Member Highlights: October 27 – 31

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Member News

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Opens South Tampa Outpatient Care Center

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine opened its newest outpatient care center in South Tampa this week and is already accepting appointments with physicians in several specialties. An official grand opening and tour of the facility for the public will take place in early 2015.

The new outpatient center brings a range of specialized pediatric services tailored to the health care needs of local families, including occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech language therapy, cardiology testing as well as pediatric specialty physician visits. The facility will also feature walk-in laboratory services for collecting blood work and other samples. Read more…

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Andrea Lauren Elegant Interiors  to Appear on ABC’s Weekend Planner TV Show November 14

Andrea Lauren Elegant Interiors will be guests on ABC’s Weekend Planner TV Show November 14, 2014 which starts at 9am. Tune in and watch Priscilla Castellano and Andrea Vega talk about “What’s Trending in the 2014 Holiday Season!”

Chamber Members…OPEN HOUSE…Join us every Friday from 10 am to 4 pm in our Design Center. Purchase one-of-a kind items, furniture, paintings, and more…10% Discount to our Chamber Members.

Andrea Lauren Elegant Interiors
5118 N. 56th Street, Suite #114
Tampa, 33610
(813) 627-9000

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Port Tampa Bay Board Approves New High-Profile Container Crane Purchase

Port Tampa Bay commissioners approved the purchase of two new post-Panamax gantry cranes, like those seen above, right.  Combined with the port’s share of financing, the purchase will also be made possible through $12 million in state funding, approved in the governor’s 2015 budget and a grant program of the Florida Department of Transportation. New high-profile cranes will enable increased container capacity at the Port Tampa Bay Container Terminal.  Left image: Rendering of berths 212 and 213 at Port Tampa Bay Container Terminal, future site of two new post-Panamax gantry cranes.

Port Tampa Bay commissioners approved the purchase of two new post-Panamax gantry cranes, like those seen above, right. Combined with the port’s share of financing, the purchase will also be made possible through $12 million in state funding, approved in the governor’s 2015 budget and a grant program of the Florida Department of Transportation. New high-profile cranes will enable increased container capacity at the Port Tampa Bay Container Terminal. Left image: Rendering of berths 212 and 213 at Port Tampa Bay Container Terminal, future site of two new post-Panamax gantry cranes.

Port Tampa Bay commissioners, during the October 21 regular monthly board meeting, helped usher in a new era for the port’s burgeoning container business.  In a unanimous vote, the board approved a $24 million project with Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Co., Ltd. (ZPMC) for the acquisition of two new post-Panamax container gantry cranes.

ZPMC will fabricate and deliver both 65-ton gantry cranes, with a 174-foot out-reach, that will service up to 19 rows of containers—significantly longer reach than the current gantries, which service container vessels up to 4,000 TEU capacity and are 40+ years old. The addition of this modern equipment will enable the port to significantly augment the work of the older generation of cranes. Read more..

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Promote Your Business and Support the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

From October 15 to December 15, 2014, Chameleon Custom Solutions will donate $50 from each retractable banner sold to support the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay!


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 Member Events

Join Poynter for a Luncheon in Honor of Retiring News Anchors Gayle Sierens and John Wilson November 5

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Congresswoman Kathy Castor Hosts Affordable Care Act Workshop for Small Businesses November 7

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Tijuana Flats Presents Horsepower for Heroes November 8

Horsepower for Heroes Event

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HCC’s Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education Hosts Fall Fashion Show Event at the Straz Center November 13

HCC’s Institute for Corporate and Continuing Education is hosting a Fall Fashion Show Event at the Straz Center on Thursday, November 13th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Come out to support the launch of HCC’s Women’s Institute and enjoy a wonderful evening of fashion, food, drinks, entertainment and of course, fun.  Click here to purchase tickets or visit  Once there, click on the Personal Enrichment tab and Women’s Institute. Tickets are $35.00.


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Community Tampa Bay presents “Evident Impact” November 13

Evident Impact is an educational and relationship building event that will feature a panel discussion on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Panelists will share their perspectives on why building an inclusive workforce is the right thing to do for many reasons, including boosting the bottom line.

