Dimmitt Chevrolet named one of Tampa Bay’s best places to work

Dimmitt ChevroletCLEARWATER, Fla. – Dimmitt Chevrolet in Clearwater was recently named one of Tampa Bay’s top 100 places to work according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The 91-year-old dealership came in fifth place for small businesses according to a survey conducted with 30,000 Tampa Bay area employees that was administered by the Times.

The dealership employs 120 people with 10 percent of their team having served in the military.

“We’re proud to say were among the best employers in the Bay Area,” said Scott Collore, general manager of Dimmitt Chevrolet. “As a business, we have committed to making sure our employees are taken care of so they can make sure our customers are completely satisfied with the products and services they receive.”

Dimmitt Chevrolet is currently hiring and they are scheduled to host a career fair for veterans this Friday.

The career fair is targeted towards veterans and military members who are transitioning out of military service and into civilian life.

In addition to Dimmitt Chevrolet, Action Fabrication and Truck Equipment, American Power & Gas, Avon, BayCare Health System, Bank of America, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Chick-fil-A, Chix-N-Wings, City of Clearwater, Clearwater Fire & Rescue, ConServ Building Service, Critical Intervention Services (CIS), Eckerd College, e-TeleQuote Insurance, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Highway Patrol, FrankCrum Staffing, ITT Technical Institute, Jungle Cat Marketing, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Outback Steakhouse, PPI: Providential Provision Inc., PSI, Sears, St. Petersburg Police Department, The Parts House, Troops to Teachers, Wendy’s Corporation, WRH Realty Services and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are planning to participate.

For media inquiries and interview requests, contact Judge Public Relations at (813) 279-8335 or contact@judgepr.com.

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Challenge to raise awareness about veteran suicide to launch Wednesday


OKLAHOMA CITY – Warriors for Freedom Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to serving military veterans, is scheduled to launch a national campaign Wednesday called, “Remembering the 22,” to bring awareness to veteran suicide.

According to recent studies, approximately 22 veterans take their own lives each day.

The R22 Challenge asks individuals and businesses to take the R22 Challenge, post their own video via social media, and challenge their friends, colleagues and fellow business owners to take a stand against this epidemic and donate $22 to Warriors for Freedom.

“Our goal is to help raise awareness about this tragic occurrence and hopefully save lives in the process,” said Amber Moulder, executive director of Warriors for Freedom.

Many veterans return home with the hidden wounds of war such as combat stress reaction (CSR), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injuries (TBI).

“Even though the wars are coming to an end, the battle is not over,” said retired Marine Corps Cpl. Chad Allcox, a veteran advocate for Warriors for Freedom.  “Many veterans are coming home with PTSD and/or substance abuse problems. Over time, these can cause greater issues leading to suicide.  It’s time to help these veterans by raising awareness and supplying them with the tools they need to win the battle at home.”

To learn more about this challenge and how you can get involved, visit www.rememberingthe22.org.

Companies interested in becoming involved should contact Amber Moulder at 405.606.5756 or amber@warriorsforfreedom.org, or Chris Morrissey at 970.402.7724.

Warriors for Freedom Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that provides support to our nation’s heroes and their families in the areas of outdoor activities, scholarships and promoting mental health and wellness awareness, specifically post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), combat stress reaction (CSR), traumatic brain injury (TBI) and veteran suicide.

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FBI, FHP, FWC, NASA, Outback Steakhouse among list of employers to attend job fair for veterans


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CLEARWATER, Fla. – The list of participants for a free, veteran-oriented Tampa Bay area career fair scheduled to be held in Clearwater at Dimmit Chevrolet Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. has grown significantly since its inception and there is still time for more employers to sign up.

Dimmitt Chevrolet, which was recently voted one of the best places to work in Tampa Bay, and Bank of America teamed up to host the job fair for military veterans and members of the military who are transitioning out of military service. The job fair will also be open to members of the general public.

The event named, “American Cars, American Heroes,” will host many Tampa Bay area businesses and educational institutions.

In addition to Dimmitt Chevrolet and Bank of America, Action Fabrication and Truck Equipment, BayCare Health System, BluePearl Veterinary Partners, Chick-fil-A, Chix-N-Wings, City of Clearwater, Clearwater Fire & Rescue, Critical Intervention Services (CIS), Eckerd College, e-TeleQuote Insurance, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Highway Patrol, FrankCrum Staffing, ITT Technical Institute, Jungle Cat Marketing, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Outback Steakhouse, PSI, The Parts House, Troops to Teachers, WRH Realty Services and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have already signed up to participate. Several more agencies, businesses and organizations are expected to attend.

Those businesses will have representatives available to discuss employment opportunities with interested candidates, and the educational institutions will be able to help explain how veterans can use their GI Bill benefits to further their education. The Clearwater Vet Center and the VA will be on hand to provide information about benefits veterans may be eligible for.

Congressman Gus Bilirakis and Congressman David Jolly, of the U.S. House of Representatives, will also have tables present at the event.

