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Park Station 5851 Park Blvd. Pinellas Park, FL 33781 727.544.4777

Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce Uniting Businesses for a Stronger Community 5851 Park Blvd. Pinellas Park, FL 33781


Serving the Tampa Bay area of Florida since 1915

To Our Prospective Member: I am so happy to tell you about the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce! We're a vibrant group of visionary business people dedicated to moving our local economy to a more prosperous plane. We encompass a diverse range of enterprises, from national and international corporations, to light and heavy industrial plants, small businesses of every stripe, mom-and-pop retailers and service providers, and “solopreneurs” working independently from home offices. When you join the Chamber, you’ll receive not only an attractive membership plaque, but also: 

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Listing in our searchable online directory: a written profile; links to your company website and blog; photo gallery; video clip; connections to Social Media platforms Listing in the "New Members" section on the Chamber's website (also on our Social Media) Display space for your business cards and tri-fold brochures in the Chamber office Monthly Membership Breakfast (free) Monthly Networking luncheons (fee) Monthly Evening Networking (free) After Hours Mixers (fee and free) Online promotion of special events, Ribbon Cuttings, and Grand Openings, with participation by Chamber dignitaries and City officials Your news releases posted on the Chamber's site

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Your business events posted to the Chamber's online Events Calendar and/or in the Chamber’s e-blasts Opportunity to benefit from our Shop Local campaign with Space for your company’s "hot deals" on the Chamber's website (business-to-consumer, or member-to-member) Member rates for exhibit space at our annual Trade Show (3rd Sat. in March) Sponsorship opportunities for events Leadership opportunities by participating on our committees and Board Reduced rates on classes in our Success in Business Series Annual Shoot for Success Trap Shoot Annual Installation Gala and Awards Reception

In addition, our Chamber offers workshops and seminars to help you take advantage of developing technologies in social networking, or new ideas in branding, marketing, and management. If you have any questions about how a Chamber membership can help your business, please contact me by phone at 727-544-4777, by cell at 910-620-3906, or by e-mail at [email protected]. I look forward to welcoming you at our events soon! Warm regards,

Hope Peterson, President Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce

Features of Membership in our Chamber Members and visitors alike describe us as the friendliest Chamber of Commerce they’ve ever experienced. Your membership brings you the prestige of inclusion in a visionary business community with high ideals, as well as a host of more tangible benefits.

1) The Pinellas Park Board of Trade was established in 1912. It became a Chamber of Commerce in 1915. We are one of the oldest continuously operating Chambers in the Bay Area, and our members proudly display their membership plaques to show their strong ties to the business community. 2) We maintain an active website, averaging thousands of page hits per month. Your membership includes a feature-and content-rich profile in the Chamber's searchable online directory. 3) For our member manufacturers shipping world-wide, we offer free site inspections and validation of Certificates of Origin so your wares can be certified “Made In USA.” 4) Our Visitor Welcome Center offers complimentary display space for your business cards and tri-fold brochures in the Chamber office. 5) We host a complimentary monthly Membership Breakfast with engaging speakers on current topics, and opportunities to network with local business leaders (3rd Wed. of each month, 7:30 am). 6) We offer affordable Success in Business Series workshops to keep our business leaders on the leading edge of best business practices. 7) Our 2nd and 4th Friday TampaBayNetworkers meetings highlight your product, business, or service to your Pinellas Park “associate” sales force (free, 8:30 am). 8) We schedule After Hours Mixers and other special events throughout the year (fee and free). 9) The Chamber and the City of Pinellas Park cooperate in Ribbon Cuttings, Grand Openings, and special events for local businesses. 10) Our calendar provides a number of Business/Community Sponsorship opportunities for community events throughout the year. 11) Our annual Trade Show, part of Country in the Park, draws 10,000+ visitors (March) (fee). 12) Chamber members join City administrators in an annual trip to Tallahassee each Spring to meet with legislators and discuss issues of local interest. 13) We have a Fun Shoot in April, and our “compete for bragging rights” Shoot for Success Trap Shoot in November (fee). 14) Chamber members are invited to ride on our float in the Holiday Parade (fee).


Our Chamber’s Leadership Team 2015 Officers (Executive Board) President

Hope Peterson, New Hope Auto and Truck Services


Tim Caddell, Government Relations Administrator City of Pinellas Park


Housh Ghovaee, Northside Engineering Services


Nancy Hodges, OPTEK Division


Michael Whittaker, WellCare Health Plans

Active Past Presidents

Jon Farris, Crosspointe Church Paul Ziegler, BB&T Branch Banking & Trust Terry England, England Bros. Construction

Full Board of Directors Brian P . Battaglia, Attorney Billie Jo G assing e r -Bell, Bell Contracting a nd Design Jim Bubenheim, JB Effects Pastor Jimmy Hammond, Emeritus Gene Lofgren, Emeritus Paul Matton, Park Auto Mall Walt Morey, CORE Business Solutions Ethel Mudd, Emeritus Dr. Daniel Strauss, National University of Health Sciences Barbara Sheen Todd, Emeritus Our Executive Board regularly meets at 7:30 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, followed at 8:15 a.m. by our Full Board. Meetings are held in our Board Room at Park Station, 5851 Park Blvd., Room 104. (Subject to change.)

