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September 2011 Mid-Month Newsletter   

Upcoming Events


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Thursday, September 22nd PM Networking Event 5:30PM to 7:30PM 


Join the Ybor Chamber at Sunday's Fine Dining for our bi-monthly  after-hours networking.  Come out for drink specials and free hors d'oeuvres at Sunday's Fine Dining (located at 1919 East 7th Avenue Tampa, FL 33605).  Network in a relaxed environment and make some new friends.  


  OktoberFest 2011


Saturday, October 1st 
2nd Annual Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl
4:00 PM to 8:00 PM



Celebrate the legacy of Ybor's German cigar label makers!  Raise a beer at the Chamber's 2nd annual pub crawl and say- "Prost!"


Sample Oktoberfest and premium beers at 18 of Ybor's patio bars and pubs, and set your own pace as you kick back and enjoy your National Historic Landmark District.


Click the link for details.   


A Special Thank You For Joining To


Absolute WOW, Inc.

Andrew R. Bolton

705 W. 116th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33612


C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Michelle Bullard

1600 E. 8th Avenue, Suite A-121

Tampa, FL 33605


Double Decker

Simone Walk

1721 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Springfield College

Norene Copeland Miller

10117 Princess Palm Avenue

Tampa, FL 33610


A Note of Appreciation To Renewed Members 


Centro Asturiano de Tampa

Rick Duran

1913 N Nebraska Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602


Frank Vacanti Realty, Inc.

David Greco

3128 North Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33603


Hilton Garden Inn Tampa/Ybor City

Michelle Cardamone

1700 E 9th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Minaret Realty

Jack Rodriguez

PO Box 10544

Tampa, FL 33679


Sunshine State Garage

Sam Castellano

407 N. 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa & Ybor City Street Railway Society

Jan Smith

3627 Berger Rd.

Lutz, FL 33548


Volunteers of America of Florida

Wendy Whitescarver

1205 E. 8th Avenue

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  



October 9-12


Sysco Foods Annual Fall Show 2011

Embassy Suites Tampa-Downtown Convention Center
Anticipated Attendance: 900

October 9-16
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges and Affiliates

Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Anticipated Attendance: 2,200



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Tom Keating Head Shot

Ybor's Next Generation - Ready for Business!



Hola -


We had one busy week at the Ybor City Chamber. It started with an incredible Membership Luncheon with guest speaker Timothy Roberts, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Ybor City's new start-up, Savtira a "cloud commerce" company. Savtira could just be the fastest growing high-tech firm in the Bay Area. Expansion plans for the next 18 months included the addition of 265 new jobs.


The vibe at the September luncheon was intense (in a good way) with the announcement that USAmeriBank is coming to Ybor City and will be renovating the historic Columbia Bank Building on the corner of 21st Street and 7th Avenue. It was great to see Manny Alvarez back in the Historic District with his staff that will be running the Ybor branch of this "community bank."


Lunch was sponsored by Innovaro, headquartered in Ybor City with offices in Chicago and York, UK. They provide innovation consulting to fortunate 500 companies world-wide. Innovaro has a proprietary technology data-base and can forecast future industry trends on behalf of their clients in Europe, the US and most recently, Asia.


If that wasn't enough, that afternoon the Mayor held a grand opening/ribbon cutting for C.H. Robinson, a transportation logistics firm. C.H. Robinson brings 72 new employees into the District. We also went-live with our new state-of-the-art website developed by Tampa Digital. This event-oriented website has "all the bells and whistles" and will allow us to promote the Historic District and our member businesses more effectively than ever before.


This Saturday we held the Chamber's 46th Annual Gala. The Gala features the presentation of the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award, the most prestigious recognition in Ybor City. This year's Gonzmart Award went to the More' family, owners and operators of La Segunda Central Bakery for almost a century. I was very moved to see Andrea Gonzmart and her cousin Casey Gonzmart, Jr. present this year's award to Copeland More' and his family. Andrea and Casey are 5th generation members of the Gonzmart family that own and operate the Columbia Restaurant and Copeland More' is the fourth generation of his family to run La Segunda Central.


No need to worry about Ybor City's future, our next generation is ready to do business for the next 100 years.


