The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will conduct its monthly Coffee An'Networking, a business leads program, from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Beef O'Brady's, Pinellas Shopping Center, 841 West Bay Drive.
A networking exercise and door prizes will be featured. Cost is free for members and $10 for non-members. To register, contact the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail events@largochamber.
Focus on economy to explore sports impact
"The Effect of Sports on the Local Economy" is the keynote address at Focus on 2009: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast.
The event takes place at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Largo Public Library Jenkins Community Wing, 120 Central Park Drive.
Guest speaker is Bob Sullivan, president of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee. Sullivan oversaw planning for this year's Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz., that generated more than $500-million for the Arizona economy. He will offer insight into that success, and what Tampa Bay can expect when the event comes here in February.
A longtime television executive, Sullivan is founder, president and CEO of Sullivan and Associates Consulting.
Focus on 2009: A Tampa Bay Economic Forecast is a program of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Largo Library Foundation. This is the third year of "Focus," which features a panel of business experts who will share predictions and provide insight on significant global, national and regional issues destined to impact the Tampa Bay economy. Robert Trigaux, St. Petersburg Times business columnist, will be the program moderator.
The Palms of Largo is the presenting sponsor. Other sponsors include Progress Energy, Raymond James, Minuteman Press, Ogden Communications, Inc. and the St. Petersburg Times.
Cost is $20 a person and seating is limited to 300. Tickets can be purchased at the Largo Public Library or the chamber office at 151 Third Street NW, Largo, or online at www.mygreaterlibraryfoundation.org. For more information, call 586-7398.
Free business workshop scheduled Nov. 18
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and S.C.O.R.E. (Service Corps of Retired Executives) will hold a free session entitled "10 Steps to Start a Successful Small Business" from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 18 in the Jenkins Wing at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive.
The program will identify what it takes to be an entrepreneur, developing a business plan, how to manage a business and much more. Handouts will be provided to all participants.
Advance registration is required. Contact Charlie Cronk at the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monthly luncheon canceled for holiday
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon, held the second Tuesday each month, will not meet this month because of the Veterans Day holiday.
The event will return Dec. 9 with the annual Chamber Holiday Luncheon presented by the Women in Business Council. It will be at the East Bay Country Club from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and feature a holiday concert by the Largo Middle School choir.
More than a dozen holiday gift baskets will be raffled to benefit the chamber's Education Fund providing scholarships to Largo High School and PTEC. Cost is $20. To register, contact the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.