Zoom Technology

The Tampa Bay Chamber selected Zoom as its video conferencing and collaboration platform in 2019. To protect the health of its staff, members, and the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber has “gone virtual” and is conducting its business and meetings via video conferencing. This has meant that many members have been asked to join “Zoom Meetings.” Some recent articles and social media posts have highlighted instances of trolling or “Zoombombing” during some Zoom meetings – note, this has not happened with a Chamber meeting.

Many of these situations have been caused by hosts who have not used many of the privacy and security controls offered by the platform, such as publicly posting “open” Zoom meeting links on social media without meeting passwords and with screensharing enabled by default. Posting an open meeting invitation on social media is never recommended because unintended guests could arrive.

Zoom has several settings and configurations to ensure meeting privacy and security such as encryption, password protection, waiting rooms, and meeting locks. The simplest way to protect a meeting is not to share the ID outside of the intended group you wish to have a meeting with. A secondary measure is to always use a random meeting ID and not your PMI or Personal Meeting ID for meetings. A tertiary protection step would be to password protect the meeting. This would help insure there are no issues with unwanted users “bombarding” meetings.

Zoom is designed for ease of use and during this time of social distancing and shelter-in-place/safer at home orders, remote working has seen substantial growth in use for personal, business, and educational use. As such, we wanted to provide a few resources from Zoom to help our members in their use of the platform for chamber meetings, as well as any of their personal or professional use.

How to Keep the Party Crashers from Crashing Your Zoom Event
March 20, 2020 by Zoom

Zoom Security White Paper

Zoom Tutorials


Christopher Rogers
SVP, Deputy CIO & Global Security Officer

State of Business with COVID-19 Panelists

The four panelists for the State of Business with COVID-19 Webinar are Brian Butler, Terin Cremer, Esq., Carole Post, and Eileen Rodriguez.


Brian Butler is President and CEO of Vistra Communications, an integrated Marketing, Communications and Consulting agency with a broad range of clients. Prior to founding Vistra, Brian served as a Director of Bio-Defense Policy on the Homeland Security Council in the White House, where he co-authored the National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza Implementation Plan.

Terin Cremer, Esq. is the managing partner at Barbas Cremer, PLLC, a boutique employment and business law firm. She works with businesses across the country on issues related to human resources and client contracting. In addition to her work in the private practice of law, Terin is an adjunct professor for Florida State University’s College of law. She is also a mayoral appointee to the City of Tampa’s Civil Service Board where she serves as an administrative judge resolving City of Tampa employment disputes.

Carole Post is the City of Tampa’s Administrator for Development and Economic Opportunity which oversees Development and Construction Services, Real Estate, Affordable Housing, Historic Preservation, and the Convention Center. Carole recently returned to Florida after nearly 20 years in New York City, including 10 years with the City of New York where she led many of the City’s building recovery efforts following 9/11. In the coming months, Carole and her teams will work closely with Tampa’s business and economic sectors to help revitalize the City following the Coronavirus crisis.

Eileen Rodriguez is the Regional Director of the Florida Small Business Development Center at USF, she is responsible for policy development, strategic planning, human resources management, and the administrative oversight of a $3.1 million budget. She has been at the SBDC for 22 years and began working with the Florida SBDC at University of South Florida in 1997, providing one-on-one confidential consulting and teaching seminars in English and Spanish in the areas of starting a small business, international trade, and women and minority certification. Before joining the FSBDC at USF, she also owned her own business.

First Community Collection Site Open at Raymond James Stadium

Information provided from Sandy Murman, County Commissioner, District 1

To help ensure the health and wellness of our community, Hillsborough County, working with its community partners Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County, BayCare, Tampa General Hospital, AdventHealth, HCA Healthcare – West Florida Division, and the City of Tampa, is offering a drive-through COVID-19 coronavirus testing site for symptomatic residents.

The first Community Collection site opened at Raymond James Stadium at 8:00am on Wednesday, March 25th, located at 4201 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., to help expedite testing for COVID-19 coronavirus in symptomatic patients that have pre-registered through Hillsborough County’s call center. The drive-thru testing site will be open Wednesday -Saturday, from 8 AM to 2 PM or while supplies last. The site is in the parking lot south of the stadium bordered by Tom McEwen Blvd. on the north, Dale Mabry Hwy. to the west, and Himes Ave. to the east. Vehicles should enter from Dale Mabry Hwy. or Himes Ave. Entry will be marked with signage.

The site will be staffed by health care professionals in medical protective gear who are trained to test for COVID-19 coronavirus. Directional signage and law enforcement will help residents through the testing site in an orderly fashion.

The drive-through testing site will remain operational as long as there is a supply of collection kits available. At this time, approximately 200 tests are expected to be completed per day.

Pre-Screening and Pre-Registration Are Required:

  • Residents may get tested if they have been pre-screened and meet testing guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and the Florida Department of Health.
  • Residents also must be pre-registered through the Hillsborough County Customer Service Center at (813) 272-5900. The call center is augmented with health care staff Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.
  • Persons who do not have a designated primary care physician or are uninsured are eligible for pre-screening and pre-registration through the call center.

What to Bring:

  • You must arrive in a personal vehicle. Due to the increased risk of contamination as well as current shortages of personal protective equipment, walk-ups are not permitted at this time.
  • Each person to be tested must be seated next to a working window.
  • Limit vehicle passengers to those needing a test.
  • Have a photo ID for all persons being tested with name, date of birth and photo (can be Florida driver’s license, state-issued ID, or passport).
  • Bring a printed copy of the testing confirmation email from the Hillsborough County Customer Service Center. Having this form with you will expedite the process.
  • Residents that are unable to print their confirmation number can provide a screen shot on their phone.
  • You will be asked to provide the following information:
    1. Full name
    2. Current address (where you are staying)
    3. Best phone number to reach you in order to receive test results

What to Expect:

  • You will be greeted by a health care provider in personal protective gear who will give you instructions.
  • You will be given a tissue to blow your nose. You will need to keep the tissue to dispose on your own.
  • A soft swab will be inserted deep into your nose to get the necessary sample. This may be slightly uncomfortable, but the test is quick and should take less than a minute.
  • Test results are not immediate. It may take several days. After the test, you will be given information on what to do while you await the results.
  • You will receive test results via the telephone number you gave at the time of pre-screening.

Persons who are experiencing a medical emergency should dial 9-1-1 immediately.

The opening of the testing site was unanimously approved by the Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group (EPG) on Monday. The Hillsborough County Emergency Policy Group is comprised of three County Commissioners, the mayors from the cities of Plant City, Tampa, and Temple Terrace, the Sheriff, and Chairman of the School Board. Authority is granted by Article 8 of the Florida Constitution, Section 125.66 and Chapter 252, Florida Statutes. Hillsborough County enacted Hillsborough County Code of Ordinances and Laws Chapter 22, Article II, Sections 22-23 in order to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the County’s residents during declared emergencies.