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Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce accepting award nominations

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for its Citizen of the Year and Mac Norcross Small Business Person of the Year awards. These celebrated presentations will take place at the chamber's 57th annual meeting Sept. 18 at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort, 1160 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater.

Citizen of the Year nominees must be living individuals who have focused attention and direct efforts on the Largo/mid Pinellas region which have brought acclaim or public notice; have outstanding achievement in community service; have a place of business in the Largo/mid Pinellas region; and have performed volunteer (uncompensated) services to the community. Offices/chairmanships of national, state and local civic and nonprofit organizations will be considered.

Mac Norcross Small Business Person of the Year nominees must own a locally operated independent or franchised business with 50 or fewer full-time employees and be an active member of the chamber. A commitment to the community, as demonstrated by contributions of personal time and/or resources, and a proven commitment to local entrepreneurship/small business must be demonstrated.

Nomination deadline is Aug. 21. For nomination forms or for more information about award criteria, call the chamber at (727) 584-2321 or e-mail

Women Inspire Awards to be presented Aug. 11

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will present its first Women Inspire Awards at its monthly Chamber Business Luncheon on Aug. 11 from 11:45 am to 1:15 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites, 210 Seminole Blvd., Largo.

Presented by the chamber's popular Women In Business Council, the event will celebrate several women in the mid Pinellas region who have made a difference in the community and workplace.

The luncheon is being sponsored by Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Wilcox Nursery and Florist. Cost is $20 and registration deadline is Aug. 5. To register, please call the chamber at (727) 584-2321 or e-mail No-shows will be billed.

Sponsor a young person in leadership program

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce Business/Education Partnership Committee has joined the Greater Largo Library Foundation in sponsoring the Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program facilitated by B.J. Dandro, MBA, & Associates. Sponsoring a student for the 14-week program is a $250 tax-deductible donation.

The Rising Stars Program provides high school students with:

• Successful application of self-leadership skills.

• An alignment of goals with dreams and skills.

• An understanding that the end result is based not only on leadership of self, but also on positive interpersonal skills and conflict resolution.

The program runs Sept. 1 through Dec. 1 and will conclude with a celebration honoring student achievement. Sponsors will be recognized though library foundation publications, chamber activities and at the wrap-up celebration event. Additionally, each sponsor will be paired with a student and will receive timely progress reports.

The $250 sponsorship should be made payable to the Greater Largo Library Foundation, 120 Central Park, Largo, FL 33771 c/o Scott Thompson. For information, contact the program resource facilitator, Barbara Dandro, at (727) 548-5051 or

Sign up for coffee and networking event

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly Coffee An'Networking, a business leads program, on Aug. 6 from 8 to 9 a.m. at Beef O'Brady's, Pinellas Shopping Center, 841 West Bay Drive.

A networking exercise and door prizes will be featured. The event is free for members and $10 for nonmembers. To register, call the chamber at 584-2321 or e-mail

Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce accepting award nominations 07/25/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 25, 2009 3:21pm]
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