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May 2012 Newsletter
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Upcoming Events   


  May 8th Ybor Chamber  Installation Luncheon 11:45AM to1:15PM 

 May 17th PM Netoworking Event at GameTime   

5:30PM to 7:30PM 


  May 21st Ybor Chamber Golf Tournament 11:00AM until 6:30PM 

2011 Golf Tournament   

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A Special Thanks For Joining To


TMD Windows and Doors

John Rosende

1607 n. 22ND sTREET

Tampa, FL 33605


A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members


Mary Alvarez

Tampa, FL 33603


Mercy DiMaio

Tampa, FL 33607


Creative Loafing

James Howard

1911 North 13th Street, Suite W200

Tampa, FL 33605


Game Time

Donn Scott

1600 East 8th Avenue, A147

Tampa, FL 33605



Bert Oliva

100 North Tampa Street, Suite 2300

Tampa, FL 33602


Railroad & Industrial Federal Credit Union

Humberto Bravo

3710 North 50th Street

Tampa, FL 33619


Roal Group, Inc.

Alyce & Rochelle Gross

1602 East 3rd Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


ScreeningONE, Inc.

Michael Byrd

1860 North Avenida Republica de Cuba

Tampa, FL 33605


The Ride Factory Ybor City

Summer Huffman

2101 North 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Woodroffe Corporation Architects

Enrique Woodroffe

5005 West Laurel Street, Suite 215

Tampa, FL 33607


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



Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight  

Game Time in Ybor offers more than just awesome interactive games. It is also a full service family-style restaurant, sports bar, and events facility. Jax Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with daily luncheon specials. The Arena Sports Bar & Grill features 20 large, flat-screen TV's, where you can watch your favorite sporting events. And of course, the game room offers an incredible selection of interactive games for the kid in all of us.


But did you know that Game Time is also the ideal place to host your next birthday party, company meeting or group event? Their professional, friendly staff can help you plan that perfect party or event. Where else can you have twenty, 11 year olds safely entertained while you sit back and enjoy a drink?


Game Time's on-going specials are truly special. You can enjoy Happy Hour specials such as price drinks and price appetizers, Monday - Friday from 4:00 pm -7:00 pm and late night from 10:00 pm to close. Gaming specials can be found on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays:

  • "Match Play Tuesday" - come in for dinner between 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm and Game Time will match your food and soft drink dinner bill with game play credits
  • "Play Your Way Thursday" - $12 unlimited video game play, 7:00 pm to midnight
  • "Sunday 4 Pack Combo" - receive four, 1-hour game cards and a large 1 topping pizza for $39.99


By the way, Game Time is hosting the Ybor Chamber's next PM Networking Event on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Drop by and see what Donn and his staff have put together for us.


- Michele Keating


Donn Scott, Dir. of Group Sales 

Game Time

1600 E 8th Avenue, A-147

Tampa, FL 33605



Upcoming Conventions

May 3-13  
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance: 3,000


May 14-20

HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance: 1,500

Andrea White headshot

Chair's Message


Greetings Members:


Summer is upon us and this is my last article as Chair of the Board. This has been a very productive year at the Ybor City Chamber. I am very proud of what we have accomplished in 2011/2012. We have had an outstanding year across the board in Marketing, Events and Membership.


One of my goals was to improve promotion of both the Chamber and the Community it serves. Marc Hamburg and the Marketing Committee were able to go-live with a new "state of the art" website; a long-term goal for many of us. Tampa Digital did a wonderful job designing and developing a site that features and promotes our special events as well as our diverse membership. In addition, the Committee oversaw the design and execution of our new logo which included: a comprehensive stationary package, a closinea lapel pin and embroidered camp shirts.


The Chamber's special events reached a new level this year, starting with an outstanding Gala where the More' family of La Segunda Central Bakery was awarded the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award. Our second Ybor Oktoberfest Pub Crawl was a total sell-out before the event even started - thanks to Wes and the Oktoberfest Committee. After seeking an outside production company for Guavaween 2011, the Chamber brought it in-house with the help of AEG Live. The event came-off without a hitch and the motorized-parade was reintroduced. The costume contest had winners from across the state and the country.


David, Gassen and the Fiesta Day Committee produced the biggest daytime event we have had in years with an attendance of over 20,000, and a first time Signature Sponsorship from Florida Blue. Most of the Board members were engaged as volunteers, vendors or VIPs - it was a success by all standards. Finally, we held our 6th Annual Ybor Aficionado Days with transportation "Powered by Chevy," for the second year in a row. People are still telling me how much they enjoyed this upscale Ybor event!


Last but not least, we have had a strong year in membership. Vice Chair for Membership, Richard Chad and his Committee have overseen a modest growth in general members as well as steady expansion of our tiered membership program. We forget sometimes that the Membership Division also oversees ten Luncheons, five PM Events, two Expos and a Holiday Party. We are often complimented on the quality of our Luncheon Speakers, which surpasses chambers three times our size.


Thank you all for your outstanding support- Andrea White


P.S. Don't forget to register your team for the Chamber's up-coming Golf Tournament!  

