Canterbury School of Florida is a co-ed, college preparatory, independent day school with 2 separate campuses here in St. Petersburg. Serving 480 students ranging from pre-kindergarten (age 3) through grade 12, technology is implemented through every discipline in the curriculum including their marine studies facility, which is one of the top programs in the state. Respecting the diversity of others and valuing the relationships uniting them as a school community, they inspire individual responsibility and a commitment to serve.
Having opened in 1968, Canterbury will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this next academic year (2018-2019). Canterbury School of Florida educates and nurtures the whole child in mind, body, and spirit in preparation for college and an honorable life as a responsible steward of our world. The 87 members that make up their faculty and staff encourage you to read through their quarterly, digital magazine, which discusses students, alumni, faculty and programs.
Southeastern Guide Dogs transforms lives by creating and nurturing extraordinary partnerships between people and dogs. A nonprofit with a national reach, they train dogs of the highest pedigree for people who are blind and for veterans as well, providing their premier dogs and lifetime services at no cost, without government funds. Having been in business the past 35 years, Southeastern Guide Dogs was incorporated in the State of Florida in December of 1982. The nonprofit was originally conceived when Lion and Mrs. Robert D. Miller had the thought to produce dogs that were well acclimated to the oppressive heat and humidity of the region for visually impaired guide dog handlers.
Southeastern Guide Dogs has the distinction of being dual accredited by the two premier, global accreditation bodies: The International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International. All of Southeastern Guide Dogs’ services - which include selective breeding and expert dog training; comprehensive on campus student instruction; and lifetime graduate follow-up are provided at no cost to the recipients. The charity relies 100% on private donations and receives no government funding.
Walkathons are Southeastern Guide Dogs’ biggest fundraiser of the year, offering the opportunity for the community to help provide world class dogs to people with visual impairments and veterans. Everyone is invited to this family friendly event to walk their dogs and share paws for a cause. The Walkathon will take place in eight separate locations throughout Florida, over the span of several months in 2018. The St. Petersburg Walkathon will be the first to take place on February 24, 2018, starting at beautiful Vinoy Park.
For more information, other Walkathon locations, to sign up, raise funds, and set up Walkathon teams, visit www.guidedogswalkathon.org. For additional questions, call 941-729-5665.
Bringing “new American barbecue" to St. Pete's Edge District, Dr. BBQ will be a new full-service restaurant will sizzle with barbecue varieties and variations fashioned around the travels of Ray Lampe, also known as Dr. BBQ, and the many different styles of barbecue he tasted along the way, blended with local St. Pete tastes.
Business owners include Dr. BBQ himself, Ray Lampe and his partners Suzanne and Roger Perry, owners of the Datz, Dough and Roux restaurants in Tampa. Inducted into the BBQ Hall of Fame in 2014, Lampe is routinely seen as a judge on shows like Travel Channel’s American Grilled, FYI Network’s World Food Championships, and the Food Network’sChopped and Tailgate Warriors with Guy Fieri. He also hosts a cooking segment on Fox Sports Network's “Fishing the Flats,” as well as a monthly “Ask Dr. BBQ” Q&A segment on the BBQ Central Radio Show.
The restaurant has a rustic industrial ambiance to complement the cuisine. It features a selection of bourbon curated by an award winning mixologist along with a creative cocktail program and local beers for patrons wanting spirits along with main event.
Dr. BBQ is set to open in the next few months- stay tuned for they're grand opening and ribbon cutting celebration.
AGR Group Florida started in 2002 as an outbound telemarketing operation with a dozen employees on card tables using hand-dialed phones and has grown into an customer acquisition team with more than 1,200 employees in three call centers and multiple field offices.
AGR Group offers full outsourcing of all energy related customer needs ranging from Residential and Commercial Outbound telemarketing, Inbound Customer Service, Lead Generation and Appointment Setting to Energy Consulting.
AGR Group Florida has been providing energy telemarketing and lead generation services for the past 15 years. As a premier energy marketing company, they offer sales and support services to retail energy. AGR Group focuses on maintaining high ethical standards during the sales process and pride themselves for building a reputation among retail energy suppliers as the most trusted partner for outbound telemarketing services, canvassing, appointment setting, and lead generation services.
AGR Group Florida's ownership is comprised of several entities and individuals, and is led by CEO Matt Judkin. The company began as a 12 man call center and has grown to well over 800 employees in the East and West coast. The demand for a marketing company in the energy deregulated sector was high and we started at the right time. The owners had experience in the deregulated telecom industry so the deregulated energy industry seemed like a natural transition.
St. Pete has been a great location for AGR, it has an entrepreneurial vibe which is appealing to them. They were told St. Pete was very pro-employer in that it supported businesses that were creating jobs. They see that here, and they’ve seen the support from the Chamber and the PSTA who provides transportation to many of their employees.
