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August  2011 Mid-Month Newsletter   

Upcoming Events


September 13, 2011
Ybor Chamber Luncheon

 11:45 AM to 1:15 PM EDT


Join the Ybor Chamber at the September Membership Luncheon and hear
Timothy Roberts, CEO & Chairman of the Board at Savtira, speak on cloud-based commerce and the technology that will be used in getting connected. The luncheon is sponsored by Innovaro.

 A Special Thank you for Joining To

Consumer Energy Solutions 

Montana Spencer

1255 Cleaveland St. # 400

Clearwater, FL 33755


James Joyce Irish Pub 

Ryan Gougeen

1704 1/2 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Eric Statham

5219 E. Fowler Avenue

Tampa, FL 33617


Tampa Latin Chamber 

Al Frederick

PO Box 20933

Tampa, FL 33622


Tampa Park Apartments, Inc. 

Yolanda Anthony

1417 Tampa Park Plaza

Tampa, FL 33605


A Note of Appreciation To Renewed Members

 Theresa Ferlita

3810 N. Oak Dr., Unit # N-31

Tampa, FL 33611


Mary Frances Smith

2619 South Toronto Ave.

Tampa, FL 33629


AAA Travel 

Susan Deskins

1515 N. Westshore Blvd

Tampa, FL 33607


Don Pellegrino, Realtor 

Prudential Tropical Realty

1529 S. Dale Mabry Hwy

Tampa, FL 33617


Fifth Third Bank

Jose Cayon

2001 Adamo Drive

Tampa, FL 33605


House Rentals LLC

Ron Rampolla

PO Box 271568

Tampa, FL 33688


Pita's Republic

Farid Atir

1600 E. 8th Ave., Suite E-108

Tampa, FL 33605


PrimePay of Florida, Inc. 

Chuck Foreman

5440 Beaumont Center Blvd., Suite 4455

Tampa, FL 33634


Spaghetti Warehouse 

Phillip Tracy

1911 N 13th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


UBS Financial Services 

Anthony Scaglione

100 S. Ashley Drive, Suite 1800

Tampa, FL 33602


Wayl of a Time Catering 

Irene von Waltsleben

1725 1/2 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor City Historic Walking Tours 

Lonnie Herman

4313 W. Granada St.

Tampa, FL 33629


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to learn more about your

fellow  members.


Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


One of Ybor's own has been named one of the "10 who make Tampa Bay area's economic outlook brighter" by columnist Robert Trigaux of the St. Petersburg Times. Jason Woody, President and CEO of the Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, has that honor.


The Lions Eye Institute provides eye transplant tissue and corneas for most of the surgeons in Florida. Located in the renovated Lazano & Sons Cigar Factory on 21st Street, the Lions Eye Institute is the first ever eye bank and ocular research center in the world.


Not only a world-renowned eye bank and research facility, but the Lions Eye Institute also has The Foundation, a nonprofit organization which works to raise funds to support sight-related outreach, education, treatment and research. The Foundation was established on the belief that "everyone deserves the gift of sight." This belief is realized everyday by the donation of over $1 million of their services annually and roughly $1 million in eye tissue to those who would not otherwise be able to afford their corneal transplant surgery.


"The Institute partners with out-of-state researchers from such renowned institutions as Emery University, Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California, bringing their researchers to Ybor City," says President & CEO, Jason Woody.


We should all be proud to have this world-class research institute right in our backyard.


Jason Woody

Lions Eye Institute for Transplant & Research, Inc. 

1410 N. 21st Street

Tampa, FL 33605



Convention Planner 


 August 18-27

2011 Gospel Music Workshop of America National Convention  


Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance: 15,000   



August 23-25

Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association 


Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance: 2,000 



September 18-28

Emergency Nurses Association 


Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance: 4,000  




Tom Keating Head Shot

Ybor Celebrates Both Old and New


The Chamber's La Setima E-newsletter is one year old with this issue. The electronic version has allowed us to publish more frequency (bi-weekly vs. monthly). This not only gives our members more up-to-date coverage, but the new format also provides more space. Staff has been able to include significantly more items in our "events list" and add a "member spotlight" to each issue. I would like to thank Tom Favata and Michele Keating for their contributions to La Setima over the past year and our Chairs, as well. We have had many compliments on how this new format keeps you up-to-date on both Chamber and District activities.