Panelists include:

  • The Honorable Rick Kriseman, Mayor – City of St. Petersburg
  • Joe Conrod, Director of Diversity & Employee Relations – All Children’s Hospital
  • Yolanda Fernandez, Public Awareness Manager – St. Petersburg Police Department
  • Lori Matway, Associate Superintendent – Pinellas County Schools
  • John Tonnison, Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer – Tech Data Corporation

Click here to register.

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Attend a Free Dale Carnegie Session on Leadership, Sales, Presentation, Human Relations/Communication November 4

Look around you at successful business people, world leaders, professional athletes and famous entertainers. You’ll find a disproportionately high number of Dale Carnegie Course graduates. In fact, the Dale Carnegie Course has transformed the lives of over 8 million graduates.

Get the power for you to move far beyond your comfort zone as you stretch for and attain ambitious new goals. Register today for a session of our Dale Carnegie Course…FREE. Topics available: Leadership, Sales, Presentations, Human Relations/Communication. Next Free Session is Nov. 4, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Embassy Suites of Westshore, Tampa. For more information on each topic and to register: or call 813.288.8778 to speak with a Business Performance Consultant
Dale Carnegie Training Presents Half-Day Leadership Coaching Seminar, November 14

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HCC Hosts Second Annual Veterans Entrepreneurship Training Symposium November 15


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 Member Accolades

Trenam Kemker Attorney Elected to International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation Board

Vaughan LoriTrenam Kemker attorney Lori Vaughan has been elected to the Board of Directors of the  International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).  IWIRC is the premier international, networking and professional growth organization for women in the restructuring and insolvency industry.  She will serve a two year term from October 2014 – 2016.

Lori is a Shareholder based in the firm’s Tampa Office.  Her practice involves business reorganizations (debtor and creditor representation), trustee representation, bankruptcy litigation, the representation of official committees appointed by the Bankruptcy Court, commercial foreclosure and lender liability.

Trenam Kemker Announces New Shareholders

Trenam Kemker is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been elected shareholders of the firm.

Igel MikeMichael Igel is a member of the Business Transactions Group and concentrates his practice on the representation of hospitals, health systems, physician groups, home health agencies and other health care companies in a variety of regulatory, compliance and health care business matters.  Michael also leads the firm’s Health Care Audit Defense Group.  He is based in the St. Petersburg Tampa office.

Leuthauser StephanieStephanie Leuthauser is a member of the Commercial Litigation Group and focuses her practice on commercial disputes, including landlord/tenant litigation, and intellectual property litigation matters, namely copyright and trademark disputes.  She is based in the Tampa office.

Fixsen Roxanne

Roxanne Fixsen is a member of the Commercial Litigation Group.  Her practice focuses on creditors’ rights matters and title issues.   She is based in the St. Petersburg office.

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Facebook Small Business Boost Comes to Town

By: Pat Huston, Business Consultant – SBDC Hillsborough County

Just in case you missed it……here are a few of their suggested tips.

 For your Facebook page:

  1. Cover photo: NO text please. This is your biggest piece of real estate!
  2. Profile pic: think logo or brand. It can be a picture of you if you’re the brand!
  3. Fill out your complete profile, don’t forget the links! (Web page) and other social stuff.
  4. Post regularly but no more than once per day. Don’t compete against your own posts!
  5. Create photo and video posts with a call to action. Please little or no text.

OK … get that, but what does it look like? What about my business? Is there a way to see an example of what we do? Can I look before I leap? The short answer is yes. Here’s how. Go to

Scroll down till you see this:

More success stories

You can sort by size, goal, industry and region, or you can just scroll through all the examples that follow.  You are bound to find an example that will inspire you before you spend. Like the page and then watch for a while. (Stalk :) ) When are they posting? What did they post? How is their page set up? What posts are getting the most attention?

Did you see a connection? What grabbed your attention? And by the way, thanks for the coffee buddy…that is Buddy Brew Coffee on Kennedy Boulevard! :)

Pat Huston is a Business Consultant with SBDC Hillsborough County. She can be reached at 813 285 0195 or

Ready for the Future: Multimodal Transportation and Preparing for Growth

By Leonardo Dosoretz, Voice Committee Member

5On Monday, July 28, 2014, Florida Governor Rick Scott took a ride in a driverless car on the Selmon Expressway as part of an ongoing trial for the new technology.[i] The event reflects the evolving nature of transportation and comes at an appropriate time as the Tampa Bay area once again tries to address public transportation reform and development.

