Posted by: Tampa Bay Chamber on Wednesday, December 15, 2021


The Tampa Bay Chamber hosted Commerce Lexington, Inc. for a site visit ahead of their planned benchmarking trip to Tampa.

The Policy Council and Policy Advisory Committee held an informative update ahead of the 2021 Special Session, featuring Corcoran Partners. Additionally, Mike Griffin, Search Committee Chair and Member of the USF Board of Trustees updated the group on USF’s Presidential search progress.

The Transportation Council visited Tampa International Airport, touring the newly launched Blue express curbs.

In coordination with the Tampa Economic Development Council and Tampa International Airport, the Chamber participated in a meet and greet with Eurowings Discover, a new German airline coming to market.

The Chamber Provided a Letter of Support for the East Tampa Works Build Back Better Grant.

The Chamber and our MOU Partners Provided a Letter of Support for HART’s Federal Transit Administration Ferry Grant Application.

In partnership with WFLA, and hosted at USF St. Pete, the Chamber hosted a wide-ranging St. Petersburg Mayoral Debate.

The Chamber’s Policy Advisory Committee heard a preview of the City Council’s “ban the box” ordinance, followed by a robust Q&A session featuring Tampa City Councilman Luis Viera.

Ahead of Hillsborough County publishing their commissioned Equity Profile, the Chamber’s Policy Council participated in a focus group led by MGT Consulting Group, the County’s selected research partner on the equity profile.

The Chamber’s Transportation Council received a brief on key initiatives in the region from Dr. Johnny Wong, Executive Planner & Project Manager for the Transportation Improvement Program, and Connor MacDonald, Planner I, both of the Transportation Planning Organization.

Workforce Development Committee

Over 30 people attended the final Work Redefined event where we discussed retaining talent. Speakers included Dr. Seema Weinstein, Andrea Cichon, and Brandi Yates.

Inclusive Organization


The Military Advisory Committee heard from Andy Gold at Hillsborough Community College who discussed their programs for veteran entrepreneurs.

Commissioner Overman presented the Tampa Bay Chamber with a proclamation declaring November as Military Family Month.

Assisted Hiring Our Heroes with their grassroots military spouse workshop geared toward pairing military spouse talent with local employers.

Minority Business Accelerator

Cohort ’23 has been selected. Please welcome:

  • Cablelytics LLC – Floyd Freeman, CEO;
  • Ceiba Ltd. – John Diaz, Managing Member;
  • M&G Janitorial Services – Max Volmar, Jr., President;
  • Mijan Construction – Charles Jackson, President/CEO;
  • Ortega Custom Cabinets, LLC – Damaris Ortega, Co-Owner/AMBR;
  • Permits Now Inc. - Power Civil Construction Services – Kalvin Weathersby, CEO/Operations Manager;
  • ScopeShield, Inc., – Dr. Pamela Noel, CEO/President

We are hiring for a Foundation Administrative Manager position. Position objective: Manages all administrative aspects of the Tampa Bay Chamber’s Foundation programs to include data entry and administrative duties.

The Minority Business Accelerator was awarded a grant by Grow Financial to participate as a Community Partner Sponsor in 2022. The purpose of the MBA, the people and businesses that it serves, and its intended results fits squarely within Grow’s objective to Grow Diversity, not only within the ranks of its team members, but also in the communities that the credit union serves, and vendors with whom it works. Grow intends to further participate in the work of the MBA through volunteer leadership opportunities.

Minority Business Accelerator Q4 By the Numbers

Q4 "Self-Reported" Metrics – Cohorts ’21 and ‘22

  • Gross Sales: $2.3M+
  • # of New Jobs Created: 83
  • # of Vacancies Filled: 19
  • # of New Corporate Contracts: 13
  • # of Company Secured Capital: $400,000+
  • # of New Assets Acquired: $12,000+ of new assets acquired
  • # of Strategic Introductions made: 8

Collegiate Leadership

Chair, Wyatt Krapf (Emerge) and Vice-Chair, Lindsay Grinstead (LT’18)

Collegiate Leadership is a program for 24 college students from the University of Tampa, St. Leo University, and the University of South Florida. It mirrors the Leadership Tampa program and allows the college students to explore different career paths, understand how Tampa operates, and hopefully it’ll lead to us retaining the amazing talent in Tampa Bay.

The 2022 class of Collegiate Leadership Tampa Bay had two program days in Q4.

