Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce to Honor the top Pinellas County Businesses and Philanthropists at 90th Annual Meeting

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CRCC will present awards to businesses and philanthropists, at a momentous sold out event to be held on January 23, 2012

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The local business community came together to create an organization to provide support and influence in Clearwater

The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce will be presenting awards to top Businesses and community philanthropists at the 90th Annual Meeting. The SOLD OUT event is scheduled for January 23, 2012 at 5pm, located at the Sheraton Sand Key, 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767. The keynote speaker will be Admiral William D. Baumgartner, District Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District, and Jen Holloway will be there as Master of Ceremonies.

The Annual Meeting is special this year as they will be celebrating 90 years as the only Regional Chamber of Commerce in Tampa Bay. To complement the milestone celebration, the Chamber updated their website to make it more user-friendly and help strengthen the resources for members. They have also re-branded their logo for a more updated look; while still obtaining the regional focus and serving the business community to maximize effectiveness in the region.

Awards presented will include: The prestigious Mr./Ms. Clearwater Award which has been given out every year since 1958 to individuals that have demonstrated integrity, community spirit and community development; Small Business of the Year; Medium Business of the Year; Large Business of the Year; Small Non-Profit of the Year; Medium Non-Profit of the Year; Large Non-Profit of the Year; Tourism Person of the Year; Ambassador of the Year, Business of the Year for Economic Development. In addition, the Chamber will present a special "Phillies All-Star in the Community Award" to an organization that has and will continue to be a catalyst for economic development and sustainability for the Clearwater business community.

Nominees for Small Business of the Year include: Fitniche, Sandler Training, Haruspex Inc., Velez Consulting; Klar & Klar Architects, and Visionary Studio, Inc., Handyman Matters and Action Coach.
Medium Business of the Year: Ambassador Limousine & Sedan, Inc.
PDR Certified Accountants, Radiance Med Spa, Solace Insurance
Large Business of the Year: Costco, Nature’s Food Patch Market & Café and
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Small Not-for-Profit Business of the Year: Junior League of Clearwater-Dunedin, Clearwater Free Clinic,Project Grace
Medium Not-for-Profit Business of the Year: Humana Society of Pinellas and Bayview Gardens
Large Not-for-Profit Business of the Year: Eckerd Youth Alternatives and R’Club Child Care, Inc. and Directions for Mental Health.

Reception is from 5pm - 6pm with Dinner and Awards starting at 6-9 p.m. Thanks to the Presenting Sponsors- CCM; Bright House; Solar Sanitation; Clearwater Gas; Radiance Med Spa, Pier 60 Concessions, Sheraton Sand Key; Progress Energy; Coventry Health Care; Regions Bank ; D-Mar; Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach; Suncoast Hospice; Moss Feaster Funeral Homes; Connelly, Carlisle, Fields & Nichols; JK Flowers; VSI; and Thee Photo Ninja.
The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce was founded in January of 1922 in Clearwater, Florida. Bob Clifford, the President/CEO stated that, “The local business community came together to create an organization to provide support and influence in Clearwater. Its main purpose was to expand business activities in the community but also to support other community needs. Over the past 90 years there have been many changes in the way business has been conducted at our chamber. The CRCC has met those changes head on to deliver a consistent effort to support expansion, diversification and technology. From the days of dirt roads, wooden building and limited communications, to the present day business world of the internet, social networking, e-commerce and rapid response the CRCC has met those challenges and continues to provide great value to its members as it did 90 years ago.”

About Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce
Established in 1922, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce set out with the vision to be the premier Voice of Business in the Clearwater region. Representing more than 1,000 member businesses, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce (CRCC) is one of the largest chambers in the Bay area and has become a large and powerful voice for its members through its ability to partner with other agencies and advocate on behalf of business and its members. CRCC's mission is to enhance the business environment and promote economic health and growth in the Clearwater region. Visit http://www.clearwaterflorida.org. CRCC Division Partners include: Clearwater Gas System, Regions Bank, Bright House Networks, Progress Energy, Connelly, Carlisle Fields & Nichols Insurance Group, Coventry Health Care of Florida and Johnson, Pope, Bokor, Ruppel & Burns Attorneys at Law.

To request interviews with the President of the CRCC, or any of the Board of Directors, contact Kathleen Peters , CRCC VP Public Affairs , 727.461.0011 ext. 222 or via email at kpeters(at)clearwaterflorida(dot)org.

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