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Lynne Conlan is Executive Director of the South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce.

 

During the Pandemic, we learned to be flexible and how to pivot. And I personally learned there is a work around for everything. I have omitted the phrase “It can’t be done” from my vocabulary. It can. At the chamber, we learned that the six most costly words are “We’ve always done it that way.” Sometimes you just have to give up those sacred cows that weren’t part of your mission or vision or were never even in your best interest. We got rid of a lot of those sacred cows. And no one has really noticed. I’m just sorry it took a pandemic to make us realize how to become our best selves.
But not everybody learned how to eliminate those sacred cows. Many of our states have laws in place they should probably look at and drop. I ran across list of the weirdest laws in the United States, and I wonder how these laws remain on the books to this day.
Get a load of these. In Mobile, Alabama, it is illegal to possess, make, sell, give away or throw any non-biodegradable, plastic-based confetti. So much for parties there. In Fairbanks, Alaska, it’s illegal for a moose to be on the sidewalk – even if it is your pet. But I do have to ask, are they even good pets? In Connecticut, for pickles to be fit to eat, they must bounce when they are dropped from a height of one foot. That should really prolong your dinner time routine with all that pre-dinner bouncing.
In Indiana, grocery, convenience, and drug stores can’t sell cold beer. However, if the beverage is not cooled, it can be sold legally. Businesses have been fighting for years to get the law repealed.
Although Iowa is a landlocked state, drunk surfing or water skiing is prohibited. And in Kansas, it is illegal to hunt from a motorboat.
Apparently, Wisconsin takes its dairy products very seriously. It has a law that prohibits serving margarine at a public eating place as a substitute for butter — unless it is ordered by the customer. Violators can be fined between $100 and $500 and/or imprisoned up to three years. And we cannot forget Florida. There is a Florida state statute, that states, with a few other provisos, that a dog’s owner isn’t liable for damages caused by their pet if at the time of the injury the owner has a sign prominently displayed on his property that includes the words ‘Bad Dog.’
So, as we head back into our new normal, we need to take a look around and maybe makes some changes. Some things don’t and shouldn’t last forever. My proudest accomplishment? If you google Sun City Center DMV, it no longer gives the chamber’s address and phone number. Thanks, Google. It only took me five years to get that fixed!
Lynne Conlan is executive director of the South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce. Call her at 813-634-5111, or email lynne@southhillschamber.com.

 

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Figue out what you do best!

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Lynne Conlan is Executive Director of the South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce.

 

During the Pandemic, we learned to be flexible and how to pivot. And I personally learned there is a work around for everything. I have omitted the phrase “It can’t be done” from my vocabulary. It can. At the chamber, we learned that the six most costly words are “We’ve always done it that way.” Sometimes you just have to give up those sacred cows that weren’t part of your mission or vision or were never even in your best interest. We got rid of a lot of those sacred cows. And no one has really noticed. I’m just sorry it took a pandemic to make us realize how to become our best selves.
But not everybody learned how to eliminate those sacred cows. Many of our states have laws in place they should probably look at and drop. I ran across list of the weirdest laws in the United States, and I wonder how these laws remain on the books to this day.
Get a load of these. In Mobile, Alabama, it is illegal to possess, make, sell, give away or throw any non-biodegradable, plastic-based confetti. So much for parties there. In Fairbanks, Alaska, it’s illegal for a moose to be on the sidewalk – even if it is your pet. But I do have to ask, are they even good pets? In Connecticut, for pickles to be fit to eat, they must bounce when they are dropped from a height of one foot. That should really prolong your dinner time routine with all that pre-dinner bouncing.
In Indiana, grocery, convenience, and drug stores can’t sell cold beer. However, if the beverage is not cooled, it can be sold legally. Businesses have been fighting for years to get the law repealed.
Although Iowa is a landlocked state, drunk surfing or water skiing is prohibited. And in Kansas, it is illegal to hunt from a motorboat.
Apparently, Wisconsin takes its dairy products very seriously. It has a law that prohibits serving margarine at a public eating place as a substitute for butter — unless it is ordered by the customer. Violators can be fined between $100 and $500 and/or imprisoned up to three years. And we cannot forget Florida. There is a Florida state statute, that states, with a few other provisos, that a dog’s owner isn’t liable for damages caused by their pet if at the time of the injury the owner has a sign prominently displayed on his property that includes the words ‘Bad Dog.’
So, as we head back into our new normal, we need to take a look around and maybe makes some changes. Some things don’t and shouldn’t last forever. My proudest accomplishment? If you google Sun City Center DMV, it no longer gives the chamber’s address and phone number. Thanks, Google. It only took me five years to get that fixed!
Lynne Conlan is executive director of the South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce. Call her at 813-634-5111, or email lynne@southhillschamber.com.

 

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So, what does a chamber do?

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Lynne Conlan is Executive Director of the South Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce.

 

Area businesses count on the Chamber of Commerce to promote and support their business. And as the executive director, that is my job. But I, fortunately, have help. And that help comes in the form of our Ambassador group. They are the face of our chamber. They support our membership as well as meet and mentor new members. And on top of all that, they recruit new members.
And one of the ways they do that is by creating new projects that keep our members front and center in the community. One of those projects is coming your way this month. Please join us for the Find Your Heart in South Hillsborough scavenger hunt.
Here’s what you need to know: Starting February 7, all around the area, member businesses will display large playing cards taped near their entryways. Anyone 18 years of age or older needs to hop in your car and find those playing cards. Write down which card you find at each place.
One big hint, the chamber has a playing card on our front door (at 1651 Sun City Center Plaza – the gray building). If you start the “hunt” at the chamber, we’ll give you a pre-printed entry form to make hunting that much easier. We’ll give you the addresses of all the businesses entered. All you have to do is go to the listed addresses and discover their particular card. Return those entry forms to the chamber by Monday, February 28, at 4 p.m., and you’ll be entered into our grand prize drawings. Here’s the thing, no matter how long you’ve been living or working in this area, I’ll betcha you’re going to find some location on our list that you have never visited…and should have. The chamber wants to drive traffic to our local business member locations as we stack the deck for their success in 2022. Give it a try. You just might learn something (or win something)! Questions? Call me at 813-634-5111.
Onsite Participation (as of 1-30-2022 with more to come)
A+ Hearing Center, Inc.
Batteries Plus
Belvedere Commons
Bubbaque’s
Cadence Bank
Cano Health
Care Access
Club Car of Sun City
Cypress Creek Assisted Living
Flip Flop Shop
Florida 1st Choice Realty
Freedom Fairways
Hanson Services
Humana
Keller Williams South Shore
Sun City Center Funeral Home
Superior Care Pharmacy
SouthShore Taxes & More
Superior Care Pharmacy
TD Bank
The CBD Store
Other Generous Sponsors:
Borman Construction
Care Patrol of Bradenton
FirstLight Home Care
Freedom Plaza
Gettel Automotive Management Group
Glenna On The Go
Sun City Center United Methodist Church
Military Family Support Trust

 

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