Emerging Leaders

Emerging Leaders Annual Meeting

Nov. 18: This was an evening of reflection and celebration as we recognized the positive impact Emerging Leaders has had this year. The 2022 leadership team was announced along with the 2021 Deanne Dewey Roberts Emerging Leader Award winner, Andrew W. Smith with Goldman Sachs.

Hosted 3 Group Meetings in Q4.

Current ELTB membership is 436.

Hub for Business


The Tampa Bay area continues to grow, and 41 companies joined the Chamber adding their voice to the business community and to engage with other like-minded members.  The power of Chamber Connection continues to assist members navigate through the unusual conditions in which we are still working. Year to date, 211 businesses have joined to connect with strategic partners and tap into community resources. People want to connect with other professionals and collaborate as we all find solutions to current challenges.

Membership Committee

Business Around the Bay hosted a business roundtable for top-tier business leaders in October.  Hosted by Co-Chairs Brian Adcock, Adcock Financial and Ryan Toth, The Beck Group, the group is bringing diverse attendance and thought to the table for participants to share, learn and connect. 

Ambassador Committee

Our Chamber Ambassadors play an important role in welcoming new members and in the fourth quarter they connected with over 120 first year members to offer their expertise and help ensure that they are finding ways to make the most of their Chamber membership. Ambassadors also play an important role at member Ribbon Cutting celebrations and in the 4th Quarter, 8 members celebrated their business with Chamber Staff and Ambassadors along with their business partners and staff members.

Community Outreach Committee

Chamber members and staff joined the Meals on Wheels team to deliver meals to those in need in Tampa.  Despite heavy November rains, everyone enjoyed the opportunity to lend a hand and get out into the community.


Hosted attendees at events across Tampa Bay in person and virtually.

  • Q4 October 1 - December 10: 2,100+
  • YTD Jan 1 - December 10: 5,700+

Coffee Connection

In October, our Chamber Ambassadors welcomed 30 members to a morning of networking and creating new business partnerships. Members learned about Chamber programs, opportunities to engage and made connections with the other participants.

Get Connected

Bringing businesses together, our very popular speed networking event, Get Connected, was held in person at the Chamber in November. Twenty-five members built their professional network, met potential strategic partners, and learned about other members businesses. 

Pearls of Wisdom: Take Me to Tampa Bay

Tourism is a critical part of the Tampa Bay Economy. At this luncheon hosted in October, attendees heard a discussion on tourism recovery, how to rebuild utilizing "Champa Bay" and innovative efforts to draw people back to Tampa.

Featured panelists:

  • Janette Carter, Visit Tampa Bay
  • Laurie Noyes, Tampa International Airport
  • Christina Sookram, Pinnacle Hotel Management
  • Danielle Vona, The Marketing Posse

Circle of Influence

In October, top tier members attended the final Circle of Influence event of the year and heard from featured speaker, David Deno, Chief Executive Officer of Bloomin’ Brands . After attendees heard remarks from Mr. Deno, a live Q&A session was held. 

Benchmarking: San Antonio

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.

136th Annual Meeting

More than 700 registered attendees joined the Chamber at the 136th Annual Meeting presented by SHUMAKER Dec. 8, 2021 at the Tampa Convention Center. The H.L. Culbreath, Jr. Profile in Leadership Award was presented to John Couris, President & CEO, Tampa General Hospital.

Upcoming Signature Events

Military Appreciation

February 3, 2022
6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
The Florida Aquarium
Presented by USAA

Register Now

For sponsorship opportunitiescontact Staci Fraser.

Women of Influence Luncheon

April 14, 2022
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Marriott Water Street
Presented by Tampa General Hospital

For sponsorship opportunitiescontact Staci Fraser.

Benchmarking: Dublin

July 31 - August 5, 2022
Dublin, Ireland

Business leaders invested and interested in the betterment of Tampa Bay can attend to learn more about an international city and what we can learn to bring back here.

Register Now

Leadership Tampa

Leadership Tampa Class of 2022: Chair, Amanda Uliano (LT’13) and Vice Chair, Mark Colvenbach (LT’12)

The 2022 class was announced in July and they started the program in August.

LT’22 class had 3 program days.

Volunteered with Feeding Tampa Bay in Q4 and provided 150 service hours.

Leadership Tampa Alumni

It’s that time of year to renew your Leadership Tampa Alumni dues. Renew Now

If you have been impacted by COVID-19 and would like to apply for a Membership Grant please complete the application.

The LTA Holiday Party was held on Dec. 15, 2021 at Hyatt Place Downtown.  It provides an opportunity to network with classmates and other alumni.

  • Committee Meetings - 12
  • Current ELTB membership is 539