Sunday's Tampa Tribune "Business Section" pronounced Ybor's own Savtira Corp. "Winner of the Week." Savtira announced this week that they will be adding 265 high-paying jobs to Tampa's workforce. You can learn more about this cloud-based start-up from its founder and CEO Tim Roberts, who will be the guest speaker at our Membership Luncheon - Tuesday, September 13th at 11:45 at the Columbia. Our next Luncheon is sponsored by Innovaro, another of Ybor City's new-age companies.


"Save the Date" - for our 46th Annual Chamber Gala Saturday, September 17th beginning at 6:30 PM at the Columbia. We will be presenting the Adela and Cesar Gonzmart Award to the More' Family, owners and operators of La Segunda Central Bakery for almost a century. La Segunda Central, known for its iconic Cuban bread and its original guava pasteles, will celebrate its centennial in 2015. The Chamber's Gala represents not only the opening of the Hispanic social season, but also helps maintain the cohesiveness and intimacy of the Ybor community.


If you missed the Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl last year - it was a blast. For a first-time event, it was very successful! This year, the Committee plans to add a few more of Ybor's pubs and patio bars to the "crawl." The Second Annual Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl will be held on Saturday, October 1st from 4:00 to 8:00 PM. The BierGarten was a major component of celebrations in Ybor City's immigrant community. And, Ybor's German lithographers were some of the first "techies" in Tampa - they printed all the sophisticated, embossing and gold leaf cigar and cigar box labels.


- Tom Keating


Scholarly Successes Highlight August 2011 Luncheon

Dr. Robinson 8-9-11 luncheon
Dr. Shawn Robinson, President of the Ybor Campus of Hillsborough Community College, was on hand to give a presentation on his campus's successes and expansions.
trophy presentation 8-9-11 luncheon

Golf Committee Chair, Dave Kemper, awards John Nertney with the first annual Ybor Chamber Golf Tournament Traveling Trophy for The Radiant Group's winning team at this year's event.  

check presnetation  8-9-11 luncheon

The Ybor City Chamber's Golf Committee was able to once again present Hillsborough Committee College with a check for the Dr. Lois Gaston Motion Media Scholarship.  On hand for the check presentation were from left to right Dave Kemper, Dr. Lois Gaston, Dr. Shawn Robinson, and Ybor Chamber Chair Andrea White.


Chamber Happenings


September 13- Ybor Chamber Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Hear from Savtira's CEO & Chairman of the Board at September luncheon and find out why his company will be expanding from 72 employees to 265 in short order.  Timothy Roberts will be highlighting the technology that is making it all possible.  The luncheon is sponsored by Innovaro.  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. Tickets are $95 per individual and $180 for couples.  Anyone interested in sponsoring, advertising, donating and attending Gala should contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22   


September 22- PM Networking at Sunday's Fine Dining, Thurs. 5:30PM- 7:30PM- Get to know other chamber members over a few drinks and noshes at the next PM Networking Event, while enjoying the hospitality of one of Ybor's newest dining establishments, Sunday's Fine Dining. $5 at the door. 813.248.3712 x25 

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 placing a congratulatory ad in this year's program.


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


Events and Announcements 

August 17- Fall Registration Kick-Off, Wed. 5PM- 7PM- The HCC Collaboration Studio will be offering up light snacks, activities and prizes and discounts on tuition at this special event aimed at helping with workforce education. 813.259.6540

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 19- Noches de Salsa Caliente, Fri. 9PM- Centro Asturiano presents the Salsa Caliente Dance Studio as they perform, teach class and get everyone out on the dance floor. Come out for Salsa, Merengue, Cha Cha and Bachata at this all age, full bar, smoke free event. www.tampasalsa.com

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

September 10-2011 Festival del Sabor, Sat. Noon- 6PM- Centro Tampa and Tampa Hispanic Heritage, Inc. will be joining the Ybor City Saturday Market for the 2011 Festival del Sabor.  Compete in their amateur Arroz con Pollo contest and see if your recipe has what it takes to win up to $750 in cash prizes. 813.241.2442

2nd Annual Ybor Arts in the Park- The City of Tampa's Parks and recreation department is looking for artists and their entries for their event on Saturday, December 10th. The event will give artists a chance to showcase their works and sell their artwork in a festival atmosphere as well as compete for cash and prizes. 813.242.5370

Music on the Menu- Live Jazz continues 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.

Savtira Expects to Bring 265 Job Openings to Tampa- Ybor's expert on cloud based e-commerce and technology is set to expand.  Over the next 18 months Savtira plans on making many new hires as reported in a press release. To learn more about Savtira come to the chamber's next luncheon. 813.402.0123