NOVA 535 Unique Event Space, located in a historic building that will turn 100 in 2020, is a wedding venue and unique event space in beautiful Downtown St. Petersburg. Owner Michael S. Novilla and his team specialize in the creation of custom weddings, corporate events and film shoots, just the way you want it!
Established in 2008, NOVA 535 turned 8 years old on February 8th, 2016 and has already organized 1,000 successful events, thanks to a dynamic staff that can go from one to 50 employees, depending on the event.
Combining an art gallery, a swanky lounge and a world-class event space into a single entity has been a longtime dream of Michael S. Novilla, a St. Pete native. He created the "NOVA Way", a continuous improvement system that focuses on wowing and delighting clients and their guests, in order to provide a 5-star event, and a better, smoother, and more enjoyable experience. Happy to produce unique and memorable events, NOVA 535 is also honored to have won many awards, including "Best Place to Get Married", "Best Blank Canvas", "Best Holiday Party Venue", and to have been rated as the Best Event Space and Wedding Venue in Tampa Bay.
Immersed in local happenings, NOVA 535 sponsors a local event website. They also love connecting and helping the world's entrepreneurs, by organizing the Entrepreneur Social Club every Thursday night.
Urban Provisions, a part of the Urban Restaurant Group, is a New York style deli and craft beer bottle shop owned by Steven Salyards and Alex Brandt. The Urban Restaurant Group was interested in creating a craft beer bottle shop that celebrated their love for craft beer. They also wanted a spot where house cured meats could be made a large capacity, allowing them to sell meats by the pound, create sandwiches for guests and provide for their sister restaurants (Urban Brew and BBQ and Urban Comfort) to lighten the daily work load for the kitchen.
So, why deli? The owners love neighborhood type places, especially local delis. Sandwiches offer Urban Provisions the opportunity to be as creative or traditional as they would like.
Why craft beer? Besides their love of craft beer, the owners were intrigued by the idea of a bottle shop, bar and tasting room so much that they decided to do it themselves.
Why community seating and movies? Salyards and Brandt are passionate about creating an environment that not only fits our community, but helps it grow.
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The St. Pete Young Professional’s Leadership Roundtable series is a monthly, member-exclusive program that connects young professionals with major leaders to discuss personal and professional growth, goals and success.
April’s Leadership Roundtable featured Alex Glenn, State President of Duke Energy. Glenn met with approximately 15 young professionals on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 to speak about leadership, how to make an impact in business and navigating the work-life balance.
Being present and listening to others is impactful and critical to being a strong leader. Beyond showing up, Glenn described 4 qualities that he believes are essential that makes a strong leader.
Essential Leadership Qualities
“You must have integrity. Without it, no one will follow you. It’s critical to do what you say and follow through by doing it,” Glenn remarked. Having follow through builds trust. Integrity also encompasses caring about your team. You build integrity through caring for everyone on the team by getting to know them on an individual basis which breeds trust. Knowing each person individually builds an environment where people want to come to work.
Perseverance is grit and the knowledge that failure is a part of success. Glenn noted how Thomas Edison failed many times until he created the light bulb. He would have actually only known failure if he had quit in the process of creating the light bulb.
Glenn also quoted Mike Tyson, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth,” explaining that this can apply to everyday life and how it’s critical to be flexible and be able to adapt to unexpected changes and challenges. Everyone will experience lack of control over a situation at some point in their career or personal life. Perseverance (grit and determination) is what will separate you from 99% of people.
Every leader when faced with a challenge has the opportunity to react positively or negatively. Optimism can hugely affect how people respond to change, as well as team morale and cohesiveness. It’s critical to remain optimistic in the face of change and among the team.
Lastly is intelligence – both competency in doing your job and emotional intelligence. He emphasized that self-awareness is the most important tool you can develop for your career (and personal relationships).
While these 4 qualities make up a great leader, if you don’t love what you’re doing, you are wasting your potential. The advice that Glenn gives the young leaders of St. Petersburg is to figure out what you’re passionate about and follow that path. Use your passion to get involved to make St. Petersburg an even better place to live and grow.
