Dear members of our Chamber of Commerce,
Before most of us called Wesley Chapel home, the founders of our organization knew that something spectacular was happening here. What began in 1998 as a small group of business owners gathered to network and influence economic development initiatives had recently grown to almost 600 members representing a diverse range of businesses serving our vibrant community.
In recent years, volunteers and staff worked to implement refined business systems and protocols into chamber operations. As resources amassed, they were utilized to provide greater value to our members and the community we serve together. The operational capacity of our organization and its engaged members proved to be a helpful model for neighboring areas and a newly unified chamber emerged.
With renewed focus on the now broader geography that is home to those we serve and consistent with the momentum of this evolving community, your board of directors recently revisited our strategic plan and our membership experience. Over the next few months, we will continue to refine our programs and services to ensure they are meaningful and relevant.
Serving the communities of Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Lutz, Land O’Lakes, Trinity, Odessa, and New Port Richey, our 830 members are uniquely positioned to leverage our strength in numbers to promote a pro-business legislative agenda with federal, state, and local policy makers. Collectively, we will stimulate regional economic development initiatives that diversify and secure prosperous opportunities well into the future.
Understanding that enticing national and international businesses to explore and consider investing in our area requires a readily identifiable location and reflective of the inclusive nature of our organization, a new name for our chamber was selected. Upon consultation with the membership and recommendation of a brand identity task force, your board of directors voted to make the name of our newly emerging chamber, the North Tampa Bay Chamber.
During the next few weeks, we will transition to the new name and we will celebrate this new chapter of our story in early March.
We are excited about the possibilities and it is our honor to support the success of our members!
Dr. Zack Kalarickal – Wesley Chapel Dentistry
Chairman of the Board of Directors – North Tampa Bay Chamber