Volume 184 | June 2024

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Members' Promotions Edition

Chamber Champion - Benjamin Pooler

   Benjamin Pooler of Generational Transitions, seen second left, was this quarter’s winner of our Chamber Champions’ contest. He receives a gift certificate, a business profile and recognition on our social media platforms. He’s seen here with Chris Pooler also of Generational Transitions, Melody Hunter of Melody Hunter Homes who drew Benjamin’s business card for the win, and Chamber President Tom Morrissette.

   Generational Transitions, best known within the senior communities as GT, is a team of highly skilled and thoroughly trained senior advisors, nurses and brokers who specialize in helping others navigate the complexities of senior living.

    Our company was founded upon strong purpose, fueled by a personal experience that deeply impacted our CEO’s mother. In her 70s, visually impaired, and recently widowed, she fell victim to exploitation by a plumbing company. A simple issue with a commode unexpectedly resulted in an exorbitant $50,000 charge.

    After brainstorming for a few weeks, we decided to pool our skills, talents, and passions together and form what is becoming one of the fastest growing senior based companies in the state of Florida. We provide the latest state reviews, make personal recommendations, and offer a comprehensive assessment (physically and financially) during our process all the while intervening, advising and negotiating on your behalf with senior communities throughout the state of Florida. For more information visit https://gt-florida.com/ or call 727-272-1402

    Special Thanks to our Chamber Champions’ sponsor Chamber Director Joe Pilliod of GarrisonPro. Qualifying for the next quarterly drawing in September is simple. Just show up to any Chamber event or meeting between now and then and submit a business card. There were more than 300 entries this round.

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A Summertime Coffee An' Networking

   It's officially summer! The Chamber got together last Thursday for a Coffee An' Networking at Encompass Health and learned what everyone would do if they were granted an extra hour in the day. Many would spend their time doing outdoor activities or with family! Thank you to all who attended.

     And a special thanks to our sponsors, Imagine Orthodontic Studio, Cloud Law Firm, P.A., Piper Fire Protection, Cruise Planners, Nate Cocco - State Farm Agent, and coffee provider, D.O.D Coffee Roastery.

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Your Chamber on the Road

Welcome, Largo Auto Center!

   New owner of Largo Auto Center, Shaun Slovek, was presented his Chamber membership plaque by Chamber Ambassadors Wendy Swertfeger of LegalShield/IDShield, Lisa Welde of Tampa Bay Newspapers, Melody Hunter of Melody Hunter Homes, and Stacy Gillis of Advanced Video Systems as well as City of Largo Mayor Woody Brown.

    Largo Auto Center strives to be the best auto repair shop that you can trust to keep your family safe and sound. Stop in for foreign or domestic auto repairs, AC services, full brake service, oil changes, and complete engine diagnostic. Like them on Facebook!

Florida's economy would continue to grow if it cut out carbon emissions by 2050, study says

Florida could achieve net zero by 2050 while growing the economy, creating jobs, and reducing the costs of energy and transportation for consumers, according to the report.

South Florida arts community reeling from DeSantis veto of millions of dollars in state funding

Nonprofit arts and culture organizations across Florida, especially South Florida, are still contemplating how to bounce back from $32 million in arts funding slashed from the fiscal year 2024-2025 state budget.

The fate of civilian police oversight boards in Florida

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill earlier this year preventing local governments from allowing boards to investigate complaints of misconduct by law enforcement officers.

Report: Florida rated highly for education, lower for child well-being

The nonprofit Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual Kids Count Data Book, and while Florida ranked among the highest for education, overall health, well-being and economic security came near the bottom of the list.

Creating a talent pipeline

Virtually all state higher education institutions have programs specifically tailored to generate talent for area employers.

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