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    Wednesday, October 09, 2019
    AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Florida Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Florida! They plan to film episodes of the hit series American Pickers throughout your area in December 2019. AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in the ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 08, 2019
    Summiting Debt Mountain By Urjit Patel Saving money is the path to financial security: It gives you the ability to recover from large expenses, to invest in a better quality of life and to sleep peacefully at night. You can pay for what you need, when you need it, without sacrificing your comfort and happiness. Unfortunately, it isn’t easy to make that ideal a reality. According to a CNN ...read more
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    Tuesday, October 01, 2019
    A Message From The President Do I smell BBQ? Plant City Pig Jam set for Nov. 22 & 23 Members: I hope you're ready for some BBQ! Planning is well under way for this year's Plant City Pig Jam and we're excited to open up the gates on Friday, November 22nd and Saturday, November 23rd. While the competition teams' grills will be busy cooking for most of the two days there will also be live music, ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 24, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. HIRES JOE DEAR AS SVP, COMMERCIAL TEAM LEAD  ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 19, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently hired Joe Dear as SVP, Commercial Team Lead. In this role, Dear is responsible for helping the bank’s commercial clients in Central Florida grow their businesses.  Dear has nearly three decades of experience in asset management, ...read more
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    Friday, September 20, 2019
    2019 Christmas Parade Grand Marshals Announced Plant City Christmas Parade, Inc. announces the 2019 Christmas Parade Grand Marshals will be David and Diane Brewington. The Brewington’s are mainstays in Plant City and they have supported the community and our youth for decades. Plant City’s Home-town Christmas Parade, “Celebrate the Season – 2019”, will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019, ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 17, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. HIRES LISA JOHANNING AS VP, CONSUMER LOAN PROGRAM MANAGER  ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 17, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently welcomed Lisa Johanning as VP, Consumer Loan Program Manager. In this role, Johanning will oversee the development and introduction of new credit lines for retail customers.  Johanning has more than 15 years of direct and ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    Saint Leo University Ranked as Best Value in South for 2020 by U.S. News Earns Top Rankings in Best Regional University, Best for Veterans, Campus Ethnic Diversity ST. LEO, FL – Saint Leo University (www.saintleo.edu) was ranked as one of the best regional universities and best values in higher education in the South in 2020 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings, which was released ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 10, 2019
    Community Invited to Provide Input on Next Superintendent for Hillsborough Schools          Tampa, Fla. – (August 27, 2019) – Hillsborough County Public Schools has launched a webpage to provide information on how students, parents, district staff and the community can provide input on our district’s search for the next Superintendent.A Community Survey is now live and everyone is invited to ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 14, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. PROMOTES JOSHUA OCAMPO AS DIGITAL BANKING RELATIONSHIP MANAGER   ORLANDO, Fla. (August 14, 2019) – Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently promoted Joshua Ocampo to Digital Banking Relationship Manager. In this role, Ocampo will oversee the continued growth of Axiom Bank’s digital services and products.   “Josh has been instrumental in identifying ...read more
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    Thursday, August 01, 2019
    Super Bowl coming to Plant City, FLMembers: Kick off your 4th quarter at Schmoozapalooza 2019! This tailgate party meets trade show will feature over 100 exhibitor booths, complimentary beer & wine for attendees, samplings from local Plant City restaurants, music, and invaluable networking opportunities to help you grow your business. We value your business and your membership in the Plant City ...read more
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    Friday, July 12, 2019
    Crack the Code to Building a Solid Credit ScoreBy Urjit Patel  When it comes to big financial moves like buying a car or home, renting an apartment or taking out a personal loan, your credit score carries a lot of weight. The higher your score, the better your chances of getting good interest rates and loan terms.  And rates and terms aren’t the only thing that your score can impact.  According ...read more
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    Tuesday, July 09, 2019
    Members: Happy July! I hope you're enjoying your summer so far - many of you have scheduled some wonderful vacations and I hope that you come back refreshed, ready to tackle the second half of this year. The annual July 4th Celebration will be held at the stadium on the 4th from 6pm-9:30pm with fireworks, vendors, and more for the whole family to enjoy! The annual New Teacher Coffee will be held ...read more
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    Wednesday, June 19, 2019
    ORLANDO, Fla. (June 18, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently named Scott Leitner as VP, Commercial Relationship Manager. In this role, Leitner will develop commercial relationships and drive revenue growth.  “Scott’s diverse background in law and business brings a wealth of knowledge to our team,” said Ted Sheppe, Executive Vice President, Commercial Banking ...read more
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    Thursday, June 06, 2019
    PLANT CITY, FLA. (PRWEB) APRIL 12, 2019. The Hampton Inn by Hilton Plant City has been recognized by Hilton with a Lighthouse Award. The award signifies the hotel as one of the top performing properties within the brand and is only presented to those hotels that have excelled in service and growing customer loyalty. Naples Hotel Group has been managing the hotel since it opened in March of ...read more
