Member News 7/14/16 – 7/21/16

Member Events

  • July 25: Free Dale Carnegie Session – Topics: Leadership, Sales, Presentation, Human Relations/Communication
  • July 25: TampaBay-Job-Links Monday Morning LINKS: What’s in Your Job-Search Toolbox? | FREE Program
  • July 27: A Media Marketing Social Media Overview – Beginner thru Intermediate & Advanced Strategies for LinkedIn – Intermediate thru Advanced
  • July 28: TampaBay-Job-Links SUCCESS Workshop: Transferring Your Skills and Re-Careering | Sponsored by Accenture
  • August 9: Carrollwood Day School – An Evening with Dr. Michele Borba
  • August 24: Sandler Training – Get Your Sales Back on Track!
  • August 31: A Media Marketing Social Media Overview – Beginner thru Intermediate & Advanced Strategies for LinkedIn – Intermediate thru Advanced
  • September 16: U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Hiring Our Heroes Employment Workshop
  • October 11: CDC of Tampa 2016 Nehemiah Legacy Luncheon

Members Now Hiring

Member Accolades

  • Allen Dell‘s Cynthia A. Mikos Recognized as Florida Legal Elite

If you would like to submit something for the Member News section of eView, please send the information, including a link, to news@tampachamber.com.

Policy & Transportation Digest

By Michael Maurino, Director of Government Relations, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Meet the candidates at Hob Nob! The election season heats up at the 2016 Political Hob Nob on Monday, August 1 at the Tampa Hilton Downtown. As of today, 37 candidates are planning to attend. Purchase your tickets today to meet and greet the candidates a few weeks ahead of the 2016 primaries, and participate in the highly anticipated straw poll. If you are working with a candidate who is interested in purchasing a table at the event, email me at mmaurino@tampachamber.com .

If you are not a registered voter, or need to update your information, we encourage you to visit the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections, or your local elections office. August 1 is also the last day to register for the August 30 primary.

Moffitt wins grant for free mammograms: A few weeks after being profiled in Vice President Joe Biden’s “moonshot” to cure cancer, Moffitt Cancer Center was awarded a grant that will provide free mammograms to more than 400 women. The $126,000 grant was awarded by the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Cool moves for Vinik project: The Tampa City Council this week approved a plan for a chiller plant that will provide air conditioning for the Strategic Property Partners’ projects led by Jeff Vinik, plus the new USF Medical School and Amalie Arena. This allows the tops of buildings in the district to be used for other purposes, like restaurants and parks.

Member News 7/7/16 – 7/14/16

Member News

Member Events

Members Now Hiring

Member New Hires & Promotions

Member Accolades

Chamber announces finalists for 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards

July 11, 2016

Tampa, Fla. – Today, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announced the finalists for the 2016 Small Business of the Year Awards, presented by BB&T & Frazier & Deeter CPAs and Advisors to be held on Friday, September 16 at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. These awards highlight the impact of small business on the community and celebrate the achievements of the best of the best in Tampa Bay.

Small business awards will be presented in three categories based on the number of employees, with a fourth category specifically for startup companies. Companies are evaluated on operational management, community involvement and ethical business practices. The finalists for these four awards and the Outstanding Leader award finalists include:

  Startup

3 Daughters Brewing

eSmart Recycling

No Mo Nausea Band

PikMyKid

VetCor Services

  5-20 Employees:

Animal & Bird Hospital of Clearwater

Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

CTI

Dalton Dental

Laser Locators

 

 

21-50 Employees:

BMG Conveyor Services of Florida, Inc

Tampa Bay Brew Bus Inc.

The Overhead Door Company of Tampa Bay

Vistra Communications

Wiand Guerra King

51-250 Employees:

DAS Health

Red Cap Plumbing & Air, Inc.

Yacht Starship Dining Cruises, LLC

Outstanding Leader Finalists:

Brian Butler, Vistra Communications

MaryAnn Ferenc, Mise En Place

Brian Murphy, ReliaQuest LLC

 

The winners will be announced at the event on September 16. For more details on the Small Business of the Year Awards, please visit www.tampachamber.com.

Policy & Transportation Digest

By Michael Maurino, Director of Government Relations, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce

Meet the candidates at Hob Nob! The election season heats up at the 2016 Political Hob Nob on Monday, August 1 at the Tampa Hilton Downtown. Meet and greet the candidates a few weeks ahead of the 2016 primaries, and participate in the highly anticipated straw poll. Purchase your tickets today!

Below are the candidates currently scheduled to attend. If you are working with a candidate who is interested in purchasing a table at the event, email me at mmaurino@tampachamber.com .

US Representative District 14 – Christine Quinn
State Attorney – Mark Ober
State Senate District 19 – Ed Narain
State Representative District 59 – Ross Spano
State Representative District 60 – Rebecca Smith, Jackie Toledo
State Representative District 63 – Shawn Harrison
Circuit Judge 13, Group 3 – Carl Hinson
Circuit Judge 13, Group 24 – Isabel Cissy Boza Sevelin, Melissa Polo
Clerk of Circuit Court – Kevin Beckner, Eric Seidel
Property Appraiser – Bob Henriquez, Todd Jones
County Commission District 6 – Jim Norman, Tim Schock, Brian Willis
School Board District 3 – Cindy Stuart
School Board District 7 – Alan Clendenin
County Court – Shelton Bridges, Miriam Valkenburg

TPA > HAV via SWA: Years of advocacy paid off this week when the US Department of Transportation awarded Tampa International Airport one of the coveted commercial airline flights to Havana starting later this year. Southwest Airlines will have once daily service between Tampa and Havana, and has a website for interested travelers. It was announced in June that Tampa was not selected for commercial flights to other locations in Cuba.

