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Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber program promotes shopping in our own back yard

Tuesday, the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will be among the first business associations in the state taking part in the launch of the Florida Backyard Card incentive program.

The program is a marketing tool that taps the benefits of widespread promotion of shopping incentives by a partnership that includes the chamber, statewide business leaders and the state of Florida.

To participate, chamber members need to visit the organization's Web site and click on the Florida Backyard Card link. Once registered, they can type in a value offer for customers. Upon approval by the chamber, it will appear on for people to see and use. Non-chamber members can also participate by calling the organization at 584-2321.

Consumers across the state will be urged to get a Florida Backyard Card, which will be available online and distributed by Florida Lottery retailers. The campaign will be heavily promoted across the state by the Florida Lottery as well as print and broadcast media partners. Consumers will be able to access the online database to find the best values in their communities.

The campaign will continue into the fall. Businesses will be able to use their unique user name and password to manage their account and change special offers at any time. It's similar to the highly successful campaign used to drive in-state tourism in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. This time, all Florida businesses are invited to benefit from this "spend at home" campaign.

Mingle with elected state officials

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce is spearheading its Third Annual Tallahassee Mission for Pinellas County business leaders on April 14 and 15. It will feature a social reception and a series of meetings with the county's elected state delegation. Elected officials scheduled to address the chamber include Florida's Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink, State Attorney General Bill McCollum and Budget Director Amy Baker. A special briefing with lobbyists at the Florida Chamber of Commerce will round out the itinerary.

Cost to attend is $325 per person single hotel room; $250 a person for those who double up. This includes transportation, lodging and most meals. Space is limited to 30 people. For more information or to register, call 584-2321 or e-mail

Ballpark Bash set for Threshers' home opener

Be part of opening-night baseball excitement. The annual "Largo Chamber Ballpark Bash" will take place April 9, the opening night of the Clearwater Threshers' season, beginning at 6 p.m. at Bright House Networks Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater.

It will be held at the park's Hot Corner Cafe during the game between the Threshers and Dunedin Blue Jays. Tickets cost $16 a person, which includes the Hot Corner Cafe's all-you-can-eat menu featuring hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, peanuts, chips, ice cream sandwiches, soft drinks, bottled water and $2 draft beers.

The event will also feature exhibits by chamber-member civic and nonprofit organizations promoting their programs and services as part of the "Quality of Life Showcase." Tickets are available at the chamber office at 151 Third St. NW, or call 584-2321.

Business workshop focuses on technology

The Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce will hold a business workshop "Cost Effective Technology Solutions to Save Your Business Money" on April 8 from 8 to 10 a.m. It will take place inside the boardroom at the chamber office, 151 Third St. NW.

The program will address Voice over Internet Protocol, a general term for delivery of voice communications over IP networks such as the Internet. VoIP can be a benefit for reducing communication and infrastructure costs. Because of the bandwidth efficiency and low costs that VoIP technology can provide, businesses are beginning to migrate from traditional copper-wire telephone systems to VoIP systems to reduce their monthly phone costs.

The workshop also will examine the advantages and disadvantages of Windows, Mac and Linux as well as define the purpose of Web sites, search engine tips, and address how to make Web sites profitable.

Cost is $30. To register, call Charlie Cronk at the chamber at 584-2321 or visit and click on the link "Cost Effective Technology Solutions for Your Business." The program is being presented by St. Petersburg College Corporate Training Center and sponsored by Centratel Telephones.

Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber program promotes shopping in our own back yard 03/21/09 [Last modified: Saturday, March 21, 2009 2:13pm]
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