A Publication for the Members of the St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce
THE ST. CLOUD CHAMBER – YOUR CONNECTION TO GROWTH AND SUCCESS!
MISSION STATEMENT: The St. Cloud Greater Osceola Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to:
Providing business leadership, education and networking for economic growth.
Promoting and preserving our quality of life.
JULY 7, 2010
CHAMBER CLOSED FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010
In this issue:
BAH July 21 – Convenient Care of St. Cloud
Chamber Visitor Center Report
Chamber Adopts Voter Precinct
COMMITTEE MEETING WEEK OF JULY 5
• Friday Governmental Affairs 8:00 a.m. at the Chamber
4TH OF JULY EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS!
One of the most exciting and successful July 4th Lakeshore celebrations brought over 28,000 people to the all day
event. The great lineup of entertainment, with standouts Tyler Sutter’s magic act, Kenyon Lockry in concert and
the Community Choir, under the direction of Keith Ronan, singing for 45 minutes to a patriotic video presented on
two very large screens, were just a sampling of all that took place. The event began with a Sunday worship
service by Pastor Hank Fayne and was followed by an opening ceremony that featured Mayor Donna Hart,
County Commission Chairman Fred Hawkins and State Representative Mike Horner. The ceremony included a
moving presentation by Patsy Heffner, Osceola County Tax Collector, narrating the story of The Star Spangled
Banner, followed by its singing by Laura Kessler. Father Kent Walker, Parochial Vicar, St. Thomas Aquinas
Church, delighted people with three songs and Don Larson gave a rousing welcome on the bag pipes. St. Cloud
Fire and Police provided a color guard presentation that was stirring for its portrayal. Much, much more was
sandwiched in before the “best ever” fireworks of 27 minutes closed out the day at 10 p.m. More details next
Congratulations to the 4th of July Committee members and Chairmen Don Long and Bruce Venema, with support
from staff member Linda Pinkerton, Events Coordinator, for a superb event. The many volunteers who worked
the event deserve a hand for all they contributed. Great Job!
Wednesday, July 14, 9:00 a.m., Kerry Scott, Edward Jones Investments, cuts the
ribbon for his new office at 4725 Old Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud
BUSINESS AFTER HOURS JULY 21
Convenient Care of St. Cloud will host Chamber members at its new facility at 1931 S.
Narcoossee Road, St. Cloud for Business After Hours this month. This is a very
comprehensive facility, with two staff doctors plus technicians, a substantial addition to St.
Cloud’s east side. Plan to attend, Wednesday, July 21, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
CHAMBER VISITOR CENTER REPORT – JUNE 2010
Walk-Ins 74 Tourism 7
Call-Ins 415 Business Information 8
Event Inquiries 190 Business Counseling 23
Relocations 5 Directions 13
Map & Directories 13 Information Requests 88
UCF will be posting the Admin Assistant position for 1 week. Apply on the UCF website. Applications will be
accepted on-line until Friday, July 9. ‘Program Assistant’ is the UCF Title for the position…it really is a ‘Facilities
Coordinator/Administrative Assistant/Receptionist’ position. UCF Business Incubator on Budinger Ave., in St.
Cloud. Full time and full benefits from UCF, 24K – 27K per year based on experience. Apply on line at
www.jobswithucf.com before 7-9-10. Job Title: Program Assistant; Position #:42553; Department: Research-
Commercialization; Type: Staff Application.
CHAMBER ADOPTS PRIMARY VOTER PRECINCT
Governmental Affairs Committee will operate the election precinct set up at First Baptist Church of St. Cloud for
the August 24 Primary voting. All volunteers have received training by Supervisor of Elections staff for their
respective roles. This is the first time that non-profit organizations have been asked to help with elections.
Previously all precincts have been operated by Supervisor of Election employees. Volunteers are Connie Benca
of Osceola Council on Aging; Robert Bass, Main Street Appraisal; Bob Semple, Bugs-B-Gone; Glen
Sangiovanni, Budget Blinds of St. Cloud; Carmen Richards, Education Foundation Osceola County; Edie
Thomas, Madelyn Long and David Lane, St. Cloud Chamber of Commerce.
MISS FLORIDA TALENTED TEEN A HOME GROWN ST. CLOUD RESIDENT
Bob Chambers, a former Board member, is the proud Dad of the Florida Miss Talented Teen Mary Catherine
Chamber. 15-year-old Mary Catherine will be representing Florida in the International Teen Contest competition
to be held in Bermuda July 17-24. As a St. Cloud resident, it is quite an honor to have her representing the State
of Florida. One more reason why we are “St. Cloud Proud.”
