Chamber Connections ~ May 2015

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Chamber Connections ~ May 2015
Special points of interest:
 Highlights from the 1st Annual Health & Fitness Challenge on Page 27
 Check out information on the
upcoming Bike Fest on Page 6
 Business After Hours will be
held on May 21st. For more
information see Page 7
 See what Leadership 2015 is
doing on Page 16
Inside this issue:
President’s Message
New Members
Contact Breakfast
Business Spotlight
Thank You Corner
Ambassador Corner
Business After Hours 15
Ribbon Cuttings
Mark your calendar for
Egg’s and Issues
June 2nd…
More information on
Page 13
The 1st Annual Health & Fitness Team Challenge took place on
April 17th with many teams competing. The events consisted of
fun tasks such as a trike race, football challenge, ball bounce race,
and rope and tire drills. For the more adventurous, the extreme
events of car pushing, warped wall challenge and the traverse
wall race may have tested their skills.
This fun and energetic outdoor team event was such a hit it may
become a semi-annual event. If you are interested, contact Amy
at (813) 754-3707 for more information.
President’s Message
Dear Chamber Members,
The first week of May is going to be very busy for the Chamber! This coming Saturday we have our “bigger
and better” Plant City Bike Fest with extended hours of 4:00pm - 10:00pm. There will be two bands playing
that evening, plus we have some great new vendors for you to look over. We hope you will consider coming
out and enjoying the event. Our next one will be October 3 rd, so come out while you can!
On Wednesday, May 6th, we are partnering with the City of Plant City and the Tampa Economic Development
Council in hosting our own Plant City EDC Forum. Real estate brokers, commercial real estate agencies, developers, etc., from Tampa to Orlando are invited to see an overview of our available properties and buildings
that we have to offer. Guests will see a video about Plant City and why they should consider developing here,
along with City and County officials discussing the ease of doing business in our community. We want to
thank our many sponsors who have made this event happen. We will be sure to update you in next month’s
newsletter regarding the meeting.
Marion Smith
Vice President
Amy Nizamoff
Tourist Information
Jane Gonzalez
Administrative Assistant
Joyce Nestor
Membership Director
Tammy Mitchell
Communications Director
Evelyn Clay
On May 13th, at our regular monthly Contact Breakfast (for this monthly only, the event will be located in the
Ag. Building at the Festival grounds), our City Manager, Mike Herr, will give a recap of the Forum and the
initial reactions by those in attendance. Please get your rsvp in as soon as possible. For the rest of the month,
we will begin planning our New Teacher Coffee, Business of the Year banquet, and start on the 13 th annual
Plant City Pig Jam!
I would like to take a moment to remember a good friend of mine and Chamber member, Barbara Powers. Barbara battled cancer for four years and finally made her way
home on Monday, April 20th. She owned Barbara Powers Promotions before selling
her business to another party. Barbara was an active Chamber member serving as
Chairman of our Community Expo Committee for 8 years, Ambassador for 3 years,
and served on the Plant City Bike Fest committee and Plant City Pig Jam committees
for many years. She had just accepted the task of serving on the Contact Breakfast
committee when she was diagnosed. She is survived by her husband, Matt, and will
be sorely missed. Warmest regards, Marion
Executive Board
Board of Directors
Chairman of the Board
Michael Cameron
Cameron Financial Management
Matt Buzza
Platinum Bank
Brian West
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Immediate Past Chairman
Nate Kilton
Sedita Kilton Life & Wealth Management, LLC.
The Greater Plant City
Chamber of Commerce
shall work for its members
and be the leading force in
promoting the commercial,
industrial, agricultural, and
civic interests of Greater
Plant City and East
Hillsborough County.
Martyn Clay, Ed.D.