About Alex Glenn:
Alex Glenn is president of Duke Energy’s utility operations in Florida, serving approximately 1.7 million electric retail customers in central Florida, including metropolitan St. Petersburg, Clearwater and the Greater Orlando area. He is responsible for advancing the company’s rate and regulatory initiatives and managing state and local regulatory and governmental relations, economic development and community affairs. Glenn has been with Duke Energy (and predecessor companies Progress Energy and Florida Power Corp.) since 1996 in positions of increasing responsibility. In his previous role as general counsel for the Florida utility operations, which he assumed in 2008, Glenn oversaw all regulatory matters affecting the Florida utility. In addition, he served as a key adviser to the Florida state president, as well as other company executive management and the board of directors. He assumed his current position in December 2012. Before joining Florida Power Corp., Glenn practiced energy law at the international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP in Washington, D.C.
He serves on the boards of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Enterprise Florida, St. Petersburg Area
Chamber of Commerce and the Pinellas Education Foundation. He is also a resident member of the Florida Council of 100. He has served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club of the Suncoast, and is a 2011 graduate of the Leadership Florida Class XXIX and the Leadership St. Pete Class of 2004.
Glenn and his wife, Robin, have three sons and live in St. Petersburg, FL.
Bikepath Country Florida LLC specializes in creative signage that offers companies advertisement opportunities on the Pinellas Trail. They also offer the first "Smart Trail" in Florida, which features the Pinellas Trail, local surrounding points of interest and county happenings.
Bikepath Country, which has been in business for 4 years, offers M-tags and Beacons for cell phone connectivity. Local businesses can also purchase banner ads on the mobile trail experience.
Ivan Bellotto, one of the business owners noted that in addition to adding and consolidating signage on bikepaths, their goal is to allow national and locally based companies to attract a different demographic audience who travel on bikepaths for exercise, outdoor play and for work, school and shopping.
Bikepath Country chose St. Petersburg because of the close proximity to the Pinellas Trail. Their first sign is next to Tropicana Field.
Chamber members and other local businesses can place their logo and or website on the trail signage attracting 90,000 trail users a month. Once approved, a customized banner ad can be placed in a first-ever unique market. Sponsors can also secure connectivity on the smart trail, which includes a mobile experience with a banner advertisement
Bikepath Country offers Chamber members their first month of advertisement free, with a 3 month advertising commitment and 10% discount if member signs advertising contract.
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It’s not often that Chamber members drink coffee and enjoy bagels in the morning at distillery, but that’s what happened at the Chamber’s May Coffee Chat at the St. Petersburg Distillery located in Midtown St. Petersburg. Close to two dozen Chamber members gathered in the tasting room at the distillery to have an informal conversation with newly elected District 7 Council Members Lisa Wheeler-Brown.
Prior to running for city council, Wheeler-Brown was a community activist and past CONA President. In 2011, the Council Member was the NAACP Social Justice recipient for her efforts to curb crime & violence in her neighborhood.
Council Member Wheeler-Brown impressed upon the Chamber member’s her dedication to creating jobs and affordable housing for the residents in her district, which includes some of the most under-served communities in Pinellas County.
The Council Member recognized that there is going to be difficulties in creating economic growth in her district, but believes there is tremendous opportunity for redevelopment and enterprise on vacant lots and homes. The Chamber has experienced their own difficulties in cultivating new membership in Midtown and South St. Petersburg, particularly among minority-women owned businesses. When hosting events in District 7, the Chamber is often only left with three to four locations for Chamber events in Midtown St. Petersburg.
The next Chamber Coffee Chat is on Tuesday, June 14th with District 69 State Representative Kathleen Peters. The location is TBA. Register here.
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce invites you to join the US Chamber of Commerce's webinar on the Department of Labor's final overtime regulation, today, May 24th from 12PM - 1 PM EDT. Tammy McCutchen, former Wage and Hour Administrator in the Bush administration, will provide guidance on how to comply with the new regulation. Participants will be able to ask questions.
Please register for the free webinar here.
Participant Access Instructions - Dial in 5-10 minutes prior to the start time using the Participant phone number and Conference Passcode below:
Conference ID: 2971499
Participants, Toll free: 888-523-1228
If you have any questions, please contact Travis Norton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to overtime regulation this year may have a drastic impact on your organization's staff expenses after December 1, 2016. In response, the Chamber launched a page dedicated to answering your overtime regulation questions. As advocates for economic growth, chambers across Tampa Bay will be supporting the 'Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act'.
Urban Brew and BBQ, established in June 2013, is a restaurant and craft beer bar with a mission to sophisticate BBQ and celebrate beer in downtown St. Petersburg.
Business owners, Steven Salyards and Kevin Lee have created a unique BBQ experience that can only be found in the Grand Central District. Urban Brew and BBQ celebrates down-home BBQ flavors with uptown presentation and a large, rotating selection of craft beers on Central Avenue.
