April 20, 2018
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.
Innovation & Economic Development
SmartCitiesCouncil North America: 2018 Readiness Challenge Grant Finalist Cities
We launched our  Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge  a year ago to identify cities that were ready to take action on their smart cities visions, offering them knowledge, mentoring and products and services to help them speed their efforts. After reviewing very impressive, detailed applications, today we announce our finalists for this year’s program.

As you read about the finalists and their efforts below, it’s inspiring to see such promising efforts in communities of all sizes, from cities to counties to states. We are thrilled to see such a diverse set of candidates committed to making their communities more livable, workable and sustainable. They have already made substantial progress in developing their visions, and we are excited about working hands-on with them to bring those visions to life.

The Florida Constitution Revision Commission Approves Eight Revisions for the 2018 General Election Ballot
April 16, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Pursuant to Article XI, Section 2 of the Florida Constitution, the Constitution Revision Commission (CRC) today voted to approve eight revisions to be placed on the 2018 General Election ballot for voter consideration.

CRC Chairman Carlos Beruff, said, “For more than a year, Commissioners have traveled across the state to speak directly with citizens about the changes they want to see in the Florida Constitution. After months of in-depth research and debate, the CRC has narrowed down thousands of comments and ideas into eight final revisions for voter consideration. From protecting our state and territorial waters from oil drilling to strengthening our ethics laws, I commend my fellow Commissioners for their hard work and leadership representing the people of Florida. We are grateful to the thousands of Floridians who participated in this historic process and look forward to letting voters have the final say in November.”
Proposed constitutional revisions on the ballot must secure at least 60 percent voter approval to become law. A formal report will be submitted to the Florida Secretary of State as soon as possible.

A list of the final revisions approved by the CRC are provided below; the full text of each revision is available on   Constitution Revision Commission website.

National Small Business Week Webcasts for:
Small Business and Industry
Presented by the
Internal Revenue Service

April 30th
Can I Deduct This? (OIH, Meals, Transportation, Cell Phone)
May 1st
Employee v Independent Contractor
May 2nd
Pay Now? Pay Later? Can’t Pay (payment options)
May 3rd
Small Business Resources
May 4th
Pay Check Check-Up

30 minute sessions available each day at the following times:

Session 1 11am Eastern
Session 2 1pm Eastern

                 Session 2 -  https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25480

                 Session 2 – https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25482

                 Session 2 https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25485

                  Session 2 -   https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/1148/25487          

Closed Captioning will be available for Session 2 only. CE “will not” be offered.

Questions? Email us at:  SBSE.SL.Web.Conference.Team@irs.gov
The Breakfast of Champions!
Join us for the Breakfast of Champions on Tuesday, April 24 at 8 am. Hosted by Clear Sky on Cleveland. Attorney Joshua T. Chilson will present "Everything You Hope You Never Have To Know" on personal injury claims and social security disability benefits.

Register online and reserve your seat!

SAVE THE DATE - Politics in Pinellas - August 2, 2018
Politics in Pinellas is a Chamber-hosted event, where we invite all candidates for the November Election to Pinellas County to meet the public. This year's event will take place at the St. Petersburg College Epicenter facility on 58th Street North in Clearwater, on Thursday, August 2nd. More information to come - Stay Tuned!!
Bank of Tampa Grand Opening!
Please join the Chamber in celebrating the Grand Opening of the brand new Clearwater branch of The Bank of Tampa! Come celebrate with Scott, Craig and the whole crew!

Please RSVP by May 2, 2018 to:

or call: 727.502.8440
2018 Business Woman of the Year

The Tampa Bay Business Journal needs your help finding our area's 2018 BusinessWoman of the Year nominees!

Women of Color Golf founder Clemmie Perry found her first set of clubs on a trash pile
Freshly laid off as an e-learning training manager at  Lockheed Martin  in 013,  Clemmie Perry  decided to take up golf, but she had no gear.

Her brother found a set of clubs on a trash heap in Palm Beach County and she started to play — and then she found her life’s work.

“I went looking around wondering who am I going to play with, and nobody out here looks like me,” she said.

In 2014, she launched Tampa-based nonprofits Women of Color Golf and Girls On the Green Tee, designed to increase and facilitate minority participation in golf for women and girls. Since, 350 minority women and girls have been introduced to the basic fundamentals of golf in the Bay region and Washington, D.C. 

Economic Development Initiatives of the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce are sponsored by BayCare Health Systems.

Darryl J. Henderson
VP, Public Policy & Business Development

Questions or comments?

The Public Policy & Business Development Committee meets on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, at 7:45 am, in the CRCC Boardroom.

Next Meeting:

Tuesday May 15, 2018