We do not know what transportation will look like in the future—it could be similar to the system we currently have, new technology could revolutionize transportation entirely, or unforeseeable circumstances could force transportation systems to adapt. With this uncertainty in mind, it would be prudent for citizens of Hillsborough to watch what is going on in Pinellas, as the voters there start making decisions crucial to that county’s growth and future.

Pinellas will vote this November on whether to reduce property taxes and increase the sales tax by 1% to fund public transportation improvements through a program called Greenlight Pinellas. While Hillsborough will not vote on such a measure until 2016 at the earliest[ii], it is worthwhile to analyze the Greenlight plan and its implications.

One of the main thrusts of Greenlight is emphasizing the importance of multimodal transportation. Multimodal transportation can be described as the coexistence and interconnectedness between distinct means of transportation. This includes pedestrians, bicycles, automobiles, and rail systems. In other words, Greenlight would serve hubs of activity, such as downtown St. Petersburg, to be easily accessible by foot, by bicycle, by car, by bus, and eventually by rail, while people traveling to less dense areas of the county would also have more transportation options to reach their destinations.

Greenlight aims to improve and expand public transportation options over the next 10 years in a sequential and economically-logical order to provide comprehensive transportation coverage throughout Pinellas. Greenlight will initially focus on bus service expansion throughout Pinellas.[iii] If current trends continue and there is decreased demand for driving in urban centers[iv], then developing downtown St. Petersburg, Gateway, and other nodes of activity throughout the county to be more accessible and multimodal should make those areas more attractive for businesses and residents. As Tampa Bay continues to grow at a fast rate[v], Greenlight will keep people and commerce moving throughout Pinellas briskly. Expanded public transportation should also have identifiable financial benefits for homeowners in Pinellas. Greenlight lowers property taxes and studies have shown that “homes within walking distance of transit systems tend to outperform others in the region, while commuters save money when they don’t have to pay to own and maintain a car.”[vi] By revitalizing the transportation system, property values in Pinellas could increase and citizens will have the option to cut down on their transportation expenses if they choose.

If the two counties eventually do establish transportation systems, connecting them will be crucial to unlocking their full potential. For many people and especially visitors, Tampa Bay is one large metropolitan area and not two dichotomous regions. Any transportation developments in Hillsborough should connect to Pinellas and vice versa. For Tampa Bay to take full advantage of any developments, travelers should not get stranded going from one county to the other.

Having a comprehensive transportation system will also allow Pinellas to connect with other locations outside the county and throughout the state. Tampa International Airport (TIA) recently announced expansion plans[vii] and a transportation system that seamlessly connects Pinellas to the airport, which should allow the county to reap some of the expected benefits. Connectivity applies beyond just Tampa Bay though, as evidenced by the start of construction for All Aboard Florida—a rail system connecting Miami, West Palm Beach, and Orlando.[viii] An alternative to driving to Orlando and the Atlantic coast from Tampa Bay would be an attractive option and would also ease traffic between the two regions. Such developments would provide new opportunities, such as offering visitors a way to reach Pinellas’ outstanding beaches from TIA without renting a car, or combining a beach vacation in Tampa Bay with a trip to Orlando’s attractions, without the need to drive.

On a broad scale, improved public transportation can help leverage Tampa Bay’s strengths. The close proximity of vibrant coastal cities to beautiful beaches and other regional attractions would be well-served by smooth transportation between them. Nevertheless, Greenlight is an investment and all investments carry some degree of risk. The cost of the tax on the November ballot is significant and there is always the possibility that things will not go according to plan, or that circumstances may change. However, transforming Pinellas by integrating a more comprehensive public transportation system is an investment which, at the very least, will make the area more capable of adapting to trends and developments in transportation and city planning. The ceiling for the plan though, is much higher. A best case scenario for Greenlight envisions a vibrant and reinvigorated community where citizens have access throughout the county with multiple viable transportation options, businesses see new and exciting opportunities to thrive, and visitors are enticed by all the area has to offer. As November nears and Pinellas makes plans for the future, Hillsborough should consider how best to position itself for this wave of modern and crucial development.


