Volume 46 l November 2020
Weekly eConnection
801 West Bay Drive, Suite 602 Largo, FL 33770
Tel: 727-584-2321 Fax: 727-586-3112

Membership Edition
Thank you to our Trustees and Newsletter Sponsors
Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital
Brown Insurance Services
Cloud Law Firm, PA
Duke Energy
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital
Home Instead/Be a Santa
Jackson & Associates CPA
Melody Hunter, Charles Rutenberg Realty
MidFlorida Credit Union
Nova Southeastern University - Tampa Bay
Paradise Air
Piper Fire Protection
Platinum Information Services
Regions Bank
Spectrum Reach
The Palms of Largo
Valley National Bank
Wealth Builders
We appreciate your continued support and loyalty!
Help Grow Your Chamber! Get $50 Each Recruit and $1,000 in Biz Training!
Won’t you help? The “We’re Chamber Strong!” campaign is now underway. The aim is to promote the essential role of the Chamber in assisting businesses while helping to grow our membership base.
-----It’s in partnership with our friends Rob Howard and Shelly Starks of Sandler Training seen above at our recent Coffee An’Networking. We’re asking that you check out this link of former members and select a few to contact about rejoining. 

We are accepting a flat rate of $400 for all memberships during the campaign.
You and your recruit each receive Sandler Training valued at $1,000!
Each business you recruit = $50 off your next membership or Leads Team renewal.
Questions? Please reach out to Chamber President Tom Morrissette at Tom@CentralChamber.biz or 727-584-2321.

Thanks for your continued Chamber loyalty and support!
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
Brightway Insurance, 3-year member
City of Largo, 27-year Legacy Member
Dowling Graphics, Inc., 10-year member
DVC Signs, 9-year member
Grade Power Learning, 7-year member
Greater Largo Library Foundation, 16-year Legacy Member
Lifeway Dental Connections, 5-year member
Lincolnshire Mobile Estates, 22-year Legacy Member
Office Services 101, LLC, 6-year member
PSTA, 12-year member
Stretch Lab Largo, 1st renewal
The Silver Queen, Inc., 46-year Legacy Member
Transworld Business Advisors, 6-year member
Universal Precision Industries, Inc., 13-year membber
Viking Title, LLC, 1st renewal

(Legacy Member = 15 years or more)
To learn more about them, please visit www.CentralChamber.biz

Mr. Handyman Serving Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Largo
Robert Coughlin
41268 US Hwy 19N
Tarpon Springs, FL. 34689

The Rosery
Jen Larimer
1181 Clearwater-Largo Road NW
Largo, FL. 33770

John Brown
4501-B Ulmerton Road
Clearwater, FL. 33762
 Saluting our Trustees!
We greatly appreciate our Board of Trustees. Their added financial investment supports our diverse program offerings. If you’re interested in joining this celebrated leadership association and take advantage of special benefit offerings, call Tom at tom@CentralChamber.biz or 727-584-2321.

CHAIRMAN -Rob England – England Brothers Construction
PLATINUM - Duke Energy, Piper Fire Protection
GOLD – Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital, Home Instead Senior Care/Be a Santa to a Senior, Jackson & Associates CPA, Melody Hunter-Charles Rutenberg Realty, Paradise Air, Platinum Information Services, Regions Bank
SILVER – Bay Care/Morton Plant Hospital, Brown Insurance Services, Cloud Law Firm, PA, MID-Florida Credit Union, Nova Southeastern University Tampa Bay Regional Campus, The Palms of Largo, Valley National Bank, Wealth Builders
Help for Eta damages

If your Pinellas business has sustained damages due to Tropical Storm Eta, please complete the Florida Business Damage Assessment Survey at https://floridadisaster.biz/businessdamageassessments. This information helps to assess the damage and begin the recovery process.  

For tips for post-storm insurance claims and contractors for Pinellas County residents, please visit https://go.activecalendar.com/pinellascounty/site/pressrelease/event/tips-for-post-storm-insurance-claims--contractors/.

Further updates regarding emergency operations are available at http://www.pinellascounty.org/emergency/bulletin.htm
Florida remains in “Phase 3” reopen mode
With news of COVID vaccine, Florida gas prices stall near $2 a gallon
Gas prices in Florida leveled off in the past week, partially due to strides in the development of a COVID-19 vaccine, marking the end of a month of decline linked to falling crude oil markets. Oil prices increased with hopeful news that coronavirus vaccines were effective and a path to making them available to the public is being explored, according to the AAA-Auto Club South. More from the Tallahassee Democrat.

Coronavirus relief aid for Florida renters, homeowners still available 
Floridians recovering from pandemic-related income losses can still get help paying past-due rent and mortgage bills. “As long as folks can attest that they’ve lost income, they’ve lost employment, they’ve been negatively affected by the pandemic - then they’re likely to qualify,” said Trey Price, executive director of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. “Perhaps they’ve seen hospital or health care bills pile up.” Price says household earnings don’t factor into who qualifies for rental assistance. Homeowners, however, must earn below 140 % of the area median income to qualify. More from WJCT and WPTV.

Florida lawmakers return this week but won’t be tackling pandemic 
Florida legislators meet for the first time in eight months on Tuesday to swear in newly elected lawmakers, but legislators will keep their distance from one another, in an attempt to stave off the coronavirus — and from any talk of addressing the economic and health-related fallout from it. The one-day legislative session is required by the state Constitution “on the fourteenth day following each general election...for the exclusive purpose of organization and selection of officers” and it is expected to last just two hours. More from the Tampa Bay Times and the Miami Herald.
 Share info about your business…
Central Pinellas BizReach Connection
For a nominal fee of $35 per issue or $100 a month, you can highlight news about your business opening and specials. Here are the details.
One entry for $35, four entries for $100 (you can edit from week to week).

What: Central Pinellas BizReach 
Who: All Chamber members are eligible to provide business updates and special member-to-member offers/discounts.
When: Central Pinellas BizReach is distributed weekly on Fridays. Provide information/updates by noon the Wednesday prior. 
How: Provide the following via email to Kelvin Mack at events@CentralChamber.biz 
1. Business Name
2. Current business operations (i.e. restaurant with take out only from 9a to 9p).
3. Member offerings/discounts etc. (i.e. 20% off for chamber members, free webinar series on working remote, 20% of for first responders, etc.).
4. Images in jpg or png format with offer will be accepted. Please keep the image 3" x 3" in respect to others.
Email events@CentralChamber.biz or call 727-584-2321 
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We’re about Value!

A new Chamber program year is upon us! And we’ll be continuing to tout our five “value” principles and how each relates to being part of the organization.
           Value of Investment - The Chamber brings members valuable cost-savings resources that directly impact their bottom line. From member-to-member discounts to affinity partnerships - all are designed to lower the cost of doing business.
           Value of Information – The Chamber brings members unique resources. Roundtable discussions, workshops, advocacy on local and state issues, contacts, reference to other businesses, expertise, etc. Information that is timely and relevant to the success of all business operations.
           Value of Influence – The Chamber represents the interests of its members and communities. Whether at the local, state or federal level, it is the advocate on all issues of importance to business.
           Value of Interaction – The Chamber provides its members opportunity. People want to do business with people they know, like and trust. Networking events, B2B programs, and partnerships foster relationships that encourage leads, referrals and more business for our members.
           Value of Impact – The Chamber is one of the few, if not the only, organization that can impact the three main pillars in its service area – government, citizens, and businesses. We deliver results that directly benefit our members.
If you would like to assist in volunteering on a committee to help influence these values, just give us a call. It’s another sure way to build business connections. It really is great to belong!
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