Increase Your Business Network


Do you need to make more business connections? Do you need to cement current business referral and friendship relationships? Do you need to find potential new customers? Do you need to keep up to date on your industry’s newest trends? If the answer to any or all of these answers is, ‘Yes’ then you need to plan now for exhibitor booth space during the upcoming 2014 Brandon Business Expo & “Taste of Brandon™”  (Thursday May 15, 2014). This event hosted by the Brandon Chamber is a perfect platform for any company looking to increase revenue. Even with a growing focus on internet marketing, meeting and engaging with existing and prospective clients via face-to-face networking remains an important aspect to any business plan. The Brandon Business Expo & “Taste of Brandon™” affords area businesspeople opportunities to connect with thousands of prospective customers, partners and vendors.

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A Legacy of Service

Laura Simpson, President & CEOJust about the time the rest of the world settles down from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and the New Year, The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce commences the beginning of its fiscal year on February 1st. We use this time to recognize the service and milestones of the previous year. However, this year, the beginning of a new Chamber year marks the end of a great legacy of service here at The Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce that I want to draw special recognition.

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Chairman’s Message : Feb. 2014

tony_DelCastilloWhile the last four to five years have been quite challenging for small businesses, many signs are pointing to a recovery, especially for our Tampa Bay and even East Hillsborough footprint in this new year of 2014. So we stand at a crossroads… an opportunity awaits… a transition is taking place! Are you ready?

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Ambassador of the Month: February 2014

kjones-aomName: Kelly Jones

Title & Company: Owner, Rhetoric Refined

What is unique and/or interesting about your business?
Rhetoric Refined is a content writing firm focused on helping small businesses grow their clientele. Through precise and persuasive writing, we can help businesses convert readers to clients. Our services include press releases, infographics, blogs, and social media platforms. Each content piece is customized to meet the client’s needs and goals.Rhetoric Refined is the only company in the Tampa area solely devoted to content writing, which means that we are the only company that truly understands the demographics for your future clients and the marketing strategies that will convert your advertisement to profit. I personally have worked in the marketing industry in the Tampa area for the past three years, so I understand the reader demographic and the rhetorical strategies that work best for small businesses to grow and profit.

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Advertising Platforms Helps To Increase Revenue

June 2013 sales deadlines imageWe know that most nights you lay down wondering if you did everything you could during that day to position your company to gain higher returns on investments. Some nights thinking about this may mean rough sleep, while during other nights work keeps you from even thinking of sleep altogether. Keeping your business afloat is often a most difficult task that requires you to focus on everything at once. However, quite simply this can not only lead to sleeplessness but also failed business. The Brandon Chamber is a terrific support mechanism here to help! It's hard to find better positive ROI vehicles than the numerous marketing and advertising platforms offered by the Brandon Chamber. Many members recently took advantage of the annual Brandon Business Expo and "Taste of Brandon™" that helps area companies increase their bottom lines via direct

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Chamber Members See Immediate Positive ROI During 2013 Brandon Business Expo & “Taste of Bandon”

BigFrog 1Another wildly successful Brandon Business Expo & "Taste of Brandon™" is in the books. Nearly 1,500 hundred people walked through the doors of the Florida State Fairgrounds' Charles M. Davis Special Events Center. From all accounts it was another terrific way to for area businesspeople to increase their company's bottom line! The 25th annual event enabled businesses a chance to show off their latest and greatest products and services. Big Frog Custom T-Shirts & More owners Karen and Gerald Ayers exhibited during the Expo for the first time. The business attracted people to its booth by giving away company merchandise after guests spun a large prize wheel. It even ticked just like the big wheel featured during The Price Is Right's Showcase Showdown (it wasn't as large, though)! Karen said that this Expo exhibitor booth investment afforded her direct communication with future customers.


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Exhibitors Out On Show For You!

Today's the big day! We are thrilled to be able to welcome Greater Brandon Area businesspeople and residents to the Brandon Business Expo and "Taste of Brandon™" for the 25th consecutive year! As we wrote about earlier this week, fashions and technologies have changed over time but the event has been THE PLACE for local businesses to showcase their products and services to one another and the public for two dozen years. The Florida State Fairgrounds' Special Events Center once again hosts the Expo from 3:30 – 8:00 p.m. today.

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Through the Years!



Fashions Evolve, 'Back In The Day' Business Networking Remains

Big hair. Shoulder pads. Thick glasses. Knit ties. Stylin' and profilin' as only we could back in 1989 when… Continue reading

What Are The Vendors Saying?

expo03400WHO'S READY to get their grub on?! We know we are! It's going down (into our bellies) during the upcoming 25th Anniversary of the Brandon Business Expo & “Taste of Brandon™” that will be held Thursday May 16, 2013 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. As in years past, attendees will vote for their favorite restaurants and caterers in two categories: Best Taste and Best Dessert. Best Booth honors will also be presented. The awards will be handed out at the event’s conclusion May 16. Twenty-six restaurants and caterers competed for votes entered by attendees during the 2012 event. Best Taste Award Winner was Cheddar’s Casual Café.

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