Volume 85 l August 2022
Weekly eConnection
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"In the Community" Edition
Inspire Awards Reception
Join us as we celebrate those in our region who have gone above and beyond to create a positive impact in the lives of others through their leadership in the workplace and/or involvement in the community. Tickets on sale now!
NEXT Thursday, August 18th at 5:30 PM
Central Park Performing Arts Center, 105 Central Park Drive, Largo
Tickets: $25 - purchase here.
This year’s distinguished honorees:
Inspiring Public Service
Dr. Bradley Finkbiner, Largo High School
Inspiring Our Youth
Steven Halstead, Central Park Performing Arts Foundation
Jennifer Fawcett, City of Largo Recreation, Parks and Arts
Inspiring Business Leadership
Julie & Colin Castle, Home Instead Senior Care /Be a Santa to a Senior
Dovév Weaver, C.T.O.D/Dreams to Reality Foundation
Diana Baldwin, Elison of Pinecrest
Inspiring Community Service
Ben Brudnicki, Arden Courts of Largo
Vernon Bryant, Florida Botanical Gardens Foundation
CareerSource Pinellas Call for First Responders
Largo Mayor Woody Brown, above, gave welcoming remarks at CareerSource Pinellas’ inaugural First Responders Job Fair last week at the Central Park Performing Arts Center. Dozens of job seekers attended the event which featured law enforcement and fire/rescue agencies from Largo, Clearwater, Gulfport, Pinellas Park, Pinellas County, and several from outside the county.
The CareerSource Pinellas job fair team welcome job applicants at the agency’s inaugural First Responders Job Fair.
Start your business day bright!
Chamber Coffee An' Networking
When: Thursday, August 25 @ 7:45 a.m.
Where: CareerSource Pinellas
13805 58th Street North, Suite # 2-140 ( @ ICOT)
Clearwater, FL 33760
Start off your day with some informal networking and a
fun "get to know you" round robin.
Register at CentralChamber.biz under EVENTS
Thank you to our host and sponsors!
Event Sponsorships: $250 per event or $1,200 for year-long SIX Pack of Coffee An's.
Talk to Tom or Zoe at the Chamber.
Nominations Open for Chamber Awards
****It’s your chance to nominate someone for the Chamber’s highest honors!
****Throughout our community and within the organization are many individuals worthy of acclaim. To spotlight their contributions in helping to make our community a better place to live and work, the Chamber each year presents its “Citizen of the Year” and “Mac Norcross Small Businessperson of the Year” awards.
****These distinguished honors will be presented at our 69th Annual Meeting & Awards Breakfast on Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. It’s with much pomp and circumstance that we add these two individuals to the celebrated company of past recipients.
****Use this link for an Awards Criteria, Nomination Form and list of past recipients: https://www.centralchamber.biz/annual-chamber-awards
****Please take the time to consider if there is someone you know who embodies the characteristics of these honors, and submit your nomination by Friday, August 19. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to give me a call at 584-2321 or email tom@CentralChamber.biz.
Member Plaque Presentation
Welcome new member PMI Clearwater! The Ambassadors, Melody Hunter of Melody Hunter, Realtor, Laurie Bunce of Centratel, Kay McKenzie of Check Before Hire and Gail Holden of Office Services 101, presented Caio Pavanelli with his Member Plaque.

Check our PMI's vacation rental and property management services on their website.
The latest coronavirus surge across Florida appears to be slowing, just as the school year starts. COVID-19 hospitalizations have been stable the past few weeks. Viral concentrations in sewage have dropped. Testing positivity rates statewide have declined.
The National Hurricane Center is watching a newly formed tropical wave that emerged in the eastern Atlantic early Saturday morning.
Thousands hoping to secure tickets to see NASA's Artemis I moon rocket launch briefly crashed the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex's website.
Nearly six years ago, the Florida Legislature set aside a medical marijuana license for a Black farmer to join the burgeoning industry. But the license still has not been issued by the Florida Department of Health
Deer, raccoons, possums, and fox once flocked the area of the Everglades National Park in south Florida. Nowadays, you’re lucky if you spot one mammal in the area, according to wildlife experts.
Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
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Melody Hunter, Charles Rutenberg Realty
National Aviation Academy
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