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February  2012 Newsletter                                                               Visit Ybor.org

Upcoming Events

2012 Ybor Expo:
Business Showcase
Business Expo pix 1

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Chamber Happenings 

Important Event Tonight

Seminar: BP Oil Spill Claims
For Ybor Businesses

Ybor's Ignition Branding is sponsoring a free Informational Seminar this evening at the Italian Club Cantina. The session will feature Attorney Mark Weiner, Of-Counsel, Farrell &
Patel, PA. This seminar is focused primarily on losses experienced by the hospitality industry.

Where: Italian Club Cantina
When: Wed., Feb. 8th 5PM
For More Info:

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Events and Announcements

A Special Thanks For Joining To


Evelyn Igbinosan

African Extravaganza

1409 Tampa Park Plaza

Tampa, FL 33613


Joseph Lisi

Altieri Transco American Claims

1517 E. 7th Avenue, Suite F

Tampa, FL 33605


Mike Devereux

Connelly, Carlisle, Fields & Nichols

2028 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Jake Amenta

Jimmy Meatballs

1035 28th St. N.

St Petersburg, FL 33713


Michelle Faedo

Michelle Faedo's on the Go

704 W. Euclid Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602


A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members


Joan Jennewein

4710 Clear Avenue

Tampa, FL 33629


Maria Pasetti

3217 W Arch Street

Tampa, FL 33607


Liz Sarver

Anywhere Tours of Florida

11802 North U.S. 301

Thonotosassa, FL 33592


Jason Fernandez


1702 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Jim Crews

Bishop & Associates, Inc.

1111 W.Cass St.

Tampa, FL 33606


Linda Wilcox

Blues Ship/Good Luck Cafe

1910 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33605


Michael Brown

Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA

110 East Palm Ave.

Tampa, FL 33602


Herma White

Herma White State Farm InsuranceAgency

14940 N. Florida Ave.

Tampa, FL 33613


Chris Sloope

Kompas Line, Inc.

202 E. 7th Ave.

Tampa, FL 33602


Janet Pantaleo

Metropolitan Ministries

2002 North Florida Ave.

Tampa, FL 33602


Jenni Stackpole

Publix Super Markets, Inc.

P O Box 32024

Lakeland, FL 33802


Sharon Gomez

Sociedad La Union Marti-Maceo

1226 E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Jay Eckert

Tampa Bay Rowdies

5201 W. Kennedy, Suite 200

Tampa, FL 33609


Tona Bell

Tricycle Studios

1905 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Click on a highlighted company name to learn more about your fellow  members.


Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


Just down 22nd Street in East Tampa is Tampa T-shirts, a custom screen-printing and embroidery company. Since 1985, Tampa T-shirts has served the custom apparel needs of Tampa, with long-time corporate customers such as Busch Gardens, the Florida Aquarium and Ybor's own, Columbia Restaurant.


Owners Juan and Lori Davis, moved their family-owned and operated t-shirt business from Drew Park to East Tampa four years ago. They pride themselves in providing a quality product and superior customer service, knowing that return customers are the best kind of customers.


The Chamber loves to do business with our members, and our "Oktoberfest Pub Crawl" T-shirts, custom made by Tampa T-shirts, are almost as popular as the pub crawl itself. In two short years, they have already become a collectors item!


If you need corporate uniforms or event t-shirts, you don't have to look any further than to our East Tampa neighbors, Tampa T-shirts, "Covering Your Back Since 1985."-  Michele Keating


Juan & Lori Davis

Tampa T-Shirts

5112 N. 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33610



Andrea White headshot

Chair's Message



Fellow Members:


We are moving into our "festival season." This is the best time of the year in Ybor City - great weather and fun. Every other week is a parade or street festival from now until mid-April. And, the nice thing is that everyone benefits from merchants to guests.


The Ybor Chamber will be producing our 65th Annual Fiesta Day Saturday, February 25th and since the Chamber took back management of Fiesta Day two years ago, we have not only improved our entertainment substantially, but also have been able to engage many more Chamber members to make it a true "taste of Ybor."