AGR also has taken an interest in the community by working with several local organizations to provide support through donations or assistance. Three Square Food Bank, RCS Food Bank, Toys for Tots, All Children’s Hospital in St. Pete have all benefited from AGR’s giving. They also work with organizations that seek to provide second chance employment to individuals who want a new start on life.
ActionCOACH Tampa Bay, a business and executive coaching firm is celebrating their 10 year anniversary in St. Petersburg. ActionCOACH's tools, strategies and advice are based on best practices and come from an industry leading franchise, now in over 70 countries and ranks #35 on the top 100 Global Franchise List. Their coaching, just like with professional athletes, works best when the owner has built an established and successful company, has a vision to grow/expand or exit/succession, and understands the value of an outside perspective that can see the big picture.
Their clients love that their firm is family run and operated, with three coaches who have all ranked in the top 100 global coaches. Business owners include Managing Partner, Barb Kyes; Founding Partner, Ford Kyes; and Partner, Juliet Kyes.
When asked what sets them apart from their competitors, the firm notes that their results, reviews and testimonials speak for themselves - and their involvement the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the community sets them apart.
ActionCOACH Tampa Bay started on a quest to stay in St. Pete as the next venture after Ford Kyes (former CEO of St. Anthony's Hospital) looked for the next venture or career move. Barb and Ford Kyes consulted with a franchise broker and that lead to the introduction to ActionCOACH. After serving others in healthcare all of their life, the husband and wife team saw the opportunity to give back to the business community utilizing the tools and systems of ActionCOACH. Juliet Kyes, a business graduate from USFSP, came to assist with their business planning and also fell in love with the opportunity the franchise presented.
Any business owner who is successful and has the drive to be the best is invited to join ActionCoach Tampa Bay at Rococo Steak for an upcoming business breakfast: www.6stepstampabay.com. Firm partner and business coach (your 2016 St. Pete Chamber Member of the Year), Juliet Kyes, will be speaking for 30-45 minutes on how local business owners are building profit and free time into their businesses then the rest of the time is Q&A and enjoying breakfast and networking.
Since 1954, MIDFLORIDA Credit Union has maintained the credit union philosophy of “people helping people” through excellent personal attention and community involvement. Members enjoy full-service Saturdays, 7 to 7 drive-thru hours, fast, local loan approvals, and even free popcorn every Friday!
MIDFLORIDA is one of the largest locally-owned financial institutions in Central Florida, serving members from coast to coast. It recently added branches in Clearwater, Land O' Lakes and Orlando.
MIDFLORIDA Credit Union offers personal savings and checking accounts, business banking services, and a variety of lending products and services including auto loans, mortgages, personal loans and credit cards. It also offers a variety of incentives for new personal and business checking account customers and a competitive rate on a range of loan products.
MIDFLORIDA is a member-owned institution. A $5 deposit is required for membership with MIDFLORIDA, and this small deposit grants every member a share in ownership. The credit union is managed by an elected board of directors.
The company began over 60 years ago as Polk County Teachers Credit Union. From its humble beginnings, where receipts were kept in a shoebox, the credit union has grown to servicing more than 271,000 members in Central Florida and exceeding $2.9 billion in assets. It has now more than 750 employees.
With St. Pete quickly becoming one of the most popular places to live in the Tampa Bay Area, MIDFLORIDA saw an opportunity to help a growing community. They offer a variety of incentives for new personal and business checking account customers, and invite you to stop in to learn more.
Launched this past January, Sea Breeze Adult Day Center, LLC specializes in providing daytime care to seniors in our community. An affordable alternative to in-home care, the center is a unique option for seniors who desire to continue living at home but require supervision and some assistance with daily life activities.
Natalie Lemke started the center because of the challenges she encountered while searching for appropriate daytime care for her mother who suffers from dementia. She saw the need for an alternative to the in-home care, ALFs and nursing homes. Natalie is a strong believer that greater socialization is a supervised environment greatly increases the quality of life of seniors and their family caregivers. With the increasing number of seniors in our community, there will be a need for more senior care options.
Sea Breeze has a team of four employees, and is excited to create more jobs as the center grows. The employees are very passionate about their work and love to care for people. They are looking forward to celebrating their first year in business and continuing to positively impact St. Petersburg.
Paz Mediation specializes in the Circuit Civil and Family Mediation. It was created in July 2016.
Natalie Paskiewicz is the owner and the only employee of Paz Mediation. She went to law school in Gulfport, and has lived and worked in St. Pete ever since. She has witnessed first-hand the strong support system St. Pete offers to small businesses. She now lives in St. Pete with her husband Nick, her daughter Madelyn, and their dog Bo.