Committee Heads Business Education Community Outreach Economic Development Events Finance and Development Government Relations Pinellas Park Medical District Tourism

Walt Morey Billie Jo Bell Terry England Paul Matton Nancy Hodges Tim Caddell Dr. Daniel Strauss Housh Ghovaee

Office Administration Suesan Sullivan

Executive Director

Larry Steinlauf

Information Technologies/Accounts R20141125

Opportunities for Leadership in our Chamber Serving on one of our committees raises your public profile, offers you opportunities for leadership, and provides benefits to our entire community. * indicates a standing committee under the Chamber’s bylaws.


Welcomes our new members, and keeps in touch with our current members to show our appreciation. Attends Ribbon Cuttings, Grand Openings, other special events. Greets members at events.


Works with City staff to identify, interview, and select the recipients of our Business of Distinction Awards.

Business Education

Coordinates and presents a variety of informative and affordable classes to ensure that our member businesses are on the leading edge of best practices in growing their success.

Community Outreach*

Fosters goodwill between residents, businesses, and officials.

Economic Development

Fosters economic growth and employment opportunities, educates members about developing business issues.


Works with Pinellas County Schools to ensure our students have the skills they need to success in a rapidly changing economy.


Coordinates our monthly activities and produces fund-raising events throughout the year.

Finance & Development*

Guides the financial health of our Chamber.

Government Relations*

Identifies and addresses legislative and regulatory issues that affect businesses at the local, state, and national levels.


Promotes the Chamber and its members using all available vehicles and resources.

Medical District

Promotes and strengthens health care in the community through medical business development, student enrollment, and employment opportunities in healthcare and related fields.

Member Services*

Hosts networking meetings, assists members in accessing Chamber benefits, develops new programs to meet emerging needs.


Works with Pinellas County’s Tourist Development Council to ensure that the Pinellas Park/Gateway area is recognized as an important player in attracting corporate visitors, who are often accompanied by family and whose visits augment our economic health.


We hope you’ll enjoy these regularly scheduled events Our Chamber has a host of monthly and annual activities that offer opportunities to network, market your brand, and make a difference in your community, your industry, and your bottom line.

Annual Events January

Annual Installation Banquet

First Quarter

Tallahassee Trip/Legislative visits


Chamber Trade Show (with Country in the Park)


Annual Fun Shoot (Trap shoot)


Family-friendly Show at Performing Arts Center Healthy Family FunFest


Back-to-School Health Fair (with PCOA)


Nominating Committee meets Pre-Oktoberfest After Hours (German/American Club)


Slate of Directors presented


Shoot for Success Trap Shoot Pinellas Park Medical District Health Fair Annual meeting/Election Country Fair Tellabration! (storytelling for grown-ups)


Holiday Lunch or Reception Holiday Parade

Regularly Scheduled Monthly Events (subject to change—please call 727-544-4777 to confirm)

2nd Tuesday 2nd Wednesday 2nd & 4th Fridays 3rd Wednesday** 4th Tuesday 4th Thursday

Pinellas Park Medical Dist. Lunch Executive/Full Board Meetings TampaBayNetworkers Membership Breakfast (free) Pinellas Park Medical Dist. Steering Economic Development Committee

NOON 7:30 am/8:15 am 8:30 am 7:30 am NOON 8:30 am

*--By request, open to new and established members. **--2nd Wednesday in March; no breakfast meeting in December.


We welcome your involvement!

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Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce 5851 Park Blvd. | Pinellas Park, FL 33781 PLEASE TYPE OR PRINT CLEARLY!

Business Name: Physical Address: City/State/Zip: Mailing Address: City/State/Zip: Physical Address

Mailing Address in online profile FAX:

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Mobile/cell: Website URL: www. Primary Representative: Title: E-mail:


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Type of Business: Or Medical Specialty: Please see the Investment Schedule and indicate your annual investment here: $ If paying by credit card, please complete details below the Investment Schedule to charge your card.


INVESTMENT SCHEDULE Please indicate your level of support for the Pinellas Park/Gateway Chamber of Commerce. Thank you! We welcome your involvement in our Chamber! Trusteeships ____ Bronze Trustee


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____ Non-profit Corporation


____ 51 – 75 Employees


____ 1 – 10 Employees


____ 76 - 100 Employees


____ 11 – 25 Employees


____ 101+ Employees


____ 26 – 50 Employees


____ add for Medical District $100


General Membership

TOTAL MEMBERSHP INVESTMENT: $ If paying by credit card, please complete this section: Type of card: __MC __VISA __DISC __AMEX

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Membership Enrollment Uniting Businesses for a Stronger Community We’re located in:

Park Station 5851 Park Blvd. | Pinellas Park, FL 33781 Phone: 727.544.4777 | FAX: 727.209.0837




Your Chamber helps: Attract new customers and clients Improve brand recognition Grow your business network Boost online presence