Message from the Executive Director

Wow, my first month has been a very busy one.  I attended the Florida Area Chamber Professional Convention (FACP) and was impressed with the camaraderie and the communal brain storming.  I completed a review of our Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn social media sights. The results from the review stated our content was effective and gave our Chamber a few tips to improve our traffic and bounce rates. The suggestion was also discussed to implement YouTube in our social media assortment.

I would like to thank the sponsors of the Annual Dinner. In the case that your presence was missed, the Annual Dinner honored past President’s and Chamber Champions.  Thank you to all who were present and to those who continue to edify our local Temple Terrace community with their successful endeavors.

The Leadership Committee and I are diligently working on our Temple Terrace Leadership program.  The cost is $450 members/$495 non-members.  The committee is looking for nominees, so please contact the Temple Terrace chamber office at (813) 989-7004.  The nominees for the Temple Terrace Leadership program must be committed to miss one day a month October through June from their place of business.  The beginning retreat is October 18th, at the USF ropes course at Saddlebrook.  The retreat will be a lot of fun and a great opportunity to network.  If you do not reside in the City of Temple Terrace but work in our community, this education will be a great benefit.

Additionally, our team is excited to announce that Bright House Networks and local Chambers of Commerce in the Tampa Bay business community are hosting their first annual Regional Business Awards. This is a ceremony to celebrate the success that has permeated the City of Temple Terrace and Tampa Bay business communities in recent years. The award categories are small business (5-25 employees), medium (26-100 employees), and large (101-500 employees). In addition, start-ups that have been in business one to three years will be eligible to win. There will be over $1,000,000 in prizes! The winners can receive air time, a feature news story, commercial TV production, and more.  The applications can be found online at.  : and the deadline is October

The chamber and its military affairs committee is supporting the effort to raise money for the Liberty Manor, a home for homeless veterans and heroes. Liberty Manor is in need of new AC equipment, totaling $12,500.  David Long is spearheading the efforts with an event at Shells Restaurant on Fowler Avenue, Thursday, October 3rd from 5:30PM-9:00PM. We currently need contacts for celebrities and door prizes. Contact David Long of Business Ink Printing at (813) 988-4656 or email

Dustie Amatangelo
Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce