Luncheon will feature new vote machine demo
One of the two candidates vying for Largo City Commission Seat 1 and a demonstration of the new optical scan voting machines will highlight the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday. The chamber meets at East Bay Country Club, 702 Country Club Drive, Largo.
Business and community leader Joe Falanga, the commission candidate, will present his platform to the business audience. He faces incumbent Mary Gray Black, who is unable to attend the luncheon.
Deborah Clark, Pinellas County supervisor of elections, will demonstrate the new optical scan voting devices, which debuted at the August primary. Attendees will have the opportunity to cast sample ballots in preparation for Election Day.
Cost to attend is $15 for chamber members, $20 for nonmembers. To register, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After Hours event scheduled for Thursday
Plenty of networking and a chance to win a bedroom makeover will highlight this month's Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. It takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Plantation Gardens Apartments, 5501 110th Ave. N, Pinellas Park.
This special After Hours program is sponsored by the Creative Design Team. Owner Marya Flurnoy wants to show her appreciation to fellow chamber members with food and beverages, door prizes, goody bags and a grand prize raffle for a bedroom makeover valued at $1,650.
Proceeds will benefit the Greater Largo Chamber Education Fund. Raffle tickets are $5 each or three tickets for $10. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the chamber or at any upcoming chamber event.
Cost to attend Business After Hours is $5 for members who register in advance, $10 for nonmembers. To register, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.
Site adds information on candidates statewide
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber is offering Vote for Florida, a nonpartisan Web site that offers access to information about the 2008 election. It's produced in association with the Florida Chamber of Commerce and is available as a link on the chamber's main Web site: www.largochamber.org. With a presidential race, 25 congressional seats, 140 of the 160 Florida legislative seats and countless local elected officials up for election in November, the chamber is encouraging voters to learn more about candidates.
This site provides that information in addition to links to locate precinct sites, contact elected officials and more. Advocacy components also have been added to allow visitors to independently contact legislators on issues important to them.
Survey aims to gauge needs of business
The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber and St. Petersburg College have partnered on a survey to gauge the attitude of regional businesses on a variety of issues including the economy and job growth. It was developed and will be monitored by the chamber's Economic & Small Business Development Committee and the college.
Findings will assist both organizations in developing programs that meet the current needs of businesses. The chamber is looking to hold a minimum of four such assistance workshops/seminars in its next program year. All businesses and associations, including nonchamber endorsed entities, are invited to take the survey. Visit the chamber's Web site at www.largochamber.org and hit the survey link on the home page toolbar.