Volume 14 l April 2021
Weekly eConnection
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President's Desk Edition
From baby steps to leaps!
           I’m very pleased to report that your Chamber is clearing the dark, rocky road of the past year to a brighter, smooth paved one. Like the arrival of spring, it feels great!
           Our 2021 calendar is lighting up with the return of our signature events and regular B2B offerings. We’ve got our Inspire Awards on August 19, Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast on September 30 and our late Autumn Business Showcase and Holiday Luncheon in the planning.
           We’ve also introduced two new programs to assist our membership community during these comeback times – ChamberCARES and ChamberSHOP.
           ChamberCARES is an initiative of the Chamber and our Education Foundation in support of a cause, program or service provided by a member non-profit organization. The Board of Directors will select our 2021 recipient later in the month.
           ChamberSHOP promotes member-to-member business. Simply take a photo of a receipt from a Chamber member you did business with and email to us. Each week, we’ll pull one for a free member profile to be featured in our BizReach e-newsletter and on our social media platforms. You can find more details here: ChamberSHOP!
           And lastly, as another sign of normalcy, we’re wrapping up design and listings for our 2021-2022 Central Pinellas Business & Community Go-to-Guide. Advertising sales close this month, so please act now. More information can be found below.
           All this activity is a testament to your continued Chamber support and loyalty! I thank you!
           Wishing you all a prosperous and enjoyable month,
           Tom Morrissette, President 
Welcome! Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation
Vernon Bryant, executive director of The Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation, is a new Chamber member who recently attended our Chamber 101 New Member Coffee. The Florida Botanical Gardens opened in December 2000, converting 100 acres in the middle of the most densely populated county in Florida into a diverse garden paradise. The Foundation has been a major supporter of the gardens since its inception. Its events help promote community awareness and generate resources to support growth and enhancements. Admission to the Gardens is free. It’s open daily from 7am to 5 pm, except the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Entrances are located at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo and 12211 Walsingham Road, Largo. For more, please visit www.FLBGFoundation.org
The Chamber wants to see members interacting with members!

Do business with a Chamber member and you'll get a chance to win a member profile! Your ad/logo could be featured in our BizReach & on our social media.
Check out the ChamberSHOP! page for more details: ChamberSHOP!
Chamber B2B Happy Hour
Thursday, April 15th - 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Holiday Inn St. Petersburg/Clearwater - 3535 Ulmerton Road, Clearwater FL, 33762
$15 Members; $20 Non-members
This informal networking event includes appetizers and a cash bar. The Holiday Inn enforces social distancing & masks are required.
Space is limited, register here: Event Registration
Join the Zoom event online or listen on the phone. Registration in advance is required. Please register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. For more information please contact Pinellas County Emergency Management here.
Coffee An' Networking
Thursday, April 22nd - 7:30 to 9 a.m.
Keiser University - 16120 U.S. Highway 19 N., Clearwater, Florida 33764
FREE for Members; $25 for Non-members
Masks are required; Keiser does temperature checks & provides a waiver that must be signed upon arrival.
Space is limited, register here: Event Registration
16+ can now book appointments…
Pinellas County COVID Vaccine Update
******Pinellas County residents 16 or older can now get vaccinated per the latest executive order from Florida’s governor. Appointments can be booked online at www.PatientPortalFL.com or by calling (844) 770-8548 The website and phone number are available 24/7.
           The only vaccine approved by the FDA for those under 18 is the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech, which is offered at all sites booked through the Patient Portal. Minors under 18 must be accompanied by an adult or caretaker during their appointment.
           Public sites operated by the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County (DOH-Pinellas) and Pinellas County Government are adding appointments as additional shipments are received from the state.
Eligible groups may also check for vaccine availability at local pharmacies in Pinellas County, including Publix, Walmart, Sam’s Club and CVS or visit walk up sites in Palm Harbor and Tampa. Identification and proof of eligibility required at all appointments.
           For the latest information about all vaccination options in Pinellas County, visit https://covid19.pinellascounty.org/vaccines/
Tampa Bay COVID Update! April 6, 2021
The COVID-19 Regional Re-Opening Dashboard tracks the critical and official public health metrics that guide Tampa Bay residents and policymakers to safely re-open our economy.
It’s produced by the Tampa Bay Partnership.
Case growth rates in Tampa Bay increased this past week, to 1,117 per day over the 14-day period ending April 4, versus the 997 reported the prior week. At 7.20%, Tampa Bay's positive testing rate over the past week remains below the 10% threshold outlined in state and federal re-opening guidelines, yet increased from last week’s rate of 7.07%. Statewide, the positive testing rate was also below the 10% threshold and rose from 6.15% to 6.51%. The 7-day rolling average of Tampa Bay patients hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 increased by 4.9% in the past week and, as of Sunday, 705 such patients were hospitalized. To date, 761,634 Tampa Bay residents – an estimated 19.1% of the region’s nearly 4-million adults – have completed their COVID-19 vaccine sequence.
2021-22 Directory & Go-to-Guide
Ad slots still available!
Call Kelvin Mack at (727)584-2321 or email him at events@centralchamber.biz to discuss the details or request a fillable PDF to easily submit your information.
Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies
Chamber Ribbon-Cutting Ceremonies are another great way to get your business noticed! For more, reach out to Zoe at Membership@CentralChamber.biz or call 727-584-2321
Share info about your business…
Central Pinellas BizReach E-Connection
For a nominal fee of $35 per issue or $100 a month, you can highlight news about your business opening and specials. Here are the details.
One entry for $35, four entries for $100 (you can edit from week to week).
For non-profits: One entry for $25, four entries for $50.

All Chamber members are eligible to provide business updates and special member-to-member offers/discounts. Central Pinellas BizReach is distributed weekly on Fridays. Provide information/updates by noon the Wednesday prior. Images in jpg or png format with offer will be accepted.
Via email to Zoe Basheska at membership@centralchamber.biz 
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