In addition to being represented as employers, Chick-fil-A and Chix-N-Wings will be providing food for attendees. Paddocks Coffee is planning to provide coffee and The Original Hooters is also planning to provide food from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Another feature at the event will be the debut of a new brand of bottled water called American Heroes Artesian water. While the water for the event was purchased by Brave Marketing Concepts and will be provided to the attendees for free, a portion of the cost of the water will be donated to the Military Order of the Purple Heart and several other pro-veteran and pro-military charities. In the future, American Heroes Artesian bottled water will be available in stores throughout the nation with a portion of proceeds going to those charities.

American Heroes Artesian bottled water will feature an attached cutout with several opportunities for attendees to win prizes.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting such an event and to be able to say that more than 10 percent of our great team of employees, including one of our founders, have served in the military,” said Scott Collore, general manager of Dimmitt Chevrolet. “Being able to give something back to those who were willing to sacrifice it all, is something we are hoping more businesses will sign up for.”

The event is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 24 at Dimmitt Chevrolet, located at 25485 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33763. Businesses who are interested in hiring veterans and setting up a table at the event should contact susanallen@dimmittchev.com.

Dimmitt Chevrolet, Bank of America, Brave Marketing Concepts, Judge Public Relations and Socially Powered organized this campaign to help veterans smoothly transition from military to civilian life.

For media inquiries and interview requests about the event, contact Judge Public Relations at (813) 279-8335 or contact@judgepr.com.

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Big changes coming to Google will affect small businesses

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TAMPA, Fla. – Experts from Judge Public Relations and other leading marketing firms are encouraging anyone who has a website to prepare for Google’s April 21 deadline if they haven’t already done so.

Google announced in late February that the way in which sites make it to the top of their search engine results would be changing.

“Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal,” the Google statement said. “This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results.”

“Up until this point, websites have been primarily judged on keywords and content, while the means in which a website can be accessed hasn’t been as important,” said James Judge, president of Judge Public Relations. “With this shift, if a website is not properly prepared, there will be a significant impact to small businesses and the traffic they are used to seeing.”

In order for websites to receive a higher ranking after the scheduled changes to Google’s search engine algorithms, they must be optimized for mobile traffic.

“In some industries, up to 80 percent of searches start on an iPad, iPhone or Android device, and according to recent studies, as much as 40 percent of all web traffic in North America is mobile, so it only makes sense for them to adjust their search engine results accordingly,” said Kyle Klement, a Google AdWords certified marketing consultant in St. Petersburg, Florida.

If a company is in need of updating their website, it’s not too late, according to Judge.

“Firms like Judge PR and other firms that specialize in online marketing are here to assist with a website’s transition,” Judge said. “We’ll help by making it mobile friendly and ensuring it’s properly optimized for people to find it.”

For more information, visit https://www.judgepr.com.

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Palm Harbor man told he would never drive again, now drives thanks to eye doctor

DUNEDIN, Fla. – A man from Palm Harbor, who was told he would never drive again, is now driving thanks to a Tampa Bay area optometrist.

In 2004, David Hinkle was issued his learner’s permit, but when he took his driver’s license test, he failed the vision portion of the test.

That’s when Hinkle’s parents took him to see an optometrist, but she also said he would never drive again.

“At the first point, when my permit got taken away, it really tore me apart,” said Hinkle.

But that answer was unacceptable, so Hinkle and his parents looked for another option.

During their search for a different answer, Hinkle’s parents’ hair dresser mentioned Dr. Ed Huggett, a low-vision specialist located in the Tampa Bay area.

Huggett diagnosed Hinkle’s problem as a hemianopsia. Hemianopsia is a condition where a patient is unable to see in the right or left half of their field of vision. This condition is very common in people who have had a stroke or head trauma.

“In fact, many people who have a stroke are incorrectly told they cannot drive again,” said Huggett. “But with the correct rehabilitation, we’re able to help them meet the requirements of the Department of Motor Vehicles and they’re able to drive again.”

The way Huggett corrected Hinkle’s hemianopsia was no different.

“To correct the problem, we had to start out by using specially designed glasses that actually have a prism in them to move the usable field of vision centrally and the non-seeing area out of the way,” said Huggett. “While it does take some time, similar to wearing braces on teeth, we are able to permanently correct the vision of the eyes and help the patient to see more normally.”

After three years of wearing the prism glasses, Hinkle was able to drive again. At first the DMV said he could only drive during the day time, but after further vision tests and letters written by Huggett to the DMV, Hinkle was cleared to drive both day and night, which is important, since he works nights at the Sheraton Sand Key.

“He’s a miracle worker,” Hinkle said when referring to Huggett. “I went from having bad vision and not being able to drive, to driving and I no longer need any glasses, as my vision has been corrected.”

On April 10, 2015 Hinkle is scheduled to visit Huggett for a recheck, though Huggett expects for Hinkle to be alright.

If you or someone you know suffers from low vision, visit lowvisionsupport.org for more information to learn about how Low Vision Support can help.  You can also call directly at 727.463.2579.

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