New chairman, board of directors elected
Realtor Derri Davisson is the new chairman of the board for the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce.
Davisson was among a newly elected lineup of leaders to the organization's executive committee and board of directors announced Monday at the chamber's 56th annual banquet at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort. They will serve from Oct. 1 through September 2009.
Others elected to the executive committee are Gene Evans of Colonial Bank as chairman-elect; Ricky Satcher of Largo Medical Center as immediate past chairman; Steve Markiewicz of Knology, treasurer; and as vice chairmen, Laurie Bunce of Centratel Services, George Glover of Bay Star Hotel Group and Robin Katchuk of Palms of Largo.
Members of the board of directors include Denine Barham of Old Harbor Bank, Bonnie Bollenback of Smith & Nephew, Peri Craven of Moss Feaster Funeral Homes, Elaine Ebaugh of Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, Jim England of England Brothers Construction, Dan Flynn of Dan Flynn State Farm Insurance, Sue Osborne of TVC Healthcare & Marketing Solutions, Luis Ordaz of Progress Energy, David Puckett of Bank Atlantic, and Doug Rohloff of Art Attack. The chamber represents more than 500 businesses and organizations.
Chamber, SPC partner for business survey
The 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 is being 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 tool bar.
Monthly networking program on Oct. 2
The chamber will hold its monthly Coffee An'Networking, a business leads program, from 8 to 9 a.m. Oct. 2 at Beef O'Brady's, Pinellas Shopping Center, 841 West Bay Drive, Largo.
A networking exercise —"60 Second Business Date" — and door prizes will be featured. Attendance is free for chamber members; $10 for nonmembers. To register, call 584-2321 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program helps dozens of businesses each day
The Business Assistance Program provides free help to dozens of businesses each day.
The program is a partnership between the Largo/Mid Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, city of Largo and Pinellas County Economic Development.
Services range from guidance in developing business plans, obtaining permits and licenses to financing options, training programs and employment searches.
To schedule an appointment with Charlie Cronk, Largo's business assistant specialist, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail email@example.com.