Volume 181 | June 2024

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President's Edition & Members' Promotions

From the President’s Desk


“Good people inspire themselves. Great people inspire others.”


    In our communities are many unsung heroes who inspire us through their actions and deeds. And each year, your Chamber provides an opportunity to see them recognized.

    The 2024 Inspire Awards – our “feel good event of the year”— takes place on Thursday, August 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Central Park Performing Arts Center in Largo. This is the 15th year of the event presented by our Women’s Leadership Committee.

    The Inspire Awards celebrate individuals who have had a positive impact on the lives of others through their leadership in the workplace and/or involvement in the community. Nominations are now being accepted in five distinct categories: Business, Community Service, Public Service, Inspirers of Youth and Youth Who Inspire.

    Take the time to salute someone whose actions have impacted you and others. Submit a nomination today HERE, and while you’re at it, register to be a part of the awards ceremony HERE. You’ll be happy you did! 

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous month!

    Tom Morrissette

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Visit St. Pete-Clearwater will be promoting to and offering residents special deals and discounts for 727 Day (Saturday, July 27) on the VisitSPC website. It’s seeking offers from participating businesses that leverage 7-2-7 in some way (e.g., A discount of $7.27, buy one get a second for $7.27, admission just $7.27).

There is no cost to participate. Just fill out this 727 Deal Form with all pertinent information about your offer or event by Friday, June 14, and Visit St. Pete-Clearwater will handle the rest, including promotion of a special 727 Day webpage and coordinating with local media for coverage.


Thanks in advance for helping make 727 Day Deals a special treat for our locals!

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