Operation Partnership is a three-part series that helps transitioning service members and military spouses develop professional connections within the Tampa Bay business community. Participants are not required to commit to all three events however they are encouraged to participate in as many as possible to maximize their networking opportunities. During the 2018 program, over 370 business leaders and service members participated.

The overall goal of Operation Partnership is not to provide employment placement for service members and spouses; instead, the program focuses on preparing them for entering the Tampa Bay business community and assisting them in building their professional network.

Transition Tampa

Transition Tampa is a half day symposium held in June. Transitioning service members are provided with professional development workshops led by Chamber members and volunteers. The symposium takes place at MacDill Air Force Base and is open to all those in the military who will be transitioning out within the next year.

Topics include:

  • Veteran transition panel
  • Salary and benefits negotiation
  • Personal branding
  • Networking and building relationships
  • Business and professional attire

Civilian Career Day

Civilian Career Day is held in August and provides transitioning service members and military spouses the opportunity to spend a half day at work with a Chamber member. Pairs are assigned based on industry interest.

The day begins with a breakfast at the Chamber and then each pair departs with their Chamber member partner. The day’s agenda includes:
  • 8 – 8:30am – Breakfast, networking, pairing of participants
  • 8:30 – 9am – Program
  • 9am – 2pm – Service members join Chamber members at their businesses

Business After Hours

Oct. 30, 2019

5:30 - 7:30pm

American Victory Ship, Channelside

Operation Partnership: Business After Hours is held in October and is a modification of a traditional Chamber after hours event. Participants from the first two days are encouraged to attend this casual networking event to further expand their professional network.