Conversations with Influence

Conv with Influence 2017-10 eflier

Who’s going from your class?

Michael Blasco Tampa Bay Food Trucks LT’12
Jason Carroll Friends of the Riverwalk, Inc. LT’11
Colleen Chappell ChappellRoberts LT’99
Todd Fultz Manhattan Construction (of Florida) Inc. LT’13
Christopher Karlo Mercury New Media LT’10
Kyle Keith Iberia Bank LT’12
Mike Mashke First National Bank of Pasco LT’03
Deborah Stevenson City of Tampa LT’00
Joanne Sullivan University of South Florida LT’91
Christine Turner ChappellRoberts LT’07



Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce votes to not support City of Tampa Tax Increase

On September 21, 2017, based on a unanimous recommendation from its Public Policy Council, the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee unanimously voted to not support the City of Tampa’s 2018 budget millage rate increase in its current form due to its impact on businesses. The proposal is part of a $974 million budget that calls for increasing the city’s property tax rate from $5.73 to $6.33 in taxes for every $1,000 in taxable property value.

“After considerable review of the proposed millage increase, we do not agree that there is sufficient justification for the proposed tax increase on residents and businesses,” said Mike Griffin Chair of the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

“Business leaders in Tampa make tough budgetary decisions to keep their companies running effectively; we expect that same leadership from our elected officials”, Chamber CEO Bob Rohrlack said. “We recognize the challenges facing the city resulting from previous debts but feel a tax increase to pay for them sets a dangerous precedent.”

Griffin added, “We hope that City Council and Mayor Buckhorn will use their upcoming deliberations to find a solution to our city’s debt challenges that does not raise taxes on residents and businesses and works to maintain our designation as one of the most affordable cities in not only the state but also the country.”

Member News 9/14/17 – 9/21/17

Member News

Commission on the Status of Women Accepting Nominations for the 2018 class of Women’s Hall of Fame

Member Events

Member Job Openings

New Hires and Promotions

Member Accolades


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Member News 9/7/17 – 9/14/17

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Member Events

Member Job Openings


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Irma Recovery Toolkit

Now that Hurricane Irma is gone, it’s time to assess the damage and start the cleanup. Here are some resources to help you and your business during the recovery process.

Emergency Resource Links
Emergency Phone Numbers
TECO Outage Map
Citizen Information Hotline (844) 852-8889

Hillsborough County
Hillsborough County Emergency Management
Emergency Management
American Red Cross of Tampa Bay
The Salvation Army Tampa/Hillsborough County

Pinellas County
Pinellas County Emergency Management
Citizen Information Center (727) 464-4333

Florida Division of Emergency Management
The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center (FLVBEOC)
Florida Emergency Bridge Loan Program
Florida Emergency Information Line (800) 342-3557
Text FLRESPONDS to 888777 to receive updates via text.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Individual Assistance Program – (800) 621-FEMA
Public Assistance Grant Program
U.S. Small Business Administration – Disaster Loans or call (811) 621-3362
IRS – Tax Relief in Disaster Situations
United States Department of Agriculture Disaster Assistance Program
Red Cross Disaster Relief & Recovery Services
Department of Homeland Security
Other Recovery Help

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
Small Business Recovery
Disaster Help Desk 1-888-MY-BIZ-HELP (888-692-4943)

Florida Chamber of Commerce
After the Storm: Resources for Recovery
Post-Hurricane Assistance

Consumer Protection
Consumer Alert – Beware of Insurance Scams
Price Gouging Hotline: (866)-9-NO-SCAM

Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund
Florida Disaster Fund
American Red Cross

Small Business of the Year Awards 9/8/17: POSTPONED

Due to the expected impact of Hurricane Irma on our region, we are postponing our 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards scheduled for Friday, September 8th at the David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.  We apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause, but community safety is our priority.

With the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County declaring states of emergencies, we further believe it is critical to allow time for you, your employees, event sponsors and chamber staff to take the level of action they feel appropriate to protect their families.

Please visit  for business preparation resources. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit  Follow @AlertTampa on Twitter for real time updates on Hurricane Irma.

SBOY is now scheduled for October 18th.  All registrations will be honored for the new date.

Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to celebrating our small businesses on October 18th!

Member News 8/31/17 – 9/7/17

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Member Events

Member Job Openings


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