Chamber Happenings


May 8- Annual Installation Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Join us Tuesday, May 8th for our Annual Installation Luncheon.  This is the one time of the year when the Chamber recognizes its own.  New Officers and Directors will be sworn-in and the out-going and in-coming Chairs will speak.  This once-a-year changing of the guard has been conducted for 82 years.  The Installation is a formal sit-down affair where Past- Chairs & Presidents are recognized for their service.  Preregister with Anna Ramos by calling 813.248.3712 x22 or on-line when you receive your e-notice.  


May 17- PM Networking Event at GameTime, Thurs. 5:30PM- 7:30PM- At the first PM Networking Event of the program year, as a "Thank You" to members the chamber is waiving the "door charge." Come out and get acquainted with members while you enjoy a few complimentary nibbles and drink specials. The first 50 guests receive a 1-hour game card. No reservations required.


May 21- The Ybor City Chamber's Annual Golf Tournament, Mon. 11:00AM - For the golfers in our ranks, this is your opportunity!  The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce's Annual Golf Tournament is being held at the Temple Terrace Golf & Country Club. Sign up to be a sponsor or register a team from your company. By sponsoring this event you will not only be introducing your company to local professionals but also supporting the Ybor Chamber's HCC - Ybor Campus Scholarship.  To sign-up call Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22 or email her at aramos@ybor.org.


Advertising sales for the 2012-2013 Ybor City Walking Map & Guide are underway- This well-known advertising vehicle is exclusively available to tourist-oriented Chamber members located in the Historic Latin Quarter. Over 100,000 copies are distributed annually at the Chamber's official Visitor's Information Center (VIC), the Channelside VIC, as well as strategic hotels located throughout the Bay area. If interested, please contact Michele Keating at 813-248-3712 x 25 or at mkeating@ybor.org.


Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information.

May 3- USAmeribank Ribbon Cutting Ceremony & Open House, Thurs. 4PM- 6PM- If you haven't stopped into USAmeribank's new home on 7th, here is your chance.  Their refurbished home in the former Columbia Bank building is a great example of preservation. 813.245.3799   


May 4- The Mighty Mighty Bosstones at the Ritz, Pre-Party @ 7PM/ Doors @ 8PM/ Show @ 9PM- If ska and punk rock are your preferred music styles, and that is "The Impression That I Get," then you will want to get tickets for the Bosstones stop in Ybor during their current tour. 813.247.2555

May 4- May The Fourth Be With You, Fri. 10PM- Bust out your platforms, slip on your gloves, turn on your breathing mask, switch on your saber, and get down on the dance floor at the Bricks.  Join DJ Cub for a night of dancing dedicated to Star Wars and the living force. 813.247.1785 

May 5- Fight Night at Game Time, Sat. 8PM- Is boxing your game?  If so then don't miss the Mayweather vs. Cotto fight scheduled for Cinco de Mayo. They will have drink specials, 50 wings, and $1 margaritas. 813.241.9675

May 12- Tropical Heatwave, Sat.- 88.5FM WMNF is at it again.  Join them for their 31st annual edition and listen to the sounds of 70 bands on 13 different stages around the Historic District.  With that many bands, it is going to be hard to choose which ones to go see! 813.238.8001

May 12- Tampa Union Station Centennial Celebration, 10AM- 5PM- Join the Friends of Union Station in celebrating the landmark anniversary of Tampa's Nationally Registered Historic Place. The event is highlighted by the 5th Annual National Train Day and features displays, exhibits, history, entertainment, family fun, trains and more birthday fun! www.tampaunionstation.com

May 12- Loafing In The Park Concert Series, Sat. 5PM- Local musical acts from the Tampa Bay Area are the highlight of this music series promising to liven Centennial Park on a quarterly basis.  The music acts will be joined by local food vendors, micro brewers and arts and crafts vendors in what promises to be a free family-friendly event. 819.274.8615
May 12- Moms & Mimosas, Sat. 6PM- 9PM- Does your mom like art?  If so, be sure to stop by Singing Stone on Mother's Day and let her get treated to a complimentary mimosa. 813-247-2787

May 17- Housing & Education Alliance 10th Anniversary and Gala Awards Ceremony, Thurs. 6PM- The Housing and Education Alliance will pay tribute to community champions of housing during the organizations first annual HEART Awards. To make your reservations call 813.932.4663
May 26- Cuban Sandwich Festival Of Tampa Bay, Sat. 10:30AM- 4:30PM-  Restaurants will be put to the test as to who has the Best Cuban Sandwich in town.  Join the Ybor City Saturday Market for a day dedicated to "Tampa's original sandwich." 813.241.2442

June 1- 2012 Summer Leadership Development Program- There are natural born leaders and leaders that need a little coaching to meet their full potential.  Either way here is a chance to better understand the qualities that make a leader effective. Sign up for a little class time at Hillsborough Community College's Institute for Corporate & Continuing Education and make yourself shine! 813.259.6026


"Ticket To Dine" Now Through May 31st- When you visit the Florida Aquarium or the Tampa Bay Times Forum now through the end of the month, take advantage of half off round trip fairs on the TECO Line Streetcar System and discounts at restaurants around the historic district .

On the Move!- Tampa Sweethearts is at a new temporary location closer to the action of 7th Avenue. Pay them a visit at their new location at 1603 East 6th Avenue, just across the street from the Centro Ybor parking garage on 16th Street. 813.247.3880

The Rowdies Are A Kick In The Grass-  The Rowdies kicked off their new season April 14th and will be playing home games at Al Lang Stadium now through September.  To get tickets call 813.489.4353