[i] Crampton, Liz. “Governor Rick Scott Takes Spin in Automated Audi.” Tampa Bay Times. July 28, 2014.

[ii] Crampton, Liz. “Hillsborough Officials: Put 1-Cent Transportation Tax to Vote in 2016.” Tampa Bay Times. July 29, 2014.

[iii] The Greenlight Pinellas Plan, p. 3.


[iv] Schwartz, John. “Young Americans Lead Trend to Less Driving.” New York Times. May 13, 2013.

[v] The Florida Office of Economic and Demographic Research, Population and Demographic Reports. “Florida’s Population – 2014 Volume 1.”


[vi] Lerner, Matt. “New Ranking of Best U.S. Cities for Public Transit.” Walk Score. January, 28, 2014. <;

[vii] Tampa International Airport, “Governor Announces Funding for TPA Expansion Project.” <;

[viii] Chardy, Alfonso. “Work Begins—Finally—on Miami-to-Orlando Fast Train.” Miami Herald. August 25, 2014.

Join Emerge Tampa Bay for the 3rd Annual Emerging with Influence


By: Sarah Schwirian

You’ve heard us talking about Emerging with Influence (repeatedly, I’m sure!), but what exactly IS it? Emerging with Influence is Emerge Tampa Bay’s premier signature event that provides Emerge Tampa Bay members, as well as the Tampa Bay business community, the opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments of the organization throughout the previous year. Past leadership is celebrated as the new Emerge Tampa Bay Leadership Team is welcomed.

We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 6, at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre for the 3rd Annual Emerging with InfluenceThe highlight of the event will be the presentation of the Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award to one deserving Emerge Tampa Bay member who exhibits Deanne’s remarkable leadership. Deanne founded Emerge Tampa Bay in 2004 while she was Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce. The 2014 finalists include:

    • Jessica R. Aspiras, Tampa Bay Partnership
    • Jessica Muroff, Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Inc.
    • Aakash Patel, Elevate Inc.
    • Brian Seel, The Beck Group

This year, we welcome special guest Debbie Lundberg of Presenting Powerfully, who will present on “The ABCs of Next Level Leadership.” We will also be joined by Mayor Bob Buckhorn and many members who have made this and the last ten years a success. Read more…

As a new addition to the event, we will highlight the Protégé Program. This exclusive mentoring program, headed up by the Grow committee, is a pillar of Emerge Tampa Bay and has connected hundreds of young professionals with influential leaders throughout our community. We will recognize participants and have remarks from Leadership Tampa Alumni Chair, Troy Atlas.

We are thankful to our sponsors of this event: Leadership Tampa Alumni, Northwestern Mutual, Tampa Steel Erecting Co., ChappellRoberts, Tampa General Hospital and PNC Bank.

Hope to see you there!

Leadership Tampa’s Community Outreach Day

By Jessica Muroff, Frameworks of Tampa Bay

lt15 community outreach 57One of the reasons why many of us applied for Leadership Tampa was to learn more about how we could best serve our community. It was very fitting that Community Outreach Day was our first official program day following our kick-off retreat.

Community Outreach Day was more than just learning about the social services so many incredible nonprofits provide in our community. We were able to experience first-hand how many in our community access and utilize these critical services. This gave us the best perspective possible in understanding the demand, and many times lack of enough resources, to provide services to so many in need in our community.

We spent our morning learning about the number and variety of nonprofits in the Tampa Bay community, the economic impact these organizations contribute, and  how they are evolving to meet the needs of so many. Our class of 60 was grouped into small teams to volunteer at 14 nonprofit organizations. In just one day, our class donated approximately 120 hours to our community.lt15 community outreach 50

The afternoon was spent literally walking in the shoes of those in need in our community. It was a sobering experience for all of us, getting a real glimpse at the lack of resources, waiting lists, and daily struggles that challenge so many people. Even in this stark reality, we saw hope, opportunity, compassion, and support provided by terrific people and organizations in our community. This day made us grateful for the kind-hearted individuals serving in these incredible organizations.