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    Thursday, June 06, 2019
    Vacationing on a budgetBy Urjit Patel   With summer right around the corner, many of us are thinking about vacations we want to take. But the cost of booking a getaway can be intimidating – and for some, not feasible. According to CreditDonkey, the average vacation costs $1,145 per person, or $4,580 for a family of four.   But it is possible to save money while enjoying a nice vacation. Check ...read more
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    Monday, June 03, 2019
    The Cows Are Coming Home ... Well, Sort Of.We are happy to announce our new partnership with Lunar Cow Publishing, a firm specializing in destination marketing, for the production of our annual Plant City Magazine. We are excited about the opportunities this new publication will offer you. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Plant City Magazine is our premier promotional piece and it is the ...read more
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    Thursday, May 30, 2019
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    Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Clearwater, FL., May 14, 2019 – An in-depth investigative study by Better Business Bureau (BBB) finds that fraudulent consumer goods are ubiquitous, difficult to tell apart from the legitimate products they are counterfeiting, and stem from a large network of organized criminals and credit card processing mechanisms that are willing to support them.  Research shows that eight in 10 Americans ...read more
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    Thursday, May 23, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. PROMOTES G. HUNT DAWKINS TO VP, SBA DIVISION MANAGER  ORLANDO, Fla. (May 17, 2019) – Axiom Bank, N.A., a Maitland-based community bank serving customers in Central Florida and beyond, promoted G. Hunt Dawkins to the position of VP, SBA Division Manager. In his new role, Dawkins will lead Axiom’s programs for extending government-guaranteed loans to small businesses.  Dawkins ...read more
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    Monday, May 20, 2019
    We are happy to announce our new partnership with Lunar Cow Publishing, a firm specializing in destination marketing, for the production of our annual Plant City Magazine!  We are excited about the opportunities this new publication will offer you. The 2019 Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Plant City Magazine is our premier promotional piece and it is the first resource that community ...read more
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    Thursday, May 16, 2019
    ORLANDO, Fla. (May 15, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently named Van Firios as VP, Commercial Relationship Manager. In this role, Firios will develop commercial relationships and drive revenue growth.  “Van is results-focused and relationship-oriented, with a long track record of serving commercial customers,” said Ted Sheppe, Executive Vice President, ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    AXIOM BANK DONATES $200,000 TO EMORY UNIVERSITY TO HELP DEVELOP NEW TREATMENTS FOR BRAIN DISEASESORLANDO, Fla. (May 15, 2019) – Axiom Bank, N.A., a leading community bank headquartered in Central Florida, has donated $200,000 to the Emory Brain Health Center. This gift will help fund further research aimed at developing new treatments for brain diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s and depression ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 08, 2019
    Five Things Mom Taught Us About Money That We’ll Never ForgetBy Urjit Patel As we celebrate Mother’s Day, there’s no better time to reflect on the lessons we learned from our moms. From making the bed to writing a thank-you note, moms teach us countless skills and habits to guide us through life. And if we’re fortunate, that advice includes how to make the most of our money.Here are five pieces ...read more
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    Monday, May 06, 2019
    Local High School Seniors Awarded ScholarshipsThe Plant City Chamber Foundation honored six graduating seniors this month.   Plant City, FL: The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Foundation is the philanthropic branch of the Chamber. Its main function is ensuring our community’s bright future via supporting education initiatives locally. Each year, applications are extended to area high ...read more
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    Wednesday, May 01, 2019
    A Message From The President:Members:  May always marks the start of graduation season and then subsequently summer vacation. My oldest is graduating from Plant City High School this year and is going on to pursue his dreams at the University of Florida - my how time flies! My youngest also graduates from VPK this year. It's hard to believe that all three of my children have grown up so quickly! ...read more
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    Friday, April 05, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. PROMOTES PETE LONGO TO VP, DIGITAL BANKING  ORLANDO, Fla. (April 3, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently promoted Pete Longo to VP, Digital Banking. In this role, Longo will further enhance and grow the bank’s digital service line.  “Pete has demonstrated his expertise in the field of emerging banking technology, which aligns with the shift ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    5 Essential Things Every Parent Needs to Teach Their Teens about Saving MoneyBy Urjit Patel   If there’s one huge gift we as parents can give our kids, it’s the knowledge they need to grow up to be financially stable adults.   As National Teach Your Child to Save Day rolls around this month (April 12), now is the perfect time to start teaching best practices for savings. And with the ...read more
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    Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    Spring Cleaning: New Chamber Event Launching Next Month Members: As a team we are always working to bring relevant, impactful programming to you, our members. We're excited to announce that on Tuesday, May 21st we will be launching a new Chamber event - the annual Chamber Seminar. This year our featured speaker at the Chamber Seminar will be author Dillon Kalkhurst. With over two decades ...read more