Hillsborough Community College
Paul Hackney
Sunshine Bank
Charles Harris
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites
Bradley Herremans
Suncoast Community Health Centers Pediatrics
Michael Watkins
V & R Insurance
Vice Chairman
Membership Division
Edwena Haney
Hopewell Funeral Home &
Memorial Gardens
Vice Chairman
Community Program Division
Verna McKelvin
Wells Memorial & Event Center
Vice Chairman
Economic Development Division
Phil Waldron
Waldron Consulting Services
Vice Chairman
Community & Governmental Affairs Division
Yvonne Fry
Lines of Communication
Larry Jimenez, Jr.
Star Distribution Systems.
Jason Jones
Advantage Restoration, Inc.
Karen Kerr
South Florida Baptist Hospital
Kenneth Parker,
Florida Strawberry Growers Association
Jim Scott
Jarrett-Scott Ford
Keith Smith
Trinkle, Redman, Swanson, Coton, Davis, &
Smith, P.A.
Darcy Stottlemyer
All A Bloom Florist
Carole Wright,
Myers & Wright, P.A.
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Pig Jam
2015 Chamber Trustees
Chamber Connections ~ May 2015
Thank you for your
commitment to the
Chamber of Commerce
Bealls Outlet
1407 South Collins Street
Plant City, FL 33563-6577
Office: (813) 752-1004
Ryan Fitzgerald, Store Manager
Retail Store
Edward Jones SUPPLIES
Melissa Haskins
2501 Thonotosassa Road
Plant City, FL 33563-1464
Office: (813) 759-1491
HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & [email protected]
Financial Planning & Investments
Lakehouse Luxury
Apartment Homes
3001 Lakehouse Cove Isle
Plant City, FL 33566
Office: (813) 756-5800
Brenda Rodriguez,
Property Manager
[email protected]
LeAnne’s Old Fashioned
Seffner, FL
Office: (813) 651-0045
LeAnne Crabtree, Owner
[email protected]
Cookie Gift Baskets
Pete The Painter
514 Kingsway Road
Brandon, FL 33510-3826
Office: (813) 391-1642
Pete Kelly, Owner
[email protected]
Painting Contractors
Plant City Life Improvement
102 North Collins Street
Plant City, FL 33563-3312
Office: (813) 752-0148
Anamaria Gaffney, Director
[email protected]
To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business,
and your business in your heart. – Sr. Thomas Watson
Since 1964
15-20 Years
Bealsville, Inc.
Best Western Plus
Burris Refrigerated Logistics
Capital Resource Group of Naples, Inc.
International Softball Federation
(59 YEARS!)
10-14 Years
Dykstra Construction
Hawthorne Health & Rehabilitation
Linda’s Cleaning
Sedita, Kilton Life & Wealth Management, LLC
The Lakeland Center
WW Pallet, Inc.
5-9 Years
All A Bloom Florist
Business Archives Tampa
Dental Associates of Plant City
Gaffney Eye Clinic
H. Charles Locksmith
Helping Hands Thrift Store
Stone Ledge Manor
Timberlane Pet Hospital & Resort
1-4 Years
A to Z Rental Center
Allen & Company
Children’s Board of Hillsborough County
Cruise Planners
David Ham Security Agency, Inc.
Anna Mae Harris
Hillsborough County Economic Development-Small Business Development Center
Safety Training & Consulting
The Computer Force, Inc.
Barbara Twine Thomas
3-116th Field Artillery Battalion
University of Florida-Plant City Campus
Urgent Care USA, LLC
“Hire character. Train skill.” – Peter Schutz
*Screen Enclosures * Carports
*Siding & Soffits * Vinyl Windows
Thank you to our sponsors and
volunteers for making this the
BikeFest Event of the Year!
Fran Haasch, Attorney
Harley-Davidson of Lakeland
Florida Fun Bike Center
General RV
C1 Bank
Cycle Stop
Bulldog Leather
Steve Clark
Barney’s of Brandon
and the
Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce
Sunshine Bank graciously sponsored the April Contact Breakfast, treating the membership to a
presentation by Southeastern University (SEU) and
Dr. Kent Ingle, President of the college.
Marc Waller, Owner of I-4
Power is presented with the
Good Egg by Chairman
Michael Cameron
Matias Pertula, Dr. Brian Carroll, Jennifer Closshey, Paul
Hackney, Dr. Kent Ingle, Paul Pritt, Lea Sacco, and
Bruce Carr.
