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 Newsletter of the  Ybor City Chamber of Commerce

December 2010
The Ybor Chamber's Annual Holiday Party
at Centro Asturiano
on Thursday, December 16th

Sponsored by UBS Financial

A Special Thanks
For Joining To


The Hot Spot 813

Angelita Nicolas

1517 E. 7th Ave., Suite A

Tampa, FL 33605


A Note Of Appreciation

To Renewed Members


David Alvarez
400 N. Tampa St.
Tampa, FL 33602

Jason Fernandez
1702 E. 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605


Click on a company name to learn more about your fellow members.


Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight

If you are looking for a romantic dinner for two over the holidays or a great restaurant to meet your family and friends, you can't go wrong with Ybor City gem, La Terrazza Ristorante Italiano.

Established in 1996 by Chef Andrea Fenu, La Terrazza offers perfectly mastered Northern Italian cuisine in a quiet and elegant atmosphere. You know you are entering a special place when managing host Luigi Bartoli greets you at the door with "Bella Signora" and kisses on both checks. The food is superb, wine list exceptional and service outstanding. Andrea, Luigi, Maria, RJ and Kelly strive to make your lunch or dinner memorable.

Ybor City is blessed with many great restaurants and La Terrazza is not to be missed.

Andrea Fenu

La Terrazza Ristorante Italiano

1727 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Member Luncheons

December 14th 2010
Keith Norden
Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation
Entertainment by:
HCC Jazz Ensemble

January 11th 2011
Dr. Ken Atwater
Hillsborough Community College
Sponsored by:
Florida Business Interiors

Arturo Funte Jr. Headshot

 Message From The Chair


Feliz Navidad -

I want to take this opportunity to wish all Ybor City Chamber members and their employees a happy & joyous Holiday Season.  Although economic times have been hard, our members, leaders and staff have pulled together to make the first half of my term not only successful, but truly satisfying.  Please come celebrate the Holidays with us at one or both of the Ybor Chamber's upcoming events:

 Annual Holiday Luncheon featuring the HCC Jazz Ensemble.  Our guest speaker will be Keith Norden, President and CEO of the new Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, who will be presenting the findings and recommendations of their just completed Economic Development Study.  This is the second of two presentations on advancing the Bay Area's economy.  In November, Rick Baker head of the USF Innovation Partnerships, spoke about his new program.

 Chamber Holiday Party, hosted by Centro Asturiano, sponsored by UBS Financial Services and featuring catering by Wayl of a Time and music by the Fumundo All-stars.  This is an "open house" format that runs from 5:00 to 8:00 PM, so I hope that members who can't easily attend lunch will be able to stop-by this evening event.  Admission is a toy for Metropolitan Ministries' - Holiday Food & Toy Drive.

I know this is an important time of the year for the cigar industry and I want to extend my wishes to other Ybor merchants, that this will be a productive and profitable Holiday season for you and your business.  2011 will start-off with a bang with the Outback Bowl Parade on La Setima and the accompanying Pep Rally on New Year's Eve.  I can't wait to see what teams are selected - "teams that travel well" bring a lot of business to our "fair city."

Hasta la proxima (until next time)!

Arturo Fuente, Jr.


Editor's Note:  See event details below.
Chamber Happenings

December 14- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Join the Ybor Chamber and guest speaker Keith Norden, President and CEO of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation, at this month's chamber membership luncheon. Find out what makes Tampa a prime market for growth and what attributes attract new business to the area. The HCC Jazz Ensemble will be on hand to add some holiday cheer. 
The Luncheon registration notice will be in your email soon.

December 16- Ybor Chamber Annual Holiday Party, Thurs. 5PM- 8PM- This year's holiday party is fast becoming a "not to be missed" special engagement hosted this year by Centro Asturiano and sponsored by UBS Financial. On top of our annual toy drive, this year benefiting Metropolitan Ministries, the event will feature the musical talents of Tampa's own Famunda All Stars and noshes from Wayl of a Time.  Come out and celebrate the season!

Ybor Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business Directory & Community Guide-  Advertising sales for the Chamber's 2011 Business Directory & Community Guide are winding down. Call or e-mail Michele Keating at 813-248-3712 x 25 to reserve this once a year opportunity.
Members Hob-Nob at "The Ritz"

Will Betancourt, Brenda Holloway, Crystal Rivera, and Barbara Fara enjoy lively conversation at the November PM Event held at The Ritz Ybor.
Announcements & Events Around the District

December 2- The Ritz Ybor Presents the 2nd Annual Miracle on 7th Avenue, Thurs. 6PM- 9PM- Come out and help support Hope Children's Home, be entertained by VYB Dance Company, 10th Concession, and Jeremy Gloff and other performance artists and vote on your favorite holiday tree created by various Ybor artists and businesses. 813.247.2555

December 4- Singing Stone Gallery presents John Gascot, Sat. 10AM- 2PM- Stop by the Singing Stone and meet Latin pop painter and artist John Gascot. 813.247.2787

December 8 & 9- Academy Prep Center of Tampa presents "On Broadway", Wed. & Thurs. 7PM- Join Academy Prep for a night of scenes from legendary musicals including Rent, The Wiz, and Stomp . Come at 6:30PM and walk the red carpet! Admission is free. Donations are encouraged. 813.248.5600

December 11- A Celebration Of Art, Music, and The Holidays!, Sat. 9AM- 5PM- The City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department in collaboration with The Ybor City Development Corporation and Florida Entertainment Group promise a Saturday filled with art and music with a holiday touch in Ybor's famed Centennial Park. 813.242.5370

New Self Guided Tour Arrives- The Ybor City Museum Society has announced the availability of their Official Ybor City Self-Guided Historical Walking Tour. For more information call 813.247.1434

HCC Ybor Expanding Hawk Card- Access the 7,000 students and employees of our local community college campus by becoming a sponsor. For information on how to participate go to
HCC ribbon cutting
Chamber President Tom Keating assists Dr. Ken Atwater, the new Hillsborugh Comunity College President, in cutting the ribbon at the new HCC Collaboration Studio.

(Hear from Dr. Atwater at the January 2010 chamber membership luncheon.)