Member News 11/30

Member News

Greenberg Traurig, P.A. has expanded its Tampa office Litigation Practice and Labor & Employment Practice with the addition of Associate Raymond D. Jackson.
Saint Leo University announced a new nursing program at its residential campus.
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs congratulates Megan Townsend on her new leadership roles with community boards.

Member Events

November 21 – December 31, 2020: Victorian Christmas Stroll
December 2-3, 2020: How to Communicate with Diplomacy and Tact
December 3, 2020: Leadership Re-Imagined
December 4, 2020: Power of Yet
December 11, 2020: Virtual Selling: How to Build Relationships Online
December 15, 2020: Effective Communications and Human Relations
December 16-17, 2020: High Impact Presentations
January 6 – February 3, 2021: Virtual Selling: How to Build Relationships Online
January 8, 2021: Leadership Training for Results
January 12-14, 2021: Strictly Business: The Dale Carnegie Immersion Seminar
January 15, 2021: Effective Goal Setting and Time Management
January 19-21, 2021: Develop Your Leadership Potential: Stop Doing, Start Leading
January 22, 2021: Virtual Selling – Building Relationships Online
January 26-28, 2021: Leadership Training for Results: Unleash Talent in Others
January 25 – March 22, 2021: The Dale Carnegie Course
February 2-4, 2021: Dale Carnegie Sales Training: Winning with Relationship Selling

Member Job Openings

Adventure Island Lifeguards 
American Heart Association Florida Government Relations Director
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
HART Chief Executive Officer
OHC Environmental Engineering Business Development Manager
TampaBay-Job-Links Executive Administrative Assistant
WestCMR Multiple Positions

Minority Business Accelerator Guest Blog Post

By Kadian Douglas, CPA, CISA

Who is Kadian Douglas, and why I became involved in the Minority Business Accelerator through CLA’s Tampa Bay Chamber relationship?
I am currently a Principal in our Cybersecurity practice and the Chair of the Young Executive Team at CLA. Coming to Florida from Minnesota by way of Jamaica through my job transfer with CLA, I got involved with the Tampa Bay Chamber through the Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay where I served on the Inclusion Committee. The Inclusion Committee’s mission is to connect emerging leaders with opportunities for community involvement. I learned about numerous opportunities to get involved in the Chamber during my time with Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay. In 2019, The Minority Business Accelerator (MBA) program was nominated for a CLA Foundation grant. Through that nomination, I learned more about the Minority Business Accelerator program and its impact on the community.

I am passionate about giving back and saw the alignment of the Minority Business Accelerator’s purpose, CLA Foundation’s mission and my desire to create opportunities for all to be the best version of themselves despite their circumstances. I expressed my interest in serving as a volunteer for the program and was given the opportunity. CLA is a member of the Tampa Bay Chamber and is also a Community Partner of the Minority Business Accelerator program.

Describe the importance of the Minority Business Accelerator program.
The Minority Business Accelerator program is playing an integral role in creating opportunities for diverse businesses in the Tampa Bay region. I learned that in Hillsborough County the number of businesses owned by minorities and non-minorities are almost the same, but minorities only contribute 5% of total revenue to the county. This was surprising to me and I see where the Minority Business Accelerator program had an opportunity to have a significant impact in Tampa Bay by elevating the potential for success of the respective business.

The selection process is rigorous and identifies those companies who are on their way to success and would benefit from the additional support such as, but not limited to financial, operational, human resources, cybersecurity and professional development. I have seen firsthand how the Minority Business Accelerator expanded the networks of those companies that have gone through the program. Through its various community partnerships, the Minority Business Accelerator is providing opportunities for each participating company to scale its operations, source necessary capital, and drive economic growth.

How I have been involved?
I currently serve on the Leadership Council of the Minority Business Accelerator where we are responsible for recruiting minority businesses, evaluating and providing recommendations for the continued impact of the program, among other responsibilities to advance the mission of the Minority Business Accelerator program. Most recently, I served on the selection committee for the cohort class that will be starting the program in 2021. (Cohort ’22)

As a member of the CLA family where I am a CPA and Cybersecurity Principal, it has been my pleasure to create a variety of diverse opportunities for the members of the Minority Business Accelerator program cohorts. With the support of CLA family members, we have leveraged several subject matter experts to give back to the community by volunteering with the program. We have been able to provide presentations relating to cybersecurity, accounting and tax best practices, wealth advisory, as well as 1:1 support, among other opportunities.

