2021 Annual Report
Hub For Business
Accomplishments & Successes
- Record number attendance at virtual, hybrid, and in-person Chamber events and programming
- 215 new members joined the Tampa Bay Chamber in 2021
- Graduated first class of students from the Collegiate Leadership Program, including students from Saint Leo University, The University of Tampa, and the University of South Florida. Started the second class in October
- Leadership Tampa Class of 2021 graduated & Leadership Tampa Class of 2022 began
- LTA provided scholarships for nonprofit staff and civil employees of the Leadership Tampa Class of 2021
- The Workforce Development committee worked with the Policy committee to ensure that there were workforce development issues added to the 2022 Legislative Agenda
- Hosted the 41st Annual Small Business of the Year Awards and the 136th Annual Meeting
Membership Committee members are business leaders who are committed to helping the Tampa Bay Chamber build a strong, diverse and active business community.
The Chamber offers unprecedented benefits and opportunities for Tampa Bay businesses to engage and prosper. There are resources for businesses large and small, whether you are focused on growing your business by making key connections or shaping public policy and positively impacting the business environment alongside the region’s most active executives and leaders. There are a lot of opportunities to get involved and build relationships through more than 100 business development and networking programs annually.
Ambassadors assist member representatives to engage and leverage involvement. With visibility as one of the greatest benefits of Chamber membership, the Ambassador committee helps you get noticed. The Tampa Bay Chamber has earned a reputation of being the Hub for Business in Tampa Bay. It’s the activities of member companies that keep Tampa Bay’s business community vibrant and the quality of life attractive throughout our region. With such a large membership the Chamber relies on the Ambassador Committee to engage each and every member and help get them involved in all that the Chamber has to offer.
- Anniversary recognition for 1st and 5th year members
- Assist members in leveraging their Chamber involvement
- Key component in member retention efforts
- Called on over 700 members
- Face-to-face member visits
- 29 Ribbon Cuttings
- Hosted over 75 new members at 3 Coffee Connection events this year
The Community Outreach Committee supports the Chamber pillars and provides an avenue for members to come together for the betterment of the community. The committee worked with six (6) non-profit Chamber members and had the opportunity to understand their mission, contribution to the community, and needs of the organization. After participating in the “workdays” members volunteered to take on projects either for themselves or their companies.
YMCA Camp Cristina
20 Chamber volunteers joined with the Riverview Chamber to help the facility get ready for the summer camp season. Volunteers toured the 55-acre camp and learned how the various recreational activities help kids with constructive alternatives to conflict, stress, and many of the other pressures life presents.
12 volunteers helped at the 2021 Goodwill Hippie Dash. Cheering on runners, walkers, and canine participants, the volunteers handed out refreshments for the many participants and spectators that were raising money for a worthwhile cause.
Sulpher Springs Urban Garden
7 volunteers cleaned out the growing garden beds, planted corn and beans, and performed general maintenance throughout the YMCA’s lot located in Sulphur Springs. The garden offers experiential learning opportunities for the neighborhood and provides fresh produce for families at the local elementary school.
Meals on Wheels
18 volunteers completed their routes on a rainy Friday morning to deliver much more than a fresh, nutritious meal – they provided caring contact to a senior or homebound resident, enriching their soul with a little human contact.
Metropolitan Ministries Holiday Tent
Joining together with Leadership Tampa Alumni and Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay, over 30 volunteers worked to make the holidays a little brighter and give hope through the holiday season.
Feeding Tampa Bay
50 volunteers from the Chamber, Leadership Tampa Alumni and Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay brought awareness to food insecurity in our community by partnering with Feeding Tampa Bay at their mega pantry. Each week, this pantry provides 3,500 food boxes to our fellow citizens.
Leadership Tampa is focused on professionals who hold leadership positions within their companies or organizations. Since 1970, Leadership Tampa has introduced its class members to major facets of the Tampa Bay region through an intensive nine-month course. Founded by the Tampa Bay Chamber, Leadership Tampa’s members participate in educational sessions, tours and candid conversations with community leaders.
The 50th Leadership Tampa class graduated in June 2021.
Leadership Tampa Alumni extends the Leadership Tampa experience by fostering professional relationships, offering unique educational programs, and promoting leadership to grow business and build community.
Mentor | Protégé Program
LTA members served as mentors to young professionals in the Emerging Leaders of Tampa Bay Protégé Program. Over 34% of the mentors in the program were LTA members.
Leadership Tampa Alumni held their annual Chair’s Choice event sponsored by Gardner Brewer Martinez-Monfort and Tampa Laundry Company, where members heard about the unique opportunity to explore the world of special operations.
This year the LTA Outreach Committee recorded videos of 15 children’s books available to view for all library card members via the internet.
The LTA Outreach committee also hosted, in conjunction with Cristo Rey High School, a successful Career Showcase where 60 high school juniors and seniors had access to over 15 career fields.
Conversations With Influence
Leadership Tampa Alumni held their Conversation’s with Influence event sponsored by CI Group, where members heard from the new Tampa Fire Rescue Chief Barbara Tripp.
