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New chairman presents 2008 goals at banquet

By Times Staff Writers
Published October 7, 2007


Ricky Satcher, president and CEO of Largo Medical Center, began his tenure as chairman of the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber Board of Directors on Monday. His goals for the organization were presented at the chamber's annual banquet in September. They include:

- Greater development of the chamber's membership base by developing innovative ways to recognize members, to continue the partnerships established to foster a more business-friendly city and a redesign of the organization's Trustee Circle investment program.

- Increasing the chamber's visibility throughout the region, including a new and more prominent location for the chamber's office.

- Continued commitment to economic development through participation with all governmental levels on key issues facing the community.

- Development of community leadership by assuring the success of the chamber's new young professional's organization, HYPE Pinellas.

Panel to recommend changes in permitting

The Largo business development review panel will recommend ways to streamline the city of Largo's permitting process to help make it more business friendly.

The panel, a partnership of the city of Largo and Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce, was created in May to evaluate the city's planning, development review, building inspection practices and permitting services.

The panel has reviewed results of a survey it developed and distributed to more than 100 recent city permitting and planning service customers.

In addition, county staffers met with four focus groups composed of business customers and employees of various city permitting departments for additional feedback.

At a meeting on Thursday, the panel will review findings from the focus groups and business survey results, and develop a list of recommendations to present to the Largo City Commission in November.

Ringing up salesis focus of workshop

"Dialing for Dollars: How to Ring Up More Sales for Your Business" is the topic of a Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce workshop on Oct. 24 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.

The program will cover basic phone-answering skills, how to appropriately speak with customers and best practices for dealing with voice mail. It will also examine how to fine-tune sales and communication skills for all telephone activities.

This program is presented by Kathy Pabst Robshaw of the Total Telephone Effectiveness Co.

Cost is $20 for chamber members and $40 for nonmembers.

To register, call 584-2321 or e-mail No-shows will be billed.

Chamber notes are provided by the Largo/Mid-Pinellas Chamber of Commerce. For more information, call 727 584-2321.

Halloween event seeks vendors, volunteers

Showcase your business as a vendor or volunteer at the Halloween Spooktacular on Oct. 27 from 4 to 10 p.m. at Largo Central Park. An estimated 30,000 people are expected to attend.

Opportunities are available as sponsor of a trick-or-treat stop or as a business volunteer team at one of the many inflatable play stations. Trick-or-treat stop sponsors must provide at least 2,000 pieces of candy, decorate their location in a child-friendly way and stay for the entire event. Inflatable play station teams must provide two to four volunteers for the event.

Applications are available at or for more information, call 587-6740 ext. 5014.

[Last modified October 6, 2007, 23:56:39]

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