Dr. Ingle spoke of the expansion to SEU’s curriculum as well as their sports programs. Located in
Lakeland, the University is convenient for residents
of Plant City. Offering undergraduate degree plans
from nursing to education, masters programs, as
well as a doctoral program in education, SEU has
much to select from. For more information, visit
Eric Barber with the Robert W. Willaford
Railroad Museum Society carries home a
tote filled with goodies from Sunshine
The Good Egg was presented by Chairman Michael
Cameron to Marc Waller, owner of I-4 Power, for
his consistent support of all Chamber events and
community involvement. Congratulations, Marc!
Kori Harbaugh with CenterState Bank
shows off her good fortune at winning
a $50 gift card!
The cashpot drawing remained unclaimed as Lisa
Greer, Mark Gordon, Ed Verner, Brian Wilson, and
Roy Rogers were not in attendance when their
names were drawn. The drawing in May will be
$200, so don’t miss this opportunity. You must be
present to win.
May’s Contact Breakfast will be sponsored by
Hopewell Funeral Home & Memorial Gardens with
Mike Herr, City Manager, as guest speaker. Please
be sure to RSVP either online or by calling the
Chamber office at (813) 754-3707. See you May
Thank you again to Sunshine
Bank for their generosity and
sponsorship. To learn more about
Sunshine bank, stop by 102 W.
Baker Street or online at
Maribel Lorenzo is the winner of a
basketful of LeAnne’s Old Fashioned
Harold Falls with Mosaic
Company wins a $50 gift
certificate as a door prize
courtesy of Sunshine Bank.
New Member, David Thornburg
(WBF FM102.9) takes home a
beautiful arrangement.
Jon Poppell (Poppell Insurance) walks away a winner of
a $50 gift certificate provided
by Sunshine Bank.
Cookie Smith wins a door prize!
Rev. Scott Lawry with Evangelical Presbyterian Church is
the winner of an awesome $50
Bruce Rodwell is a winner!
Shea Pennington with Hope
Lutheran Church takes
home a $50 gift card!
The May 13th Contact Breakfast will be held at the AG Building
at the Florida Strawberry Festival Grounds
Business Spotlight
Peggy Forget, Life Skills and Team Leader for
MacDonald Training Center, Inc.
How was your business founded? MTC was founded in 1953 by J. Clifford MacDonald and a group of visionary parents of individuals with
developmental disabilities. At a time when the alternative to being sent to a state institution was to sit at home and do nothing, these individuals
rejected both options and with the support of local civic groups such as the Sertoma Club, and Junior League, proceeded to create one of the
first alternatives in the nation for children with special needs.
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert James donated their ranch to MacDonald Training Center in 1966 in order to advance the then revolutionary idea that
young men with disabilities could succeed if they were provided specialized job skills training. Many civic groups from the Civitans, Lion’s and
Kiwanis Club including Alex B. Hull, chairman, shared the vision and supported us with time, treasure and talent. We would not be where we
are today without the support of the Plant City community over the past 50 years.
Tell us something about yourself and your business we don’t know. I’ve been employed with MTC for 13 years. I supervise the team in
our Life Skills program. This supports adults with challenges that will preclude most from ever obtaining community based employment. But that
does not mean they can’t learn or that we are a day care provider. Our services are dedicated to providing meaningful daily activities which include self advocacy, social skills, daily living skills, and job related skills. We are highly involved in this community. Our individuals are proud to be
part of the community and our volunteer trips to work at the United Food Bank are well attended!
One of MTC’s most significant business partnerships is with the Florida Department of Transportation. MTC is the sole packager for the SUNPASS transponder, which provides real world skills training for the people we are privileged to serve. Our latest job skills training program is “ e
-Quality Recycling” which is the de-manufacturing of electronics such as computers, servers, hard drives, cable boxes, cell phones etc. Sims
Recycling, one of the largest recycling businesses in the world, is partnering with us and mentoring our service delivery. We have lots of experience with de-manufacturing as one of our skills training contracts at James Ranch is with Nestle. Our trainees de-manufacture those soft drink
dispensers you see on cruise ships.