WELCOME JUNE 2010 MEMBERS
Member Contact Phone Address Category 1 Category 2 Category3 Sponsor Joined
A-A/C Go (321) g/Heating-
Green Max 231- Sales &
LLC Siegel 2376 Repair 6/17/2010
BB&T 1200 E.
Branch Cynthia Irlo
Banking & A. (407) Bronson Banks/Fina
Trust-East Snedeke 892- Memorial ncial
Branch r 1035 Hwy St. Cloud Institutions 6/21/2010
Inflatables (407) Party Inflatable
and Party Chad 460- Supplies & Moonwalk
Services Ketchum 4859 Rentals s/Slides Jim Penn 6/30/2010
Realty (407) Real Estate-
Results, Cindy 963- 202 Kissimme Residential/
LLC DeCoster 7967 Broadway e Commercial Sue Vitelli 6/7/2010
Lifestyles (407) 3121 Real Estate-
Home Wanda 891- Innovation Residential/ Madelyn
Sales, Inc. Linscott 0422 Dr. St. Cloud Commercial Long 6/7/2010
Perceptive (321) Colonial Energy
Techies, Daniel 206- Dr., Ste. Efficient Madelyn
LLC White 5999 #G Orlando Lighting Long 6/3/2010
St. Cloud (407) Cleaning -
Cleaning Shelly 744- Cleaning - Residentia Patty
Services Ricke 2040 Commercial l Mondshour 6/9/2010
Business (407) 3201 Business Organizat
Incubator Jim 498- Budinger Developme Business ions &
- St. Cloud Bowie 0432 Ave. St. Cloud nt Services Consultant Groups 6/30/2010
LEGISLATIVE LUNCHEON REPORTS ON THE 2010 LEGISLATIVE SESSION
Chamber members were treated to a report on the recent Tallahassee Legislative Session by Lobbyist Bill Barrett,
who provided a perspective from a non-elective point of view. Mr. Barrett represents the City of St. Cloud and
several other cities and communities watching out for their interests during the 60-day hectic Legislative Session.
After explaining the role of a lobbyist and a brief review of the Legislative process,
he covered a number of subjects and their impact on the business community.
Among subjects covered was Workers’ Compensation rates. Rates have been
held down for one more year, but will of necessity take a significant jump thereafter
as the Florida reserve is greatly underfunded.
Other topics included the School Size Amendment which will be on the November
ballot as will the Hometown Democracy Amendment. Transportation had an
interesting story, starting with the Legislature pulling $160 million from the
Transportation Trust Fund to shift to
Education. The Governor ultimately
vetoed this. Had the Trust Fund
monies been reduced, the timetable
for the Hwy. 192 widening, Budinger
to the Turnpike would have been
A number of other subjects were
covered by Mr. Barrett at the
luncheon, held at the American
Legion Banquet Hall.
This event was one of several efforts of the Chamber to inform members and the general public on matters of
importance that impact the community
DR. LY NGUYEN UNVEILS FRAXEL RE:PAIR LASER SKIN RESURFACING
Last week at a well attended Innovation Open House, Dr. Ly Nguyen, St. Cloud Eye Center and Medspa,
introduced her newest medical innovation to St. Cloud with a very informative Open House. Small groups were
invited into the procedure room to watch as Dr. Ly applied FRAXEL Re:pair to a patient. Over shrimp and hors
d'oeuvres, attendees first had the procedure explained by a representative of Fraxel, using before and after
slides. FRAXEL Re:pair uses laser to resurface skin, reducing or removing age spots, scars, tightens wrinkled or
sagging skin, softens deep frown lines, and reduces sunspots and sun-induced redness. Seeing first hand the
procedure provided a believable experience. For information and to discuss with Dr. Ly Nguyen, call 407-891-
2010 or visit the office at 4691 Old Canoe Creek Road, St. Cloud.
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JULIANNA “JULES” DAVIDSON 407-973-1756
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Offer: 10% Discount.
MARY KAY COSMETICS
DEANNA ROBERTS 407-234-5489 2501 Kaley Wood Ct., St. Cloud
Offer: 10% discount on orders of $50 or more.
