Volume 4 l January 2021
Weekly eConnection
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Tel: 727-584-2321 Fax: 727-586-3112

We're Chamber Strong! Edition
Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital
Brown Insurance Services
Cloud Law Firm PA
Duke Energy
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Home Instead/Be a Santa
Jackson & Associates CPA
Melody Hunter, Charles Rutenberg Realty
MidFlorida Credit Union
National Aviation Academy
Nova Southeastern University - Tampa Bay
Paradise Air
Piper Fire Protection
Platinum Information Services
Regions Bank
Spectrum Reach
The Palms of Largo
Valley National Bank
Wealth Builders
We appreciate your continued support and loyalty!
This Friday - Final Days to Register!
Register in advance:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop.
Celebrate National Pizza Day!
Chamber B2B Happy Hour
Tuesday, February 9 -- 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Slyce Pizza Bar, 311 Gulf Boulevard, Indian Rocks Beach 33785
$15 Members; $20 Guests
This informal networking opportunity includes appetizers and a cash bar. Bring a door prize of $20 or more in value and get a 30 second business infomercial!
Register here: Slyce Happy Hour
Per County guidelines - Masks required. Registration limited.
NOW UNDERWAY - 2021 Annual Chamber Business Survey
-----Please check your email and respond!
Your Voice Matters, this year more than ever!

The annual Chamber Business Survey has been distributed. Have you responded? We want to gain insight on how your business is doing, your workforce issues and the challenges you currently face or expect to face this year.
It also includes some questions specific to COVID. The Chamber will share this information with our local community leaders as well as our state leaders in Tallahassee. 
If you are not the primary contact at your business through your Chamber membership (check your listing at www.CentralChamber.biz), but would like to be included in the survey, please email tom@centralchamber.biz
A great 2021 business resolution!
Chamber Leads Teams build connections, friendships

The Chamber’s Leads Teams program is about to kick-off its 12th year. If you’re looking for some camaraderie and the potential of new business referrals, now’s the time to join the Leads Teams Class of 2021. Cost is $100 for the calendar year for members in good-standing.

There are currently three groups that meet live. They are Pinellas West at Village Inn, Walsingham Road on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays at 8 to 9 a.m.; Pinellas East at Cove Cay Golf Club, Clearwater on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from noon to 1 p.m.; and Pinellas Central at Benedict’s Largo, West Bay Drive on the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 8 to 9 a.m. 

Leads Team seats are by business category, i.e., banking, insurance, etc. There are currently many openings, but first come, first served. Contact Tom at the Chamber (tom@centralchamber.biz or 584-2321) to see is there’s a seat open for you!
This Thursday - You’re invited…
Ribbon-Cutting & Open House
Thursday, January 28 -- 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Visit the New Offices of Chamber Trustee
Jackson & Associates CPA PA
10225 Ulmerton Road, Suite 10A
Largo, FL 33771
Register Here:
B2B Coffee An’Networking
Thursday, Feb. 18 - 7:30 to 9 a.m.
FREE Member Event! $25 for Non-Members
St. Petersburg Marriott Clearwater
12600 Roosevelt Blvd N, St. Petersburg

Start off your day with networking and a leads exercise. Registrations are required in advance. Following Pinellas County guidelines, masks are required to enter, and registration is limited. To place your reservation, click here:

Thanks to our event host and sponsors:
Tampa Bay COVID Update!  January 25, 2021
The COVID-19 Regional Re-Opening Dashboard tracks the critical and official public health metrics that guide Tampa Bay residents and policymakers to safely re-open our economy.
It’s produced by the Tampa Bay Partnership.

Case growth rates in Tampa Bay decreased this past week, to 2,318 per day over the past 14 days, versus the 2,799 reported last week. At 8.69%, Tampa Bay's positive testing rate over the past week is once again below the 10% threshold outlined in state and federal re-opening guidelines, falling from last week’s rate of 9.58%. Statewide, the positive testing rate also fell below the 10% threshold, yet rose from 6.13% to 8.98%. The 7-day rolling average of Tampa Bay patients hospitalized with a primary diagnosis of COVID-19 fell by 7.8% in the past week and, as of Sunday, 1,459 such patients were hospitalized.
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 
State analysts say Florida could pull in roughly $500 million annually if it changed the law and made all online retailers collect and turn in state sales tax, scrapping the honor system.

Florida’s jobless rate dipped 0.2 percentage points in December amid what state officials said is growing economic confidence as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Biden issued a blizzard of executive orders aimed at curbing the virus’ spread, many of which originated in his coronavirus campaign plan. See how those orders will affect Florida.

Tax season can be frustrating and tedious even in the best of times. This year, you can bet on it being even worse.

The proposal would allow people to avoid paying sales taxes on a series of items, such as portable generators costing $750 or less, tarps costing $50 or less, and food coolers costing $30 or less.
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