Your Name: Roger Curlin, Owner
Member Business: Club Savor
Your Name: Roger Curlin, Owner
What has been your biggest success?
Club Savor is the area's favorite local dining club. We launched at the end of 2016, and in a little over a year have built a passionate following of over 1,000 members, 52 restaurants and bars + nearly 100 small businesses with values in the categories of Beauty, Shopping, Health, Pets, Travel, and Entertainment. We have kept the monthly membership fee under $30 and continue to add new destinations, value, and collaborative relationships for our members. With members getting half off entrees and an alcoholic drink + half off with other savings all over town, we are proud to have saved members thousands of dollars.
What has contributed to your success in St. Pete?
The collaborative spirit is St. Pete has been a major force behind our success. From the tech/marketing design work with Big Sea to our promotions relationship with Easy Social Media Posts - collaborations with Delivery Dudes, Le Anne's Cheesecakes, GoZone Wifi and more... teaming up with other great organizations has made it fun to grow our brand. St. Pete and its surrounding cities are very focused on local business and entrepreneurs, plus the area Chambers and strong networking, business support system are unrivaled in their outreach. Our thanks to the Chambers, Keep St. Pete Local, LocalShops1, KMA Network, Entrepreneur Social Club and so many others for making us feel welcome and helping us grow.
Tell us about your favorite St. Pete small business.
I can't play favorites - I love all the 140+ businesses under the Club Savor umbrella + the hundreds of other businesses we regularly interact with. It's this networked attitude of We Rise Together that makes this area special.
Bluewater Media is a converged agency concentrating on brand focused direct response advertising. Bluewater Media started as a dream in CEO, Andy Latimer’s living room, and the agency is now located in a 33,00 square foot state of the art production facility with a team of 78 passionate, creative and analytical minds.
Bluewater provides a variety of professional services including creative development and production, media buying strategy and distribution, and transactional digital marketplace management and sales. Their team produces, develops, and distributes direct response campaigns, commercials, television series, documentaries and films. They integrate brand messaging to inform, educate and motivate consumers to transact thereby generating measurable return on investment (ROI) for our clients.
Their producers are world class, award-winning idea people that know the importance of digital marketing, creative production, media buying, and web services - which is what drove Bluewater Media’s revenue from $1.83 million to $27.02 million in three years and made them the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s second fastest growing company in the bay area and the state.
The company chose to be located in the Tampa Bay Area because they love the sense of community. At Bluewater Media, they want to support local businesses and be a valued resource. Plus, the nearly 365 days a year of sunshine doesn't hurt!
Select GCR is a consulting firm committed to helping small and medium-sized businesses achieve growth through government contracting. The organization identifies the best path to success for each individual business and assists in the completion of all necessary registrations and certifications. Their strategic involvement simplifies the overall process and allows business owners to focus efforts on their principal business activities. Select GCR has a Customer Assistance Program, which is an all-in-one package designed exclusively for small businesses who want to take full advantage of what government contracting has to offer.
Select GCR finds Government Contracting Programs (Certs) that you qualify for and then process them on your behalf. Through their General Services Administration (GSA) registration, they assist with the extensive registration process involved with this most widely used and profitable government contracting opportunity. Select GCR understands that financing resources are not always readily available for small businesses, and offers financing options enabling business owners to invest in their future even if lacking the capital upfront.
Businesses that select GCR as a partner take the guesswork out of achieving their goals of doing business with the Federal Government. Select GCR submits applications and registrations on behalf of their client's and has a 97% approval rate with the government. They stand by everything they sell and are so confident in their services that they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Select GCR goes beyond registrations and provides marketing assistance for their clients as well. They are committed to ethical business practices and are proud to have an A rating with the Better Business Bureau.
The French American School of Tampa Bay (FASTB) may be opening its doors for the first time this Fall in St. Petersburg, but FASTB brings a long track record of success to our community. In 2002, the Founders, Elizabeth and Willy LeBihan, started L'Ecole Française du Maine (The French School of Maine), and it is thriving in its 17th year, putting into practice what many studies have shown: the optimal cognitive window for language learning is from birth to age 12; therefore, for young children in a language immersion setting, becoming bilingual is virtually effortless.
For many years, Elizabeth and Willy were regular visitors to St. Petersburg and eventually became homeowners here. They came to appreciate St. Pete's cultural diversity, central location and it’s growing and welcoming business environment, and, recognizing the need for bilingual education in this region, they decided to create a school that replicates the structure and curriculum offered in the Maine school and The French American School of Tampa Bay was born.
