Volume 2 l January 2020
 Weekly eConnection
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Membership Edition
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Central Pinellas Chamber Upcoming Events
Check our home page for registrations, times and locations

1/23 - Focus on 2020: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast - 7:30a - 9:30a   
2/5 - Coffee An' Networking at SPCA Tampa Bay - 7:30a - 9:30a   
2/13 - Wine Tasting presented by the WLC - 5:30p - 7:30p     
2/20 - Chamber B2B Happy Hours at Slyce Pizza - 5:30p - 7:30p     
3/5 - 14th Annual Business Expo / After Hours - 4:30p - 7:00p     
What's Your Committee Doing For You?
The Chambers Women's Leadership Committee (WLC) is one impressive group of business women! The WLC is always working on things to help each other succeed while also raising funds for the Chambers education fund.
At our January WLC Meeting, committee Chair Pang Thao, Realtor with Berkshire Hathaway and Vice-Chair Tracy Hampton of Key Palm Insurance introduced Speed Networking. You may ask, why speed networking? We don't always have much time in front of potential clients and we need to generate interest in our business effectively and efficiently. Speed Networking is a great exercise to help us accomplish just that.

Are you a woman professional and interested in the WLC? Please email us for an invite to the next WLC Committee Meeting.

Renewed Business Members

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who renewed during the past four weeks. Their continued loyalty is inspiring!
Brightway Insurance – 3 Years
Fat Cat Tavern – 9 Years
Gil Dewey's, LLC – 3 Years
Holiday Inn Express and Suites – 12 Years
Holiday Inn -St. Petersburg N./Clearwater – 3 Years
Holland Associates Inc. Real Estate Relocation Specialists – 10 Years
LegalShield-Wendy Swertfeger – 5 Years
Liberty Payment Solutions – 1 Year
Paradise Air, Inc. – Trustee 5 Years, Member 10 Years
Pools by Jordan – 1 Year
Suddath Workplace Solutions – 6 Years
Summit Executive, LLC – 2 Years
The Coffee Mill – 4 Years
Wareheim Insurance Consultants Inc. – 3 Years
Welcome New Members!
We look forward to getting to know these new Chamber members:
Bandit Fitness
Eagle Insurance Group
Select Staffing / Resource MFG
We want to see more of you in 2020!
We want to see all of our members more during 2020. To help achieve that, we are doing more outreach!

We recently made it to Urbaniak Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa and met with Dr. Ginger Urbaniak. They have a beautiful facility and offer many different services. You can learn more about them on their directory listing here .

If you would like to set up a meeting, please call Kelvin at the Chamber: 727.584.2321 or email him below:
Board of Trustees
We greatly appreciate our Board of Trustees . Their added financial investment supports our diverse program offerings. If you’re interested in joining this celebrated leadership association to take advantage of specialized benefit offerings, please contact Tom at tom@CentralChamber.biz or 727-584-2321.

CHAIRMAN -Rob England – England Brothers Construction
PLATINUM - Largo Medical Center, Duke Energy, Piper Fire Protection
GOLD – Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, Home Instead Senior Care/Be a Santa to a Senior, Jackson & Associates CPA, Melody Hunter-Charles Rutenberg Realty, Paradise Air, Platinum Information Services, Regions Bank, Serenity Funeral Home, Tech Data
SILVER –Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital, Brown Insurance Services, Hampton Inn & Suites-Largo, Nova Southeastern University Tampa Bay Regional Campus, The Palms of Largo, Valley National Bank, Village Inn, Wealth Builders
Final Days to Register
The next WLC Event is a Wine Tasting on Thursday, February 13th from 5 to 7 P.M. The wine tasting is being hosted at Elmcroft of Pinecrest with proceeds from the event going to the Chambers Education Fund. Please join us. This event closes at 60 individuals, please register today to ensure your spot. We hope to see you there! It's great to belong!
Make Pinellas Count!
The Census is Coming
               U.S. Census Bureau workers have already set off to begin counting residents as part of the once-every-10-year census.
               This year, for the first time, residents will be able to respond to the 2020 census questionnaire online or by phone. Letters inviting people to fill out their forms will begin arriving in mailboxes as early as March 12.
                Your Chamber is working to ensure every person gets counted. Tom Morrissette is serving as chair of the Business Subcommittee of the Make Pinellas Count initiative. It represents a cross-section of community members and staff experts to increase participation in the 2020 Census through education, outreach and providing resources to the community. More information here: Make Pinellas Count!
               Census deadline is July 31, and participation is mandated by federal law. If you accidentally ditch your initial letter, you’ll receive several reminders, including:
               • A second letter March 16-24.
               • A postcard reminder between March 26 and April 3.
               • A fourth letter around April 8, which will include a paper questionnaire.
               • A final mailing around April 20, with an “It’s not too late to respond” postcard.
               Starting May 13, anyone who has not responded can expect a knock on the door from a census “enumerator,” who will attempt to count them in person. This will continue into the summer to ensure everyone is counted by July 31.
               The form includes only a handful of questions, including the name, race, sex and date of birth of everyone living in the household as of April 1, 2020. The census questionnaire will not include a citizenship question.
               Personal data collected cannot be shared with other agencies, such as Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Homeland Security Department, and, before it is published, it is stripped of all personal identifiable information. Census records are kept private for 72 years, after which the National Archives’ releases them to the public to be used for genealogy.
Would a job board on the Chambers website interest you?
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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