Volume 40 l October 2021
Weekly eConnection
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We're Chamber Strong! Friday Edition
68th Annual Chamber Meeting & Awards Breakfast
Yesterday we had our 68th Annual Chamber Meeting & Awards Breakfast at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. What a great event! A huge thank you to our Presenting Sponsors Duke Energy, Home Instead Senior Care, Regions Bank, Pinellas Technical College and National Aviation Academy. Thank you to our Spotlight Sponsors: Gulfside Wealth and Lou Haskel C.P.A. More photos and updates to come...
Are you a people person and interested in welcoming new members to our Chamber? Then join us at the Ambassadors Committee Orientation
on October 6th, at 8 am!
Coffee An' Networking
When: October 14th @ 7:45 a.m.
Where: Serenity Funeral Home, 13401 Indian Rocks Rd., Largo 33774
Start off your day with some informal networking and a fun
"get to know you" round robin. Free for members;
$25 for non-members.
Register here: Coffee An'
Thank you to our host and sponsors!
BioLife Plasma Services Ribbon-Cutting
Last week we celebrated BioLife Plasma Services - Largo location with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony! Thank you to Mayor Woody Brown for celebrating with us. Thank you to Advanced Video Systems for the photos and video.
Welcome new members!
Your Chamber has welcomed about a dozen new members in the past month! In the photo above we see some of them posing with their member plaques. From left, Larry Wilmoth with Joe's NY Pizzeria & Restaurant, Jay Ratwani with Options Medical Weight Loss and Dianna Grimm with PT Solutions. It's great to belong!
RECOGNIZING MANUFACTURING DAY! Largo Mayor Woody Brown, center, presents the Chamber with a City of Largo proclamation acknowledging manufacturing and its impact on our regional economy. National Manufacturing Day is this Friday, Oct. 1. Joining in the presentation, from left, Largo City Commissioners Eric Gerard, Michael Smith and Jamie Robinson, David Puckett of GTE Financial, Mayor Brown, Jake Prokop of Pinellas Technical College, Collin Bottolfson of Gulfside Wealth, Chamber President Tom Morrissette, Largo Commissioner Donna Holck, Largo City Manager Henry Schubert, and Largo Economic Development Coordinator Isabella Nunez. The Chamber will be coordinating several activities to commemorate Manufacturing Day. Look for more in next week’s E-Connection.
Where Can Certified A&P Mechanics Work? 
Mechanics who have their Federal Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Licenses have a range of career opportunities in aviation and beyond! It is estimated that 739,000 new aviation maintenance technicians will be needed globally in the next 20 years, not including need in other industries.
Check out the types of companies and career opportunities where mechanics can use their advanced skillset!
Our ability to place students is a primary goal of our institution. Beyond getting you trained and certified, our goal is to make sure you are successfully employed in valuable and in-demand careers.
Request More Information to learn more about how you can get the training you need to start a lifelong career as an aviation maintenance professional! 
Annual North Pinellas County College & Career Fair
A great opportunity for businesses to reach potential new hires or customers and network with fellow professionals!
Where: Countryside High School
When: October 11th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Registration fee: $50
For information on how to register, please follow this link https://www.pcsb.org/Domain/12787
Florida’s fever may have finally broken. New COVID-19 infections continue to fall, dropping to about 8,000 cases per day. And for the first time in 10 weeks, the number of coronavirus deaths has fallen.
Last week, the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale and Tampa’s Straz Center were two major theater venues in the Sunshine State to announce new COVID-19-era guest policies.
As predicted, Hurricane Sam now blows with Category 4, 145 mph winds according to the National Hurricane Center. It still should miss Florida after it turns. But, that hasn’t happened yet.
Florida’s new surgeon general received a pay raise of 72% compared with his predecessor, as leaders of several state agencies under Gov. Ron DeSantis saw their paychecks grow last week under a hike approved by the Legislature this year.
In the coming months, South Florida may be an unlikely landing place for an unknown number of Afghan refugees who fled the Taliban regime.
Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital
Business & Family Insurors
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
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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