It was my pleasure this year, after my experiences with the program, to nominate the Minority Business Accelerator program for the CLA Foundation grant as the program aligns with the CLA Foundation’s mission. The CLA Foundation provides grants to organizations that align with its mission of creating career opportunities through education, employment, and entrepreneurship.

Where would you like to see the program go in the next 5 years?
As the program is wrapping up its third year, there are opportunities for the Minority Business Accelerator to grow and expand its impact in Tampa Bay. In the next five years, I would like to see more diverse groups across various industries and service lines apply and go through the program. Additionally, I would like to see growth in the number of sponsors which will provide resources to increase the number of opportunities available to the cohorts. The success of the program is dependent on sponsorship support from the Chamber community. The value of the partnership is mutually beneficial. As a sponsor organization you can achieve the goal of continuing to give back and investing in the community, while expanding your network of diverse suppliers, and other various business collaboration opportunities.

How can companies and individuals can get involved with the Minority Business Accelerator?
I encourage companies to partner with the Tampa Bay Chamber Minority Business Accelerator as a sponsor, mentor, advisor or subject matter expert. This partnership will help support the positive impact on the community as a result of improving the opportunities available to minority businesses. I believe diverse perspectives provide companies with a competitive advantage and helps to drive innovation, creativity, and profitability.

Member News 11/23

Member News

3 Daughters Brewing announced a collaboration brew with St. Petersburg Distillery, Total Wine and More.
The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay’s Safety Net program for Hillsborough County nonprofits ends November 25th. Apply today.
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has been selected by AT&T to receive $10,000 in support of the Gateway Contact Center.
Florida Polytechnic University adds four distinguished and diverse members to the Board of Trustees, appointed by Florida’s Board of Governors.
Hub International provides insight and advice into what companies need to prepare for in 2021.
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa is offering “Safe + Sound” Thanksgiving with special holiday themed menus at five of its dining venues.
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP is growing its Tampa office with the addition of Senior Attorney Stefan Beuge.
Tampa General Hospital will be one of five hospitals in the state to receive COVID-19 vaccines.
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs congratulate Lindsey Gregory on her promotion to Senior in the Assurance Services Department.

Member Events

November 21 – December 31, 2020: Victorian Christmas Stroll
December 2-3, 2020: How to Communicate with Diplomacy and Tact
December 3, 2020: Leadership Re-Imagined
December 4, 2020: Power of Yet
December 15, 2020: Effective Communications and Human Relations
January 8, 2021: Leadership Training for Results
January 15, 2021: Effective Goal Setting and Time Management
January 22, 2021: Virtual Selling – Building Relationships Online

Member Job Openings

Adventure Island Lifeguards 
American Heart Association Florida Government Relations Director
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
HART Chief Executive Officer
OHC Environmental Engineering Business Development Manager
TampaBay-Job-Links Executive Administrative Assistant

Member Spotlight: Detail Planners

At Detail Planners, we are passionate about a lot of things – but nothing drives us more than the pursuit of excellence in every element of our event planning business. We know that successful event planning is not just about what you do, it is about how you do it. We have invested heavily in defining best-in-class, repeatable, structured PROCESSES, tools and templates that mitigate risk and deliver accurate and quality results.

Since 2006, our clients tell us that we “take it to the next level,” and that our ability to deliver a consistently high service level in event planning, management and operation is “second to none.” How do we do it? We pay meticulous attention to details from start to finish in the event planning process, are committed to excellence, and provide good old-fashioned customer service. Our processes, experience and commitment make the difference in transforming meetings and events into engaging and memorable experiences for our clients.

Our offerings are scalable and can provide turnkey planning or take any pieces of the planning lifecycle off your plate. Our in-house capabilities include budget management, hotel management, contract negotiations, execution of gifting suites, team building and leisure activities, décor, audiovisual management, meeting-in-a-box / attendee engagement box mailings, post event budget reporting / reconciliation and much more.

