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St. Pete Chamber, LocalShops1 Partnering to Help Small Businesses

Thursday, January 19, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Ester Venouziou
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JAN. 19, 2012

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Great news for small businesses! The St.Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and announced they are working together to help drive more traffic to small businesses in St. Petersburg and the greater Tampa Bay region.

The efforts bring together two of the region's leading organizations: The St. Pete Chamber, one of the most established chamber of commerces in the Southeast; and, Tampa Bay's most active advocate for local, independent businesses.

"We're excited to partner with these innovators," says Chris Steinocher, President & CEO of the St. Petersburg Chamber. "It's a great opportunity to be connected with our community. Besides, any notion for supporting local, count us in!"

The first phase of the partnership includes a new co-branded edition of the 1Card, LocalShops1's discount shopping card, valid at close to 300 local, independent businesses. The new 1Card will be co-branded with the St. Pete Chamber's logo and be distributed free to visitors at the Chamber downtown offices, 100 Second Ave. N.

The Chamber and are also planning joint educational workshops, cross-promotions and innovative  programs to empower small, independent businesses, says Ester Venouziou, founder of

About is Tampa Bay’s most active advocate for locally owned, independent businesses. The grassroots movement was founded in 2008 and also offers networking meetings, store promotions, educational workshops and community events. Memberships are available for shoppers and business members.