We wrapped up the day by better understanding what we can provide to our community and how we can best serve these nonprofit organizations to generate the resources they need. Every organization we visited was hard at work eliminating poverty, hunger, homelessness, substance abuse, and so many other challenges in our community. We can all still do more to help. It was a tremendous day, and we’d all like to thank the long list of agencies below which participated:

Member Highlights: October 20 – 24

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Taylor & Mathis Awarded Half Million Square Foot Management Portfolio

John Fiore

John Fiore

Taylor & Mathis has been awarded the management assignment for a nine building suburban office portfolio in Tampa. The half million square foot portfolio includes five buildings comprising Sabal Business Center as well as Atrium, Registry One, Registry Two and Registry Square all of which are located in East Tampa off of I-75 at the MLK Jr Boulevard exit.  The portfolio is owned by IP Capital Partners of Boca Raton.

Taylor & Mathis has tapped John Fiore to serve as property manager for the portfolio with Julio Ballester as the lead building engineer. The management team is led by Kent Walling – Central Florida Director of Operations.

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Tindale Oliver Awarded State Road 7 Corridor Study

Tindale Oliver announced today that it has been selected to conduct the State Road 7 Corridor Study for the Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization. The study will look at the 20-mile stretch of US 441/SR 7 from the Broward/Dade County line to Sample Road to identify short and longer-term strategies to reduce congestion and improve multimodal mobility and safety.

Broward County Transit Routes 18, 19, and 441 Breeze carry 20,000+ riders per day, making the State Road 7 corridor the county’s busiest transit corridor and a rare example in Florida in which at least 10 percent of all travel along the corridor is by bus. Accordingly, a key focus of the study will be improving safe and convenient access to transit and identifying infrastructure solutions to improve the efficiency of transit in the corridor.

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Andrea Lauren Design Center Has Moved

Andrea Lauren Design Center has moved to:
5118 56th Street, Suite #114
Tampa 33610

We are offering 25% off to all Chamber Members every Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at our design center for unique holiday gifts.

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All Children’s Hospital Offers Tips to Help Keep Kids Safe on Halloween

Halloween can be a potentially dangerous night of the year for child pedestrians. The Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition at All Children’s Hospital urges parents to prepare children to act safely and motorists to take extra precautions.  On average, twice as many kids are killed or injured while walking on Halloween compared to other days of the year.

Many children will be out trick-or-treating while it is dark when it is more difficult for motorists to see them.  There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury.

Children under age 12 should not be alone crossing streets on Halloween without an adult.  If older kids are mature enough to go trick-or-treating without adult supervision, parents need to make sure they walk in a group and stick to a predetermined route with good lighting.

Drivers need to be extra alert as there will be more children on the streets and sidewalks – and those kids may be focused on gathering candy and the excitement of the holiday rather than being careful while crossing streets.  Drivers are urged to slow down on neighborhood roads to make Halloween more enjoyable for everyone, but also to help save lives.

Safety tips for parents:

  • Cross the street safely at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.  Walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible. Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Costumes can be both creative and safe. Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers. Masks can obstruct vision, so choose non-toxic face paint and make-up instead. Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights in order to see better, as well as be seen by drivers.

Safety Tips for drivers:

  • Slow down in residential neighborhoods. Remember that popular trick-or-treating hours are approximately 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. 
  • Be especially alert and take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Reduce all distractions inside your car, such as talking on the phone, texting or eating, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.

While pedestrian safety is a main concern on Halloween, parents and kids should also be careful when dealing with candy. You should remind children to only eat treats in original and unopened wrappers.

For more tips on how to help kids become safer pedestrians on Halloween, visit: 

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Visit Tampa Bay is Hiring: National Sales Manager, Leisure Sales Manager & Retail Associate

National Sales Manager – Small Meetings Market
Currently, we are looking for an enthusiastic, goal-oriented meeting and convention sales professional to join our team as a National Sales Manager-Small Meetings Market representing Tampa Bay. This person will be responsible for sales and marketing activities that promote the Tampa Bay area to meeting professionals and trade show managers as a destination for conventions, conferences, and trade shows. Please submit your resume to

Leisure Sales Manager
Currently, we are looking for an outgoing, goal-oriented, tourism professional to join our team as a Leisure Sales Manager representing Tampa Bay. This person will be responsible for managing the leisure sales efforts in the U.S. and Canada through sales contacts, travel/trade shows and promotions, developing travel opportunities and packages for groups, auto clubs, and travel agencies and work with local and state officials to maintain Tampa Bay as one of Florida’s top leisure destinations. Please submit your resume to

Retail Associate
Currently, we are looking for an outgoing, experienced sales professional to join our sales team in a part-time capacity as a Retail Associate at our Visitor Center in Channelside Bay Plaza. Please submit your resume to

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Nitro Mobile Solutions Invites Local Nonprofit Organizations to Receive a Free Native Mobile Application

Nitro Mobile Solutions, a leading provider of full service mobile applications and platforms, announced today its invitation for Tampa Bay nonprofit organizations to apply for free mobile services through its new charitable arm, eNICE.