Elizabeth grew up in Maine, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Farmington. While in college, she spent a year studying in Ireland, where she met Willy, who was a visiting geology scholar from his native France. They married and settled in Maine, both embarking on careers in education. When the time came grow their family, their bilingual abilities fostered an environment in which their children naturally spoke both French and English, and this sparked the idea of creating a French Immersion school for Maine children - L'Ecole Française du Maine. The French American School of Tampa Bay will offer the same successful approach and serve as the only school of its kind in this region.
The French American School of Tampa Bay provides a unique offering to students who speak a single language as well as students who speak multiple languages - a multicultural educational experience through French immersion from Early Childhood (Pre-K) through grade 12, instilling a constant curiosity toward foreign languages and the diverse cultures of the world. This multicultural approach at FASTB provides students the opportunity to benefit from French and American education systems, while exposing students to both cultures, enhancing their learning experience.
All Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade classes are taught entirely in French with students first hearing, then speaking and eventually reading and writing French. English is added in second grade and the foundation is built for a true bilingual education. The school’s vision is centered upon the fascinating relationship between music and art education and the immersion process of learning a second language. Though the national trend is to reduce these components of education, FASTB believes that a strong music and art curriculum lays the foundation for strong mathematical and scientific intelligence. All grade levels are immersed in music and art programs, including Music Theory, the Choral Program and an opportunity for private Suzuki instrumental lessons.
At FASTB, they believe that it is through play, actions and the search for independence that each child discovers his/her unique path to learning and obtains the necessary tools for development. Children are encouraged to express themselves freely in French and through various art forms, helping them boost their confidence and their knowledge. It’s through this commitment to language and culture that they’re able to provide a diverse, mind-opening educational experience in an atmosphere of understanding and discovery.
The FASTB Groundbreaking Ceremony is May 23rd at 2100 62nd Avenue North and Opening Day is coming up this September - and they are accepting applications now! The early grades are open to all students, both monolingual and bilingual, so parents are encouraged to contact firstname.lastname@example.org or click the button below to learn more.
Last October, Romp n' Roll opened its doors to St. Petersburg. The kid-centric gym offers fun, an educational gym, music, and art classes for children from 3 months to 5 years old. They hold special events such as Kid's Night Out and host birthday parties. They have a variety of classes grouped by age; so each class is appropriate for the child's developmental level.
Romp n' Roll's bright, whimsical facility was thoughtfully crafted, to stimulate and engage little ones while keeping them safe. An abundance of colorful vinyl foam in the design makes things comfortable and easy to clean. Babies, toddlers, and preschoolers have a blast on age-appropriate gym equipment, which encourages social interaction with other children to help them learn valuable life skills from each other.
Art, music, movement classes, and activities build physical and cognitive skills during these important formative years but all kids know is that they're having fun! Research discovered that little ones progress most effectively when they’re in the presence of parents and loved ones who express excitement and pride for their achievements. The classes are parent-friendly, so they can take part in a shared, positive fun with their child.
Romp n' Roll St. Petersburg is the second Florida location and is staffed by art instructors, gym instructors, music instructors, and a birthday crew.
Cesar A. Lara MD Weight Management focuses solely on weight and age management, which encompass guiding the patient towards their most optimal state of health and well being. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Lara is known throughout Florida as an expert in weight management, age management, and disease prevention.
Dr. Lara started the business 15 years ago with a desire to have a positive impact on the lives of his patients in a more profound way. Rather than treating illnesses, Dr. Lara wanted to empower his patients to take control of their health and guide them to a happier more satisfying life experience. When he witnessed how transformative losing excess weight was and how it cured the chronic disease of his patients, he was hooked.
For the the past 15 years that the program has been in existence, Cesar A. Lara MD Weight Management has helped thousands of patients shed excess weight and profoundly change their lives and health status. The program focuses on lifestyle modification along with a specific nutritional protocol with real food; and the coaching of professional staff in a supportive and compassionate way. The program is backed by the latest in scientific data on the treatment of obesity and individualized to each of our patient's needs. Dr. Lara is Board Certified in Obesity Medicine as well as a Fellow. He and his nurse practitioner Connie Reyes hold Advanced Certification in Bio Identical Hormone Replacement.
