Get to know your candidates at forum
A "Meet the Candidates" forum featuring state legislative candidates will highlight the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at Pinecrest Place, 1150 Eighth Ave. SW, Largo.
Participating in the program will be state Rep. Janet Long (D) and challenger Terry Sanchez (R) for House District 51; state Rep. Bill Heller (D) and challenger Ross Johnson (R) for House District 52; and state Rep. Jim Frishe (R) and challenger George Gonzalez (D) for House District 54. They will each have several minutes to address the audience and will then take questions.
Cost is $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers. To register, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn tips on making your enterprise better
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives) will hold a free session titled "How to Make Your Business Thrive, Not Just Survive" from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Jenkins Wing at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo.
This workshop is intended for business owners in the first few years of operation. It includes tips for building a stronger business using the essential business disciplines of money, management and marketing.
Advance registration is required. Contact Charlie Cronk at the chamber at 584-2321 or ccronk@largo chamber.org.
Celebrity-caliber service is banquet presentation
"The Celebrity Experience: Insider Secrets to Delivering Red Carpet Customer Service" is just one of many presentations to be featured at the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce 56th Annual Banquet. It takes place Sept. 15 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Sand Key.
Author Donna Cutting will demonstrate, through comical theater bits, song parodies and audience interaction, techniques to turn customers into lifelong fans through star treatment. She will provide ideas and action steps that can be implemented immediately to have customers saying, "Wow!"
As author of The Celebrity Experience: Insider Secrets to Delivering Red Carpet Customer Service, Cutting spent a year and a half interviewing people who own, manage or work for companies that cater to the Hollywood elite to learn what "real world" businesses can do to provide celebrity-caliber service.
The banquet will also include a review of the chamber's milestones during the past year, a look at what's ahead and the presentation of the organization's annual awards, including its coveted Citizen of the Year and Small Business Leader. A salute to outgoing chamber officers and recognition of its new leadership will be featured as well.
The event begins with a cocktail reception from 6 to 7 p.m. followed by dinner and program from 7 to 9 p.m. Cost to attend is $70 per person or $500 for a table of eight. Reservation deadline is Thursday. Call the chamber at 584-2321. Table placement is first-come, first-served.
Get help with all facets of your business
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 and 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, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.