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August  2011 Newsletter   

Upcoming Events


August 9, 2011   

Ybor Chamber Luncheon  


Register to attend the chamber's next membership luncheon on Tuesday from 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM by clicking the link listed above.


Highlights include an update on HCC's Ybor campus by Dr. Shawn Robinson, campus President, as well as check presentation to the HCC Foundation for the Dr. Lois Gaston Scholarship in motion media and the presentation of the 2011 Traveling Golf Tournament Trophy by the chamber's Golf Committee.



A Note of Appreciation To Renewed Members


Schezy Barbas

2916 W. Hawthorne Rd.

Tampa, FL 33611


Allegra Design Print Mail

Nancy Routman

107 N Jefferson Street

Tampa, FL 33602  


ASD, Inc.

Rob Denton

1240 E. 5th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605 


Improv Comedy  Theater & Restaurant

Bob Joyce

1600 E 8th Avenue, C-112

Tampa, FL 33605

King Corona Cigars-Cafe & Bar

Donald Barco

1523 E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Peter J. Blessin, CLU

Peter Blessin

P.O. Box 1376

Safety Harbor, FL 34695


Top To Bottom  Home Inspection, Inc.

John Gibson & Lori Gibson

16005 Pennington Road

Tampa, FL 33624



Click on a highlighted company name

to learn more about your

fellow members.



Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


What better place than in Ybor City to have a leading food, bar and catering supply service company - Columbia Jobbing. In business since 1941, long-time Chamber member, Columbia Jobbing provides one-stop shopping for all your food, bar and catering service needs, as well as concession equipment and supplies.


Owned and operated by the Lazzara family for the past 70 years, President Joe Gonzalez, along with his mother Audrey Lazzara and brother Domenick Lazzara, not only supply quality products but excellent customer service as well. In addition to on-line sales, one of the great things about Columbia Jobbing is that they have a showroom so you can see and touch what you are buying.


"Our customers enjoy excellent customer service and can expect to see long-time employees Steve Smith and Beth Philmon when they stop by the showroom," says President Joe Gonzalez.


If you own a restaurant, bar or catering business, or just plan to throw a party, stop by Columbia Jobbing for your paper, plastic and glassware needs.


Joe Gonzalez, President

Columbia Jobbing Company, Inc.

1702 E. 5th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605




Convention Planner 



July 30- August 10   

2011 World Dragon Boat Racing Championships  


Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance: 5,500  


 August 18-27

2011 Gospel Music Workshop of America National Convention  


Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance: 15,000   



September 18-28

Emergency Nurses Association 


Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance: 4,000 


Andrea White headshot

Message from the Chair


Greetings fellow members,


I can't believe it is already August - July has been so busy. Our summer edition of the Ybor Expo: Business Showcase was a great success. New members had a chance to "show their stuff" from Bay Area business news-leader - Tampa Bay Business Journal to Event Show Production's - eye-catching, "Vegas show-girl." If you haven't been to one of our bi-annual "table-top, trade shows" you need to experience one first-hand.


We held our annual Mini-Retreat at the Corporate Headquarter of GTE Federal Credit Union at the western end of the District. Not only was it highly productive, but also an opportunity for Board members to get to know each other better. The agenda "covered the waterfront" with reports from administration, marketing, events and membership. Highlights included progress reports on: our website update, special events and increasing membership. I would like to thank my Vice Chairs, Officers and Directors for a job well done and our gracious hosts at GTE/FCU for their hospitality - the view and the food were both excellent.


Tom, our CEO, tells me that each new Chair of the Board contributes something unique to the Chamber. My specialty is public relations, so I'm pleased to say we are making a serious effort at promoting ourselves more effectively. We have added a section on "Chamber Events" in the new edition of our Map & Guide (to be released soon). And, we will be promoting our next featured event across multiple platforms, which will include the website, La Setima and our valued Media Sponsors.


