Volume 51 l December 2019
 
 Weekly eConnection
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Central Pinellas Chamber Upcoming Events
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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   
2/20 - Chamber B2B Happy Hours at Slyce Pizza - 5:30p - 7:30p   
It's for the Kids! 2019 Chamber Annual Holiday Luncheon
Last Friday, we celebrated the 2019 Chamber Annual Holiday Luncheon, a signature event presented by the Women's Leadership Committee (WLC). The event was hosted at the Holiday Inn Clearwater Beach South/Harbourside, the staff is professional and friendly while the lunch was delicious.
The luncheon is a fundraiser for the Chambers Education Fund. Our generous membership and a few non-members donated Holiday Gift Baskets to the Chamber for the event. There is a Chinese Auction for the baskets and all proceeds from the auction go to the Education Fund. The Education Fund awards scholarships to students from Largo High School and Pinellas Technical College.
We would like to thank everyone who made it to the event. If you were not able to attend this year, we hope to see you at the luncheon in 2020. Thank you to everyone who made a donation to the event, thank you to our host, and thank you to our sponsors: Alexander Spine Center, Blue Atlas Marketing, First Citizens Bank, Largo Medical Center, and Piper Fire Protection.

Renewed Business Members

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who renewed during the past four weeks. Their continued loyalty is inspiring!
Alexander Spine Center - 8 Years
At Home Floors Carpets Plus Colortile – 4 Years
Blue Q Health and Wellness – 3 Years
Crevello Financial Services, Inc. – 6 Years
Gulf Coast Consulting, Inc. – 11 Years
Lincolnshire Estates – 21 Years “Legacy Member”
McDonald Pest Control- 3 Years
Nexus Alpha Low Power Systems, LLC - 3 Years
Orangetheory Fitness – Largo – 5 Years
Pang A.Thao, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services – 1 Year
Source 1 Solutions – 6 Years
SPCA Tampa Bay – 15 Years
Stevens & Stevens Business Records Management Inc. – 7 Years
Teakwood Village Mobile Park – 30 Years “Legacy Member”
The Haus Coffee Shop – 5 Years
The Silver Queen, Inc. – 4 Years
Welcome New Members!
We look forward to getting to know these new Chamber members:
Fast Signs of Largo
Nova Southeastern University
VSL Computers
Welcome New Trustees!
Nova Southeastern University Tampa Bay Regional Campus joined the Chamber’s Board of Trustees this month at the Silver Tier Level. Seen here are Kelsey Truncale, Assistant Director of Nova Southeastern University Tampa Bay Regional Campus and James Miller, Director of Recruitment, Outreach and Marketing for Nova’s Regional Campuses. Our thanks to them!
Brown Insurance Services also joined our esteemed Trustee honor roll at the Silver Tier Level. Andy Brown and his team have been loyal supporters of our Chamber since 2010. Thanks, Andy!
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, please get in touch with 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
Start your 2020 in the know!
Important message from our Chamber member PIE
Ribbon Cutting Rehash
Congratulations to Brightway Insurance on their 10 year anniversary of doing business in Largo! The anniversary ribbon cutting was exciting with many in attendance throughout the day and delicious refreshments. Visit them at 1601 East Bay Drive Suite 3, Largo, FL 33771.
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