Local Clearwater businesses and philanthropists were honored and recognized last night at the Annual Meeting

(Clearwater, FL)– Last night, the Clearwater Regional Chamber of Commerce held their 90th Annual Meeting. The SOLD OUT event was located at the Sheraton Sand Key, 1160 Gulf Boulevard, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767, with keynote speaker Admiral William D. Baumgartner, District Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District and Jen Holloway as Master of Ceremonies addressing a crowd of over 500 Chamber members.
The Annual Meeting was special this year as they celebrated 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.

With great anticipation from anxious nominees and attendees, the winners were announced for the prestigious awards given at the event. The winners are:

• Small Business of the Year Award (1) sponsored by Coventry Health Care – Handy Man Matters
• Small Business of the Year Award (2) sponsored by Coventry Health Care – Klar & Klar Architects
• Medium Business of the Year Award sponsored by Regions Bank – PDR Certified Accountants
• Large Business of the Year Award sponsored by Clearwater Gas – Awarded to Nature’s Food Patch Market & Cafe
• Small Not-for-Profit of the Year Award sponsored by Moss Feaster Funeral Home and Cremation Services –  Clearwater Free Clinic
•Medium Not-for-Profit of the Year Award sponsored by Connelly, Carlisle, Fields & Nichols – Bayview Gardens
•Large Not-for-Profit of the Year Award sponsored by Hyatt Regency Clearwater Beach -Directions for Mental Health
•Business of the Year for Economic Advancement Award sponsored by D-Mar General Contracting and Development, Inc.  – Ambassador Limousine & Sedan, Inc.
• Ambassador of the Year sponsored by Suncoast Hospice – Brian Lewert
• Tourism Person of the Year sponsored by Pier 60 Concessions – Kevin Dunbar
• Phillies All-Star Community Award sponsored by Bright House Networks – Frank Chivas

Additional Presenting Sponsors of the night were- CCM; Bright House Networks; Solar Sanitation; Radiance Med Spa; Sheraton Sand Key; Progress Energy; JK Flowers; VSI; and Thee Photo Ninja. JoTo PR handled the event’s media relations. Thank you to all of those who attended and made this night memorable.
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 buildings 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. Visithttp://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 atkpeters@clearwaterflorida.org.