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January 2012 Newsletter                                                                 Visit Ybor.org

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Chamber Happenings 

 A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members


Jack Fernandez

371 Channelside Walkway #1101

Tampa, FL 33602


A.J. Arango, Inc.

Xandra Alberdi

1516 E. 8th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


A.L. Commercial, Inc.

Anthony Lefler

1514 1/2   E. 8th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Al's Finger Licking Good Bar B Que

Al & Jacqueline Reynolds

1609 Angel Oliva Sr. St.

Tampa, FL 33605


Awnclean USA Diversified Services

Sandra Fernandez-Lopez

501 N. Newport Ave.

Tampa, FL 33606



David Alvarez

4144 N. Armenia Ave.

Tampa, FL 33607


Capitol Carpet Care, Inc.

Anthony Alfonso

P.O. Box 20531

Tampa, FL 33622


New York New York Pizza Bar & Grill

Ferit Mamudi

1512 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Roche Surety, Inc.

Missy Martin

1910 Orient Rd.

Tampa, FL 33619


Andrea Graham

1208 E. Kennedy Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33602


Tampa Port Authority

John Thorington

1101 Channelside Dr.  

Tampa, FL 33602


University of Tampa-Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy

Dr. Jody Tompson

401 W. Kennedy Blvd., Box O

Tampa, FL 33606


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The Hilton Garden Inn Tampa/Ybor City is located in the heart of Ybor. Just two blocks off 7th Avenue, it is the perfect location for walking the historic district. Known for its comfortable rooms and great breakfast buffet, the Hilton Garden Inn is a great place to relax while visiting Ybor City.  And, as of January 15th, they will have a fresh new look to their guest rooms.


The Hilton Garden is famous for its friendly staff. General Manager John Sullivan and Director of Sales Michelle Cardamone, are totally a part of the Ybor community. Any day of the week they can be seen out and about in Ybor, always with a friendly smile. If you need a special group room rate for a business associate or professional group, you just have to ask. They were instrumental in helping the Chamber make Guavaween 2011 a success!


Besides being the Sales Manager, Michelle is also on the Board of Directors of the Ybor City Chamber and the Ybor City Museum Society, actively involved in such traditional Ybor events as Guavaween and the Ybor City Heritage & Cigar Festival.


It is a great feeling to be able to turn to your "next-door-neighbor" for support and friendship. We love you guys!


-Michele Keating


John Sullivan, General Manager

Michelle Cardamone, Director of Sales

Hilton Garden Inn Tampa/Ybor City 

1700 E. 9th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605





January 10th thru 15th
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 
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January 11th thru 19th

HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
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Message From The Chair  


Greetings Fellow Members,


I would like to thank all of the Chamber members who attended the Annual Holiday Party at the Cuban Club and contributed toys and donations for Metropolitan Ministries. In addition, I would like to thank the HCC Ybor - Jazz Band for providing the entertainment at our Holiday Luncheon. We had a wonderful turnout and everyone enjoyed the opportunity to spend time networking with friends and associates at the Chamber.


After a bit of much-deserved R & R, we are starting-off the New Year with a bang. Mayor Bob Buckhorn will be addressing the Membership Luncheon next Tuesday, January 10th at the Columbia. His Honor has been working on a number of items to improve Tampa's business climate and we will hear firsthand some of the things he has in-store for 2012.


Advertising sales for the 2012 Edition of our Business Directory and Community Guide are closed and the publication is going into production. Make sure your renewal is up-to-date, so your business will be included. The Directory is one of our best business to business promotion tools and will be particularly useful this year as preparations are made for the Republican National Convention.


A second "B to B" sales tool is our winter Ybor Expo: Business Showcase coming-up Tuesday, February 14th. This biennial event is a great opportunity to demonstrate your organization's service or product to the Ybor City business community. Always a sell-out, reserve your space today by contacting Anna Ramos at aramos@ybor.org or 248-3712 x22.


Our next big event is the 65th Anniversary Edition of Fiesta Day. This is a free street-event that features food, music and fun for the entire family. Based on the "verbena," observed by cigar factory workers as a day of rest, this is Ybor City's oldest event. Fiesta Day will be held on Saturday, February 25th and presented again this year by BB&T Bank.