The idea of the company came from the owner’s fascination about the ever-changing world. She considered that a quality Mediator should make it a point to stay on top of new laws and opinions. She treats every Mediation as a new case and a new challenge and she strives to work with the parties pre-suit or in suit to accomplish their goals, whether that results in a settlement or not. Natalie Paskiewicz’s user-friendly website makes it easy to schedule Mediations online. She does not charge for travel in the Bay area, prep, or follow-up.
Recently, the company expanded it's ADR practice from circuit civil Mediation to include both circuit civil and family law mediation.
After practicing for several years, Natalie Paskiewicz found she had a knack for Mediation. She was captivated by the strategy necessary to handle all types of legal issues and personalities in attendance at Mediation. She knew this was something that she truly enjoyed and decided to focus solely on Mediating.
Founded in 2007, USAmeriBank is celebrating its 10-year anniversary. While the company can fulfill a customer's personal banking needs, their specialty is business lending for growing businesses. The company’s deeply experienced bankers provide highly personalized customer service and create custom banking solutions to fit their needs and goals. Their customers choose to work with them because they want more than the mass-produced offerings of the less personal mega-banks.
USAmeriBank is excited to be celebrating their 10th anniversary this year. It was officially on Feb. 12 and they celebrated by having their managers deliver special gifts to their employees. The company has experienced tremendous growth over the past 10 years to become the largest local, independent bank based in the Tampa Bay area, and it couldn't have been done without loyal customers, visionary shareholders and hardworking employees.
Also, for the first time in several years, USAmeriBank is expanding into a new market this year. This summer it will enter Polk County with a retail branch in a prime location in downtown Lakeland.
The bank was started in 2007, on the cusp of the Great Recession, by nationally renowned bankers Harrison Steans and daughter Jennifer Steans. At the time, ambitions for the bank were modest. The Steans brought on experienced banking CEO Brad McMurtrey to run the bank, with the original plan envisioning a Pinellas County community bank.
However, in response to the economy's challenges, McMurtrey and the Steans decided they needed to alter the original plan, bring on more capital, and grow the bank across Tampa Bay to Tampa and Hillsborough County. That's when Joseph Chillura, current President and CEO, and Al Rogers came on board, and with them, a team of experienced lenders. From there, the bank grew steadily, largely driven by organic growth, over the next 10 years.
USAmeriBank opened the St. Pete branch in 2011. USAmeriBank has a longstanding philosophy of building banks around people who can jump-start relationships with local business owners and individuals. The bank built the St. Pete branch around retail market manager Kathy Wright, a native of Pinellas County, her deep roots and connections in St. Pete, along with involvement with such groups as the Northeast Exchange Club and St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and has served the bank customers well.
For 4 consecutive years, USAmeriBank has ranked first among Florida-based Small Business Administration lenders in the Tampa Bay area. The bank’s SBA team has strong experience, which puts the bank in a great position to help local businesses grow. SBA loans are a viable option for businesses looking for capital to fund their growth, whether for hiring additional employees, purchasing office space, or buying new equipment.
In 1965, the first art museum in St. Petersburg opened on the waterfront. The Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg (MFA) was founded by St. Pete art collector and philanthropist, Margaret Acheson Stuart (1896-1980) in 1965. Mrs. Stuart had a vision to provide outstanding examples of world art and cultures in an inviting and elegant setting. Keeping the galleries intimately scaled was key element to the guest experience, which was important to the museum's founder.
The Museum of Fine Arts is the only encyclopedic museum in the area with over 20,000 works of art representing 4,500 years of history. The MFA also houses a photography collection that is considered to be the largest in the Southeast. Some Museum highlights include masterpieces from Monet, O’Keeffe, De Koonig, a sculpture garden and a Steuben glass gallery.
Tech, Shopping and Celebrations
Explore the MFA in a whole new context with their free mobile app, Viewpoint. Use it as you browse the Museum's collection to learn more about each painting and sculpture, all at the touch of a button.
Named "Best Museum Gift Shop" by Tampa Bay Magazine for 2 years in a row, the Museum Store offers a unique shopping experience featuring works by local and regional artists. Guests will be sure to take a memorable piece of art or souvenir home to commemorate their experience.
Voted the #1 most desirable location for a wedding reception in Florida by MarthaStewartWeddings.com, the MFA is an elegant and unique location for special events. Contact the Museum to book your next company or personal event in one of the MFA's classic spaces including a lush garden, elegant ballroom or the breathtaking conservatory.
This Friday, June 9th, the 3rd Annual Beer Project returns to the MFA. The fundraiser aims to conserve works of art and features beers from fifteen area craft brewers, a revolving tattoo parlor, beer lounges and live paintings. Tickets are $45 for MFA members; non-members pay $60 in advance and $75 at the door. Click here to learn more.