Volume 182 | June 2024

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A Leads Lunch Exchange…

Melody Hunter of Melody Hunter Homes talks about her role in the world of real estate at last week’s Chamber Leads Team lunch at Village Inn, Roosevelt Blvd. Celebrating 16 years, the Chamber Leads Team program is a great way to develop business relationships.  Seats are by business category and reserved for the year, i.e., banking, insurance, etc. Contact Tom Morrissette if you’re interested in learning more or would like to attend a group as a guest. Tom@CentralChamber.biz


Pinellas West at Village Inn, 13105 Walsingham Road, Largo on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 8 to 9 a.m.

Pinellas East at Village Inn, 2659 Roosevelt Blvd, Clearwater on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays, 12 to 1 p.m.

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who joined the Chamber during the past four weeks. To see their (and YOUR) Chamber Directory listing, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz

AFC Urgent Care


Matthew Walseman

2650 Roosevelt Blvd, Largo, FL 33760





Office Evolution


Paula Meixueiro

1901 Ulmerton Rd Suite 625, Clearwater, FL 33762





Largo Auto Center


Shaun Slovek

723 West Bay Drive, Largo, FL 33770




Vein911 Vein Treatment Centers


Ashley Ball

1301 2nd Ave SW Suite 301, Largo, FL 33770




Welcome, AMJ Asphalt!

   Adam Eicher, owner of AMJ Asphalt, was presented his official Chamber membership plaque by Chamber Ambassadors Gail Holden of Office Services 101, Melody Hunter of Melody Hunter Homes, Carolyn Jones of Cruise Planners, and Wendy Swertfeger of LegalShield/IDShield.

    AMJ Asphalt, Inc. is a family owned team of asphalt paving contractors that have been delivering expert guidance and service on all things asphalt related to the Tampa Bay area for over 35 years. They take pride in catering each of their projects to the customers unique and specific needs. Their mission is to not only meet all of your current needs, but to provide you with the education and specific pavement management plan necessary to ensure you maximize the longevity and integrity of your asset’s value for the future. Learn more at AMJAsphalt.com.

Saluting Chamber Loyalty!

Our sincere thanks to the following businesses who renewed during the past four weeks. Their continued loyalty is inspiring! To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz

Bailey Property Management Corp., 35-Year Legacy Member

Check Before Hire, 6-Year Member

Commercial Partners Realty, First Renewal

Florida Seating, 6-Year Member

Liberty Bowling Lanes, 26-Year Legacy Member

McGill Plumbing, 25- Year Legacy Member

MicroType Engineering, 5-Year Member

Mutual of Omaha Mortgage, 13-Year Member

Pinellas Technical College, 54-Year Legacy Member

Raymond James & Associates, 26-Year Legacy Member

Riverchase Dermatology, First Renewal

Schooner Prints, Inc., 37-Year Legacy Member

State Farm – Team Cocco, Gold Trustee, 14-Year Member

Sunshine ACE Hardware, 18-Year Legacy Member

Tommy's Express Car Wash, 4-Year Member

Weiss and Company, CPA, PA, 14-Year Member

Winding Lane Homes, 13-Year Member

Bender Chiropractic Center, 29-Year Legacy Member

Bill Campbell State Farm Insurance, 38-Year Legacy Member

Coast-To-Coast Title & Escrow, LLC, 11-Year Member


(Legacy Member = 15 years or more)

Ambassador of the Month - Wendy Swertfeger

   The Ambassadors Team honored our newest Ambassador of the Month, Wendy Swertfeger of LegalShield/IDShield! Wendy is always eager to lend a hand and recently brought in a new member, securing her title for the month. Thank you for your support!

    Want to learn more about this competitive team dedicated to member outreach? Contact Emmy at membership@centralchamber.biz.

AFC Urgent Care - Roosevelt Blvd Ribbon Cutting

   AFC Urgent Care Roosevelt Blvd opened yesterday, Monday, June 17th and we celebrated them with a ribbon cutting! If you’re in need of medical care for an illness or injury that’s not life-threatening, look no further than American Family Care. They even offer a membership plan making basic healthcare less expensive and accessible to anyone that walks through their doors – individuals, families, uninsured or underinsured.

    One of the owners, Sanjay Patel, did the honorary ribbon cut surrounded by the new location's staff and Chamber Ambassadors. To learn more about the services offered at the Roosevelt Blvd location, visit their website at https://www.afcurgentcare.com/

Storm-battered Florida braces for a fourth day of floods

Heavy rainfall that’s caused unrelenting flooding in South Florida since Tuesday will continue for a fourth consecutive day after turning roads into canals and forcing some residents to stand on the roofs of their cars or trudge through waist-deep waters.

Florida gets nearly $350 million in federal funding for energy efficiency upgrades

In the past few years, Florida has rejected billions in federal funds, but Gov. Ron DeSantis this week accepted nearly $350 million to improve residents' energy efficiency through the Inflation Reduction Act.

Florida No. 2 in gun sales with nearly half a million in beginning of 2024, report says

Americans bought nearly 5.5 million firearms in the first four months of 2024, according to one analysis, and nearly half a million of those — 429,664 — were sold in Florida.

Disney and DeSantis reach agreement, ending protracted fight

The deal locks in a 15-year expansion plan for Disney World and clears a path for Disney to restart in-kind political donations in Florida.

Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors

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HCA Florida Largo Hospital

Home Instead/Be a Santa

Jackson & Associates CPA

Melody Hunter Homes

National Aviation Academy

Pinellas County Housing Authority

Piper Fire Protection

Platinum Information Services

Regions Bank

State Farm - Team Cocco

The Palms of Largo

Valley National Bank

Village Inn

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