Over the past several years our "brand" has improved immensely. This has allowed us to attract new corporate sponsors for Fiesta Day - First BB&T Bank as Presenting Sponsor and this year Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida as Signature Sponsor.


In addition, our Ybor Aficionados Days, Saturday and Sunday April 14th & 15th, one of the most up-scale events in Hillsborough County, now in its 6th Year, attracted not only Bright House Networks as a Presenting Sponsor, but also General Motors as our Automobile Sponsor for the second year.


I am particularly pleased that over the last two years, we have been able to design and implement an image campaign, which includes a new logo (see masthead), a bi-weekly e-newsletter La Setima, a new website and most recently, a comprehensive stationary update. Additional features are planned for the website in the coming year.


Don't forget that Ybor Expo: Business Showcase is coming-up on February 14th. I am excited to announce that the Tampa Bay Business Journal is our new Media Sponsor for this biennial event.  Spend the day doing some networking with us, and then spend a romantic Valentine's evening with your sweetheart in one of Ybor's top-notch restaurants.  You are sure to score some extra-points with your dearest.   


Until next month, Andrea White



2012 Fiesta Day poster 
Chamber Happenings 


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 and enter for a chance to win a 3-day/ 2-Night vacation. Sign-up by contacting Anna Ramos. 813.248.3712 x 22   


February 25- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Fiesta Day Presented By BB&T, 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 art, culture 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
Click on the highlighted event name for more information. 


February 8- BP Oil Spill Claims: Informational Seminar, Wed. 5PM- Over $14 billion is still available for businesses in Florida. Do not miss this free seminar to find out how your business can qualify. The seminar will be in the Italian Club Cantina. 813.231.2088 ext. 232

February 9- AAA Travel Events, Thurs.- Regent Seven Seas is highlighting journeys to exotic lands in all-inclusive luxury, and promising unique adventures to be found on every voyage. Call for details & to RSVP as space is limited. 813.289.5800 x6547

February 9 thru 12th- The Empowered Voice; Divine Divas, Sat. 7:30PM- A celebration of African American women with "empowered voices"; these divas promise to raise the roof with poetry, R&B, Gospel and Jazz. 813.259.6490

February 10- Celebrating a 100th Anniversary- Universal Lodge #178, Fri. 6PM- Join the Ybor City Museum Society, the Honorable Judge E.J. Salcines, and members of Universal Lodge #178- one of only three Spanish-speaking Masonic lodges in Florida.  The celebration is part of the Museum Society's Ybor City Architecture: Our Stories program series. 813.247.1434

February 18- Pin Chasers Knight Parade, Sat. 7PM-Join the Knights of Sant' Yago as they parade down 7th Avenue along with Grand Marshal and Mrs. World, April Lufriu, and Honorary Grand Marshal, Jerry Springer.  Come out for beads, floats, and music aplenty. 813.248.3088

February 25- Flan Fest at The Ybor City Saturday Market, Sat. 11AM- 4PM- Come down to Ybor City to experience what is considered the only Flan Fest in the world!  Witness 40 competitors go head to head to see who will get the title of Top Flan In Tampa Bay, and be sure to check out Fiesta Day at the same time.  Two great events in one great Ybor! 813.241.2442

March 1- HCC Ybor Campus President's Advisory Council Meeting, Thurs. 4:30PM- 7PM- The next meeting of the Presidnet's Advisory Council will showcase renovations to the campus over the past year, as well as highlights of upcoming campus and community events. 813.253.7754

March 3- Beerfest 2012, Sat. 2PM- 6PM- Come on down for the Florida Brewers Guild's annual sampling of craft brews from around the state.  Get your tickets by going to www.floridabrwersguild.org


February 12 thru 16

HQ Hotel:
Anticipated Attendance: 3,800

February 16 thru 24
HQ Hotel:Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina 
Anticipated Attendance: 2,000