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Young professionals meet at Thursday mixer

Young professionals meet at Thursday mixer

HYPE Pinellas, the young professionals affiliate of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, holds its monthly HYPE It Up Second Thursday Mixer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Dakota's Grill & Bar, 7924 Ulmerton Road, Largo.

HYPE Pinellas (Helping Young Professionals Emerge) was created in 2007 by a group of young leaders looking to establish a peer network in the mid-Pinellas region. Its objective is to provide networking, professional development and community outreach opportunities for those between age 21 and 39.

The mixer will feature appetizers and a cash bar. The cost is $5 for chamber members, $10 for nonmembers. Participants are encouraged to bring business cards and a raffle gift promoting their business. To register, call the chamber at (727) 584-2321 or e-mail

Columnist to moderate event on economy

St. Petersburg Times business columnist Robert Trigaux will be the moderator for Focus on 2009, the third annual Tampa Bay economic forecast presented jointly by the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Largo Library Foundation.

Focus on 2009 will take place at 3 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive, Largo. A reception will follow.

Trigaux, whose columns appear several times each week in the Times, will head up a panel of business experts who share predictions and insight into their fields and their impact on the local economy over the coming year.

Trigaux joined the Times as a business writer in 1991. In 2000, he began writing a business column three times a week. He served as business editor from 2005 to earlier this year, when he resumed his role as business columnist.

He has received various awards for business writing, including two Green Eyeshades from the Society of Professional Journalists, a commendation for column writing from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and a first place in business columns from the National Association of Newspaper Columnists.

As program moderator, Trigaux will introduce panelists, ask followup questions after their presentations and facilitate a question-answer period.

Business workshop offered at no cost

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce and S.C.O.R.E. (Service Corps of Retired Executives) will hold a free session titled "10 Steps to Start a Successful Small Business" from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Jenkins Wing at the Largo Public Library, 120 Central Park Drive.

The program will identify what it takes to be an entrepreneur, develop a business plan, manage a business and more. Handouts will be provided.

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

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