Education initiative to be topic of luncheon
The upcoming Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce luncheon will focus on a countywide initiative, the Pinellas Education Foundation's "A Case for Change in Pinellas Schools."
The chamber's board recently endorsed the plan, which seeks to shift the centralized management of county public schools to a school-based management system giving principals, teachers and students new powers.
Reflecting more of a business management approach, principals would become more like chief operating officers with responsibilities that include establishing a budget, staffing and deciding instructional strategies. Most of these decisions are now made by the district's administrative staff, far removed from the school level.
Guest speakers at the luncheon, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Aug. 12 at Cypress Palms, 400 Lake Ave., will be education foundation chairman Bob McIntyre and president Terry Boehm. Spotlight Sponsor is Yellow Book USA.
The cost to attend is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. To register, contact the chamber at 584-2321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have coffee, network at Beef O'Brady's on Aug. 7
The chamber will hold its monthly Coffee An'Networking, a business leads program, from 8 to 9 a.m. Aug. 7 at Beef O'Brady's, Pinellas Shopping Center, 841 West Bay Drive.
A networking exercise and door prizes will be featured. Yellow Book USA is the Business Spotlight Sponsor.
Cost is free for members, $10 for nonmembers. To register, contact the chamber at 584-2321 or email@example.com.
Golfers, register for annual Chamber Cup
The chamber will present its fifth annual Chamber Cup Golf Tournament on Sept. 26 at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, 1501 Indian Rocks Road. Registration begins at 11 a.m.; shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per golfer.
Lake Seminole Square, the tournament's title sponsor since the first event in 2004, continues in that role. Highlights include contests, giveaways and barbecue lunch. The Chamber Cup 19th Hole Reception will feature chamber member restaurants and food providers.
To register individually or as a team, or to learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact the chamber at (727) 584-2321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free help, guidance available for businesses
The Business Assistance Program, a partnership between the chamber, the city of Largo and the Pinellas County Economic Development Department, provides free help to dozens of businesses each day.
Services include guidance in developing business plans, obtaining permits and licenses, 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 ccronk@largo chamber.org.