I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate our colleagues at the Ybor City Round Table on their successful effort in securing a two million dollar earmark from the Hillsborough County Commission for the preservation of Ybor City's Historic Social Clubs. In addition, I want to thank our Commissioners and encourage the Round Table to make sure that all of Ybor City's "mutual-aid societies" benefit from this largess.


Until next month- Andrea White 

Chamber Happenings


August 9- Ybor Chamber Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Luncheon attendees will receive a campus update from the Hillsborough Community College Ybor Campus President, Dr. Shawn Robinson.  The Ybor Chamber will also present the HCC Foundation a check for the Dr. Lois Gaston scholarship. The award is  dedicated to the Ybor Campus' Motion Media Program.  For reservations, call Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22   


September 17- Gala 2011 and Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award Presentation- Sat. 6:30PM- Join us at the Columbia Restaurant in celebrating the opening of the Latin social season and recognizing the many contributions of the Moré family, owners of La Segunda Central Bakery and one of Ybor's most prominent families. Anyone interested in sponsoring, advertising, donating and attending Gala should contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22  

Events and Announcements 

August 4 thru 26- Fine Art: Faculty Exhibition, Mon.- Thur. 10AM- 4PM- Nine of Hillsborough Community College's talented professors are showcasing their artistic works in the Ybor Campus's performing Arts Building until the start of the Fall semester. 813.253.7674

August 6-  Art on 19th- Sat. 10AM- 4PM- Join the shops of 19th Street for a Saturday dedicated to artists. Participants include Singing Stone, the Arnold Martinez Gallery, Tre Amici, and the Ybor City State Museum and Gift Store. 813.247.2787

August 7- NoLa Jazz Brunch- Sun. 11AM- 3PM- Bernini's goes French Quarter for brunch.  This special menu will include creole cuisine plus the live sounds of the Dixie Land Band. 813.248.0099

August 11 thru 14- Stageworks Grand Opening Weekend- Stageworks will kick off their new season in their new home in the Channel District.  The official ribbon cutting will be on Thursday, August 8th at 11AM.  The opening performance will be Listen to My Heart by composer David Friedman. Be sure to check out their website for more on their opening weekend schedule. 813.251.8984 

August 18- Tampa Bay Tech Jam 2011: A Decade of Rock- The Tampa Bay Technology Forum will be holding its tenth annual Tech Jam at The Ritz Ybor. This event serves as a fundraiser for the TBTF Foundation. Proceeds from the event benefit mentoring and education programs as well as provide for various scholarships focused on students interested in careers in science, technology, engineering and math. 813.425.9635

August 28- Jaiba Enchilada (Crab Enchilada) Served Up At Centro Asturiano, Sun. 11AM- 2PM- Centro Asturiano will be holding a special feast featuring crab "enchilada" for eat in or take out.  A plate includes salad, bread and flan for dessert for $15.  RSVP by August 21st. 813.229.2214

Day Tours Tampa Bay Introduces All-Inclusive Experience To Ybor City's Historic Eatery- Ambassador Limousine & Sedan, Inc. will be rolling out an all-Inclusive tour through their Day Tours Tampa Bay division come today, August 1st. Guests will be provided a luxurious ride to Ybor City, followed up by a tour of the Columbia Restaurant capped off by an authentic Columbia meal. 866.508.9050

Music on the Menu- Live Jazz is in the air at Sunday's Fine Dining on  Saturday evenings starting between 6:30 and 7PM. 813.248.4000

Now Accepting Artists- Square One is now taking entries for their 4th Annual Fall event.  This time around the event will span two nights and as always, will feature artists covering all mediums.  Visit www.SquareOneFlorida.com for more information.
Gala LogoCelebrate the Legacy of La Segunda Central

The Moré family is the recipient of this year's Adela & Cesar Gonzmart award, and the
Ybor Chamber is currently putting together the program for the entire Gala.


If you aren't able to take part in the evening's festivities by attending, consider celebrating the Moré family's achievements by putting an advertisement in this year's program.


For information on rates and on how to be included in the program contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22.