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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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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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Personnel note: Rick Kriseman appoints two staffers to leadership positions

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St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman has named two city employees to key roles within city operations. Beginning July 1 Economic Development Manager Sophia Sorolis will serve as the go-to person for implementation of the city’s Grow Smarter Strategy. The program is an economic development initiative targeting five business areas including marine and life sciences, specialized manufacturing, financial services, data analytics and creative arts and design. Sorolis will also partner with the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce to implement initiatives geared…

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