Our wheelhouse ranges from Board & Executive Meeting Management, Corporate Events, Pharma & Bioscience Meetings, Registration Management, Strategic Event Planning, Virtual Event Management, Audio / Visual Management, Gifting Suites, Attendee Engagement Boxes and White Glove Programs. If you need it done, we are the team you can turn to on a dime.

Detail Planners is setting the industry standards for engaging and interactive VIRTUAL EVENTS. We do this by continuing to recognize that your company’s objectives must still be met in any environment, and the medium really doesn’t matter. Your investments in virtual meetings require the same attention to detail and excellence that your in-person meetings have: step-by-step planning, organization, show flow, rehearsals, bringing speakers to the virtual stage, and more. We’ve created a highly interactive virtual experience to support you and provide the highest standard of care for your participants. Since April, we have successfully run over 65 virtual meetings including high-level executive meetings, trainings, launches, POAs and Summit meetings. For more information or to schedule a discovery call, please visit https://www.detailplanners.com/  or call Amanda Breiter at 813.482.1154

Member News 11/16

Member News

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP Litigation and Community Associations practice groups expand with the addition of Patrick S. Brathwaite.
The Super Bowl LV Host Committee has launched the Forever 55 Legacy Grant Program.
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A. CPAs promotes Lindsey Gregory to Senior and Melisa Chui and Randon Holt to Consultant II.

Member Events

November 17, 2020: Virtual Selling – How to Build Relationships Online
November 20, 2020: High Impact Presentations
November 20, 2020: Hillsborough Sustainability Action Plan – Focus Group for Business and Chambers of Commerce
November 21 – December 31, 2020: Victorian Christmas Stroll
December 2-3, 2020: How to Communicate with Diplomacy and Tact
December 4, 2020: Power of Yet
December 15, 2020: Effective Communications and Human Relations
January 8, 2021: Leadership Training for Results
January 15, 2021: Effective Goal Setting and Time Management
January 22, 2021: Virtual Selling – Building Relationships Online

Member Job Openings

Adventure Island Lifeguards 
American Heart Association Florida Government Relations Director
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
HART Chief Executive Officer
OHC Environmental Engineering Business Development Manager
TampaBay-Job-Links Executive Administrative Assistant

Member News 11/9

Member News

BDG Architects has entered into a new strategic partnership with Fleischman Garcia Architecture.
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP receives multiple top rankings from 2021 U.S. News Best Lawyers – ‘Best Law Firms’
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education has been named a “2020 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits.
Dale Carnegie Tampa Bay is offering a live online version of the Dale Carnegie course beginning on November 30th.
Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP lawyers, Ron Christaldi and Julio Esquivel, have been appointed by The Tampa Bay Economic Development Council (EDC) to serve in EDC leadership roles.
The Tampa Bay History Center is looking to expand their Education Committee. Please reach out to Nancy Dalence for more information.
Trifecta Networks announced a strategic partnership with Tampa-based–Abacode.

Member Events

November 10, 2020: Develop a Resume with Impact!
November 10, 2020: Virtual Career Fair for Veterans
November 11, 2020: Unlock the Potential of LinkedIn
November 11, 2020: Virtual Veteran’s Day Event
November 12, 2020: The J’la honoring Jeff Vinik
November 12, 2020: The Power of Networking and Informational Meetings
November 12, 2020: Lutheran Services Florida Virtual Open House and Ribbon Cutting
November 13, 2020: Performance Reviews That Motivate
November 17, 2020: Virtual Selling – How to Build Relationships Online
November 20, 2020: High Impact Presentations
November 20, 2020: Hillsborough Sustainability Action Plan – Focus Group for Business and Chambers of Commerce
November 21 – December 31, 2020: Victorian Christmas Stroll
December 2-3, 2020: How to Communicate with Diplomacy and Tact
December 15, 2020: Effective Communications and Human Relations
January 8, 2021: Leadership Training for Results
January 15, 2021: Effective Goal Setting and Time Management
January 22, 2021: Virtual Selling – Building Relationships Online

Member Job Openings

Adventure Island Lifeguards 
American Heart Association Florida Government Relations Director
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
HART Chief Executive Officer
OHC Environmental Engineering Business Development Manager
TampaBay-Job-Links Executive Administrative Assistant

Member News 11/2

Member News

Saint Leo University Board of Trustees have decided to no longer recognize the United Faculty of Florida Union at Saint Leo University and approved the creation of a new shared governance model; Saint Leo University creates new financial aid programs.
Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA) continued its record-breaking team numbers as they virtually gathered for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) 2020 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is celebrating National Veterans Small Business Week.

