ABOUT THE CHAMBER

Businesses helping businesses

Our mission is simple:  to enhance the business environment and promote economic health and growth in the Clearwater region.

The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce was established in 1922 by business leaders in downtown Clearwater. It has grown to an organization of approximately 1,700 members that represent businesses throughout Pinellas County. As one of the largest chambers in the region, the Clearwater Regional Chamber uses its position to partner with other agencies, advocate business, and to assist and educate business owners. Services range from lobbying efforts to business services to economic development to tourism promotion and visitor services to trade shows and networking opportunities.

About the Chamber

The Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce is a membership organization representing small, medium and large businesses throughout the Tampa Bay area. A small staff of professionals serves the membership.

Chamber Resources Available to Members

 

Networking Opportunities – over 100 networking events every year

  • AM Exchange – a monthly roundtable networking event with area business professionals
  • Get Connected – a monthly informal after-hours networking event
  • Women’s Forum – a quarterly educational forum for businesswomen
  • President’s Circles – three, semi-monthly leads networking groups featuring business category exclusivity
  • Sports Events – annual events with the Bucs, Lightning, Devil Rays and Phillies- exclusive chamber members-only event
  • Trade Shows – 3-4 are held annually with up to 300 exhibitors
  • Clearwater Beach Taste Fest – renowned annual event featuring member restaurants sampling food
  • Quarterly full membership meetings each with a special speaker

Tourism Opportunities

  • Welcome Centers – our welcome center staff help our visitors with their questions regarding accommodations, restaurants, attractions and more; advertising opportunities are available
  • Visitor Guide – produced annually, it is available online as well as in print; the latter is distributed to individuals planning trips to our area; opportunities for display advertising in the guide and acquisition of contact information for individuals who request the publication
  • Advertising Co-Ops – dozens of opportunities to save money on display advertisements in key markets and in major publications; the Chamber coordinates advertisements and passes on the savings to its hospitality industry members
  • Committees and Task Forces – identify initiatives to attract more visitors, share industry-specific information and address a wide narrative of tourism-related issues

Web Site – ClearwaterFlorida.org

  • Online Business Directory with free listings for members
  • Calendar of Events with online registrations
  • Visitor and Relocation Information and inquiry forms
  • Advertising opportunities available

Government Affairs

  • Legislative Breakfast – annual event featuring local legislators who report on the legislative session and answer audience questions
  • Politics in the Park – biennial hobnob features political candidates that provides opportunities to meet them and greet
  • Tampa Bay Days – meet legislators during the session with leaders from Tampa Bay Partnership and other business organizations
  • Comprehensive legislative agenda detailing business issues including health insurance, transportation and living wages

Business Assistance Partnership – Joint Partnership by Chamber, City of Clearwater and Pinellas County

  • Business Resource Center – one-on-one, confidential business counseling provided at no charge; city, state and federal information ranging from business licenses to state regulations; financial resource center
  • Educational Seminars – key topics include marketing, networking, employment law, technology
  • Success Breakfast – semi-annual event featuring an economist providing economic forecast and an area CEO providing local perspective

Communications

  • Voice of Business (weekly eNewsletter) featuring Chamber news, member news, events calendar, new and renewing member listings; event registration; advertising opportunities available
  • Online membership directory featuring all members and Board of Directors; highlighted listings and display advertising opportunities available
  • Relocation Guide – an annual print and online publication featuring opportunities to reach prospective residents.