What tips of your trade would you like to share? It is MTC’s mission to empower people with disabilities to lead the lives they choose.
We want to change societal perceptions and expectations about what people with disabilities can or cannot do. But we cannot do that alone,
which is why we actively network with community based organizations like the Chamber. We are proud that we began one of our favorite and
long lasting business partnerships, that with Alligator Bob, at a Chamber breakfast!
What benefits have you seen due to your Chamber membership? Since graduating from the Plant City Leadership Class of 2013 and
being a member of the Chamber it has given me the opportunity to share information about MTC and partner up with business owners/leaders
and build relationships where we can support one another. In the past decade MTC has gone from providing business services to 20 companies
to about 80 today. We need more business partnerships, but we also need more opportunities for the people we serve to become employed.
We are actively seeking volunteer opportunities, internships and jobs for the people we serve.
To learn more about the MacDonald Training Center call Peggy at (813) 752-6508 or visit them at 2902 North Cork Road in Plant City.
Thank you to Sunshine Bank for sponsoring the April Contact Breakfast and for the wonderful door prizes! Also, thank you to All A Bloom, Creative Flowers by Glenn, and LeAnne’s Old Fashioned
Cookies for providing lovely gifts. The Business After Hours was sponsored by Mango Cleaners; thank
you to Marc and his team for holding a terrific networking event for the members. We greatly appreciate
your generosity and commitment to the Chamber!
Next month we will need YOUR help…
The newsletter will include the
application for the
2015 Businesses of the Year Awards
Please take a moment to consider
those businesses in our
Chamber who have made
a difference, fill out the nomination
form, and fax or drop it by our office.
Thank you in advance for your help!
We could not do what we do without
Ambassador Team #3 led the April
luncheon with their version of Jeopardy.
Thank you to David Tomlin, Verna McKelvin, Polly Wiggins, Dean Pfeffer, Charlie
Wells, Taylor Clark, Alice Bullard, Karen
Crumley, and Carole Wright for making it
memorable. Also, the staff wishes to say
“Thank You” for the wonderful goodie
baskets and certificates they presented
to the Chamber Staff.
Thank you also, to Verna McKelvin (Wells
Memorial & Event Center) and Lea Sacco
(Sunshine Bank) for sponsoring the April
To join the Ambassador Team, contact
Tammy at (813) 754-3707 or email her at
[email protected]
Ambassador Team—April
Team # 2
Candace Downing, Maribel Lorenzo, Lea Sacco and
Carter Metts (Not pictured-Donna Cade, Frank Cummings,
Nancy Miller, Karen Griggsby, Linda Dunn, Jim Young, and
Jason Jones)
Marc Poling, Owner of Mango Cleaners,
shows off “before” and “after” his leather
restoration process. Looking good….on the
Mango Cleaners was THE
place to be on April 16th for
their annual Business After
Hours on the patio event.
They went all-out for the
Chamber members to make
this event full of great food,
great libations, and excellent
networking. Thank you to
Marc Poling for a job very
well done. Everyone had a
great great that we
are looking forward to your
next one!
(l-r) Pat Pogue, Christine Miller, Frank Cummings, and Joan Davies
Steve Champagne with Mango Cleaners
entertains the crowd.
Joan Davies (Board member for the Florida
Court Ordered Classes) and Al Berry (Florida
Strawberry Festival Board)
(l-r)Margaret Rodwell, Terrie Cameron, Nicholas
Cameron, Michael Cameron, Bruce Rodwell,
Marion Smith, and Marc Poling.
