Member Highlights – Sept. 8 – 12

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

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Member News 

Heartbeat International to be Profiled on CNN en Español

On October 18th, 2014 Heartbeat International Foundation, (HBIF) Inc. will begin celebrating its thirtieth year as Tampa Bay’s only multinational foundation. Thirty years and over 13,000 lives saved worldwide is quite a story to tell. On September 19th, 2014, CNN en Español (CNNE) will profile the non-profit. As part of the profile, one of HBIF’s patients will share her story via satellite from Mexico City, Mexico.

The profile, to be conducted by CNNE Anchor Ismael Calal, will chronicle HBIF’s vast history of saving lives throughout Latin America. Currently, HBIF oversees heart center operations in eight different Latin American nations. Indigent patients receive pacemakers, along with a variety of cardiovascular services, free of charge. Read more…

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Port Tampa Bay CEO meets with U.S. Secretary of Commerce & U.S. Trade Representative

Port Tampa Bay President/CEO Paul Anderson talks trade and policy with U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman, in Washington D.C.

Port Tampa Bay President/CEO Paul Anderson talks trade and policy with U.S. Trade Rep. Michael Froman, in Washington D.C.

As Congress is threatening to cut funding for the Export-Import Bank and negotiations for two significant international trade agreements are in progress, business leaders and port officials, including Port Tampa Bay President & CEO, Paul Anderson, met with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and other

senior Administration officials to brief them on how international trade policy affects their businesses and communities. At a roundtable organized by the White House Business Council and Business Forward, the discussion focused on the importance of exporting for national economic growth and ways that government and businesses can better work together to help American companies reach more international markets. Read more…

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The Florida Aquarium Receives $1.1 Million Donation from Tucker/Hall Chairman

The Florida Aquarium announced a $1.1 million gift from Thomas Hall in honor of the Aquarium’s Rising Tides Campaign. Tom Hall has been a longtime supporter of the Aquarium and lead the effort to get the project for Tampa in competition with 31 other cities. He was one of the founding fathers of the Tampa Downtown Partnership and the Channel District in the early 1990’s. While the gift was made in honor of the Rising Tides Campaign, the money will be used to execute the Aquarium’s animal rescue and rehabilitation mission as well as their coral propagation efforts, both passions of Hall’s. Read more…

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All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine Announces Federal Grant Award, Patient Shopping Event and Booster Seat Giveaway

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine will receive a $5.6 million grant for the St. Petersburg Healthy Start Federal Project as part of a collaborative effort with the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County. The grant-funded program, sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Division of Healthy Start and Perinatal Services, is designed to improve health outcomes for women, infants and families in underserved populations, as well as reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and facilitate access to comprehensive health and social services. The Healthy Start program will primarily serve African-American women, children, and families in five urban zip codes where infant mortality rates exceed the national rate of 9.9 deaths per 1,000 live births. The five-year grant, with 100 percent of aid coming from federal funding, transitions from the Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County to All Children’s Hospital and is expected to serve 1,100 participants annually. Read more…

All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine patients with life-limiting illnesses will gear up for this year’s homecoming dance by searching for the perfect outfit. This weekend, school-age patients and their guests will search through hundreds of donated dresses, suits and accessories to find the perfect attire for All Children’s Hospital’s homecoming dance on October 11. Patients will be treated to a “personal shopper” who will help them try on outfits in a private dressing room, as if on an episode of “Say Yes to the Dress’. There will also be a photo booth, music and snacks to get patients, parents and their guests excited for the big day. Hundreds of employees and members of the community donated dresses, suits, shoes and other accessories for the event. View a list of other items and services that can be donated, including hair accessories, new makeup, salon services and corsages.

The Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition, led by All Children’s Hospital, and Maher Chevrolet are working together to distribute 60 booster seats to local families in preparation for a new booster seat law. Current Florida law requires children up to age three to be placed in a crash-tested, federally approved child restraint device. House Bill 225, which will take effect January 1, 2015, extends the law, requiring that children four and five years old be properly restrained in a booster seat. During the booster seat distribution event, the first 60 families to arrive at Maher Chevrolet will receive a free booster seat, as long as their child meets the recommended weight and height requirements of the seat. Staff members of the Suncoast Safe Kids Coalition led by All Children’s Hospital will be on hand to help families install the booster seats into vehicles, as well as provide advice on car seat safety. City of St. Petersburg councilman Steve Kornell, Representative Dwight Dudley and staffers from Senator Jeff Brandes’ office are also expected to attend the event.

WHAT: Booster Seat Giveaway

WHEN:  Saturday, September 13, 2014, 10 a.m. – noon

WHERE: Maher Chevrolet, 2901 34th St N, St Petersburg

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The Omnia Group Launches New E-learning Website

The Omnia Group is excited to announce the launch of their new e-learning website Xcel IQwww.Xceliq.com offers almost 100 online courses for soft skills professional development. Courses are available to both individuals and multi-user corporations and can be accessed on any computer, smart phone or tablet with an internet connection.  Xceliq.com also hosts a multi-author business blog geared both to the B2B and B2C audience.  Follow Xcel IQ on Twitter & Facebook:  @xceliq –  For more information contact:  Kerry Benik:  kbenik@xceliq.com

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Member Events

Port Tampa Bay to Host 13th Annual Anchor Ball

Port Tampa Bay and the Tampa Port Ministries announce today that they will honor the late George Steinbrenner with the Captain James McKay Award at the 13th Annual Anchor Ball on October 4, an annual charity event that supports the Tampa Seafarers’ Center located on the port. The port and Tampa Port Ministries will also be launching a scholarship program, in Mr. Steinbrenner’s name, for graduates of the Hillsborough County Schools’ new high school maritime studies program, the creation of which was led by the Propeller Club chapter at the Port of Tampa. Read more…

About the Anchor Ball:

  • WHAT: 13th Annual Port Tampa Bay Anchor Ball charity event and silent auction, supporting the International Seafarers’ Center; new maritime scholarship fund in conjunction with Hillsborough County Schools; presentation of prestigious Captain James McKay Award to the late George Steinbrenner.
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 4, 2014, 6:00—10:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:  Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 3, @ 815 Channelside Drive, Tampa
  • WHO:  Port community, business community, supporters

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Sentry Self Storage Invites You to a Teacher’s Appreciation Yard Sale

Sentry Self Storage invites you to a Teacher’s Appreciation Yard Sale on Saturday, September 20 at 4901 E. Adamo Drive. from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Enjoy great food, live entertainment, & leave with a goodie bag plus more! Click here for the event flyer: TEACHER’S APPRECIATION

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Startup Surge Event Has Answers for Entrepreneurs

Both starting a business and growing a business comes with 1,000 questions. If you are an entrepreneur with an idea or you have already started building your startup, choose from over 50 mentors at Startup Surge and get a 1,000 answers.

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