Member News 9/21

Member News

American Marketing Association (AMA)Tampa Bay Chapter recognized local Tampa Bay marketers and Chamber members for their outstanding work at the 5th Annual Marketer of the Year Awards.

Center for Cyber Safety and Education (Center) launches new “Garfield Virtual” internet safety program for distance learning. Garfield Virtual allows teachers to introduce digital citizenship education in a fun and engaging environment without having to acquire additional software. The program is based on award-winning Garfield’s Cyber Safety Adventures Educator Kit targeting children ages 6 to 11.
Florida Poly breaks into national rankings of top engineering colleges.
Saint Leo University was ranked as one of the best values in higher education and one of the best regional universities in the South in 2021 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.

Member Events

September 25, 2020: LIVE Online Free Session of High Impact Presentations

September 25, 2020: Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic Give Back Giveaway First Anniversary Drive-Up Event

September 28, 2020: Tampa Bay Wave Hosting Virtual Webinar Exploring Tampa Bay’s Startup History
September 29-October 1, 2020: Virtual Innovation Summit
September 30, 2020: Launch Your LinkedIn

September 30, 2020: Cherry Bekaert’s PPP Loan Forgiveness and the Accounting and Tax Impacts: What Government Contractors Need to Know
October 2, 2020: Saint Leo University 6th Annual Social Work Conference
October 7, 2020: Energy Forward
October 15, 2020: Veteran Benefit Social
October 30, 2020: Good In the Neighborhood
November 7, 2020: Girl Strong | Community Strong Walk
November 7, 2020: Sporting Clays Shoot

Member Job Openings

Adventure Island Lifeguards 
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
HART Chief Executive Officer
OHC Environmental Engineering Business Development Manager

PACE Center for Girls

PACE Center for Girls ReOpening Ribbon Cutting on September 10th

PACE Center for Girls celebrated the reopening of their center with a ReOpening Ribbon Cutting. PACE Center for Girls has developed a nationally recognized, research-based non-residential program model that features a balanced emphasis on academics and social services, with a focus on the future for middle and high-school aged girls and young women. The foundation of Pace is their gender-responsive culture providing a safe environment that celebrates girls. Pace offers services that take into account how girls learn and develop and their supportive staff members respond to and celebrate each girl’s strengths and challenges. The holistic, strength-based, and asset building Pace program model addresses the needs of girls and has garnered recognition nationally as one of the most effective programs in the country for keeping girls from entering the juvenile justice system. Check out this fantastic organization here!

Minority Business Accelerator Guest Blog Post

Holly Clifford Corral, PRESS PR + Marketing

It’s no mystery 2020 has been a strange & challenging year, but little did we know what it would have in store back when I met Avril Stinson for coffee early on. She asked me if I would be willing to speak to the Chamber’s Minority Business Accelerator cohort she was leading, so I jumped on the opportunity.

Our agency, PRESS PR + Marketing, has worked with Tampa Bay Wave and its start-ups in the past, to generate media coverage and promote the good work that Wave does in Tampa Bay. We’ve always been very familiar with the benefits of an accelerator program and knew immediately that PRESS could knock this out of the park in helping the members of the MBA. We were honored and excited about the knowledge and contacts we could provide these companies as it relates to PR and marketing.

Fast forward to today, and our world has changed drastically. All businesses are struggling to get their message out – whether about their products, what they provide, what their safety precautions are, etc., and this hits smaller businesses even more. Being heard and getting noticed in a sea of daily pandemic stories has been a perfect storm facing BIPOC & small businesses.

Coming out of the COVID quarantine, we all met and thought “How can we help? How can we make an impact?” It wasn’t something we took lightly. We wanted to really help people – beyond simply donating and supporting BIPOC businesses, but we had to find that idea that solved the ‘how’ riddle in an inspired way.

Through hours of team meetings and brainstorms, we developed an initiative to help teach BIPOC entrepreneurs & business owners how to advocate for themselves – to become even more savvy & independent in promotion of their businesses.

In June, PRESS launched Above the Fold, a community initiative with the goal of ensuring BIPOC stories are amplified, heard and highlighted. “Above the Fold” is an old industry term that refers to the top half of a newspaper or website where important stories are displayed to ensure visibility. 

This new, step-by-step initiative consists of three categories:

A PR/Communications tool kit: This easy-to-navigate kit is a free how-to communication & PR guide to equip BIPOC businesses and organizations with the tools to succeed in media relations. It offers detailed instructions regarding how to craft and format effective press releases, media alerts, industry terminology, and more.

1-on-1s: PRESS hosts communication strategy meetings with BIPOC small business owners to develop organizational goals and external communication strategies to achieve those goals.

Community Spotlights: Through our social channels, PRESS highlights BIPOC community members, businesses, organizations and initiatives that are making a difference in Tampa Bay.