Twenty flights were approved out of 60 applications. American Airlines will have the most flights, four of which will originate in Miami. Miami will also have service from Delta and Frontier. Ft. Lauderdale will have four flights daily split between JetBlue and Southwest. Orlando will have one daily flight via JetBlue.

Member News 6/30/16 – 7/7/16

Member News

  • PNC Bank Names Joe Meterchick as New Regional President for Philadelphia, Delaware and Southern New Jersey
  • PNC Bank Names Chadwick Loar as New Regional President of Florida West
  • Dr. Melanie Storms Named VP of Saint Leo University Worldwide
  • Inspired eLearning and Fisher Phillips Launch New Human Resources Risk & Compliance Training Modules
  • Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Tampa Partner Michele Leo Hintson Appointed to The Florida Bar Professional Ethics Committee
  • Sabadell United Bank Provided Rosemurgy Properties with a $2.48 Million Construction Loan to Develop Retail Center in Ft. Myers
  • The Iron Yard is Accepting Applications for their Summer Session

Member Events

  • July 8: Tampa Bay WaVE & Tampa Bay Rays – 2016 Startup Pitch Competition
  • July 14: Tampa Bay WaVE Startup Workshop Series – Women Making WaVEs in Tech
  • July 18: TampaBay-Job-Links Monday Morning LINKS: Staying Optimistic During Career Transition | FREE Program
  • July 21: TampaBay-Job-Links SUCCESS Workshop: Getting the Full Benefits of LinkedIn | Presented by Larry LaBelle, Training Tamer
  • July 25: Free Dale Carnegie Session – Topics: Leadership, Sales, Presentation, Human Relations/Communication
  • July 25: TampaBay-Job-Links Monday Morning LINKS: What’s in Your Job-Search Toolbox? | FREE Program
  • July 28: TampaBay-Job-Links SUCCESS Workshop: Transferring Your Skills and Re-Careering | Sponsored by Accenture
  • August 9Carrollwood Day School – An Evening with Dr. Michele Borba

Members Now Hiring

 

University Area Partnership to Receive $3.8M Federal Grant to Train Young/Underskilled Workers for Future Technology Jobs

Grant is Foundation for Enriching The Area Through a Diverse, Skilled Workforce

 June 28, 2016 – Tampa, FL – The Federal Government has awarded Tampa one of 39 TechHire Partnership Grants across the nation. The $3.8 million grant is a major boost to the innovation district in the University area allowing for programming and training specifically for technology jobs.  The grant was a result of a partnership between CareerSource Tampa Bay, University Area Community Development Corporation, Hillsborough County, Tampa Bay Technology Forum and the Tampa Innovation Alliance. U.S. Congresswoman Kathy Castor championed the effort.

“There is no limit to what we can accomplish when we work together,” said Mark Sharpe, President and CEO, Tampa Innovation Alliance. “We applaud Congresswoman Castor’s leadership in winning the TechHire grant and are committed to making sure that all our citizens can participate in the tech economy.”

Vice President Joe Biden and Department of Labor Secretary Tom Perez announced the release of the competitive grants as part of the White House’s TechHire Initiative. As the North Tampa area continues to evolve with a focus on becoming an innovation district, this grant will serve as a roadmap to higher-wage, middle-class jobs for current residents.

“Our hard-fought federal investment in jobs aims to recruit more than 1,000 young adults and low-wage workers in Tampa and the surrounding area, with a goal of preparing them for well-paying jobs in information technology and health care,” said Congresswoman Castor. “The Tampa Bay area would not have been competitive without so many of our partners like the University of South Florida and a number of local employers and employer coalitions such as the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, Cognizant, and Celestar Holdings Corporation.”

Partners will work to develop programming and training. Education and training providers, including the University of South Florida, will allow participants to earn various credentials including certificates and associate degrees in customized programs.

“The Tampa Bay TechHire program will expand local technology related job training programs by focusing on accelerated training for youth and young adults with barriers to accessing employment,” said Ed Peachey, President and CEO of CareerSource Tampa Bay. “The program will also train incumbent workers for advancement in critical high-growth IT and Healthcare occupations. The partnership with Tampa Innovation Alliance, IBM, BayCare, and other local companies provides the foundation for long-term sustainable employment.”

Recognizing that many tech jobs do not require a four-year-degree and that tech talent is often cited as an issue for companies, the Federal Government launched TechHire in March of 2015. The initiative is designed to build economic development through growth of technology jobs.

“This grant is a huge win for the residents of the University area community and will be the answer to many families struggling with unemployment and underemployment,” said Sarah Combs, Executive Director & CEO of University Area Community Development Corporation. “The University Area CDC is thrilled to be a part of this collaborative to focus on bringing job training opportunities to provide residents the fastest paths to good-paying jobs.”

More than 150 businesses supported the grant application through their membership in the Tampa Innovation Alliance and the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, with several large corporations such as IBM, BayCare Health System and Celestar Holdings submitting letters of support, putting their companies on record for interest and excitement to hire the graduates of these programs.

About the Tampa Innovation Alliance

The Tampa Innovation Alliance is a multi-jurisdictional district anchored by globally-recognized institutions such as USF, Busch Gardens, Moffitt Cancer Center, Florida Hospital, and RD Management. These institutions drive economic activity, engaging tens of thousands of students, educators, health care workers, patients, and four million tourists annually. The Alliance is set to build an engaged community recognized as an innovation destination.