An article of sweet success: The 2016 Hob Nob

Thank you to all that attended, all who made this Hob Nob a major success!

On Thursday evening, business leaders and community residents came out to fill the Sanford Civic Center for The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce 2016 Last Hoorah Hob Nob. The event was billed as Central Florida’s Sweetest Political Meet & Greet.

According to Chamber President/CEO Frank Hale, “Hob Nob provides a great way for candidates and citizens to come together in one place to speak face to face. The result is attendees who are more informed and candidates who get to hear directly from the electorate. It serves each of us and our community in both the short and long-term.”

 The Hob Nob, made possible by presenting sponsor Central Florida Regional Hospital and along with additional sponsors--Bright House Networks,  PRO-TECH Air Conditioning and Plumbing, AMACREATIONS, Fire House Subs Lake Mary, Florida Power and Light, Look Local, P.S., I Got This Event Planning, Kathryn Townsend State Republican Committee Woman and Tillis Pest Control.

 According to one attendee, We were impressed by the professional approach and all-American feel for the event. I had an opportunity to meet candidates whose signs I had seen but didn’t know anything about. It also provided an opportunity to ask questions of candidates for the same offices at the same event.

 Michael O’Brien, owner of The Corner Café in downtown Sanford said, “The turnout of both candidates and residents was heartwarming. The ability to interact with both was enlightening for me and further ignited my interest in the outcome of the upcoming elections.”

 Attendees and participants enjoyed sweets and desserts provided by The Corner Café, The Father’s Table, Colonial Room Restaurant, Edible Arrangements, Firehouse Subs and P.S. I Got This, among others. Hale said, “It was a beautifully presented display of decadence that was a hit with all of the attendees.” The opportunity to enjoy so much dessert before eating dinner was great.”

The Hob Nob included a “Straw Poll”, conducted by Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel. Attendees were provided with an opportunity to complete a ballot comprised of candidates for each office. The results were provided to the attendees at the end of the evening.

 The Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business professionals working to improve business and community. We provide tools and resources for business while and addressing challenges that face business and the broader community.  The Chamber provides networking, promotional opportunities and a proactive voice for business and community in Sanford and throughout Seminole, West Volusia and Orange counties. 
 The Chamber encourages all residents to VOTE in the upcoming election cycle. Hale said, “elections in a democracy are important to our future success, collectively we elect candidates to make important decisions that impact each of us and our communities every day.”

To learn more about the Chamber and how you can support our efforts visit:, or call 407.322.2212.


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