Above the Fold is in full swing, and we are loving how rewarding it has been to support other businesses and help them grow and thrive. We are confident it’ll be around for a long time and our hope is that we can make a big difference in the success of minority businesses in our community.  

We encourage you to download the free toolkit on our website under our Resources tab and reach out to us to set up a one-on-one. We can’t wait to get to know you! Visit Above the Fold to get started or email us at info@thisispress.com.

Member News 9/14

Hub International shares a disaster plan for compound disasters.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa collects 27 ‘Best of Gaming’ awards from Casino Player Magazine
Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council is leading the Clear Sky Tampa Bay project, which was selected for participation in Solar Energy Innovation Network by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Member Events

September 16, 2020: Self-Care For Entrepreneurs
September 16, 2020: Let’s Get Marketing Back to Work
September 17, 2020: Advocacy 101
September 17, 2020: Courageous Conversations
September 17, 2020: Affirming Fatherhood Conference
September 18, 2020: LIVE Online Free Session of The Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications and Human Relations
September 19, 2020: Virtual American Patriot Gala Presented by Lockheed Martin
September 25, 2020: LIVE Online Free Session of High Impact Presentations
September 29-October 1, 2020: Virtual Innovation Summit
September 30, 2020: Launch Your LinkedIn
October 2, 2020: Saint Leo University 6th Annual Social Work Conference
October 7, 2020: Energy Forward
October 15, 2020: Veteran Benefit Social
November 7, 2020: Girl Strong | Community Strong Walk
November 7, 2020: Sporting Clays Shoot

Member Job Openings

Adventure Island Lifeguards 
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
HART Chief Executive Officer
OHC Environmental Engineering Business Development Manager

Member News 9/8

Member News

Henry B. Plant Museum brings back live theater.
Saint Leo University continues to remain test-score optional.
Shumaker Partner, Ronald Christaldi, has been named Vice Chair of the New College Board of Trustees.
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. has been named one of the 2020 Best of the Best Accounting Firms and the 105th Largest Accounting Firm in the Nation by Inside Public Accounting.
Trifecta Networks hires new Marketing Coordinator.
Turning Point of Tampa is launching a podcast that will focus on addiction and recovery.

Member Events

September 11, 2020: LIVE Online Free Session of Virtual Selling – Building Relationships Online
September 16, 2020: Self-Care For Entrepreneurs
September 16, 2020: Let’s Get Marketing Back to Work
September 17, 2020: Advocacy 101
September 17, 2020: Courageous Conversations
September 17, 2020: Affirming Fatherhood Conference
September 18, 2020: LIVE Online Free Session of The Dale Carnegie Course: Effective Communications and Human Relations
September 19, 2020: Virtual American Patriot Gala Presented by Lockheed Martin
September 25, 2020: LIVE Online Free Session of High Impact Presentations
September 29-October 1, 2020: Virtual Innovation Summit
September 30, 2020: Launch Your LinkedIn
October 2, 2020: Saint Leo University 6th Annual Social Work Conference

Member Job Openings

Adventure Island Lifeguards 
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
HART Chief Executive Officer
OHC Environmental Engineering Business Development Manager

Ensolar Energy

Ensolar Energy Ribbon Cutting on August 28th

Ensolar Energy celebrated the grand opening of their new headquarters and training center with a ribbon cutting on Friday, August 28th. Ensolar Energy has been providing solar energy technology to residences and commercial businesses since 2016. They specialize in customizing solutions to fit each customers specific needs. Check them out here!

Member News 8/31

Member News

  • Atlas Professional Services President & CEO, Greg Zolkos, shared insights on why remote workers should use a VPN.
  • CBIZ is pleased to announce the hiring of Randall Cathell as a managing director in the Tampa Bay office.
  • Florida Polytechnic University adds new Office of Diversity and Inclusion to expand support for minorities on campus.
  • Greenberg Traurig Florida Attorneys included in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch.
  • United Way Suncoast announced Kari Goetz as the new Chief Advancement Officer.
  • Warren Averett, LLC is pleased to welcome Rick Raleigh and Chloe Barger to the Firm.

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Member News 8/24

Member News

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State of Workforce Development Panelists

The panelists for the State of Workforce Development event are Addison Davis and Henry Mack.

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Addison Davis is the Superintendent of Schools for Hillsborough County Public Schools where he took office in March 2020. He believes in putting students’ best interests at the heart of all decision-making, goal-based management, and building a school system that embraces the entire community.

Addison Davis’ experience in transforming schools has resulted in increased student achievement in large urban and mid-size suburban Florida school districts. Before arriving in Hillsborough County, he served as the Superintendent of Schools for Clay County. Under his leadership the Clay County School District had dramatic improvements across all performance metrics. Additionally, Clay County’s graduation rate rose 6.4 percentage points, improving from 20th in the state to 8th.

