Affinity Partner Spotlight: Office Depot

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The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce partners with Office Depot and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to bring you an Affinity Program that allows members to purchase from Office Depot at a discounted price. The National Chamber Program is a network of over 1,500 Chambers of Commerce working together to create savings and opportunities for its members.

The discounts on this purchasing program include products from nearly every product category needed to run your business. This includes general office supplies, ink & toner, cleaning and break room supplies, technology products, copy & print services, furniture and even school supplies.

If you are a member of the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, there is no cost to take advantage of this purchasing program.

How to Take Advantage:

If you would like to take advantage of this Affinity Program, simply call or email Office Depot Business Development Manager Paul Stumpfig. Paul.stumpfig@officedepot.com or (941) 720-5037 and he will get you enrolled.

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Group Spotlight: Young Professionals Group

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The heart of any organization is their volunteers. The Sarasota Young Professionals Group (YPG), a program of The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is no different. The YPG Board Members and member volunteers give their time through organizing various YPG events, building strategic partnerships within the community, and creating opportunities for YPG members to engage with one another in meaningful ways.

One initiative of the YPG Board has been to gather data on issues affecting Sarasota’s young professionals. In fall 2015, YPG’s Government Issues committee created a survey on attainable housing, and the results have spurred a community-wide conversation regarding housing needs for young professionals. Media, such as ABC 7, The Observer, and ABC Action News in Tampa have reported on the survey’s findings, and local developers have reached out to request additional data. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers in the YPG Government Issues committee, YPG is able to be a resource for this critical information by gathering, analyzing, and communicating data.

Young professionals are often known for working hard and playing hard, but we’ve witnessed how much they also care about the community. This year, YPG volunteers have given back hundreds of hours to organizations such as Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Suncoast, Habitat for Humanity, the Sarasota Music Half Marathon, Girls Inc., and Easter Seals of Southwest Florida.

The Young Professionals Group Board includes: Michael Calamaras, Ashley Leon, Chris Laney, Adam Angstadt, Mimi Chenyao, Sean Duade, Kayla Escobar, David Ford-Coates, Anna Foster, Amelia March, Avarie Hannah, Adam Hughes, Andrea Knies, Sam Lowry, Kelly Martella, Shantel Norman, Travis Rossnagle, Raymmar Tirado, and Rob Young.

For more information on getting involved in the Sarasota Young Professionals Group, please contact YPG Coordinator, Mimi Cirbusova, at mfleck@sarasotachamber.com or (941) 556-4038.

Welcome to Our Blog!

The Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce is excited to introduce The Chamber Buzz, the newest way to receive your Chamber communications.

The Chamber Buzz encompasses the e-newsletter you are used to and this blog, combined to maximize your source of Chamber news.

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