• 5851 Park Blvd Pinellas Park, Florida Phone 727-544-4777 Fax 727-209-0837

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  • We’re Growing!

    Please welcome these new members who joined us June 23 – July 22:

    Critical System Solutions

    Enterprise Rent A Car

    Express Employment Professionals

    Value Pawn & Jewelry




    And a special thanks to our renewing members:

    B&M Income Tax and Accounting

    Captain Memo’s Pirate Cruise

    Crosspointe Church

    Derby Lane Greyhound Track

    Florida Blood Services

    Good Humor/Breyer’s Ice Cream

    Kiwanis Club of Pinellas Park

    Pinellas Par Firefighters Association

    Tampa Bay Hosting

    Tampa Bay Newspapers/Pinellas Park BEACON




    July Breakfast Notes


    The Chamber’s July 18 breakfast meeting drew a near-capacity crowd of 97 to hear DeBartolo Development President and COO Edward M. Kobel speak about his personal and professional journey to his position of leadership.

    Kobel also spoke about LIFEWORKS Leadership (“L2”), a Biblically-based leadership development mentoring program. L2 accepts a limited number of participants who meet for half-day monthly sessions October through May. L2 is offering a $500 scholarship to any Chamber member who enrolls. The remaining $1400 includes a $100 non-refundable application fee.

    Kobel works with Feeding Children Everywhere to provide non-perishable meals to children in need across the country, including food pantries and schools in Pinellas County. Chamber President Jon Farris leads the Pinellas effort to raise $75,000 to help pay for these meals, and volunteers are needed August 27-30 to help package the meals in Tampa. The project was scheduled to coincide with the Republican National Convention to draw attention to both the need and the local response.

    “Pappy” Andrews of Florida Automatic Transmission Service of Pinellas Park and John Wolfley of Critical System Solutions received new member plaques, and renewal certificates were presented to Fire Chief Doug Lewis for the Pinellas Park Firefighters Association, Kim Scardaccione for Tampa Bay Newspapers/Pinellas Park BEACON, and Lan Nguyen for WellSpring Cancer Center.

    Door prizes are always welcome additions to the program, and the one donated by Tim Caddell, Government Relations Administrator for the City of Pinellas Park, was particularly appropriate on this rainy Wednesday: an oversized umbrella, won by judicial candidate Andy Steingold. Richard Jansen, President of the Pinellas Park Art Society, won two tickets to the July 18 Rays/Indians baseball game, and Renee McInnis, Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Pinellas, won two tickets to the August 7 match-up between the Rays and the Blue Jays. Attorney Meni Kanner donated both sets. Paul Matton from Park Auto Mall won an insulated travel mug donated by Economic Development committee member Ed Venner of Ven-tel, and visitor Patrick Tate of Simply Healthcare took home a sunset landscape photographed by Bill Hanus, donated by the Pinellas Park Art Society. Financial planner Jewels Warren gave three $25 gift certificates, won by Nancy Hodges of OPTEK, Carol Crawford from the 66th Street Flea Market, and Laurie Puckett of Lockwood Technology. New member Jerry MacDonald of Mac’s Details donated a gift certificate for car detailing, won by Amanda Converse of Marathon Marketing Services.



    Value Pawn & Jewelry, one of the Chamber’s newest members, celebrated its Grand Re-opening at 6249 Park Blvd. with a Ribbon Cutting on July 20.—photo by Joel Garren, City of Pinellas Park



    LocalShops1.com at August 15 Breakfast

    Ester Venouziou of LocalShops1.com will speak about a partnership to benefit local retailers at the Chamber’s August Membership Breakfast. Ester has launched several of these partnerships, using social media, discount cards, and “cash mobs” to help drive traffic to locally owned businesses. The breakfast is on Wed., Aug. 15, at 7:30 a.m. at the Pinellas Park Senior Citizens’ Center, 7625 – 59th St., N. It’s free, but an RSVP is necessary to make sure the Chamber buys enough food. Call 727-544-4777.

    Shoot for Success Nov. 3

    The Chamber’s 2nd Annual Shoot for Success Trap Shoot is set for 9 a.m. on Saturday, November 3, at the Skyway Trap and Skeet Club, 3200 – 74th Ave., N.
    Teams are forming NOW, so if you’re planning on sponsoring the event ($350 for a 5-member team), a team ($250 for 5 shootists), a pair of shootists( $100), or if you’re going it alone ($50), visit the Chamber’s website and register soon!
    http://members.pinellasparkchamber.com/Events/details/shoot-for-success-4816

    Medical District appoints Board

    The Pinellas Park Medical District, a subcommittee of the Chamber’s Economic Development Committee, has named Lan Nguyen, Director of WellSpring Oncology, as its Board Chairman.
    Others named to the Board include: attorney John Della Costa of the firm Della Costa and Neville, P.A.; Councilwoman Patricia Johnson, City of Pinellas Park; Dr. Kevin Lee, Gulf Coast Rehabilitation & Wellness Center; Dr. Douglas Moss, Tampa Bay Orthopaedic Specialists; Dr. Phil Nicotera, St. Petersburg College; and Paul Ziegler, BB&T.
    The Development Team that has laid the groundwork for the District will hold its last meeting on August 8, and the new Board will assume leadership on August 9.
    On August 11, from 9 a.m. till 2:30 p.m., the District presents its first official event, a Back to School Health Fair organized by the Pinellas County Osteopathic Medical Society. The fair will be held at the St. Petersburg College Caruth Health Education Center, 7200 – 66th St., N.
    Free to students 19 years old or younger, the fair includes back-to-school physicals, sports exams, immunizations, and hearing and vision screenings.
    For further information, call 727-824-6900, ext. 4350 or ext. 4351.

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