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September 2011 Newsletter   

Upcoming Events


Tuesday, September 13th
Ybor Chamber Luncheon
11:45 AM to 1:15 PM


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.


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Saturday, September 17th 
46th Annual Chamber Gala
6:30 PM to 11:00 PM


The Moré family of La Segunda Central Bakery 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.


Mail in your RSVPs by September 9th.  Contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22 if you need more information.



A Special Thank You For Joining To


David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Michael Kilgore

1010 MacInnes Place

Tampa, FL 33602


Elmer's Sports Cafe

Randy Levin

2003 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


The American Victory Ship, Inc.

Bill Kuzmick

705 Channelside Dr., Berth 271

Tampa, FL 33602


Versatile Communications

Manual Tuazon

1600 East 8th Avenue, Suite A-106B

Tampa, FL 33605 



Jim Bennett

1210 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33603


A Note of Appreciation To Renewed Members 


Academy Prep Center of Tampa

Lincoln Tamayo

1407 East Columbus Drive

Tampa, FL 33605


Castellano A/C & Heating, Inc.

Thomas C. Castellano

2206 1/2 N Armenia Avenue

Tampa, FL 33607



Tom DeGeorge

1812 North 17th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Harvey Schonbrun, P.A.

Harvey Schonbrun

1802 N Morgan Street

Tampa, FL 33602


Highland Properties of Tampa Bay, Inc.

Richard Chad

1608 E. 5th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Oliva Tobacco Company

John Oliva

3104 North Armenia Avenue

Tampa, FL 33607 


Robert Casanas MD, Internal Medicine

Lunasol Institute

8431 W. Linebaugh Ave.

Tampa, FL 33625


St. Petersburg Times

Grace Posada

1000 N Ashley Drive Suite 700

Tampa, FL 33602


Tribeca Color Salon

Brandon Wagner

1600 E. 8th Ave., Suite A 137

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor Technology Group, LLC

Jonathan Owens

1726 E. 7th Ave., Suite 14

Tampa, FL 33605


Click on a highlighted company name

to learn more about your

fellow  members.

Convention Planner 



September 18-28

Emergency Nurses Association 


Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Anticipated Attendance: 4,000  


September 27-29

Biometric Consortium Conference 


Hyatt Regency

Anticipated Attendance: 2,000  




Andrea White headshot

Message from the Chair


Greetings fellow members:


I can't believe how fast the summer has gone by. I hope you managed to get a break - I was lucky enough to squeeze-in a cruise between hurricanes. With Labor Day behind us, we are headed into an exciting fall season at the Ybor City Chamber.


I am looking forward to our next Membership Luncheon - Tuesday, September 13th, 11:45 at the Columbia Restaurant. Tim Roberts, founder and Chairman of the Board of Savtira, Ybor's new cloud-based, e-commerce company will be presenting on the rapid growth of his firm. Savtira plans to add 265 employees in the next 18 months. The September Luncheon is sponsored by Innovaro, Ybor City's world-class "innovation advisor." Don't forget to register on-line when you receive your Luncheon notice to get your "advanced registration" discount.


If you have not sent in your RSVP for the Chamber's Gala and Gonzmart Award, do it now. We want a full-house to celebrate the contribution of the La Segunda Central Bakery's More' Family to Ybor's unique "food culture." Can you imagine La Tropicana, Carmine's or the Columbia without Cuban bread or a great Cuban sandwich? I cannot! Sandra, Elliot and the Chamber's Gala Committee have put together a wonderful evening of entertainment, food and festivities that will rival last year's event, honoring the Fuente cigar family. Call Events Coordinator, Anna Ramos at 248.3712 x22 or e-mail her for information at aramos@ybor.org.


Wes Miller, Peter Blessin and our OktoberFest Committee have recruited 18 venues for this year's Pub Crawl. This fun event, only in its second year, appeals to our younger patrons and features our incredible array of member pubs and patio bars. Come join us for OktoberFest Ybor style Saturday, October 1st. The 2nd Annual Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl is sponsored by Centro Ybor, Beck's Beer and Yellow Cab of Tampa. Media Sponsor is Creative Loafing. Check out www.ybor.org for more details.


Did you hear that the motorized-parade is back for Guavaween 2011? Our President, Tom Keating, sent out "an open letter" to Tampa's krewes inviting them to join us for the Guavaween Parade the evening of October 29, 2011. Tom tells me the applications are already beginning to come in.  


Fall is just around the corner and that means that cool weather isn't far away.  Fall and spring are the best times of the year to catch one of Ybor's great special events.


Until Next Month, 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's 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.  Please get your RSVP's in to Anna Ramos by Friday, September 9th. 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  


October 1- 2nd Annual Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl, Sat. 4PM- 8PM- How does sampling beer at 18 of Ybor's patio bars and pubs sound to you?  For this second edition, we are adding 5 more bars to the list of spots to visit during the event. Come and sample OktoberFest and premium beers at your own pace.  The Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl is sponsored by Centro Ybor, Beck's Beer, Yellow Cab and media sponsor Creative Loafing. 


spotlightYbor Chamber Member Spotlight


Maybe one of Tampa's best kept secrets is The American Victory Ship, one of only four fully-operational WWII ships in the country and located directly behind the Florida Aquarium. Commissioned in 1945, The American Victory Ship is 455 feet long with a 62 foot beam, capable of a maximum speed of 17 knots. The American Victory Ship is a world-class, shipboard, maritime museum dedicated to honoring the men and women who built, protected and provided service, worldwide, through the American Merchant Fleet since 1795.


The American Victory Ship Mariners Memorial Museum is open for tours Sundays and Mondays from noon to 5:00 pm and Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm. Admission is free for members, $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65+, $8 for veterans, $5 for children 4-12, and free for children 3 and under. Membership information can be obtained at www.americanvictory.org 


The American Victory Ship ventures out twice a year on their critically-acclaimed "Relive History Cruises." However, before she can sail again, the ship must enter dry dock per orders of the U.S. Coast Guard. As a result, The American Victory Ship is in the midst of a capital campaign to raise funds to cover the cost of dry dock. You can contribute to the campaign by clicking on the Donate button on their website.


Tour The American Victory Ship and relive history!


Bill Kuzmick

The American Victory Ship 

705 Channelside Dr. Berth 271

Tampa, FL 33602




Events and Announcements 

September 9 & 10- Hoffman Porges Gallery Grand Re-Opening, Fri. & Sat. 5PM- 10PM- "Virgins, Vixens & Vamps: A Celebration Of Women In Art" is the theme of the premiere exhibit hosted at the newly re-opened gallery.  The gallery will be displaying original works of the Ybor Art Assocoiation.  Join in the festivies which will help the Tampa Crossroads' Athena Program.

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

September 11- 9/11 Observance at The American Victory Ship, Sun. 8AM- Join Reginald Roundtree from WTSP- TV 10 as he presides over ceremonies dedicated to the observance of the 10 year anniversary of 9/11.

September 13- WMNF's 32nd Birthday Party, Noon- 3PM- WMNF is celebrating their birthday with a week's worth of festivities.  Next Tuesday, they will be throwing a free concert and broadcasting live from the Ybor City State Museum Park.  The event, in partnership with the Ybor City Museum Society, will be hosted by WMNF's John Palmer and will feature the musical talents of the Ditchflowers.