South Tampa Chamber announces award winners and unveils new logo

The South Tampa Chamber hosted their annual meeting and awards dinner on March 3, 2022, at Peter O. Knight Airport. After recounting some of the chamber’s achievements from the past year, the chamber’s 2021 Chair of the Board, Chris Bentley, passed the gavel to 2022 Chair Rebekah Nault. In addition, Kelly Flannery, chief executive officer

Tampa Bay Chamber names Small Business of the Year winners at Armature Works

The Tampa Bay Chamber named the winners of its 41st Annual Small Business of the Year Awards, at Armature Works, Thursday night. The winners were: Outstanding Business Leader Rolfe G. Arnhym, Vistage Florida/Arnhym & Associates Startup Category Tampa Bay Business & Wealth 5-20 Category Decker Therapy Services 21-50 Category Gulf Tile Distributors of Florida 51-250

Small businesses in times of COVID-19

Eight months into the COVID-19 pandemic small local businesses are slowly regaining their equilibrium with some time to reflect. Throughout the Tampa Bay area some positive constants have emerged through the upheavals. J. Mark Stroud, developer and founder of The Stroud Corporation, says there is a widening national appeal for Florida’s year-round outdoor lifestyle and

When life gives you lockdown: COVID-19’s creative entrepreneurs

Before applications opened for Paycheck Protection Program relief loans, our phones in the business banking office were ringing off the hook. We spoke with entrepreneurs and business owners who were concerned, even terrified, about their businesses surviving the lockdown. Three or four months prior, they had record sales and were thinking about expanding – and

One Liners Pinellas

►Craig Scafidi, a commercial advisor with Coldwell Banker Commercial, represented Amigo’s Tortilla Bar as they signed a lease to open their first St. Petersburg location in a 2,000-square-foot commercial building at 681 Central Avenue. (Photo above) ►Dean Akers joined the board of directors for the Tampa Bay Innovation Center in St. Petersburg. ►Clearwater-based Master Restoration