(l-r) Karen Griggsby (GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City) and Dottie
Minnick (SBDC of Hillsborough
(l-r) Mango Cleaners employees: Nancy Hanchett, Felix and Cayla Ramirez, and Steve
April was Healthcare, Wellness & Social Services month for the Leadership class. We
would like to thank MacDonald Training Center, Plant City United Food Bank, the
YMCA, and One Blood for graciously providing
of their facilities to our class. A
special “thank you” to South Florida Baptist Hospital and Karen Kerr for the VIP tour
as well as, the delicious lunch. Each tour was very informative, but the tour of the
MacDonald Training Center left the class feeling humbled and thankful for the everyday things they take for granted. Plant City has so much to offer its citizens!
Business Tagline or Motto
Thank you to our coordinators, Alann Figga, Teresa Armbruster, and Lizzette Sarria
along with Jane Gonzalez and Joyce Nestor for organizing this insightful day for our
See you in May for Economic Development, Transportation Planning & Historic
Preservation tours. If you are interested in participating in the 2016 Leadership class,
please contact the office at (813) 754-3707 to sign up as seating is limited (application
may be found on Page 25).
Photos and information provided by Alice Bullard, OnPoint IT Solutions.
Chamber Connections ~ May 2015
Lance Roberts, Agency Director
AIG Financial Network
10002 Princess Palm Avenue
Suite 106
Tampa, FL 33619-1357
April 2, 2015
Richard Pelligrini, President/CEO
Pilgrim Associates
667 Grasslands Village Circle
Lakeland, FL 33803-5479
April 9, 2015
Lloyd and Tani Summers, Owners
Tani’s for Dessert
2804 James Redman Parkway
Plant City, FL 33566-9410
April 14, 2015
Kim Large, Store Manager
Sprint MayCom Communications
2126 James Redman Parkway
Plant City, FL 33563-7105
April 21, 2015
Reverend Dean Pfeffer, Senior Pastor
What is unique and/or interesting about your church?
Hope has been a part of Plant City for 58 years and in her 58 years,
I am only the 4th Pastor in her history. Our Music Director, Christine Mansell has served Hope for 42 years (she started at 3 years old
How long have you been a Chamber Ambassador? I am
privileged to be in my 2nd year as a Chamber Ambassador.
What do you enjoy most from serving as an Ambassador
and why? There are many things to enjoy about being a Chamber
Ambassador, but probably the number one reason to be an ambassador is the friendships that are made along with the contacts
among the other ambassadors and the Chamber as a whole.
Who is the most influential person in your life and why? The most influential
person in my life would be a toss up between my grandmother who lived with us growing
up and instilled the desire in me to become a pastor and saw to it that I attended Lutheran
elementary and high school in New York and Rev. Otto J. Fink my childhood pastor and
the only pastor I ever really knew for almost 20 years. He is the one who saw the desire
and potential in me from very young to serve in full time ministry as a called and ordained
servant of the Word.
What are your interests and hobbies? Naturally, I love spending time with my wife
as we ride bikes together. My interests and hobbies have taken various forms, but until
knee issues and need for a replacement became a reality, running was more than a hobby
for me... now that has been replaced with the eliptical every morning. While a way of life,
my hobby and passion is working out/ exercising. I am at the Plant City YMCA every
morning by 5:00 AM for my workout and return later in the day, twice a week for
BodyPump with my youngest son. I would say my newest hobby/ passion will be our first
grandchild, Alexander Paul Attalla who is due in May to my daughter and son in law, and I
do enjoy reading non work related books when I can.
What is your favorite quote? My favorite quote would be the verse I was given at my
confirmation and was used for my ordination, "I am the Vine, you are the branches, he
that abides in Me and I him will bear much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."
John 15:5
To contact Rev. Pfeffer or to learn more about
Hope Lutheran Church, call (813) 752-4622, or
stop by 2001 North Park Road to say “hello” .
Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Plan
40% of Small Businesses that Close Because of a Disaster Never Re-open. You’ve invested a lot of time and
resources into making your business a success—Be Business Ready.
Protect Your Assets
 Review your current policy with your agent—most policies do not cover flood damage. Understand your
 Buy business income interruption and extra expense insurance.
 Inspect and assess the impact of a natural or man-made disaster on your facility.
