Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

November 5th, 2013


Don’t miss this month’s best networking opportunity right in the middle of Gulfport’s exciting Historic District. Shiva Dharma is the new name for what used to be Can Sam’s and Can Sam Trantow, General Manager, will be there to greet you. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what Shiva Dharma is all about and to mix and mingle with your fellow business people. We have lots of new and interesting Members who may just become a good customer or supplier of goods or services. If you don’t go you’ll never know. There will be fun and refreshments as well as a 50/50 raffle.

Shiva Dharma

2838 Beach Boulevard

Gulfport, FL 33707


Joe Soska and Olympus Printing was voted Member of the Month at the last Board of Director’s Meeting particularly in honor of Joe’s, “above and beyond,” service to the Chamber’s upcoming 9th Annual Flamingo Tour of Homes. Joe has been an active member of the Tour Committee and has produced posters and handouts, sometimes with a 24 hour lead time. Dale Kitt also of Olympus came up with our striking new logo, not as an assignment, but as a contribution. Throughout the year, Joe serves on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and participates in many projects.and in all cases Joe’s services and pricing go well beyond the normal scope of a commercial relationship.



There’s still time to become a sponsor for the 2nd Annual Gulfport Benefit and Beach Volleyball Benefit. By sponsoring this event or the 1st Annual Wounded Warrier Softball Series at Al Lang Field on Dec. 8, you can be part of the sponsorship of an individual Wounded Warrier from one of the teams. Donations from these events will benefit VETSports non-profit organization, Kiwanis Miracle League of Gulf Beaches, a baseball organization for disabled children and to a college fund in honor of Major Donald G. Taylor, Killed in Action in Baghdad, Iraq on October 22, 2006. Sponsorships are from $50 and up.

For more information on VETSports go to VETSports is a 501 ( c ) 3, non-profit organization. For info. on the events and sponsorship opportunities, call Bob Newcomb at the Chamber Office at 727-344-3711. Registration forms are available at the Chamber Office.



Order your tickets now for Gulfport’s Ninth Annual Tour of Homes coming up fast on Nov. 16. Simply go on-line at, click on “Events, “: then , “Home Tour” and order away. Your wrist bands will be at the Will Call desk on event day. OR, stop by The Gulfport Beach Bazaar or the Chamber Office and pick up your tickets there. Tickets are $15 each in advance or for senior citizens, (over 62) and $20 on the day of the event.

Registration will be at The Michael J. Yakes Recreation Center with parking at the Rec. Center and along the beach. The City Trolley and Bus will run a loop past all the homes on a less than 2.5 mile, walkable route. The Town Shores condos must be visited on the bus or trolley or on foot. The 5 beautifully renovated condo units are in the Avalon and Embassy buildings, near the Registration area.

The last stop on the Tour is our historic Casino where several surprises await visitors. The beautiful hall will be cool, there will be places to sit and visitors can purchase a cool drink from the bar, if they wish. When the day is over, guests may choose to stroll to their parking space next door or stop by our fabulous, “Restaurant Row,” on Shore and Beach Boulevards. Who knows, there might even be some specials in our restaurants and shops.



The ballots are in and our Directors for 2014-2015 are in place. The results are unofficial until the ballots have been certified by the Board in December, but no changes are anticipated. Newly elected to the Board for 2014 and 2015 are Barbara Banno of Stella’s Deli; Angela Lagan of The Gulfport Beach Bazaar and Tony Spinney of America’s Office Source. Re-elected for the same term are: Brian Atkins of Regions Bank; Patricia Dunham of Home Based Business Consulting; Joe Guenther of O’Maddy’s; Lori Rosso of Sea Breeze Manor Bed and Breakfast Inn and Barry Rubin of Time Systems.

Continuing to serve in 2014 are:Linda Craig of Perfect Ten Nail Salon and Boutique; Silas Daniel of Dr. Silas Daniel, DDS; West Dupes of Insurance Concepts Unlimited; Andrea Royce of The Longhouse; Lynda Sheehan of Aunti Lynda’s Pet Care; Joe Soska of Olympus Printing and Ester Venouziou of Local Shopper, LLC.



Don’t miss this highly informative Flood Insurance Forum at the Casino on Thursday evening at 6:00 PM. Pam Dubov, Pinellas County Property Appraiser as well as insurance and real estate professionals will discuss the implications of The Biggert Waters Act on our flood prone area. The implementation of this Act may have a disasterous impact on our area economy. If you live or invest in our City, you cannot afford not to be fully informed on this matter. Questions and comments from the audience are encouraged.

New ideas are always welcome. Criticisms of what we are doing are the springboards to improvement.

Please call or email us with your comments at:

727-344-3711 or

This month we’ll be welcomed into the home of Dolly Tickell and Glenn Suyker who between them hold three Chamber Memberships: Act 1 Promotions, Notable Works and

Fortunately for us they run their businesses out of their home, (featured in a past Pink Flamingo Home Tour), and we get to network in beautiful and interesting surroundings. Mark your calandar now. This is one you don’t want to miss.


5702 23rd Avenue South