Volume 177 | May 2024

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President's Edition

From the President's Desk

  I hope you enjoyed what was an especially nice winter/spring season.  Now comes hazy, hot, humid, spaghetti models and politics ad nauseam! To help you get through it, your Chamber has some fun and enlightening programs/events in the planning.

    That said, we just got off a very active April with our Ballpark Bash, ChamberSMART! Women’s Leadership luncheon, happy hour reception and several ribbon-cuttings, business tours and meetings. It was great to catch up with so many of you.

    It’s been a goal to enhance our ChamberSMART! programming this year, and we’re making strides. Just last week was our session “Tomorrow’s Workplace: Technology Trends” that gave us information on changing employment patterns and a glimpse of what’s to come.

    In February, we had a panel of Chamber member experts offer “Tips for Business Success.” And coming up on June 6, we’re taking a look at “Mental Health & Workplace Wellbeing.”  It will also feature a panel of Chamber member experts on this very timely and sensitive topic. You can register for this and find a complete list of all that’s happening at www.CentralChamber.biz.

   Don’t forget to leave a business card at every event, program and meeting. It’s your entry into our ongoing “Chamber Champions” contest sponsored by GarrisonPro. The next drawing is June 11.

    Wishing you a happy and prosperous month!

    Tom Morrissette

Tomorrow's Workplace: Technology Trends

   Last week's ChamberSMART! luncheon presented by the Women's Leadership Committee was packed with information on workplace technology trends. We must embrace change, but the future looks bright!

     Our thanks to the presenters who did an outstanding job, Marcus McGehee of The AI Consulting Lab, Monica Eaton, founder and CEO of Chargebacks911, and Susan Sinz, City of Largo Human Resources Director. Also a big thanks to the event sponsors Centratel Telephones, Dan Flynn State Farm, Natson Hotel Group, and Fifth Third Bank.

Ambassador of the Month: Stacy Gillis

   It is no surprise that Stacy Gillis oAdvanced Video Systems was once again recognized as the Ambassador of the Month by the Ambassador Team. Thanks to her unwavering support of the Chamber, Stacy has now been Ambassador of the Month for the eighth month in a row! Impressive!

    Interested in joining this competitive group? Reach out to Emmy at membership@centralchamber.biz. The group meets monthly on the first Wednesday at 8:15 AM.

Join us on May 16th at Inspired Living at Ivy Ridge for an After Hours Reception with drinks and light food! Register online here.

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