LTA volunteered over 60 hours to Feeding Tampa Bay and continue to volunteer as the Business Liaison to the Strategic Advisory Committee for Memorial Middle School.
The committee began in 2014 and was positioned as a hub for the partnerships created between our business community and academic institutions. In 2017, in conjunction with the Chamber’s Vision 2026, the committee expanded their focus to include addressing the gaps that exist in workforce development and workforce talent. In 2020, the committee changed its name to the Workforce Development committee to reflect its efforts in addressing workforce development and workforce talent in the community. The mission of the committee is to develop workforce talent, advocate for innovative educational initiatives and inspire meaningful academic and business partnerships.
The Workforce Development Committee met with Florida State Attorney Andrew Warren to discuss experiential training opportunities for young minority men in the Hillsborough County School District.
The committee worked on encouraging the business community to participate in the CareerSource Tampa Bay Summer Job program as well as the Hillsborough Community College initiative to recruit mentors and coordinate job shadowing and internship opportunities for their Business Administration students at the Dale Mabry campus.
Members of the Workforce Development Committee heard from Corcoran Partners regarding workforce related legislation in the Florida legislature.
Committee members heard from Cristo Rey Tampa High School about their Corporate Work Study Program.
In partnership with the Chamber’s Women of Influence Committee, the Workforce Development Committee hosted the Women’s Economic Mobility webinar with over 70 attendees to discuss the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on women in the workforce.
The Workforce Development Committee is working with the University of Tampa to formalize pathways for the business community to guest lecture and Olivier Millour spoke about the Junior Achievement Virtual Career Expo opportunity for the business community.
In 2021 the Workforce Development Committee worked with the policy committee to ensure that there were workforce development issues added to the 2022 Legislative Agendas for the Chamber. Initiatives include supporting:
- Apprenticeship programs and experiential training offerings.
- The prioritization of Tinker K-8 School to increase capacity, update aging facilities, and improve educational continuity for military families.
- Early childhood learning as a path to a competent and capable workforce.
- Expand accessibility of Pell Grants for students pursuing short-term certifications.
- Pursuing all available federal support for workforce development and education programs.
- Bridging the digital divide.
- Associate of Science dual enrollment course offerings.
- Continued support and resources for schools related to COVID-19.
- Expansion of online learning infrastructure.
- Flexibility to implement the instructional requirements related to mental health education, substance abuse education, Youth Mental Health First Aid, and human trafficking education.
- Including industry certification and skilled training in school and district grade calculations as an additional student success measure.
Over 60 Chamber members attended the Workforce Development Committee’s first event of the year, Work Redefined: Economic & Workforce Forecasting. Attendees heard from Dr. Albert Williams of Nova Southeastern University.
Over 50 Chamber members attended the Workforce Development Committee’s Work Redefined: Diversity, Inclusion, & Accessibility. Attendees heard from John Gill, Quest Inc., and Paulette Myzel, AdventHealth.
Hosted the State of Workforce Development event where over 50 attendees heard from Florida Representative Jackie Toledo and Brenda McKenzie, City of Tampa, on how we can best align training and education with the needs of the business community to ensure there is an adequate supply of qualified individuals to meet workforce needs.
Over 30 people attended the final Work Redefined event that focused on retaining talent. Attendees heard from Andrea Cichon and Dr. Seema Weinstein from Tampa General Hospital, and Brandi Yates from Ultimate Medical Academy.
The Tampa Bay Chamber recently took about 100 business leaders on their annual benchmarking visit to San Antonio, TX. It was an inspiring trip and as a catalytic leader, the Tampa Bay Chamber is eager to implement lessons learned and best practices shared by our peers in San Antonio.
The San Antonio Chamber of Commerce provided great support and connected the Chamber with community leaders who are working on housing, workforce development, and military quality of life initiatives. The group was so impressed with the community’s focus on these areas and the partnerships that drive sustainable communities.
For 41 years the Chamber has hosted the Small Business of the Year Awards event for small businesses to compete in a 9-month long process for the chance to have the title of Small Business of the Year in the Tampa Bay community. Every year, companies from all over the region vie for the chance to take home the title in 5 categories: Startup, 5–20 employees, 21–50 employees, 51–250 employees, and Outstanding Leader of the Year. The winners are then nominated for the National Small Business of the Year Competition with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Yvette Segura, 2021 Tampa Bay Chamber Chair, and Rick Gallegos, 2021 Small Business of the Year Commitee Chair, present the Outstanding Leader Award to Rolfe G. Arnhym of Vistage Florida/Arnhym & Associates.
Brian Adcock, Adcock Financial, and Brian Butler, Vistra Communications, provide sponsor remarks on behalf of each of their companies that were presenting sponsors for the event.
In 2021 the Tampa Bay Chamber was excited to once again gather safely to host its 136th Annual Meeting with an audience of over 700.
2021 Chair Yvette Segura passed the gavel to 2022 Chair Andy Mayts, SHUMAKER.
The H.L. Culbreath Jr. Profile in Leadership Award was presented to John Couris, President & CEO of Tampa General Hospital, for his leadership that has made a positive impact on the Tampa Bay community.