Glover, Bunce picked for citizen, business leader of the year
Business leader and community patron George Glover has been named the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year and Laurie Bunce, president of Centratel Services, is its Mac Norcross Small Business Leader of the Year.
The Palms of Largo will be celebrated as the organization's Business Member of the Year, a new award category.
The two individuals and one organization will be officially recognized at the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce's 56th Annual Banquet on Monday night at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort.
Glover is founder, chairman and CEO of Tampa-based Bay Star Hotel Group and a native of the Largo area. Bay Star built and owns the Hampton Inn & Suites on East Bay Drive and recently broke ground for the $14-million Holiday Inn Express on Seminole Boulevard. Both properties border Largo's Central Park and are considered key parts to the city's downtown redevelopment efforts.
Glover has been an active member of the chamber board of directors and executive committee for several years, including board chairman in 2007, and he is a major supporter of Largo and its community activities. He most recently funded the city's Independence Day fireworks presentation, which had been cut from the city's budget and would not otherwise have taken place.
Bunce, president of Centratel Telephone Services, has been an active member of the chamber board and executive committee for several years, including board chairman in 2006.
She serves on the organization's Business/Education Partnership and Economic & Small Business Development committees. She is past president of the Thieves of San Lorenzo Krewe and has led many of its fundraising activities. She also volunteers for a number of civic and business associations, including being past president of the former Sun Coast Hospital Foundation.
Chamber golf tourney planned Sept. 26
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will present its Fifth Annual Chamber Cup Golf Tournament on Sept. 26 at Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, 1501 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per golfer.
Lake Seminole Square is tournament title sponsor. Highlights of the event include contests, giveaways, raffle prizes and barbecue lunch. Following play, the Chamber Cup 19th Hole Reception will feature chamber member restaurants and food providers offering food samplings.
To register individually or as a team, or to learn more about the sponsorship opportunities, contact the chamber at (727) 584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free service provides help for businesses
The Business Assistance Program is reaping benefits for Largo businesses.
The program, a partnership between the Largo/Mid Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, city of Largo and Pinellas County Economic Development, provides free help to dozens of businesses each day.
Services range from guidance in developing business plans, obtaining permits and licenses to financing options, training programs and employment searches. Largo's business assistance specialist Charlie Cronk is trained to provide technical assistance to those looking to start a business as well as existing businesses considering expansions or relocations.
To schedule an appointment with Cronk, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.