StarLite Cruises is offering a holiday special: $37.24 including a dining cruise, dinner, entertainment, service charge and tax!
StarLite Cruises has been in business for 30 years. The family owned and operated company offers visitors and locals unique dining and sightseeing cruise experiences via a diverse line of passenger vessels. The StarLite vessels are perfect venues for evening dinner cruises, weddings, group events and the company Christmas party. StarLite Cruises are the only dining boats that offer up to eleven entrees made fresh to order! In 2015, they surpassed 3 million passengers. If you want to experience the beauty of the intracoastal waterways from Clearwater all the way to St. Pete Beach, book a cruise today!
StarLite Cruises is offering a holiday special: $37.24 including a dining cruise, dinner, entertainment, service charge and tax!
Visit www.StarLiteDiningYachts.com or call (727) 462-2628 to book your cruise today!
We want to bring your council members to you. Our members are focused on growing their business, and may not have time to be at every Public Policy meeting; that doesn't mean they can speak with and learn about their district's council member.
The Chamber’s Coffee Chats allow our members to have informal conversations with our elected officials at a member’s business before starting their work day. In the last month, Chamber members have been able to talk with Councilman Gerdes and Councilman Kornell about ways the city can improve city services for residents and businesses, along with candid conversations about the future for major league baseball in St. Petersburg and the status of the city’s waste water management system.
The next coffee chat is on November 17th at 8:00am with Councilwoman Amy Foster who is working to improve the 34th Street corridor. Click here to register.
Andrea Grutman and Jody Hardister, Tropical Isles Realty, Inc
Asset Marketing, Inc.
Debbie Hardwick- Individual Membership
FUSE Media + Communications
Hampton Inn St. Petersburg
JDA Advisors LLC
Jeremiah Khokhar Photography
Little Light of Mine, Inc.
March of Dimes
Merrill Lynch Bank of America - Jay Hornbeck, Financial Advisor
Neurogenx Nerve Center of St. Petersburg
Paula P. Jordan CPA, PLLC
Scott Paint Company
The Barbershop A Hair Salon For Men
Utilities Marketing Group, LLC
Vision Ace Hardware
Woodfield Fine Art
Wright National Flood Insurance Services
Professional Systems Printing & Promotionals is a local, family-owned company that cares about their clients. Their mission is to help people save money while receiving quality promotional items they want to promote their company with. In 2016, the company will be celebrating their 40th year in business!
The father, daughter and son owned company chose St. Petersburg for its business climate and attitude as well as the convenience of being so close to the interstate. The owners and staff truly love the area and the community that live in it. They appreciate any opportunities that come their way and pay it forward whenever they can. Professional Systems Printing & Promotionals supports various charitable causes and looks forward to working with fellow St. Pete Chamber members!
Learn more at http://www.prosys1.com/.
The St. Pete Chamber has hired a new Membership Development Manager to grow and manage the Chamber membership.
Michele Stone has a strong background of sales, marketing and management attained from nine years in leadership positions held in the rapidly growing running industry. Previous positions include Director of Race Partnerships at fusesport, and Director of Sales at RUNNING USA, where she was responsible for a 38% increase in sponsorships and advertising from 2013-2014.
With an impressive career history, Michele is a perfect fit for the Chamber in the current renaissance St. Petersburg is experiencing. She will manage new member sales, sponsorships and advertising sales. Michele will be evaluating, re-structuring and implementing a total community investment strategy defining value for membership and growth of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce.
On her new position, Michele said, “I’m thrilled to be part of the team at the St. Pete Area Chamber of Commerce. I look forward to building strong relationships as well as getting the opportunity to help businesses become more visible and successful within the community. There are many opportunities to have a voice and create growth through the Chamber’s programs, Advocacy Task Forces and Economic Development initiatives. I’m super excited to live in this vibrant and growing city and look forward to the future!”
To learn more about Chamber benefits, growing your business or to meet Michele, please find her contact information below.
Michele Stone, Membership Development Manager
Phone: (727) 388-2913
Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay (SVPTB) launched officially in January 2015, after a full year or recruiting partners and selecting our first nonprofit investee. They are a nonprofit, philanthropic organization, combining human capital with financial support to assist Tampa Bay area not-for-profit organizations who are addressing critical social issues in our community.
When asked what sets SVPTB apart from competitors, Rebekah Heppner, Executive Director said, “human capital.” After careful vetting, Social Venture Partners Tampa Bay partners with select nonprofits for multi-year capacity building projects. The organization’s goal is to leave them stronger from a business standpoint so that they can accomplish more to fulfill their social service missions.
SVPTB is currently in the process of carefully vetting not-for-profit organizations for their next investee. Their partners will gather on November 12 to select from three finalists. One finalist is Ready for Life, an organization that serves youth aging out of foster care in Pinellas County.
The organization is affiliated with the Social Venture Partners Network. Rebekah Heppner, SVPTB founder first contacted the network office in April 2013 and began talking to other community-minded people in Tampa Bay that summer. By November of 2013, a group of seven had committed to form an affiliate of the Network and created a fund in the Community Foundation to hold donations.
The organization’s local founder and current executive director, Rebekah Heppner, lives in (and loves) St. Petersburg. While most of their current partners live in Tampa, as they continue to grow, SVPTB believes the St. Pete community will embrace this new model of philanthropy, enabling them to serve more organizations in St. Pete - and in all of Tampa Bay.
To learn more about SVPTB, visit their website at http://www.socialventurepartners.org/tampa-bay/.
