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All About Networking, Part 2

Well we have covered just a small amount of associations and chambers that we are involved in and wanted to let all our readers hear about more of the wonderful organizations we are members of here on the central west coast of Florida. As there are so many groups we have to split them up between our team of rental professionals.  We make sure each sales member joins the association that best fits their special talents and interests.


Celebrating all things Florida at a local event.

On our last blog, we wrote about a lot of the many of the wedding associations that promote events on the social event side of linens and rentals.  We also have a few team members who really like working the corporate and sports side of company. Therefore, we are going to start you off on some of our national associations and work to our local associations.


This association really is a great organization for meeting and working with Destination Management Companies. They offer training, certification classes and monthly chapter meetings. Within the local chapters, you can join committees that help do volunteer events throughout the community, special events for the association members and events for the MPI foundation.

MPI’s Vision: To build a rich global meeting industry community.

MPI’s Mission:

To make our members successful by building human connections through.
• Knowledge/Ideas 
• Relationships 
• Marketplaces

If you are interested in more information about this organization fell free to check out their website here:      


ARA- American Rental Association-

“The American Rental Association (ARA) is the international trade association for owners of equipment rental operations and manufacturers and suppliers of rental equipment. Our current membership includes more than 9,100 rental operations and nearly 1,000 manufacturers and suppliers. “

“The ARA offers membership to rental store operators and companies that supply or manufacture equipment for the rental industry. The ARA is a member-driven and member-dedicated association that is committed to providing a wide array of products and services that are of value to members — resources that help them run a safer, more efficient and more profitable operation. To best serve our membership, the ARA actively encourages member participation and feedback. Explore our family of websites, which are linked across the top of the page, to learn more about the numerous resources the ARA offers, or give us a call at 800-334-2177. We'd love to hear from you!”

ARA is a wonderful organization and our sales reps and warehouse managers are now all CERTIFIED EVENT RENTAL PROFESSIONSALS and continue to increase their education through the ARA Organization.


Visit Tampa Bay helps Linens by the Sea keep up with current and future events. We attend training courses, networking events with local vendors and Venues throughout the Tampa bay Area. If you’re planning an event or vacation please check out their web page at

“Visit Tampa Bay, local businesses, civic leaders and the community have formed a partnership to service your need for accurate, official and reliable information about the Tampa area. The information provided on this site has you and the pleasure of your travels as the first priority”


“Tampa bay Beaches Chamber extends from St. Pete Beach to Treasure Island, and northward to Indian Rocks Beach and Clearwater Beach. The Tampa Bay Beaches Chamber of Commerce is comprised of businesses from the following Pinellas Barrier Island communities:”


The Tampa bay area is a large destination wedding location and being part of this Chamber helps us to stay in touch with are local hotel partners, stay up to date on new venues and is a helps us offer our clients ideas on wedding or meeting locations. Please visit their web page at


Being part of the Ybor Chamber has expanded our company and knowledge of this wonderful little community right in our own back yard. Ybor City is a very historical community and a must see location for anyone. Ybor City is also home to the Gasparilla Pirate Festival and the Ybor City History Museum and gardens which offer a wonderful venue for weddings. Please visit their web at  


Ybor City holds a unique place in Florida's social and economical history as our state's "first industrial town." The founding of this community in 1886 was based on what turned out to be a very shrewd "business decision" by Don Vicente Martinez-Ybor to move his cigar factory from Key West to Tampa. This was at a time when points south were literally "Indian Territory."

Linens by the Sea was born out of passion, ingenuity and creative flair.  Our goal is to turn important events into lifelong happy memories. We pride ourselves on attending to your individual needs, and every day we strive to make your special occasion simply unparalleled with our outstanding linens. Please Contact Us if you would like to start designing your upcoming festivity.

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Sarasota, FL 34243
941-757-3523 office | 941-727-1938 fax

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