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    Wednesday, March 20, 2019
    It is time to start thinking about summer activities for area youth!  The Plant City Recreation & Parks Department’s Youth Summer Program will kick off registration for their 2019 session with discounted registration during the week of March 25.  Anyone registering during the first week of registration will receive a $10 discount on their registration fee!  The program includes supervised ...read more
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    Monday, February 04, 2019
    Members: Can you believe that it's already February? The time has been flying by here at the Chamber as we usher in the new year. On Thursday, January 24th we held the inaugural Chamber Gala where we celebrated the 2019 Best of Plant City Awards, thanked our 2018 Directors, and held the official swearing in of the 2019 Directors. Thank you to all who attended and helped us celebrate this memorable ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 30, 2019
    You may have seen the red bucket that has started showing up at chamber networking events, you may have even seen the sign requesting you drop your business card in the bucket. But if you've been wondering what the deal with this mysterious bucket is - you are not alone.  Beginning in January 2019, the Plant City Chamber launched a new initiative to recognize members who are involved, regularly ...read more
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    Monday, January 28, 2019
    AXIOM BANK, N.A. APPOINTS TWO NEW AREA MANAGERS FOR TAMPA AND ORLANDO MARKETS  ORLANDO, Fla. (Jan. 24, 2019) –Axiom Bank N.A., a Maitland-based, leading community bank, recently hired Jennifer Waddell as Vice President, Area Manager in Orlando and promoted Dwayne Haugabrook as Vice President, Area Manager in Tampa. In their new roles, Waddell and Haugabrook will oversee day-to-day operations and ...read more
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    Wednesday, January 16, 2019
    Saint Leo University today was named as providing two of the best online programs in the United States, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Programs edition. While Saint Leo’s main campus is north of Tampa, FL, the university teaches students online around the world and at more than 30 campuses in seven states including in Lakeland. The university’s Flexible Learning ...read more
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    Friday, January 04, 2019
    Members: I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas holiday. There is a lot to be excited about in the coming year - including the 2019 Chamber Gala! On Thursday, January 24th we will host the Chamber Gala at the HCC Trinkle Center. This year the event will combine the annual Best of Plant City Awards and our traditional Passing of the Gavel ceremony. Invitations and RSVP cards have been sent out, ...read more
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    Tuesday, December 18, 2018
     12/17/2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Included are all scheduled programs for adults happening during January at Bruton Memorial Library. All programs are open to the public. For more information, please contact Angel House, Adult Services Associate, at 813-757-9215 or ahouse@plantcitygov.com  January 2019Mahjong ClassThursdays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PMJanuary 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st Whether ...read more
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    Friday, December 14, 2018
    The World Health Organization defines “social determinants” as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.”  As leaders in our community, if there is one gift we can give the children of Hillsborough County, this Holiday Season that will positively affect their social determinants, is a high-quality early learning experience.  We know that with only 46 percent of children ...read more
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    Friday, December 14, 2018
    How to Choose the Best Bank for Your NeedsBy Ron Strand-Sorrell   Whether you’re looking to open a personal or business bank account (or both), you have many options from which to choose. On any given day, your mailbox may be stuffed with promotional offers from big banks, community banks and credit unions.   So, how do you choose the one that will best meet your needs? Here are a few elements ...read more
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    Monday, December 10, 2018
    ***Media Video/Photo Opportunity***Community Invited to Ribbon-Cutting for Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road     WHAT:The Tampa Bay community is invited to join the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA as we cut the ribbon to the Spurlino Family YMCA at Big Bend Road.  Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, a grand opening celebration will include a night full of fun family activities, group ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 05, 2018
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                            For more information, contact:December 3, 2018                                        Peggy Garrett - 863.904.2656/ PGarrett@WatsonClinic.com  WATSON CLINIC FOUNDATION HELPS DONATE BOOKS TO UNITED WAY READINGPALS PROGRAMLakeland, FL – The Watson Clinic Foundation recently helped donate 336 copies of Lakeland author Jennifer Hazen Buss's children ...read more
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    Wednesday, December 05, 2018
    Members: Please save the date for Thursday, January 24, 2019! We will be combining our annual Passing of The Gavel event with the 2019 Best of Plant City Awards and hosting one fantastic night of Chamber networking, celebration, and community building. The Passing of the Gavel is the annual event where we welcome our new Board of Directors for the coming year and thank the Board who served the ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    11/26/2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Included are all scheduled programs for adults happening during December at Bruton Memorial Library. All programs are open to the public. For more information, please contact Angel House, Adult Services Associate, at 813-757-9215 or ahouse@plantcitygov.com  December 2018Mahjong ClassThursdays from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PMDecember 6th, 13th, 20th, & 27th Whether you’re a ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