If you have a discount to offer Chamber members, or have a change in your discount offer, contact Jane, 407-
**THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING WITH A CHAMBER MEMBER**
POLITICS TO TAKE CENTER STAGE IN AUGUST
The St. Cloud Chamber will hold two activities in August focused on educating the voting public on issues and
On August 3, the Chamber will host candidates for Osceola County Commission District 4 at a Roundtable
Forum. This public event will be held at the St. Cloud Senior Center, 3101 17th St., St. Cloud, at 6 p.m. There is
no charge to attend.
A second event on August 17, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m., will, be the Chamber’s bi-annual “Politics in the Barn.” This will
be held at the St. Cloud Civic Center, 3001 17th St., St. Cloud. “Politics in the Barn” brings together candidates
for local races of all types and levels and state and federal races. From City Council to Governor, Congressional
House and U. S. Senate races will be in play and contested. Candidates will meet the public one-on-one, answer
questions and share their positions.A BBQ dinner will be served at the August 17 event, Country Singer Kenyon
Lockry will entertain and the public has the opportunity to vote in a straw ballot, the results of which will be
announced and posted at the end of the evening. Mickey Hopper of Stewart Approved Title is Committee
Chairwoman of “Politics in the Barn.”
• St. Cloud Osceola Business Connection, Tuesday, 8:00 am.
o www.scobc.com for information.
• Monthly Leaders Luncheon, 1st Tuesday, 12 noon
o Leads passed 10
o During the meeting held July 6, the Monthly Leaders Luncheon (MLL) has agreed to donate $100
to the Technology Committees project of updating Chamber technologies, including the projection
screen for the Board Room and tint or blinds for the windows, etc.
o The MLL would like to thank our visitors for attending our meeting: Katie Butler, A Beautiful You;
Agustin Baez and Rey De Leon, AT&T Mobility; Barbara Cordes, Independent Producers of
America; Jim Hargrove, Affordable Insurance Solutions and Diego and Alfonso with Jalapenos.
o The MLL had a special presentation by Amy Jentzer with Weedott on Social Media Networking.
This was a great introduction into what social media is, why your business needs it and how this is
not a fad, but a marketing must. MLL is inviting all chamber members to participate in a workshop
on creating a business Facebook page. This will be a 2 hour workshop and cost $50. You will be
able to develop your Facebook page, know how to update it and maintain it. Max 10 persons for
this workshop. Date, time and place to be determined. Please contact Kelly Esposito if interested,
o Next meeting August 2, noon, chamber.
• Osceola Business Leaders, Thursday, 12 noon, weekly
o Osceola Business Leaders Leads Group will be RE-LAUNCHING the group. We will no longer be
meeting every other week; it will be every week on Thursdays at noon in the Chamber Board
Room. We start July 29th and would like to invite anyone that is interested in joining.
o These are the businesses we currently have committed: Gary Munson Heating and A/C, Edward
Jones, Stewart Approved Title, Grissom Funeral Home, and Regions Bank. Any other
business is invited, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or
email@example.com if you want more information about the group. Hope to see you there.
• Osceola Business Partners, Wednesday, 12 noon
• St. Cloud Business Exchange, Thursday, 7:30 a.m.
o Leads passed – 8
o Slots available – Jeweler, Plumber, Handyman, Electrician
o On June 24th Debbie Norris, Heritage Park Inn, hosted the leads group meeting at the hotel.
Renovations made are beautiful. Crisp green walls, fresh carpet, newly painted walls all reflect a
cool and refreshing atmosphere. Heritage Park Inn offers meeting rooms. Donuts and coffee were
o Traudi Rayzor of Rayzor’s Edge spoke to the group. Traudi has been in the hair business for 38
years. She says it is a passion. Karatin Treatment was introduced with Laurie Sirrell serving as
the model. Karatin Treatment will make your hair healthy as well as looking good. Keep in mind
Rayzor's Edge has shampoo that is not sold in store… but… better for your have hair and cost is
little cheaper. Check out the introductory offer on page 29 of the Osceola Woman Newspaper.
“Brazilian Karatin” certainly worth a try.
o Welcome to our newest member, Max Siegel of A-A/C Go Green LLC.
o Marilyn Cochran, Allstate Insurance & Financial Services, has been with the St. Cloud Business
Exchange for a long time and has decided to start sleeping in. Although she still operates Allstate,
she is having one of her employees - “Shana” - attend in her place. Shana is extremely
knowledgeable on insurance and we are glad to have her with us.
o Contact for Leads Group: Linda Pridgen, President firstname.lastname@example.org
o Leads group website: www.stcloudbiz.com
A 4th OF JULY To REMEMBER
(Many more pictures to follow in another issue of The Insider)
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