Things have been good so far and I'm looking for a strong finish - thanks for your support!


Until next month,  

Andrea White

Chamber Happenings

January 10- Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Come out and hear an address from Mayor Bob Buckhorn to start the New Year. The luncheon is sponsored by the Florida State Fair.  813.248.3712 x22      


February 14- Winter Ybor Expo: Business Showcase, Tues.11:30AM- 2PM-The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be hosting its Winter Business Expo at the Columbia Restaurant in lieu of its regular luncheon. This is a great way to promote your business to other Ybor businesses and let them know what you do. Reserve your space by contacting Anna Ramos. 813.248.3712 x 22   


February 25- Fiesta Day, Sat. 11AM- 6PM-Celebrate this annual tribute to the Spanish, Cuban, Italian, Jewish and German immigrants that came to Ybor City in the late 1800's. This free event pays homage to Ybor's forefathers through the observance of cultural art and cuisine in a street festival format.  And to add to the day's events, the Ybor Saturday Fresh Market will once again be hosting the Flan Fest in Centennial Park. 813.241.8838

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata
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January 12- HCC's Institute For Corporate & Continuing Education Spring Registration Kick-Off, Thurs. 5PM- 7PM- The ICCE is encouraging potential students to come out and learn more about their many class offerings for the coming spring semester. Attendees will be eligible for class and registration fee discounts, food, activities and prizes! The HCC Collaboration Studio is located across the street from the Centro Ybor Parking Garage (15th St. & 5th Ave.) www.tampatraining.com 

January 14- 1st Anniversary Celebration at Sunday's Fine Dining, Sat.-To thank their friends, family and supporters for making their first year possible, Sunday's is putting together a memorable get together to celebrate featuring $25 Surf & Turf, 1/2 price specialty drinks and a free dessert with every entree. Enjoy live music from 6:30- 9:30PM provided by Cynthony & Co. 813.248.4000

January 19 thru February 5- Marsha Norman's 'Night Mother' at Stageworks Theatre- What would you do if your relative told you they were going to commit suicide tonight?  In this Pulitzer Prize winning drama, see how a mother and daughter deal with such a crisis in an eloquent and touching piece of theatre. 813.251.8984

January 19- 3rd Annual Bay Area Concierge Association Marketing Event, Thurs. 6PM- 8:30PM- BACA will once again be visiting Ybor for a reception and review of the historic district's numerous offering.  There will be a welcome reception at the Don Vicente followed by a district wide walking tour. Contact YCDC to provide an item for the goody bag. 813.274.7917

January 20- Emerge Tampa Bay's Invasion 2012, Fri. 7:30PM- 10PM- Invasion 2012 will celebrate "A Night At The Oscars" at the Ritz Ybor.  The celebration is the premier, young professional's event of the year, offering valuable networking opportunities with the Tampa Bay area's future leaders. In addition to a night of networking, registered attendees will enjoy entertainment, drinks, delectable food, a photo booth, dancing, and more.  



January 22- AAA Travel: Travel Expo, Sun. 11AM- 2PM- Join the staff of the AAA Auto Club Group at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel for their biggest and best travel show of the year. Let the full service, experienced travel professionals from AAA Travel Westshore assist you in the planning of your next land or sea travel adventure! 813.289.5800 x6547

January 22- Franz Shubert's Die Schöne Müllerin: The Beautiful Maid of the Mill, Sun. 3PM- Hillsborough Community College's School of Visual and Performing Arts presents the next selection for their Chamber Music Ybor Series. Come hear Tenor Bryce Westervelt and Pianist R. Timothy McReynolds as they perform this classic piece. 813.259.6490

January 28- Jazz at Beaune's Wine Bar, 7PM- West Palm Wines and Beaune's Wine Bar will feature a night dedicated to Jazz and will feature the talents of local jazz luminary Jack Wilkins as well as Tami Danielsson, Per Danielsson, LaRue Nickelson, Tom Brantley, and Ian Goodman.  The night promises to mix it up like a 50's Jazz jam session with a limited menu and and some "French Bar Food." 813.241.8587

January 28- Cigar City Magazine presents The Mafia Tour, Sat. 5:30PM- Join author Scott Dietche for a two hour tour highlighting Ybor City's mob history.  See landmarks where reputations became history. 813-358-3455