Volume 116 l March 2023

Weekly eConnection
801 West Bay Drive, Suite 602 Largo, FL 33770
Tel: 727-584-2321 Fax: 727-586-3112

President's Edition & Members' Promotions

From the President's Desk...

*****“It’s Great to Belong!”

*****As a member, you know the value of the Chamber, how it supports local businesses and works to attract new ones to the area. But not every business out there knows about us – or the value of joining.

*****I'm calling upon you to help your Chamber grow!

On Thursday, March 23 we’re holding A Taste of the Chamber member prospect breakfast at the Holiday Inn Harbourside on Indian Rocks Beach. We’re looking for 50+ members to each bring a business guest, someone that would benefit from Chamber membership. The goal is to sign them up that morning.

*****This effort was very successful when we held it for the first-time last year. Let’s duplicate that success! Please follow the link the below and register yourself and a non-member friend to a complimentary breakfast. You must register with a non-member guest to attend.

*****Special thanks to our Campaign Patrons for sponsoring this important effort – the law firm McManus & McManus, State Farm Team Cocco, Check Before Hire, Centratel, Kemco Systems and National Aviation Academy.

*****Also, add to your calendar our Business in Springtime Expo on Thursday, May 4.

It runs from 4 to 7:30 p.m. at Largo’s Central Park Performing Arts Center. It’s the only expo/trade show we’ll be holding this year, and you don’t want to miss out.

*****Exhibit space is now open for purchase. The “early bird” price of $300 runs until

April 14. Sign-up under EVENTS at www.CentralChamber.biz or give us a call at


*****All the best for a happy and prosperous month!

*****Tom Morrissette 

A Taste of Success! Chamber President Tom and 2022 Chairman Nate Cocco of State Farm Team Cocco discuss the benefits of Chamber membership at last year’s membership recruitment breakfast. Registration for this month’s Taste of the Chamber is now underway. Please take part!

Download and fill out the Taste of the Chamber form. Email it to [email protected] or Zoe at [email protected]

Job Fair - Contact Susan Sims at [email protected]

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Let's celebrate with Fifth Third Bank!

Tuesday, March 28 at 10 AM

2501 W Bay Drive, Largo 33770

Register here.

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

Let's celebrate with Source 1 Solutions!

Thursday, March 30 at 2 PM

16331 Bay Vista Dr., Clearwater 33760

Register here.

The Women Leadership Committee presents its annual panel luncheon:

Company Culture, Benefits & Economic Trends: What’s Next?

Thursday, April 4, 2023

11:30 AM – 1:15 PM

The Palms of Largo – Royal Palms Ballroom

200 Lake Ave. NE, Largo 33771

Tickets: $30 - Purchase here.

Register as our 2023 Speakers Panel Sponsor here!


  • 2 tickets
  • Marketing table
  • time on the mic
  • logo on all promotions


  • 2 tickets
  • Marketing table

Welcome New Member, Uniti!

The A-Team welcomed Samantha Fenger, of Uniti, at the recent Ambassadors meeting, and presented her with a Member Plaque. Samantha is Uniti's Account Executive and our newest Ambassador! Check out her contact info in our Business Directory here: Uniti Business Listing

Florida's citrus forecast inches up

Florida’s citrus industry received a little good news Wednesday as a new production forecast for the current growing season increased 1 percent for oranges and 5 percent for grapefruit.

How Floridians can avoid brain-eating amoeba infections

Florida is known for dangerous wildlife like alligators and sharks. But one deadly creature flies under the radar: the Naegleria fowleri, commonly called the brain-eating amoeba.

Daylight saving time: Sunshine Protection Act gets reintroduced. What it means for Florida

Those who support ending daylight saving time permanently advocate brighter afternoons and more economic activity. In Florida, ending daylight saving time could help the tourism economy, legislators say.

Lawmakers consider making roads with mini-mountains of a radioactive substance

Lawmakers will consider a bill to allow for a byproduct of phosphate mining to be used in road construction. Innovative or dangerous?

Florida electric bills going up in April

State regulators signed off on plans that will lead to millions of utility customers seeing increased electric bills in April because of hurricane costs and higher-than-expected natural gas prices last year.

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 Homes

National Aviation Academy

Piper Fire Protection

Platinum Information Services

Regions Bank

State Farm - Team Cocco

The Palms of Largo

Valley National Bank

Village Inn

Wealth Builders

The Weekly E-Connection is made possible by the following generous sponsors:

Facebook  Linkedin  Twitter  Instagram  Youtube