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Hallothanksmas already?

Published on: October 3, 2018

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Hallothanksmas already?

I cannot believe it’s October. Not because time flies when you’re having fun. It’s not that we’re still enduring a summer that refuses to end. I mean, seriously, I’m only asking for one or two days below 95 degrees for goodness sake. But it’s more about the fact that whenever I walk into some big box stores, I see Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving decorations and Christmas trees. 

Hold on! At the chamber, we take it one day at a time. We do have a five-year plan … but let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves.

So, let’s talk October in chamber-land. It will still be hot. We’ll still have to be surrounded by Hallothanksmas themes. But, we’ll move on to events one at a time. Our first. If you are reading this on Wednesday, you need to get over to the Community Hall at 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. for the chamber’s Annual Business Expo to meet our local businesses and cash in on free stuff. If you’re reading this on Thursday, get over to the community hall fast … we’ll be outta there by 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 8 a.m. is our member morning coffee. This month it’s sponsored by our chamber chairperson Connie Huber from Physician Partners of America. Huber will be introducing us to her company while we get to network before heading off to work. We’ll be meeting in the chamber’s events room. 

Friday, Oct. 12, is jam-packed. Starting at 10 a.m., we’re offering a free seminar about writing, completing or updating your business plan. Take advantage of this event to help grow your business. Member business owners can call or email me to register. I just need a head count. 

Then at 1 p.m., our Golf Cart Poker Run is back. Any golf cart participant, let me know by Thursday between 10 and 11 a.m. if you’re participating so I can warn our hosts. Any member business that wants to become one of the seven stops, give me a call at 813-634-5111 — slots are filling up fast!

The chamber monthly lunch will be hosted by Dove Interiors Carpet One on Thursday, Oct. 22. This is open to members and nonmembers. Find out what Joan Miller and her crew have been up to lately. You’ll also hear about our veteran of the month and find out how the 2018 Happy Holidays Golf Cart Parade is coming along. 

Ending up the month is another member-only event — the Business After Hours on Oct. 25 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the chamber events room. The chamber ambassadors will be our hosts. Come on out to learn how to become more involved in the chamber to help your business grow. 

I cannot fix this darned heat. I cannot eradicate Hallothanksmas. But I can promise you a great month of chamber events in October. Stop in and see us whenever you can.

Lynne Conlan is Executive Director of the Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce. Call her at 813-634-5111, or email