Volume 45 l November 2020
Weekly eConnection
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Advocacy & Economic Development
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WE’RE CHAMBER STRONG! IS UNDERWAY – A group of volunteers show their Chamber Spirit at a recent sales training to help drum up Chamber membership. Sandler Training’s Rob Howard and Shelly Starks led the session. They’re partnered with “We’re Chamber Strong!”– a pro-Chamber messaging and business recruitment campaign. All members who participate in the campaign get $1,000 in Sandler Training programs plus more! Please support this effort if you can!
 Help Grow Your Chamber! Get $50 Each Recruit and $1,000 in Biz Training!
Won’t you help! Your Chamber recently kicked-off a new initiative “We’re Chamber Strong!” to promote the essential role we play in assisting businesses while helping to grow our membership base.
-----If you can recruit a new member to the Chamber by Friday, Dec. 18, you will receive special Sandler Training programs valued at $1,000 plus $50 off your next Chamber membership renewal for each recruit. And you can be a part of our Happy Hour Pep Rally on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at the St. Pete Marriott Clearwater!
-----Please Show your Chamber spirit and volunteer! Contact Tom at the Chamber to learn more – tom@CentralChamber.biz. 727-584-2321. 
Celebrate Largo's Small Businesses with Restaurant Roundup!
-----Help the City of Largo's great local restaurants and celebrate Largo Small Business Month every Sunday in November (weather permitting) from 12pm to 4pm, in Largo Central Park for Restaurant Roundup.
-----This drive-through event will feature area restaurants at Lot 1 in Largo Central Park, where guests can drive up, peruse the menu and call to order your food. Just tell the restaurant your spot number and they'll bring your food right to your car. Both cash and touchless payment options available.
-----It’s a great way to try Largo good eats and keep business local. There is no cost to restaurants and registered food vendors to participate. There is still room available on select dates. Must be a Largo business, or a registered City of Largo vendor to qualify. To register, visit PlayLargo.com/Roundup.com
Florida now in “Phase 3” reopen mode
 Share info about your business…
Central Pinellas BizReach 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).

What: Central Pinellas BizReach 
Who: All Chamber members are eligible to provide business updates and special member-to-member offers/discounts.
When: Central Pinellas BizReach is distributed weekly on Fridays. Provide information/updates by noon the Wednesday prior. 
How: Provide the following via email to Kelvin Mack at events@CentralChamber.biz 
1. Business Name
2. Current business operations (i.e. restaurant with take out only from 9a to 9p).
3. Member offerings/discounts etc. (i.e. 20% off for chamber members, free webinar series on working remote, 20% of for first responders, etc.).
4. Images in jpg or png format with offer will be accepted. Please keep the image 3" x 3" in respect to others.
Email events@CentralChamber.biz or call 727-584-2321 
$15 minimum wage supporters in Florida are ‘ready to fight’ legislation that undercuts Amendment 2
Backers of raising Florida’s minimum wage to $15 per hour say they’re prepared for a fight if the Republican-controlled Legislature or business groups try to undercut Amendment 2. The amendment, which passed Tuesday night with the 61% supermajority needed to become law, raises the minimum wage to $10 in 2021 and then $1 a year until it reaches $15 in 2026. The current state minimum wage is $8.56. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

How wrong were Florida polls on Trump and Biden?
When the results of the state’s presidential election came Tuesday night, Donald Trump had beaten not just Joe Biden, not just his own 2016 performance, but also his standing in every major poll taken before Tuesday’s contest. Asked how the state’s polling fared across the board, the head of the University of North Florida’s Public Opinion Research Lab did not equivocate. “This comes from a guy who does this,” said Michael Binder. “I think the word is ‘bad,’ and I think that puts it generously.” [Source: Tampa Bay Times]

Tropical Storm Eta lashing South Florida with flooding rainfall, strong wind
Tropical Storm Eta is tracking near South Florida, where heavy rainfall, strong winds, storm surge and high surf are expected to continue on Monday. Eta made landfall in the Florida Keys at Lower Matecumbe Key on Sunday night at 11 p.m. EST. This is the 12th named storm to make landfall in the U.S. this hurricane season, and the first for the state of Florida. The center of Eta is now located just off the southwest coast of Florida. [Source: The Weather Channel]

College football in the COVID-19 era: The economic impact of a restricted season
Every year, the arrival of cooler temperatures signals the beginning of an important season to many Floridians: college football season. Yet unlike previous years, this football season is shaping up to be unmatched in history. Stadiums that once filled with fans now lie mostly dormant as capacity limits and social distancing measures have become the norm. More from Florida TaxWatch.
Morning Connections - Virtual Networking
Please join us from 8 to 9am on Tuesday, November 17th for Morning Connections, a virtual networking extravaganza. The more the merrier! Register below.
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We’re about Value!

A new Chamber program year is upon us! And we’ll be continuing to tout our five “value” principles and how each relates to being part of the organization.
           Value of Investment - The Chamber brings members valuable cost-savings resources that directly impact their bottom line. From member-to-member discounts to affinity partnerships - all are designed to lower the cost of doing business.
           Value of Information – The Chamber brings members unique resources. Roundtable discussions, workshops, advocacy on local and state issues, contacts, reference to other businesses, expertise, etc. Information that is timely and relevant to the success of all business operations.
           Value of Influence – The Chamber represents the interests of its members and communities. Whether at the local, state or federal level, it is the advocate on all issues of importance to business.
           Value of Interaction – The Chamber provides its members opportunity. People want to do business with people they know, like and trust. Networking events, B2B programs, and partnerships foster relationships that encourage leads, referrals and more business for our members.
           Value of Impact – The Chamber is one of the few, if not the only, organization that can impact the three main pillars in its service area – government, citizens, and businesses. We deliver results that directly benefit our members.
If you would like to assist in volunteering on a committee to help influence these values, just give us a call. It’s another sure way to build business connections. It really is great to belong!
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Contact Kelvin at the Chamber, 727.584.2321 or events@centralchamber.biz