Ciao - Tom Keating

Chamber Happenings


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    


September 28- Initial Guavaween 2011 Merchant Meeting, Wed. 6:30PM-  The Ybor City Chamber has taken over production of Guavaween this year and invites the merchants and residents of Tampa's Historic Latin quarter to attend a meeting in the Cantina of the Italian Club on Wednesday, September 28th beginning at 6:30 PM. We will discuss exciting changes that are being put in place this year.  In addition, businesses and residents inside the gated area will be able to sign-up for tickets. 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 Beck's Beer, Yellow Cab, and media sponsors Creative Loafing and Play 98.7FM.   


October 11- Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Kimberly Faulk, Vice Chair for the Florida Festivals and Events Associations, will be on hand to speak on the importance of special events to Florida's economy.  The luncheon is sponsored by Event Show Productions. 813.248.3712 x22   



Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight


 An Ybor tradition since 1929, Tony's Ybor Restaurant never disappoints. Third generation, Larry Scaglione, along with his father Tony, are there to greet you with a smile on their face and good food for your plate. Tony's is open for breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM and offers an array of fresh vegetables to choose from and always a daily special on their hot buffet.


Patriarch Nick Scalione started Tony's at its 22nd Street location 82 years ago, under the original name - The Americus Restaurant - offering Spanish, American and Italian cuisine. His nine children grew up in the restaurant and when Nick passed away, his son Tony changed the name, but not the great food and service.


Not only does Tony's provide breakfast and lunch, they also have a thriving catering business, as well as a private dining room and bar, the Mariel Room, which is available for business meetings, receptions, family reunions or game watching parties.


One of my favorite things about Ybor is the people and one of my favorite people is Tony Scaglione. He is always there to greet you, say a kind word and serve you a great lunch. Mangia!


-Michele Keating


Tony & Larry Scaglione

Tony's Ybor Restaurant 

2001 N. 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33605



Events and Announcements 

September 23- Eisley performs with Marksmen and Christie DuPree, Fri. 8:30PM- The Crowbar will be hosting the up and coming family band from Texas. Catch the siblings and their cousin as their tour stops in Ybor, and sets up to entertain the crowd at Crowbar. 813.241.8600

September 24- Ybor City Saturday Market hosts Cooking Channel, Sat. 10AM- 3PM-  The Cooking Channel's Frozen Treat Truck Tour is rolling into the Saturday Market this Saturday!  Everyone who stops by will get to taste a FREE COOL TREAT and participate in all the fun and games hosted by the Cooking Channel! 813.241.2442

September 25- Audi-Tescarollo Duo Kick Off Chamber Music Ybor, Sun. 3:00PM-  The Ybor Campus of Hillsborough Community College is kicking off 2011-2012 Chamber Music Ybor Season this Sunday at the Mainstage Theatre.  The School of Visual and Performing Arts' is aiming to make their performances "Affordable Art!" 813.253.7695

September 26- Crowd Control Management Discussion & Training, Mon. 6PM- 9:30PM-  Tampa Fire Rescue will hold a discussion on how venue managers can control various sized crowds, what to do in case of an emergency and how to prevent accidents.   The seminar is completely FREE to attend.  RSVP with your first & last name to russell.spicola@tampagov.net by Friday, September 23.

October 2- Wine Tasting at Centro Asturiano, Sun. 1PM- 3PM- Join Los Caballeros de Centro Asturiano for their first annual wine tasting.  Taste wonderful Spanish wines and nibble on tapas as you help Los Caballeros with their mission of preserving and maintaining the Centro Asturiano de Tampa clubhouse.  Make reservations by calling 813.229.2214

Blues Ship Cafe Launches New Menu  If you are in the mood for some smoked goodness for lunch, be sure to stop by the Blues Ship for platters and sandwich combos between 11AM and 3PM daily. 813.443.2126 

The Don Vicente Historic Inn Is Open For Breakfast- Stop by the Don V and see what Chef Luigi from Luigi Catering is serving up Monday thru Saturday 7AM to 11AM. Rumor has it lunch will start to roll out of the kitchen starting October 1st.  813.367.2903

Hawk Radio Set For New Airwaves- Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Campus has long housed the school's Hawk Radio studio, and broadcast its frequency over AM and intranet waves.  Through a new partnership with Tampa's own WMNF 88.5FM, Hawk Radio will expand its audience via HD Channel 4.  For those that don't have a new high definition radio receiver, you can catch Hawk Radio's broadcast via a link on WMNF's website.  stream.wmnf.org

Ybor Art Association Looking For Artists- Join YAA for holiday festivities at "Deck the Halls" December 10th.  Artists interested in particiapting should contact the Ybor Art Association for more information. 813.505.8802