"Fast Forward Florida: A Vision for the Year 2030" is the topic of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Monthly Business Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Palms of Largo, 300 Lake Ave., NE. The group will meet in the recently completed theater at the Royal Palms complex.
Fast Forward Florida is a new initiative by the Florida Chamber of Commerce. Its aim is to ensure that Florida plans better and grows smarter during the influx of the next 10-million people expected to move to the state in the next two decades. The success of the plan focuses on what the Florida chamber is calling the six pillars of the state's economy: talent, innovation, infrastructure, business climate, governance and quality of life.
Featured guest is Brad Swanson, regional advocate with the Florida chamber. The cost of the luncheon is $15 for chamber members; $20 for nonmembers. To place reservations, call 584-2321 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get ready to Shake, Rattle & Super Bowl
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will hold its fifth annual Shake, Rattle & Super Bowl from 1 to 5 p.m. Jan. 31 at Liberty Bowling Lanes, 11401 Starkey Road, Largo.
This business and family fun event will include bowling, tailgate party treats and a variety of great prizes.
The cost is $250 to sponsor a lane, which includes a team of four, free food and drinks and logo placement in the commemorative program. Basic team registration is $120 for four players.
Liberty Lanes and Great Bay Distributors are among some of the event sponsors. Additional sponsorships are available. For more information or to register, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.
Coffee An'Networking scheduled Thursday
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will hold 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 focused on New Year's business resolutions and door prizes will be featured. The cost is free for members; $10 for nonmembers. To register, contact the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail events@largochamber.
Business assistance program available
The Business Assistance Program is reaping benefits for local 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.