Welcome to the Chamber family!
R2D Beverages Corp
Divine Dermatology, PLLC
Family Promise of Pinellas County
Sunbelt Business Brokers
J. Thor Productions, Inc.
Modular Document Solutions
Hawkers Asian Street Fare
LCM Private Client Group
Re/Max Preferred- Terri Fritzel
Hall Sustainability Consulting, LLC
Boyd Construction Company
St. Pete Skin Spa
David Calvin Furniture Studio
Suncoast Center, Inc.
Signature Urgent Care
Chick-fil-a Tyrone Square Mall
Thomas Plummer Insights, Inc.
Coastal Properties Group International/Christie's International Real Estate- Annalisa Weller, PA
Coastal Properties Group International/Christie's International Real Estate- Denise Reilly, PA
We've joined promotional forces with Kobie Marketing to gain added exposure to a fundraising event mixing up talent, food drives and fun to benefit local charities. Jannus Live will host St. Pete’s Got Talent on November 12, 2015.
The St. Petersburg Free Clinic Food Bank feeds over 40,000 community members, and the need for donations is constant. Last year, Kobie Marketing raised over 46,000 pounds of food through office participation and #StompOutStarving, a local fundraiser, which helped to keep the Food Bank’s coffers full for over 6 months.
Kobie is calling on the community and local companies to join forces as they try to expand their efforts and include other local charities of the community’s choice to benefit from the event as well. There are several ways to get involved, including hosting food collection bins.
The St. Pete Chamber is currently housing two collection bins and invites members and locals to stop in to donate non-perishable food items.
Drop into the Chamber during regular business hours to donate your items!
EMV & Chip Cards – What’s all the fuss about?
by Guest Blogger - Trevor Mast, SVP of Financial Services, FIS
What does EMV stand for?
EMV™ (“Europay, MasterCard, VISA”), is named for the three companies which originally created this new standard in payments technology. It is currently managed by EMVCo, a consortium with control split equally among VISA, MasterCard, JCB, American Express, China UnionPay, and Discover.
How can I stay on top of what’s going on with EMV?
FIS, a member of the St Pete Chamber, is at the center of much EMV migration activity. Serving both financial institutions and retailers, FIS publishes PaymentsLeader.com, a thought leadership blog on topics such as EMV. Check this site regularly for updates and additional information.
How does EMV work?
EMV is a technical standard for “smart” payment cards - and for the POS (point-of-sale) terminals and ATMs (Automated Teller Machines) which accept them. Also called chip cards, these cards store data on a small chip on your payment cars - an “integrated circuit” – instead of using the magnetic stripe. In the U.S., chip cards will continue to have magnetic stripes, so they can be used with merchants that have not converted to a chip-enabled device. Chip cards can be “contact cards”, which must be inserted (or "dipped" – hence the phrase “Chip & Dip”) into a reader, or “contactless cards”, which can be read over a short distance using NFC (Near Field Communication) technology.
You’ll also hear people using phrases like “chip-and-PIN” or “chip-and-signature” cards, depending on the type of authentication the issuing banks requires to use them. In Europe and most other parts or the world, chip cards – both debit and credit – are used with a PIN. In the U.S., concern over requiring cardholders to select and remember yet one more PIN, has driven the market to chip-and-signature as the default.
What does it all mean to me?
Whether you work in retail or in banking, your world is changing at a rapid pace. October 1, 2015 has long been a red-letter date for over a year, because of the liability shift that occurred that day. In most cases, retailers who have not enabled their POS terminals to accept and authorize chip-card payments now bear the responsibility of covering the cost of any fraudulent transactions. Banks and credit unions have been under the gun to reissue millions of cards, to put the technology in the hands of their cardholders, while merchants have been furiously upgrading their POR devices
There are a few exceptions to this. For example, the liability shift does not apply to AFDs (Automated Fuel Dispensers) until October 1, 2017. For ATMs, the shift occurs in 2016 for MasterCard, but 2017 for VISA.
Does this put an end to card fraud?
It would be nice if this were the silver bullet that eliminated fraud. Unfortunately, fraudsters are a clever and resilient bunch! While card-present fraud may see a decline over time, this simply means that fraud will migrate to the weakest link: card-not-present (online and over-the phone) transactions. DO not let your guard down. Everyone must continue to be vigilant in protecting transactional and personal data.
What should I do if I have a POS that is not EMV-enabled?
Contact your transaction processor immediately to discuss your options. Ultimately, it is your choice to upgrade terminals to EMV or not, but you want to make an informed decision, due to the increased exposure to your bottom line if you process fraudulent transactions. FIS is able to provide our merchants with access to a wide range of point-of-sale options. We feature renowned VeriFone and Ingenico products, with models that include functionality capable of accommodating every level of merchant needs. These solutions fulfill countertop, wireless and mobile needs, and include EMV/chip card capability, Near Field Communication (NFC) technology and more. For information about FIS Merchant Processing and EMV equipment, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about FIS’ chip-card products and strategies, contact email@example.com.
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is preparing to open a consignment retail store attached to our Visitors Center. Our goal is to highlight locally made goods and help our visitors and residents discover our community artists and makers. This store is scheduled to open in early October and we are starting to collect inventory this week.
We are seeking items that are locally made or reflective of the St. Pete experience to offer in this space. Please review the outline and share your products with us for a chance to sell your wares to our guests.
Click here to view the outline.
Contact Kristina Alspaw at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.