Posted by: tampachamber on Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Member News
[caption id="attachment_1671" align="aligncenter" width="490"]Congressman Daniel Webster discusses the success of WRRDA and what it means to Florida’s future. Congressman Daniel Webster discusses the success of WRRDA and what it means to Florida’s future.[/caption]

 Port Tampa Bay and co-presenter Florida Ports Council hosted a successful forum at the port’s Cruise Terminal 2 on August 29, bringing together statewide port and community stakeholders to discuss and laud the recently-passed Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) legislation that will dramatically improve U.S. ports’ ability to develop key projects and therefore continue to be competitive in global trade.

Florida members of the House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee participated in a panel to discuss the benefits of the historic, bipartisan legislation signed into law by President Obama, in June 2014.  Port President and CEO Paul Anderson led the discussion, saying that this key WRRDA legislation is critical in helping to improve our nation’s port infrastructure, thereby creating a transportation chain that will be globally competitive and enable future generations to reap economic benefits and build a healthier platform for trade and commerce. Read more here.
As part of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month during September, All Children’s Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and the Tampa Bay Rays are teaming up for Rays Cancer Survivor Day. A group of pediatric cancer survivors treated at the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Institute, as well as their families, will attend the Tampa Bay Rays game against the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday. The cancer survivors are able to attend the game for free thanks to a grant from the American Cancer Society.
Copa Airlines Special Promotion in Business Class!  Enjoy up to 30% off traveling in Business Class. There´s nothing better than enjoying a summer trip, traveling COPA_STAR_LOGO_PEQUENâO_FB-01 jpgin Business Class! Take advantage of these offers. Book your flight in advance at, and enjoy up to 30% OFF to amazing destinations through the Hub of the Americas in Panama. Promotion is valid for tickets originating in Tampa to the following destinations:
  • Panama - from $752*
  • Guatemala - from $1073*
  • Costa Rica - from $1116*
  • Bogota - from $1327*
  • Medellin - from $1665*
  • Lima - from $1881*
*Prices include taxes and other charges Visit today!  Restrictions apply:
  • Valid for round trip tickets only
  • Purchased before: September 15th 2014
  • Advance purchase: 5 days
  • Travel completed by: November 30th, 2014
  • Minimum Stay: No minimum stay required
  • Other restrictions apply*
Member Events
The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay invites you to attend the QPR Suicide Intervention Skills Workshop: 09-12-14  | 1 to 3 p.m. | Location:  Crisis Center, One Crisis Center Plaza, Tampa 33613 Free workshop - Register at:   QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer -- 3 simple steps that anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. You can learn to recognize the warning signs of suicide crisis, to engage others with compassionate questions, to persuade people to take positive action and to refer to help with confidence. Use the workshop materials you receive as tools to help others. This workshop is ideal for professionals and the general public. 2 Hours of Continuing Education credit is offered for counselors. (Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling - CE Provider # 50-462 expires 3/31/2015) 2 Hours of Continuing Education credit is offered for: ARNP, CNS, LPN, RN. (Florida Board of Nursing - CE Provider # 50-9962 expires 10/31/2014) All participants receive a certificate of completion, QPR booklet, a Family Guide to talking about suicide booklet & national and local resource lists.
MetLife invites you to attend a special presentation: A Sensible Approach to Financial Strategies for Business Owners.

If you’re like most business owners, you have several financial goals for your business, your family and your own retirement. While there are several strategies for meeting these goals, there are also several things, such as: disability, loss of a key employee, or the death of a partner, that can sabotage your plans.

At this very special presentation, we’ll inform you about how you can take control and will cover such topics as:

  • The continuation of your business and your family’s well-being in the event of your, or a partner’s death or disability
  • Estate taxes; how they may devastate a business and steps you can take to ensure this doesn't happen
  • Strategies for retaining key people that benefit both your business and your top employees
  • Effective approaches you can take to save for your own retirement
  • Trusts and the role they can play in continuing your business
Join us for this very special presentation to learn what you can do to reach your business’ financial goals while protecting all you’ve worked so hard to build. September 10th, 2014 @ 12:00 (lunch provided) | MetLife Corporate Center II 4211 W. Boy Scout, Suite 700 To reserve your place please confirm via email: [email protected] or call Sandy or Amy at (813) 393-3600. A Representative will call to assist you with your confirmation.
Sentry Self Storage invites you to a Teacher's Appreciation Yard Sale on Saturday, September 20 at 4901 E. Adamo Drive. from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy great food, live entertainment, & leave with a goodie bag plus more! Click here for the event flyer: TEACHER'S APPRECIATION
ActionCOACH invites you to a free business seminar on Thursday September 11, 2014 at the Centre Club, 123 S. Westshore Blvd. 8th Floor. Guests are invited to arrive at 11:30 am for networking with the session commencing promptly at 11:45 am; Wrap up at 1:30 pm. Lunch provided. Spaces are limited so please register below NOW! Click here for more info: 6 Steps Promo
You are invited to attend the VISTAGE Florida Informational Breakfast Meeting:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 The Grand Hyatt 2900 Bayport Dr. Tampa, FL 33607-1479 (813) 207-6639

This meeting will start at 7:30 a.m. and end promptly at 9:30 a.m. You may register online at, Call 800.733.4832, or e-mail [email protected]

Click here for the event flyer: Vistage Breakfast Invitation 9-17-14 


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New Hires & Promotions
Kevin HealeySmolker, Bartlett, Schlosser, Loeb & Hinds, P.A. is pleased to announce that Kevin J. Healey, Esq. has joined the firm. Mr. Healey has a wide range of legal experience, but largely concentrates his practice on state and federal commercial litigation as well as insurance disputes.  Mr. Healey began his career as a prosecutor in Jacksonville, Florida where he gained invaluable trial experience. From there, Mr. Healey moved to civil litigation where he has practiced throughout the United States in both state and federal courts handling contractual disputes, insurance disputes and health care matters. In representing both individuals and corporations, he has been instrumental in securing numerous multi-million dollar recoveries for his clients. Mr. Healey earned his J.D. degree from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida. He also earned a B.S. degree in finance from the University of Florida.
GrayRoDebrabinson, P.A., is pleased to announce the promotion of ten attorneys throughout the firms’ statewide offices, including Debra Deardourff Faulk who was promoted to shareholder in its Tampa office. Debra is a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property lawyer who practices in the areas of intellectual property, contests and sweepstakes, media, technology and telecommunications. Her intellectual property practice includes litigation matters, trademark and copyright registrations, technology-related licensing and domain name registrations and disputes. She is widely experienced in federal and state trademark and copyright searching, monitoring, application prosecution, registration, maintenance, portfolio management and rights enforcement.  Further, Debra litigates all aspects of intellectual property and technology disputes.
Thomas Howell Ferguson P.A., welcomes Stephen Andrews and Myles Rankin to the Tax Services Department. Stephen AndrewsStephen has over four years of experience with tax preparation and review for multiple entity types. His current responsibilities include review of C-corporations, S-corporations, partnerships, individuals, and multi-state tax returns. A native of Tallahassee, Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Florida State University, as well as a Master of Accounting in Taxation from Florida State University. Myles RankinMyles spent three years in tax services at a CPA firm in Panama City, Florida.  He has also worked for the Florida Office of the Auditor General assisting with audits of state government agencies.  A graduate of North Florida Christian, Myles holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Chipola College and is currently pursuing his Master of Taxation from Troy University.