Cesar A. Lara MD Weight Management recently released a new premier line of nutraceuticals, AWAKEN. Crafted from the finest ingredients to "awaken" ones naturally healthy state of being. Find this line and more information on their program at locations in St. Pete, Clearwater and Palm Harbor.
Member Guest Blog Post by Two Stories Media
Headshots are an important piece of your corporate marketing strategy. Recently, we’ve provided a variety of companies with updated headshot photography for their business or organization. Today, we’re going to break down the importance of updated headshots as well as a bit of insight into Two Stories Media’s process when it comes to capturing your headshot.
Importance of Updated Headshots
Two Stories Media Headshot Photography
We capture headshots a little differently than a standard photographer. We utilize our film background, such as how we light scenes, and our experience on commercial and advertising shoots. We then apply the principles to headshot photography. We walk our clients through a three stage process, handling everything from pre-production to post-production of your headshots.
Headshot Photography Promotion
What about you? When was the last time your headshot was updated? If it's been a while, now is the time to take advantage of our headshot photography special! Contact us to schedule your headshot session today.
$750.00 headshot special package includes: 15 individuals maximum, 1 headshot per person, 3 hour session at your business location (with a variety of color options) within Tampa, Clearwater, Largo, or St. Petersburg or in studio (with a white background). Must be a new client with Two Stories Media. Special is limited to the first five new clients. Contact us for availability. Additional persons, photos, edits, and time will incur additional fees.
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A sell-out crowd of Chamber members and Tampa Bay Rowdies fans filled the Mahaffey Theater Ballroom to hear from the team and get excited for the 2018 season at today's Season Kickoff Lunch presented by Florida Print Solutions, Inc. Locale Market served a delicious lunch spread and surprised attendees with an edible work of art for dessert.
After a welcome from Chamber President Chris Steinocher and Rowdies Owner Bill Edwards, Greg Holden, the current co-chairman of the Chamber's Rowdies Council led a Q&A session with Neill Collins, Jochen Graf and Marcel Schäfer.
The players gave attendees some insight on the camaraderie that was quickly built between new and existing team members, their love for our city and the unique experiences that it offers their families and of course, how excited they are to play at Al Lang this Saturday for the home opener against Bethlehem Steel.
Before the home opener this Saturday, March 24th, plan to stop by the Rowdies Council Tailgate between 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM for food, fun and networking with other Chamber members and Rowdies fans. New this year: Save time and money by purchasing a home game tailgate season pass for all 17 home games in advance and save $20, or purchase single tickets in advance and save $10!
If you haven't already purchased your tickets to the match, use the promo code COUNCIL on the link below to receive a special discount. This promo code is available throughout the season. Planning to bring a group out? Contact Joe Grossman at (727) 521-7267 or email@example.com.
In 1979, VHB started out as a small transportation engineering firm in Watertown, MA. They have since grown to a 1,350-person integrated services firm with 24 offices across the eastern seaboard and is a privately held generational company: this means that their ownership is passed on to future generations of employee-owners. Each generation of managers is responsible for leaving the company in better condition than it was received. At VHB, they’re passionate about making meaningful contributions to the world through the work that they do and are proud, yet humbled, to have been doing this for 39 years.
VHB is a team eager to deliver value by embracing their clients’ goals, anticipating challenges, building lasting partnerships, and always providing a smooth ride. They are passionate professionals that include planners, engineers, scientists, and designers who partner with public and private clients in the transportation, real estate, institutional, and energy industries, as well as federal, state, and local governments. Together, they work to enhance communities and economic vitality, improve mobility, and balance development and infrastructure needs with environmental stewardship.
This year, VHB opened their Tampa office because they recognized that the Tampa/St. Pete area is a vibrant and growing community. Their Managing Director, Ben Siwinski has lived in the Tampa Bay Area for 18 years and is raising his family here too. Ben has witnessed tremendous changes in the area over the past 18 years. He is currently working with the City of St. Pete on its Integrated Sustainability Action Plan and sponsors, as well as volunteers at local community events. Because of VHB's passion for safe and healthy transportation options, they have been sponsoring local events such as Open Streets, Localtopia, and 2018 St Pete Run Fest.
St. Patrick's Day is this Saturday, March 17th and there are plenty of great events, specials and activities happening around the 'Burg! Check out a list of our Chamber Member's events below:
FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH
SATURDAY, MARCH 17TH
Sunday, March 18th
Are you a Chamber member with an event or special that needs to be added to this list? Please email the details to firstname.lastname@example.org.