Last week, Chamber members had the opportunity to hear from representatives from Fisher & Phillips LLP on how proposed changes to the federal overtime rules may have a radical impact on how employers manage the hours of salaried staff. If the proposed overtime rules take effect as written, the required minimum salary to qualify for an overtime exemption would more than double in 2016. According to the Department of Labor, this would mean that 4.6 million employees who are currently exempt from overtime would become entitled to overtime. If you weren’t able to attend the lunch and learn, you can view the presentation by clicking here. By no later than September 4th, click here to let the Department of Labor know how this proposed rule would affect your business.
Printers Plus LLC, formerly Florida Typewriter Exchanged opened in Tampa in 1951. The company specializes in retail sales and service of digital copiers and laser printers. Printers Plus LLC has 64 years of experience in service the office equipment needs of the Tampa Bay Area. The woman owned business recently moved from Tampa to the Sunshine City because of the tremendous growth St. Petersburg has experienced. The owner, Phyllis Morgan and her family recently moved from the Tampa area to St. Petersburg 4 years ago.
Printers Plus is the oldest family owned office equipment dealer in Tampa Bay. They have a full line of Kyocera/Copystar digital copiers and laser printers. The new location in St. Pete has expanded services hours from 8am-8pm Monday through Friday and 9am to 12pm on Saturdays.
Scott Brainard of the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg, Inc. and John Collins of the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance had yesterday's lunch and learn attendees excited about the upcoming St. Petersburg Festival (SPF 15). The 18 day festival begins on September 10th and ends on the 27th. The festival offers businesses and artists a unique opportunity to collaborate to help make St. Pete shine.
“The St. Petersburg Festival, known as SPF 15, will celebrate local artists, art- centric businesses and creative people here in our sunshine city.” said Bob Lang, President of the Suncoasters of St. Petersburg on the mission of the festival.
Chamber members and local businesses are encouraged to get creative with promotion opportunities that they might offer during the festival. For example, a restaurant owner might offer a 10% discount if a customer mentions SPF 15 or a bank may ask a local musician to perform in their lobby for an afternoon. These creative ideas should be communicated to Jessica Higgins. Interested in that upcoming events under the SPF 15 umbrella? Check out stpetefest.org to view the list of over 50 events that will be occurring around the city.
Keep the conversation about the 2015 St. Petersburg Festival buzzing on social media by liking the Facebook page, follow their Twitter and Instagram account and using the hashtag #SPF15.
And the 2015 #GoodBurgerStPete People's Choice nominees are:
Barry Foster of Everyone Needs A Coach
Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin
Historic Uptown Neighborhood Association
Johnny Vitale of Vitale Art and Film Studios
Marvin Shavlan of Bond Jewelers
Ryan Tarrant of Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Downtown
Tom James of Raymond James
Congratulations to all of the nominees in each category! To view the full list click here --> stpete.com/nominees
Be there to celebrate the winners on September 3rd @ Jannus Live!
Purchase tickets here --> stpete.com/goodburger
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