Dear SouthShore Chamber of Commerce Members,
We have created a new program which we think is going to help to strengthen the local business community in SouthShore. Starting today we will be offering a FREE, 90 day membership to all registered businesses within the area. All current members will get 90 days added on to their membership . There will be no penalty for late renewals right now, as we will not be removing people for non payment during these 3 months.
You don't need to do anything at all if you are current with your membership as we will add your 3 months at time of renewal.
There are a few reasons for doing this promo. The most important reason is to truly be a valuable resource in the community to anyone in business and show that we are all, in fact facing this together. The 90 day promo will not include a directory listing or landing page on our website. We will not display marketing materials/business cards in our lobby for these members either. They will be added to our weekly emails and receive all email correspondence from us. We will allow them to participate in our virtual/zoom networking meetings if they desire and we will promote them (along with all of you) on social media.
It is also our hope that after the 90 days is up, they will see the value in our chamber and appreciate the support and register their business as a paying member of the chamber. If this happens, we can get a much needed boost in a few months- which would be extremely helpful to the chamber. As most of you know we operate on new member dues, renewals, monthly events and our larger events. Most all of these have come to an absolute halt since March 3. We are trying to think outside of the box and provide services that will benefit both the business community and our organization. We hope you will be helpful in promoting this for us!
If you know of a friend or neighbor that has a local business, simply tell them to visit our website and click on "join us"- all they need to do is fill out the Membership Application and where it asks for selected membership type/level- just write in "SS Forward". They can email the application to melanie@
southshorechamberofcommerce. org or fax it over to 813.645.2099. We will contact them once we receive it. NO COST AT ALL!
We will ONLY be accepting the SS FORWARD membership applications for 2 weeks. After May 11th we will no longer take any additional applications for the promo. The 90 days will start the day their application is turned in.
If anyone is ready to pay for their membership upfront or send their renewal in on time, we will definitely honor that and will just extend their membership out 3 additional months.
Once again, we are doing this in an effort to show support for ALL of our SouthShore businesses and we hope you will support it also!
Please be sure to check your emails this week regarding scheduled ZOOM NETWORKING meetings. We would love for you to jump in and join us! Also, do you follow our Facebook pages? SouthShore Chamber of Commerce https://www.
facebook.com/ southshorechamberofcommerce. org/
and Open for Business SouthShore https://www.
facebook.com/Open-for- Business-SouthShore- 109178984066205/?modal=admin_ todo_tour.
Do you have any info or updates you want us to promote for you? Please email them back to us and we will help get the word out! We are here for you. Let us help you in any way we can!
Dear SouthShore Chamber Members,
We have been making contact with as many members as possible just to check-in and see how you are doing. If we haven't gotten to you yet, be patient with us- we will! Although there seems to be no magic wand that we can wave to make it all better, it is nice just to speak with all of you and hear what you are doing to get through this ever-challenging time.
We started an open community Facebook page called "Open for Business SouthShore". I'd like to encourage you to "like" this page and keep your info updated on it. If you do not have Facebook, we will gladly post your information for you. This page will serve as a resource for the community to keep them updated, in real-time...of what is still open in the SouthShore area. For businesses and non-profits, it's a great way to stay connected with the community as well.
During the first two weeks of this craziness, we featured the status of the food/beverage industry members but this one is for ALL service industries in our community. We also ask that you SHARE the page so we can get maximum exposure for the content on there.
We will continue to email out any information we feel may be of value for our members.
I am participating in a "chamber specific" COVID-19 Statewide conference call tomorrow. I'm really looking forward to this call as it will be nice to hear what is going on in other business communities around our state and what other chambers are doing to help their members. I will definitely update everyone with what I learn on this call.
This is a crazy, uncertain time and I want to make sure we do not slowly "disconnect" from our members.... please be assured that we are working for you. Without our members, we have no purpose so we are here for YOU! As all of you know one of our main specialties at the SouthShore Chamber are our awesome EVENTS..... trust me when I tell you we are going to have the most AMAZING, wonderful event just as soon as we are cleared too! You can count on that! It will be a huge celebration day in SouthShore once this is behind us. Hang in there, we are all in the same boat! We are SouthShore STRONG and we got this!
Covid-19 Informational Links
- Small Business Association, SBDC Florida – Covid-19 Business Disaster Recovery Assistance - CARES Act
- The Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program
- Facebook Small Business Grants (TBA)
- Hillsborough County Covid-19 News for Business
- CareerSouce Tampa Bay Covid-19 Tool Kit
- GrowFL Covid-19 Business Resources
- Business Damage Assessment Survey
- CDC Covid-19 Public Information
- CDC Covid-19 Business Response Guidance
- Florida Health Covid-19 Statistics
The SouthShore Chamber merged two historic Chambers in July of 2011, combining Apollo Beach and Ruskin. The Apollo Beach Chamber was founded in 1985 originally as an all volunteer Welcome Center. the Ruskin Chamber goes back to 1928 and was the very first chamber in Southern Hillsborough County.
These two communities of SouthShore offer the ideal blend of natural beauty, relaxation and recreation. The area combines both waterfront and rural communities which are fast becoming business destinations as the Tampa Bay area grows.
The mission of the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce is to commit ourselves to growth through proper planning, new membership acquisition and servicing of existing members through value-added projects.
We seek continuous improvement in our ability to provide the leadership needed for effective economic development.
Our vision is to preserve our historic heritage while meeting the changing business needs of our community.
Come discover the excitement of SouthShore!
SouthShore Chamber of Commerce
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