In 2019, Addison Davis was named the Sunshine State Public Relations Association’s 2019 Superintendent Communicator of the Year. Within his first year in Clay County, he was named a 2017-2018 Superintendent to Watch by the National School Public Relations Association.

Henry Mack currently serves as the Chancellor for Career, Technical and Adult Education at the Florida Department of Education, a position he has held since November of 2019. As Chancellor, he helps oversee all workforce education programs and economic development initiatives for the department.

Prior to serving as Chancellor, he was the associate vice president for workforce education and innovation at Broward College, overseeing all of the college’s career and technical education programs, its innovation and entrepreneurship hub, and a variety of other economic development related initiatives. He also served as an associate dean of academic affairs at Broward College, and held various positions at Florida International University and the University of Miami as a visiting professor. He served as host of South Florida PBS Viewpoint and Issues, two weekly television shows dedicated to exploring issues in public policy, ethics, and religion.

Building an Equity and Inclusion Culture Panelists

The Building an Equity and Inclusion Culture Public Policy Roundtable will be moderated by Ernest Hooper and the panelists are Lori Y. Baggett, B. Lee Green, Dr. Michelle Madden, Machelle Maner, Angeles Valenciano.

Panelists

Ernest Hooper currently serves as the Regional Communications Director for the American Cancer Society. He previously spent 27 years as a columnist, bureau chief and writer at the Tampa Bay Times. He also hosts the WEDU-PBS public affairs program That’s All I’m Saying, regularly writes for St. Pete Life magazine and is co-leader of the Poynter Institute’s Write Field program, a writing intensive for middle school and high school boys.

Lori Baggett represents companies in many aspects of labor and employment law, with a particular expertise in workplace safety and health (OSHA) issues. She is one of a handful of Florida lawyers with OSHA 30 certification. She represents clients dealing with fatal and catastrophic accidents and helps them resolve OSHA citations and whistleblower complaints. She also advises and counsels employers on workplace legal compliance issues, conducts internal compliance investigations, and defends employment-related claims. Her clients represent numerous industries, including construction, propane and natural gas equipment and systems, and retail. Lori’s experience defending companies in disputes with current or former employees includes federal and state lawsuits claiming discrimination, harassment, retaliation, failure to pay minimum or overtime wages, violations of the FMLA, and violations of noncompete restrictive covenants.

B. Lee Green, PhD, is the vice president of Diversity, Public Relations and Strategic Communications for Moffitt Cancer Center. He is also a professor in the Health Outcomes and Behavior Program at Moffitt. As VP for Diversity, Dr. Green is responsible for ensuring that Moffitt is responsive and actively creating a culture of diversity and inclusion as it strives to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. This includes addressing issues such as awareness and education of cancer prevention and control, community outreach activities, cultural competency, equity and inclusion issues, development of strong partnerships with community organizations and support for other key initiatives. In 2016, Moffitt was ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 10 Hospitals and Healthcare Organizations for fostering diversity and inclusion.

Dr. Michelle Madden currently serves as the Campus Diversity Officer. In this role, Dr. Madden uses quantitative, qualitative, and interpersonally collected data to plan, guide, and advise the Regional Chancellor and other campus leaders on diversity, equity, inclusion matters. With USFSP’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan and the USF Principles of Community as guides, Dr. Madden collaborates with senior leaders across the university to further equity, diversity, and inclusion goals to operationalize our core pillar of Inclusive Community. Intersecting with all areas of the institution, including Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Human Resources, Dr. Madden implements and monitors strategic initiatives designed to educate and ensure fair and equitable treatment of students, faculty and staff.

Machelle Maner is currently Vice President, Community Development for Wells Fargo. As Sr. Community Development Officer, she covers Southwest Florida (a ten county area). Wells Fargo’s Community Development Group and Ms. Maner are focused on the strategic development of public/private partnerships, the identification of programs available to expand lending opportunities for affordable housing and small businesses and identifying community development opportunities. In addition, Ms. Maner is responsible for investments in non-profit organizations that focus on housing, small business, and economic revitalization. She has been in banking and the financial services industry for more than 25 years with most of that time being in the Tampa Bay area community. Since 1994, Ms. Maner has specialized in Community programs with an emphasis on establishing community, housing and business partnerships in Southwest Florida.

Angeles Valenciano serves as chief executive officer of the National Diversity Council (NDC), becoming the first female CEO of this major nonprofit. In this role, she advances the NDC’s mission of fostering diversity and inclusion in the workplace. She also focuses on strengthening partnerships with businesses, academia and the community at large. Ms. Valenciano is a seasoned strategist with more than 20 years of experience in human resources, primarily focused on diversity, organizational change, and development. She was previously president of the Healthcare Diversity Council and executive vice president of the NDC. In the latter role, she oversaw the growth of several national markets, including California, Colorado and Arizona. In addition, she served as vice president of business development for the Texas Diversity Council (TXDC), one of the NDC state councils.