This is the first year Nitro Mobile Solutions is launching eNICE, which stands for Empowering Nonprofits in Communications and Engagement. By removing the cost of mobile application development, Nitro feels it can drastically ease and improve the efforts of local charities.

Nonprofit organizations interested in eNICE will have until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18 to submit a completed application. The winning nonprofit will be announced on December 2, also known as “Giving Tuesday,” and will receive the following:

  • A native mobile application built for iOS and Android devices;
  • Access to our powerful, easy-to-use content management system, called “ME Squared;”
  • The ability to manage your app’s branding and content;
  • In-app fundraising capabilities*;
  • Social media integration;
  • Helpful in-app usage analytics; and
  • Mobile marketing campaigns.

Interested nonprofits should visit for more information. Organizations must be headquartered in one of the four Bay Area counties and have a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status in order to be considered.

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Member Events

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Showcase October 30

Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk invites you to meet our staff and Tampa Bay’s most sought after Event Specialists. Experience complimentary cuisine and cocktails by our culinary team – OCTOBER 30, 2014 6:00 PM TO 8:00 PM

Please RSVP by Friday October 24 2014

Sheraton Riverwalk Showcase invite

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County Joins Florida TRADE Program to Connect Veterans with Manufacturing Jobs: Meet Your Employer Tour set for Oct. 24 at Chromalloy

Hillsborough County Economic Development in partnership with Florida TRADE at HCC, a U.S.  Department of Labor sponsored grant program, will host a special job tour to help military-in-transition and veterans succeed in today’s workforce. The tour begins at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24 at Chromalloy, 3401 Queen Palm Dr. in Tampa.

Those interested in participating must pre-register to attend.

What: Meet and Greet Your Employer Tour
When: Friday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.
Where: Chromalloy, 3401 Queen Palm Dr. in Tampa

Each two hour session will consist of:

  • A meet and greet with corporate officers
  • Informational presentations by the host company, including an overview of the company’s history and future plans
  • Descriptions of their products and major customers
  • An explanation of the manufacturing process as it relates to their operations
  • A discussion of the various employee roles in the company
  • A discussion of the company’s economic impact and a tour of the facility with key personnel

For more information about Florida TRADE at HCC or to register, contact Kirsten M. Miller at (813) 259-6023,

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YP to Host “Come for a Cocktail, Stay for a Career!” November 6

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Chamber Members Form Joint Venture


(Pictured L to R) Donna S. Huneycutt WWC Executive Vice President, Lauren Weiner WWC President & Greg Celestan CEO of Celestar Corporation sign the SBA Mentor/Protege Agreement.

Celestar Corporation and Wittenberg Weiner Consulting are teaming up to form a joint venture that both companies hope will yield more business. The partnership came about thanks to their involvement with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

“The Chamber has opened up doors,” said Lauren Weiner, president of Wittenberg Weiner Consulting. “We’re remarkably plugged in to the business and government contracting community largely because of the Chamber.”

Weiner and Greg Celestan, head of Celestar Corporation, first met at a Chamber networking event. They also served together on the Chamber’s Military Council. Now, they’ve signed a Mentor/Protégé Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration that will benefit both companies.

“As the mentor, we are going to pass on some of our knowledge and experience,” said Celestan, whose company graduated from the SBA’s 8a Program. “This agreement will allow us to compete for business together.”

The Mentor/Protégé Agreement will last for a year with an opportunity to extend. Both CEOs credit the Chamber for their meeting.

“The networking function at the Chamber is key. The membership is diverse,” said Celestan.

Weiner said the opportunities provided through the Chamber were an important part in the next level of growth for WWC. Her advice to members: “Talk to everyone. You never know what contact is going to spark something.”