Volume 96 l October 2022

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Special Edition: Annual Meeting Recap

A Delayed Celebration

Chamber's 69th Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast

A crowd of some 120 business, community and elected leaders gathered for Tuesday’s Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. The event was postponed from Sept. 27 due to Hurricane Ian. Thanks to all those who attended to celebrate the Chamber’s achievements from the past year and to learn about what’s ahead. And congratulations to all our award winners highlighted below.

From top left: Citizen of the Year Award presented to Karen Seel, Pinellas County Commissioner; 2022 Mac Norcross Small Business Leader of the Year Award presented to Debbie and Tracy Jackson of Jackson & Associates CPA; President's Award presented to Mia Cloud of Cloud Law Firm; Ambassador of the Year presented to Kay McKenzie of Check Before Hire; Outgoing Chairman Nate Cocco of State Farm Team Cocco; Committee Leadership Award presented to Richard Boisvert of Oyova.

From top left: Chamber Director of the Year Award presented to Karen Gonzalez of Business & Family Insurors, and Business Member of the Year Award presented to Debra Jones of Regions Bank. Outgoing Chairman Nate Cocco presented his signature red jacket to incoming Chairman Jake Prokop. 

Thank you to our Sponsors: National Aviation Academy, Pinellas Technical College, Regions Bank, Home Instead Senior Care, Duke Energy, Piper Fire Protection and City of Largo. Thank you to the Sheraton Sand Key Resort for hosting, and shout out to Advanced Video Systems for the photos!

Coffee An' Networking at Girls Inc of Pinellas

Start your day off with a cup of coffee and some informal networking!

When: Thursday, October 27 at 7:45 AM

Where: Girls Inc, 7700 61st St. N., Pinellas Park 33781

FREE for Members: register here.

$25 for Non-Members: register here.

Register as a Sponsor here.

Thank you to our Sponsors (to date)

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Home buyers flock to Florida cities devastated by Hurricane Ian

Less than a month after Hurricane Ian caused widespread devastation to southwestern Florida, investors and other buyers are scouring for housing deals in a region where home prices have soared in recent years.

Smallest Florida orange crop forecast since the 1931-1932 season

According to Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services statistics, prior to Hurricane Ian, the initial forecast for the growing season showed overall citrus production down by 31.8%.

State draws challenges over pot license

Weeks after state health officials selected a Suwannee County man to receive a long-awaited medical marijuana license earmarked for a Black farmer, applicants who lost out on joining Florida’s growing cannabis industry are challenging the decision.

What are the latest dates hurricanes have struck Florida?

Hurricanes have struck Florida this late in the hurricane season, but only a handful of times in the 171-year period of record.

Florida’s voting laws are ‘broken,’ felon advocates say following fraud arrests

A Florida voting rights group is calling on state officials to fix what it says is a “broken” Florida voting system after videos of felons being arrested on charges related to voting illegally in 2020 went viral this week.

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, Charles Rutenberg Realty
National Aviation Academy
Nova Southeastern University - Tampa Bay
Piper Fire Protection
Platinum Information Services
Regions Bank
Spectrum Reach
The Palms of Largo
Valley National Bank
Village Inn
Wealth Builders
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