 7-Year Member
Florida Seating, 3-Year Member
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties, 17-Year Legacy Member
Holiday Inn Express-Clearwater, 22-Year Legacy Member
Largo Mall (Weingarten Realty Investors), 16-Year Legacy Member
Liberty Bowling Lanes, 23-Year Legacy Member
McGill Plumbing, 22-Year Legacy Member
Pinellas County Schools, 3-Year Member
Pinellas Technical College, 51-Year Legacy Member
Pool Cleaning and Inspection Service, 3-Year Member
Sunshine ACE Hardware, 15-Year Member
The Original Crabby Bill’s Family Brands, 7-Year Member
Vacation Village, 8-Year Member
(Legacy Member = 15 years or more)

To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz
BioLife Plasma Services
Elyana Zayed
2178 East Bay Drive
Largo, FL 33771
Budget Blinds of Clearwater & Seminole
Carolyn Tricoli
1765 Clearwater-Largo Road, Suite 2
Clearwater, FL 33756
Taylor Boylan
10075 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33771
Edward Jones
Collin Bottolfson
1510 4th Street N, Street
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Home Access Financial
Scott Ashbrook
100 S. Ashley Drive, Suite 1140
Tampa, FL 33602
And The ChamberSHOP Winner is...
Terri Costello from Learning Empowered is this week's ChamberSHOP winner! Learning Empowered was founded in 1975 as United Methodist Community Outreach Ministries Suncoast to address the unmet needs of the local community in St. Petersburg. In 2019, they became Learning Empowered - an organization that helps children & families thrive by building resiliency through lifelong education.
Check out their website to learn more & get involved: learning-empowered.org
Visit our ChamberSHOP! webpage to learn more about how you can enter the drawing and win a newsletter & social media promotion for your business.
12th Annual Inspire Awards Nomination Form!
For Sponsorships, visit the Inspire Awards event page or contact the chamber at (727)584-2321
Coffee An' Networking
When: Tuesday, June 29th, 7:45 - 9 am.
Where: NAA, 6225 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater, FL 33760
FREE for Members; $25 for Non-members
Start your morning off with a networking and a leads exercise.
Register here: NAA Coffee An'
Thank you to our sponsors!
Some Social Media Tips

Clayton Moore of MooreSocial LLC was the presenter at a recent Chamber Leads Team meeting at Village Inn. He reviewed the dos and don’ts to get the most from social media platforms. To learn how MooreSocial LLC can assist your business, visit www.llcmooresocial.com. All three Chamber Leads Teams are in full swing. If you are interested in the program, reach out to Tom at 584-2321 or tom@CentralChamber.biz
The Tampa Bay Rays, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County and Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, will host on-site vaccination opportunities at Tropicana Field June 15 - 17. All fans who choose to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Tropicana Field will receive a voucher for two complimentary tickets to a Rays regular-season home game (some exclusions apply).
  • Event Date: June 15 - 17 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. daily
  • Location: Tropicana Field, Gate 1
  • Vaccine: Both Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations will be available. Fans who select the Pfizer vaccine will schedule their second shot with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County directly. Vaccines are free. No insurance is required.
  • Eligible Fans:
  • Pfizer: Ages 12 & up
  • Johnson & Johnson: Ages 18 & up
  • Safety: Masks are required for anyone entering Tropicana Field who is not vaccinated, ages 2 years old and up. Masks are optional for fully vaccinated fans.
  • Ticket Voucher: Fans who receive a COVID-19 vaccine at Tropicana Field will receive a ticket voucher for two complimentary tickets in the Lower Reserved or GTE Financial Party Deck for one regular-season home game (excluding games against the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox). Vouchers must be redeemed online at RaysBaseball.com using the unique code provided.
  • Parking: Fans should park in Lot 6 or 7 and proceed to the Gate 1 rotunda entrance.
Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital
Cloud Law Firm PA
Duke Energy
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Home Instead/Be a Santa
Jackson & Associates CPA
Melody Hunter, Charles Rutenberg Realty
MidFlorida Credit Union
National Aviation Academy
Nova Southeastern University - Tampa Bay
Paradise Air
Piper Fire Protection
Platinum Information Services
Regions Bank
The Palms of Largo
Valley National Bank
Village Inn
Wealth Builders
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