The Urban Brew and BBQ family will be celebrating their 3 year anniversary on June 18th and are inviting Chamber members to celebrate with them! Cheers to 3 Years features a $12 BBQ buffet, an anniversary shirt giveaway and a special beer made by Barley Mow Brewing Company that can only be enjoyed at Urban Brew and BBQ.
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Guaranteed Rate Inc., is a U.S. residential mortgage company, headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. Founded in 2000, the company is ranked as the 7th largest lender in the country. Local offices, are located in Tampa and St. Petersburg, opened in January 2014.
Guaranteed Rate, recognized as one of the most successful private companies in the U.S. for a fifth consecutive year by Inc. Magazine, has an excellent team of people who strive to deliver the best customer service. The company delivers extremely low mortgage rates, and offers cutting edge technology.
Jason Hunter, Branch Manager and VP of Mortgage Lending of the Tampa location was just awarded the Top 1% of Mortgage Loan originators award. There are currently 2,700 employees company-wide and 20 in local offices.
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Are you in college, have an interest in public policy and need college credit or would like to build your network? The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce has an opening for an Advocacy Intern during the summer of 2016. The intern is expected to work 12-16 hours a week.
The special project during the summer internship will be creating the Chamber's Transportation Master Plan.
The intern works closely with the Advocacy Manager.
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is interviewing students wanting to develop professional job experience while participating in the local business community. The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce is a membership-based organization working with business owners and professionals to build a better community. This position will assist with new and ongoing initiatives, including:
The intern works closely with the Advocacy Manager.
Intern Benefits are:
Candidates must be available on the 1st Tuesday at 7:00 am to 9:30 am and 4th Tuesday at 7:30 am to 9:30 am. It is preferable that the candidate also be available on the 3rd Thursdays at 7:30 am to 9:30 am. The Chamber is flexible with the remaining hours Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
Please contact Travis Norton at email@example.com or 727-388-0682 if you are interested in applying for the summer advocacy internship.
In alignment with National Small Business Week, we celebrated the backbone of our community: our local, small businesses that make St. Pete shine. Thank you to our presenting sponsors, Ceridian HCM and Regions Bank for helping the Chamber put the shine on our small businesses. Thank you to our supporting sponsors including the Tampa Bay Times, Bright House Networks Business Solutions, Modern Business Associates and Cyberlicious, Inc.
Kickoff Webcast & Economic Outlook Reception
We kicked off the week using new technology with a blab webcast highlighting the week's events and an Economic Outlook Reception presented by Regions Bank at Rococo Steak. Members heard from the Chief Economist and SVP of Public Policy on the business climate on the Tampa Bay area.
Chamber & The St. Pete Store Pop-ups
Throughout the week, the Chamber and The St. Pete Store and Visitors Center popped up at several locations to hand out our new printed member directories and to showcase the unique items available in The St. Pete Store. Thank you to Regions Bank,Urban Comfort and Jannus Live for hosting us!
St. Petersburg Business Expo
With 65 exhibitors, 10 food sponsors and approximately 300 attendees, the 3rd Annual St. Petersburg Business Expo presented by Printers Plus, LLC. was a great success! Thank you to our Elite Sponsors, Professional Systems Printing & Promotionals of Pinellas Inc and Premier Sotheby's International Realty - The Ovation. Exciting prizes were donated by Courtyard by Marriott Downtown St. Petersburg and Tropic Ocean Airways, who is asking the business community about their travel preferences to make business travel seamless. Click here to share your opinion.
Get Your Business Online Workshops + Extended 1 Million Cups - St. Petersburg
An extended version of the weekly 1 Million Cups - St. Petersburg, which usually showcases 2 local startups, showcased an additional 3 in honor of Small Business Week.
Did you know that 97% of consumers search the web to find local goods and services, but only 37% of businesses have claimed a local business listing on a search engine? The Chamber led 2 special Google workshops to help members enhance their online presence.
Growing Business Seminars
On Thursday, Chamber members including Cerdian HCM, Regions Bank, Tampa Bay Times, Modern Business Associates, Cyberlicious Inc. and Balanced Rejuvenation Integrative Medicine led workshops and webinars to help fellow members to grow smarter. Learn more here.
Member Appreciation BBQ
Thank you to Bayou Catering for providing delicious BBQ favorites for our final celebration of the week! Members enjoyed lunch, lawn games and the opportunity to connect with other members.
Our #StPeteSmallBiz winner is...
Michael McAleenan of Station House St. Pete! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your Tampa Bay Rays tickets!