Member Events

November 3, 2020: How to Ace Your Video Interview
November 4, 2020: Overcoming Job Search Fatigue
November 5, 2020: Business Re-imagined: Set Your Course for Survival with the 13-Week Cash Flow Webinar
November 5, 2020: How to Write Persuasive Cover Letters and Compelling Correspondence
November 5, 2020: What’s Next for Business: Legislative and Policy Expectations for Moving Forward
November 5-6, 2020: Public Speaking Mastery
November 6, 2020: WE-CARE Listen and Learn “Alzheimer’s disease…the other Pandemic Affecting Minorities”
November 7, 2020: Girl Strong | Community Strong Walk
November 7, 2020: Sporting Clays Shoot
November 7, 2020: The Making of an American Sea
November 10, 2020: Develop a Resume with Impact!
November 11, 2020: Unlock the Potential of LinkedIn
November 12, 2020: The J’la honoring Jeff Vinik
November 12, 2020: The Power of Networking and Informational Meetings
November 13, 2020: Performance Reviews That Motivate
November 20, 2020: High Impact Presentations
December 2-3, 2020: How to Communicate with Diplomacy and Tact
December 15, 2020: Effective Communications and Human Relations
January 8, 2021: Leadership Training for Results
January 15, 2021: Effective Goal Setting and Time Management
January 22, 2021: Virtual Selling – Building Relationships Online

Member Job Openings

Adventure Island Lifeguards 
American Heart Association Florida Government Relations Director
Girl Scouts of West Central Florida AmeriCorps Outreach Program Specialists
HART Chief Executive Officer
OHC Environmental Engineering Business Development Manager
TampaBay-Job-Links Executive Administrative Assistant

United Vein Center

United Vein Center Ribbon Cutting on October 27th

United Vein Centers celebrated the Re-Grand Opening of their vein and vascular Office Based Lab with a ribbon cutting last week. At United Vein Centers, Doctors and staff use their superior knowledge and state-of-the-art laser technology to help patients improve their quality of life. The team’s mission is to keep patients as healthy and active as possible, allowing you to return to your ideal lifestyle. Check them out here!

Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Peterbrooke Chocolatier Ribbon Cutting on October 23rd

Peterbrooke Chocolatier celebrated the opening of their newest location in Tampa with a ribbon cutting. Peterbrooke Chocolatier is the premiere Florida-based confectioner. The new shop is part of Peterbrooke’s continued growth strategy as the brand is set to open an additional five new locations across Florida before the end of the year. Check them out here!

LTA Committees

COMMUNITY OUTREACH
The committee is charged with developing volunteer opportunities to reinforce LTA`s mission of “Leaders in Action,” by connecting, promoting, and exposing LTA participants to service organizations and events in the community to further a vibrant Tampa. In 2020, this committee will continue their partnership with Memorial Middle School.

MARKETING
The committee, in conjunction with the Tampa Bay Chamber, is responsible for assisting in the communication and coordination of marketing and successfully communicating to members and prospective members the mission of LTA and opportunities for involvement. This committee also assists LTA social media content development, publication of the monthly newsletter and producing the LTA annual review.

MEMBERSHIP
The committee oversees the annual LTA membership renewal drive and is responsible for the retention and engagement of LTA members as well as the integration of the new Leadership Tampa class.

PROGRAMS
The committee provides personal and professional opportunities via LTA programming that enriches the lives of LTA participants while considering the Chamber’s Leadership Programs journey and the 2026 Vision plan.

SPONSORSHIP
The committee assists in securing annual LTA sponsorships as well as ensuring proper sponsor acknowledgement and recognition throughout the year and at featured events.

If you are interested in joining a committee, please email LTA@tampabaychamber.com for more information.