    Conventional Loans Can Bring Savings, Opportunities for Growing BusinessesBy Ted Sheppe Millions of people can say they have achieved the “American dream” of being their own boss. However, being a small business owner brings its own set of unique challenges. One is figuring out when it’s time to graduate from your first Small Business Administration 7(a) loan to conventional financing. SBA ...read more
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    Wednesday, November 28, 2018
     11/27/2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Included are all scheduled programs for children happening during December at Bruton Memorial Library. All programs are open to the public. For more information, please contact Amanda Preece, Youth Services Associate, at 813-757-9215 or apreece@plantcitygov.com  December 2018  Story Time (2 year olds)Tuesdays, Dec 4th, Dec 11th, Dec 18th, 10:30 AM      ...read more
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    Monday, November 12, 2018
    AMERICAN PICKERS to Film in Florida! Mike Wolfe, Frank Fritz, and their team are excited to return to Florida! They plan to film episodes of the hit series AMERICAN PICKERS throughout the region in January 2019! AMERICAN PICKERS is a documentary series that explores the fascinating world of antique “picking” on History. The hit show follows Mike and Frank, two of the most skilled pickers in ...read more
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    Thursday, November 08, 2018
    There’s Still Time to Sign Up for Tampa YMCA 4th Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble All proceeds from the Thanksgiving Day run will benefit local cancer survivors & their families Tampa, FL (Nov. 8, 2018) – There’s still time to register for the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA 4th Annual Goody Goody™ Turkey Gobble 5K, 8K and 1 Mile Run/Walk. Starting at 7am on Thanksgiving morning, all ability ...read more
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    Monday, October 15, 2018
    Plant City Christmas Parade Inc. announces that Plant City’s Home-town Christmas Parade, “Celebrate the Season – 2018”, will be held on Friday, December 7, 2018, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Major Sponsors for this year’s parade are Unity in the Community and Stingray Chevrolet. Thanks to the help of Unity and Stingray, the Christmas parade promises to be even better than ever as we expect to include ...read more
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    Monday, October 01, 2018
    A Message From The President Members: The Leadership Plant City Class of 2019 just returned from the opening retreat and let me just tell you - this is a fabulous class of future leaders! It was such a pleasure to get to know each out them and I look forward to watching them grow and develop over the course of the next year.Leadership Plant City Class of 2019 participants include: Josiah Colon ...read more
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    Tuesday, September 18, 2018
    SBA Offers Disaster Assistance to Small Businesses in Florida Affected by Red Tide Algal Bloom WASHINGTON – Low-interest Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL)s from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) are available to Florida small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small aquaculture businesses and private nonprofit organizations affected by the red tide algal bloom beginning ...read more
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    Friday, September 14, 2018
    Axiom Bank Cardholders Now Have Free and Unlimited ATM Access at 7-Eleven Locations Throughout the U.S.ATM participation and marketing relationship with FCTI, Inc. delivers surcharge-free account access for Axiom Bank cardholders at nearly 8,000 7-Eleven stores.  ORLANDO, Fla. (Sept. 14, 2018) – Axiom Bank, N.A., a Florida-based national bank, and FCTI, Inc. recently launched a multi-year ...read more
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    Saturday, September 01, 2018
    Chamber Connections eNewsletter - September 2018A Message From the President   Members: Busy season is officially upon us! The start of school marks our annual ramp up for events season and we're excited to bring you your fall programming for the year . Be sure to join us at this fall's special Chamber events which include the annual bowling tournament, Suncoast Credit Union Plant City Pig Jam, ...read more
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    Wednesday, August 22, 2018
    Plant City Chamber of Commerce Announces 2018 Plant City Candidate Forum Straw Poll Results Click to read
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    Thursday, June 14, 2018
    The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Announces Support of the Tampa Bay Rays 2020 To Whom It May Concern: As Chairman of The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, I am pleased to announce our support of the Tampa Bay Rays 2020 effort to keep Major League baseball in Tampa Bay. As a member organization of over 630 businesses in the Plant City area we firmly believe that the Tampa Bay Rays ...read more
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    Thursday, May 31, 2018
    New membership options are coming to the Plant City Chamber of Commerce beginning June 1, 2018.     This new structure focuses on providing increased member value for Chamber members so that the Chamber can continue to foster an environment that is pro-business here in Plant City. On each member's renewal date, a letter will be sent explaining the new investment structure in detail and the new ...read more
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    Thursday, February 01, 2018
    Soaring into your inbox now - the February edition of the monthly Chamber Connections eNewsletter.  Inside this edition you'll find: the latest information on Planes, Trains, & Automobiles 2018; a recap of the annual Passing of the Gavel; an invitation to the Best of Plant City Awards; and an update on our new Lunch & Learn Series. Read Now: February edition of Chamber Connections. 
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