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Largo Chamber of Commerce luncheon to feature state candidates

Meet the Candidates forum set for Sept. 9

A "Meet the Candidates" forum featuring state legislative candidates representing the mid-Pinellas region will highlight the next Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Business Luncheon. It will be from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sept. 9 at Pinecrest Place, 1150 Eighth Avenue SW, Largo.

Invited to participate are 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; state Rep. Jim Frishe (R) and challenger George Gonzalez (D) for House District 54. They will each have several minutes to address the audience followed by questions.

Cost is $15 for members; $20 for non-members. To register, call the chamber, 584-2321 or e-mail

Business leads program includes networking

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 W Bay Drive.

A networking exercise and door prizes will be featured. Yellow Book USA is the business spotlight sponsor. Cost: free for members; $10 for non-members. To register, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail

Annual banquet offers chance for some laughs

"The Celebrity Experience: Insider Secrets to Delivering Red Carpet Customer Service" is just one of many special 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.

Special guest Donna Cutting of "Donna Cutting Presents!" will demonstrate through comical theater bits, song parodies and audience interaction, techniques to turn customers into lifelong fans through star treatment.

As author of The Celebrity Experience: Insider Secrets to Delivering Red Carpet Customer Service, Cutting spent 11/2 years 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 also will 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 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; $500 for a table of eight. Table placement is first-come, first-served. To place reservations, call the chamber at 584-2321. Deadline is Sept. 11.

Chamber cup golf tourney set for Sept. 26

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will present its 5th annual Chamber Cup Golf Tournament on Sept. 26 at the Belleview Biltmore Golf Club, 1501 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $125 per golfer.

Lake Seminole Square is the tournament's title sponsor. Highlights of the event include contests, giveaways, raffle prizes and barbecue lunch. Following play, the Chamber Cup 19th Hole Reception will feature chamber member restaurants and food providers offering delicious food samplings.

To register individually or as a team, or to learn more about the many event sponsorship opportunities available, contact the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail

Program aims to make your business thrive

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and S.C.O.R.E. (Service Corps of Retired Executives) will hold a free session entitled "How to Make Your Business Thrive, Not Just Survive" on Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. 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 contains valuable tips and practical advice for building a stronger business utilizing the essential business disciplines of money, management and marketing.

Advance registration is required. Contact Charlie Cronk at the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail

Largo Chamber of Commerce luncheon to feature state candidates 08/30/08 [Last modified: Saturday, August 30, 2008 2:01pm]
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