Independence Day a good time for a business check-up

July 1, 2013 

This week marks the Independence Day holiday and I encourage readers to check out the Manatee Chamber's Facebook page (

We will be publicizing member businesses offering specials for our veterans, active duty military and first responders.

Thank you for your service and sacrifice in preserving the freedoms and independence we often take for granted.

This week also marks the start of a new year for the medical residency program at Manatee Memorial Hospital. We were honored to participate in Friday's "White Coat Ceremony" to welcome these new physicians to Manatee County.

The Manatee Chamber was a staunch advocate for the creation of this program, as we believe it is one part of the solution to attracting and retaining young physicians in our community.

Statistics tell us two great things about the benefit of having a residency program in our community -- first, physicians have a high likelihood of establishing their permanent practice within close proximity to where they complete their residency and, second, the economic impact of each medical resident is calculated at $100,000, which is fantastic for our local economy.

This week also marks the calendar year's mid-point, which makes it a good time for all businesses and organizations to complete a "check-up" of their strategic/business plan. The Chamber is no different.

As we assess what we've accomplished and what work we still have to do (not that THAT list is ever empty!) we are pleased with several new initiatives we've implemented to help local businesses succeed. In particular, we have great expectations for our new CEO Roundtable.

Our CEO Roundtable program, introduced by Florida CFO Jeff Atwater at a news conference a few weeks ago, will launch this month. Atwater traveled to Manatee County to help us announce this program because he saw the significant value in a program designed to help business owners and CEOs take their business to the next level.

Small groups of non-

compete businesses will be formed under the guidance of a professional facilitator.

These groups will serve as confidential advisory boards for participating business owners.

With such a large part of our local economy andjob base made up of small businesses, none of which can staff experts in every area of business strategy, the Manatee Chamber thinks that by bringing business owners togetherto develop relationships and share experiences, everyone will benefit by knowledge that can help them address challenges and capitalize on new opportunities.

If your business is a member of the Manatee Chamber and you would like more informationabout the CEO Roundtable, please let us know.

The Manatee Chamber wishes you a safe Independence Day holiday. We hope you stop by our Bradenton or Lakewood Ranch offices to learn more about our work or to pick up some great information about local businesses.

It's also a great place to send friends and family who are looking for information about the area -- what to do and where to go.

Robert P. Bartz, president of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, can be reached at 941-748-3411 or

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