By Kathy L Collins

If you are a business owner or conduct business in the Valrico, Bloomingdale and FishHawk areas, become a charter member in the newly established Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce. Join other concerned citizens on Tuesday, October 23 at Beef O’Brady’s located at 4330 Bell Shoals Rd. in Valrico at 6:30 p.m. for a membership drive.

If you are concerned about the future of development of the area or concerned about outside forces taking control, this is your opportunity to become a member and be a part of a unified voice that will speak for all businesses in the area.

If you have leadership aspirations, consider not only joining the new chamber, but consider becoming a board member and a member of the executive committee.

Founder, Michael Holmes said, “We established this new chamber to give businesses in the Valrico, Bloomingdale and FishHawk areas a unified voice. We want to make sure that change in the community is consistent with residents’ values.”

Holmes added, “The newly formedĀ  Valrico/FishHawk Chamber will be different. We want the focus to be on your company and its potential for growth and sales. A lot of companies are struggling to survive in the area. We can fix the economy by bringing small businesses together and being unified and making a difference.”

The Valrico/FishHawk Chamber will focus on promoting opportunities for local businesses, whether they be home based, storefront or virtual, to increase their sales through increased foot traffic and awareness. The Chamber plans to do this through a variety of means including structured events, networking and marketing and advertising efforts.

Holmes said, “Changes in the business community cannot happen without community involvement. We can fix the economy with small businesses coming together and being unified. This is what will help make a difference in the Valrico, Bloomingdale and FishHawk areas.”

For more information on the newly formed Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce and to register to attend the membership drive set for Tuesday, October 23, please visit or call Holmes at 380-4392.


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