 Keep a backup copy of your computer operating system, critical software programs and data—explore using an off-site storage center.
 Make a photographic or videotaped record of your inventory. Have a camera ready to take pictures of
damage after a disaster.
Support Your Employees
 Assemble an emergency employee contact information form.
 Have a plan to provision quickly for emergency housing for displaced employees.
 Determine how you will meet the immediate needs of your employees, including short-term financial aid.
 Plan for the possibility of security/access for your employees. Will they need badges or security clearances? Be prepared!
 Establish a special telephone number for employees to call with a recorded message, an out-of-state message line, designate a contact person or create a calling tree.
Safeguard Your Critical Business Processes
 Develop a business continuity plan that documents the processes critical for your business to operate and
meet the needs of key stakeholders. Contact the Florida SBDC Network for assistance with developing a
 Create a Business Ready “Records-To-Go” box that includes copies of all important documents and supplies necessary for business to continue after a disaster.
 Share the plan with your employees and practice it periodically. Revise when necessary to keep it up-todate.
 Communicate with your key customers to let them know your status in the event of a disaster—check on
the status of their business operations.
 Diversify your customer base geographically—if one area is severely impacted by a disaster, it’s likely that
customers in another area will continue business as usual. Lessen the impact on your bottom line.
 Develop relationships with back-up suppliers before a disaster strikes. Encourage your suppliers to have a
business continuity plan.
 Talk to your accountant, insurance agent and banker, along with other professional advisors. Know when
and how to access your records— and your money—in the event of a disaster.
Emergency/Disaster Preparedness Plan
Business Ready “Records-To-Go”
Every business should have a Business Ready “Records-To-Go” box that includes important documents and
supplies necessary for business to continue after a disaster. Make sure the box is fire- and waterproof. Some
suggested records include:
 Business Continuity, Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Recovery Plan to include documents required
for disaster loans and/or other assistance available after a disaster:
 Current profit & loss statement and balance sheet with schedules
 Inventory list and pictures
 Current schedule of liability
 Tax returns for the last three years
 Emergency contact list of employees and key customers/clients
 Insurance policies and agent information
 List of suppliers and vendors
 Copies of your "authorized passage under emergency conditions memo or letter"
 Voice mail box number and remote password information
 Back-up computer systems/data files
 General office supplies
 Pictures of business inside and out
 Camera to document damage
 Cash reserves
 Bank records including checking, savings, credit and debit cards, loans and letters of credit
Bring your “Records-To-Go” box with you—store it at a safe off-site location.
Article credit: Florida SBDC Network State Office, UWF, Office of Economic Development & Engagement, [email protected]
(1501 South Alexander Street)
EDWARD JONES, Melissa Haskins
@ 11:00 AM
(2501 Thonotosassa Road)
(316 North Alexander Street)
@ 11:00 AM
(102 North Collins Street)
9:00 AM
(1407 South Collins Street)
New members listen to a presentation by Executive Director, Marion Smith, regarding
the opportunities the Chamber offers.
New Members Mike and Lauren
Bearden with Crossfit and Ambassador
Maribel Lorenzo
A New Member reception is held at the Chamber semi-annually to welcome those who have joined within that timeframe, to introduce them to
the opportunities the Chamber has to offer, and to do a little networking.
Our Ambassadors are assigned a new member to follow up with in an
effort to ensure that all our members are aware of the benefits to joining
the Chamber.
If you recommend a business to join the Chamber, and they do, you will
receive a free business card sized ad in our next newsletter.
New Members Ruben Cardenas and Grady
Hinchman with Planet Fitness, Ambassadors
Karen Crumley and Alice Bullard
Thank you to all who participate in growing our Chamber and help in
making it the organization dedicated to “Building Businesses for a Better
New Members Vicki St. Sauveur and Danica
Fields from Florida Court Ordered Classes
Congratulations to all who participated in this
high energy, fun, team-building day!
Be sure to watch for this annual event and mark your calendars in is SURE to be
Thank you to all our volunteers and the committee for
their efforts and dedication.