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St. Pete techies came to lunch and vote

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The Surf and Turf food truck was the first to arrive at Williams Park. It was soon followed by a trickle — then a flood — of mostly millennials from St. Petersburg tech startups. They ate. They chatted and got to know each other. Then they walked down the block to the supervisor of elections’ early voting site to cast their ballots. The gathering was the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce’s “Startup & Vote” event. St. Pete is one of four…

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St. Pete Chamber makes voting a social activity

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The concept is simple: Get together with business associates for lunch. But, instead of heading back to the office after eating, head to the polls together. That’s the agenda for Thursday’s “Startup & Vote” event. The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has invited technical startup companies to come lunch in Williams Park — food trucks will be there for the event. When everyone has finished noshing and mingling, the group will walk the block or so to the Pinellas Supervisor…

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6 reasons I’m looking forward to Tuesday’s ‘Popcorn & Politics’ event

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‘Tis the season. It’s that most wonderful time of the year when candidates running in this fall’s elections make the rounds at candidate forums, hob nobs, and Tiger Bay debates. It’s at these events that candidates distinguish themselves from their opponents with a quick retort — or a regrettable gaffe. Tuesday, the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce (of which I am now a member of the board of directors) is hosting “Popcorn & Politics,” an event it bills as a…

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Good ‘Burger awards postponed because of TD 9

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce has postponed the Good ‘Burger awards for a week because of the threat posed by Tropical Depression 9. Chris Steinocher, president and CEO of the chamber, sent out this statement Tuesday: “Our Good ‘Burger Awards event is a fun celebration of our community, and due to the current predictions for Tropical Depression 9, we will be moving the date from Thursday, Sept. 1 to a rain date of Thursday, Sept. 8 to ensure your…

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St. Pete, Chamber prepare to launch Economic Development Corp.

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce recently sent out a mid-year report to members. Like most mid-year reports, it highlighted many of the Chamber’s accomplishments so far this year – 241 new members, receipt of a $314,187 Healthy St. Pete grant, and the inaugural Tropic Ocean Airways flight, among others. But it also included a look ahead by Greg Holden, Chair of the Chamber’s Board of Governors. Among the big plans for the remainder of 2016 – the launch of…

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St. Pete Chamber urges members to vote ‘yes’ on solar Amendment 4

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The St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce endorsed Amendment 4, a grass-roots effort to encourage the use of solar power by providing tax breaks to those who install solar equipment. The latest edition of the chamber’s newsletter says, “Chamber members are encouraged to vote for YES on Amendment 4 on the Aug. 30th ballot. Amendment 4 would remove personal property tax and real estate taxes on solar energy systems. The Chamber voted to support YES on 4 and yard signs are…

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St. Pete Chamber gets grant to advance entrepreneurial growth

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The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s focus on entrepreneurs and small business startups received a boost Thursday with the news that the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg has approved a grant of $314,187 for the Chamber’s Greenhouse Community Business Development Initiative. The initiative will award small business startup stipends, provide continuing technical training, and mentorship to provide the citizens of South St. Petersburg, particularly in the community redevelopment area, resources to start and grow businesses. The Chamber will be partnering…

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