Tequesta Business Association
Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce & Tequesta Business Association Partnership
Sister cities, Hobe Sound and Tequesta have created a partnership of two major business entities by merging the Tequesta Business Association (TBA) with the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce (HSCC.)
Several months ago, a steering committee with representatives from both organizations, as well as the Village of Tequesta Mayor, Abby Brennan, began meeting to ascertain the most effective way to encourage businesses from both communities to co-operate and flourish.
In a partnership Agreement it was stated that, “Tequesta sits in an exciting location geographically as the gateway between Martin County and metropolitan West Palm. The Hobe Sound Chamber can effectively serve this charming suburb by providing the support and framework of an established business advocacy group while maintaining the unique identity of the Tequesta business community.
The independent Tequesta Business Association was created in 2017. By partnering with the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce it will gain the infrastructure to properly serve the area businesses. This partnership allows the Chamber to grow while supporting a business sector within reach yet often overlooked.The primary goal is to provide a steering committee within the HSCC that focuses on enhancing the visibility of businesses located in and around Tequesta while promoting the Village as a sister-destination to Hobe Sound, Stuart and surrounding areas. Regardless of geographical location, the Hobe Sound Chamber, its leadership and members take great pride in promoting each other and conducting business with fellow members. This sense of community and commitment is a culture that the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce brings to the Tequesta community.”
That being the premise by which this collaboration is moving forward, a special “Kick-off” event is planned for September 5th in Tequesta to introduce the Tequesta business community to the Hobe Sound Chamber of Commerce. At this “invitation only” event, guest speakers will explain the merger, introduce the Chamber, its members and its foundation, while at the same time giving all the opportunity to understand the basics of this partnership.
Among other things the Tequesta business community will be hosting monthly events in Tequesta for its members to attend to network and mingle and get to know each other. They will be called TequestaConnectsCoffee and TequestaConnectsCocktails. The “Tequesta Connects” message will be promoted on all social media platforms through the Hobe Sound Chamber. There will be a direct connection between the TBA and the Chamber Board of Directors (with one Tequesta representative to report updates.)
The TBA steering committee and any members from Tequesta will operate under the direction of the Chamber Board of Directors per the HSCC Bylaws. By joining the HSCC, businesses get member-only perks, exclusive advertising and networking opportunities, and whole lot of exposure.
Committee co-chair, Tammy Pasqualone of Clothes Mentor and long-time Chamber member, stated that, “with events right in the village, the partnership will certainly benefit the Tequesta business community by opening up a much wider range of contacts and referrals and networking opportunities.” And Chamber Board member, Bob Thornton of O’Donnell Impact Windows & Storm Protection, said the Board of Directors is very excited to welcome new members who will grow the Chamber while at the same time offering opportunities to expand business choices and further intertwine the two local communities.”
Current Steering Committee members include:
- Tammy Pasqualone, Co-Chair, Clothes Mentor
- Jon Pasqualone, Clothes Mentor
- Bob Thornton, O’Donnell Impact Windows & Storm Protection
- Matt Mitchell, Venture Insurance Partners
- Scott Parsons, One Source Solutions and current Interim Chamber of Commerce Executive Director and Board President Elect
- Jan Otten, Director of Member Services, Hobe Sound Chamber
- Wayne Canner, Best Versions Media
- Lori McWilliams, MPA, MMC, Village of Tequesta Clerk serves as an ex-officio member
For more information on this partnership and how to become involved please contact Tammy Pasqualone, committee co-chair, at Clothes Mentor in Tequesta, 561-746-9093 or Matt Mitchell, committee co-chair, at Venture Insurance Partners, 561-746-4514.