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6/20/2022 General

AMPLIFY Clearwater Opens Portal for Small Diverse Business Program

AMPLIFY Clearwater Opens Portal for Small Diverse Business Program

CLEARWATER, FL – AMPLIFY Clearwater is proud to offer ten Chamber memberships to qualifying small, diverse businesses based in the Tampa Bay region for the second year in a row. The Small Diverse Business program, sponsored by Duke Energy, embodies the Chamber’s vision for promoting diversity through leadership programs with an intentional focus on equity and inclusion as part of our small business ecosystem.

“Chamber membership via the Small Diverse Business program will enable these businesses to obtain access to unparalleled networking opportunities, various educational and training programs, local and statewide events, advocacy and many other opportunities for engagement in our business community,” said Amanda Payne, President & CEO of AMPLIFY Clearwater. “We are proud to work with member corporations like Duke to foster a more inclusive business environment for all and offer essential resources to the small business sector in our region.”

Duke Energy is one of the largest electric power holding companies in the United States, providing electricity to 7.7 million retail customers in six states. They serve diverse communities in an increasingly complex world. That is why they pursue a strategy that integrates diversity and inclusion into everything they do. Duke Energy strives to create a workforce that’s representative of the communities they serve. The different cultures, faces, perspectives and backgrounds bring them together to make Duke Energy a stronger company, a more engaged corporate citizen and a place where people are empowered to reach their full potential. Duke Energy pledges to engage local organizations and leaders to understand how to be part of long-term solutions. To listen, learn and support each other within the company and communities.

“AMPLIFY Clearwater’s Small Diverse Business program aligns with our commitment to serve as an advocate for diversity, inclusion, and small business success,” said Jeff Baker, Government and Community Relations Manager at Duke Energy, “By funding memberships to AMPLIFY Clearwater we will provide these ten businesses with access to resources that will position them for long term success.”

Qualified businesses that are chosen for the Small Diverse Business program will enjoy one year of membership to AMPLIFY Clearwater among a host of other benefits. Applications will be considered by the Board of Directors on an ‘as-received’ basis. The 2022 application portal will close on September 15th, 2022. Those interested in applying can learn more at:

About AMPLIFY Clearwater

Our mission at AMPLIFY Clearwater is to promote and meet the needs of businesses, tourism, and industry and to provide leadership for the advancement of economic vitality and equality for the community of the North Pinellas Region.