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August 2012  Newsletter
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August 14th
Ybor City Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon
Speaker Michael Brown
Senior Group Vice President
Tampa YMCA
11:45AM until 1:15PM

September 11th
Ybor City Chamber of Commerce
Membership Luncheon
Speaker Kelly Miller
President & CEO
Tampa Bay & Company
11:45AM until 1:15PM

September 15th
The 47th Annual
Ybor City Chamber Gala
and Adela & Cesar Gonzmart
Award Ceremony
Starting at 6:30PM


 See Chamber Happenings

For More Details
Chamber Brings Home Gold

The Florida Festivals and Events Associate awarded the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce a Gold SunSational Award in the category of Printed Promotional Materials at FFEA's 2012 Annual Convention & Trade Show for our Fiesta Day palm card!

Special thanks go out to our event committee, our event participants, and to our graphic designer Thomason Creative for creating award worthy materials!

Thank You To Renewing Members


Coyote Ugly Saloon

Todd Leverett

1722 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Florida State Fair Authority

Teena Tatro

P O Box 11766

Tampa, FL 33680


Hillsborough County Small Business Information Center 

Brenda Eighmey 

7402 W 56th St., Bldg 400, Suite 425

Tampa, FL 33617


Muvico Centro Ybor

Robert Boles 

1600 East 8th Avenue, #A200 

Tampa, FL 33605


Oliva Tobacco Company

John Oliva

3104 North Armenia Avenue

Tampa, FL 33607


Tampa Park Apartments, Inc.

Yolanda Anthony

1417 Tampa Park Plaza

Tampa, FL 33605


The Reservoir Bar

Devin Norton

1518 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor City Chiropractic

Erce V. Phillips

1623 E. 4th Ave. # 106

Tampa, FL 33605



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

Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight


spotlight James Joyce Irish Pub has been a staple in Ybor City since 1997. Named after famous Irish author James Joyce, the Pub is known for its beer, music and fun. With its recent move to the corner of 8th Avenue and Angel Oliva Sr. Street (formerly the Mema's Alaskan Taco's building) the Pub is now known for its food too.


Their new facility has a full kitchen, which opens at 11:00 am daily, offering great lunch specials and authentic Irish dishes such as Bangers and Mash and Shepherd's Pie, as well as a late night menu. They also feature live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and there is never a cover.


James Joyce reminds me of a true Irish Pub in New York City, with dark stained wood and real hardwood floors. The best part is that they have 50 beers on tap, including one of my favorites, Belgium's Palm. In addition, as any good Irish Pub should, they offer over 30 Irish Whiskey's. Tom and I always stop by James Joyce for our St. Patrick's Day shot of Powers and a pint. (Tom's mother was a Powers)


So stop by James Joyce next time you're in Ybor for a cold beer and good food, where everyone can be Irish!


- Michele Keating 


Ryan Gougeon

James Joyce Irish Pub 

1724 E. 8th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605



Eugene C. Iavarone Family  
To Receive Ybor City Chamber's Prestigious Gonzmart Award

The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 47th Annual Gala on Saturday, September 15th starting at 6:30PM.  The event features a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, and dancing along with the presentation of the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award.  All members of the community can attend.

Participate in the festivities by 

by buying a ticket to the event by calling Anna Ramos, Event Coordinator at 813.248.3712 x22.

Gala Logo  

Andrea Gonzmart Chair 4C

Chair's Message 



¡Hola Ybor!


Summer is flying by, with July already being gone & August upon us. But just because July has come and gone doesn't mean we should not reflect on the exciting things that happened in Ybor.


Our summer Business Expo was a great success. Twenty-one of our members had the opportunity to showcase their companies and network with other fellow members - ranging from restaurants to the zoo! The variety was at an all time high, making it an even more interesting expo than ever!! I would like to thank all of those that attended and participated. But most importantly, I would like to thank our sponsors: GTE Federal Credit Union, HCC - Ybor Campus, Brighthouse Networks, Grimaldi Insurance/Payroll DATA Processing, Prime Pay and our media sponsor, Tampa Bay Business Journal.


I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Eugene C. Iavarone family for being named recipient of the Adela and Cesar Gonzmart award at the 47th Annual Ybor Chamber Gala. After receiving several nominations of worthy individuals, the nominating committee firmly believed this deserving family truly displays a love and commitment to our beloved district. I hope everyone plans to help us celebrate this extraordinary family at this year's Gala which is at the Columbia Restaurant on September 15th at 6:30pm - mark your calendars! For information on sponsorship, program ads, silent auction donations and attendance, contact Anna Ramos, Events Coordinator at aramos@ybor.org or 813-248-3712 x22.


One last friendly reminder. Our next Membership Luncheon will be on August 14th, with Michael Brown, Senior Vice President of the Tampa YMCA as our speaker. In addition, the Chamber will be giving our scholarship for Motion Media to HCC as well as awarding the Golf Tournament trophy to this year's winners. It should be a great afternoon and I hope to see you all there! Until next time...


¡Viva Ybor!

Andrea Gonzmart 

Chamber Happenings

August 14- Ybor City Chamber Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- Join the chamber for an informative luncheon with guest speaker Michael Brown, Senior Group Vice President of the Tampa YMCA. The luncheon will also feature the presentation of the Dr. Lois Gaston Motion Media Scholarship, and the Ybor Chamber Golf Tournament winner's traveling trophy.  For luncheon reservations contact Anna Ramos at 248-3712 x 22.    

September 11- Ybor City Chamber Monthly Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- Come out to the September luncheon to meet Tampa Bay & Company's new President & CEO, Kelly Miller. Learn more about their new branding project and what is on the horizon. For luncheon reservations contact Anna Ramos at 248-3712 x22.  

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information. 

August 4- Casino Night Fundraiser At The Italian Club, Sat. 6PM- 10:30PM- Help the Italian Club raise a few dollars for the upkeep of the Italian Club Cemetry with a night of fun including dinner, gaming and raffles! You will either find me at the roulette table betting on black or at the Black Jack table saying, "Hit me!" 813.248.3316

August 10,11&12- StageWorks: First Anniversary-Celebrate the anniversary of Tampa's oldest professional theatre company in their new home. The benefit will feature highlights from Listen To My Heart with David Friedman and members of the original Tampa cast! 813.251.8984

August 15- AAA Travel Event, Wed. 6:30PM-Meet Royal Caribbean International representative Debbie Meyers for a special presentation to help you plan for your next cruise. RSVP by calling 813.289.5800 x6547

August 16- Institute For Corporate & Continuing Education Registration Kick-Off, Thurs. 5:30PM- 8:30PM- ICCE will be holding an open house at the HCC Collaboration Studio where there will be discounts on classes, food, activities, prizes and light refreshments!  Learn more about their many offerings by visiting www.TampaTraining.com. 813.259.6545

August 18- WMNF 88.5FM: Free Speech Zone, Sat. 7PM- 10PM- Join community radio WMNF at the David A. Straz Center as they celebrate the right of individual and collective freedom of expression.  They will look at how media has changed over the past sixty years.  The event will feature activities to encourage expression, entertainment, tapas & desserts, and auctions to benefit the station. 813.865.8260

August 18- Ultimate Band Series Finals At The Ritz Ybor, Sat. 6PM- Be on hand as the 2012 finalists give it their all to become the newest band to be crowned the Ritz Ybor's Ultimate Band! 813.247.8555

August 21- Béisbol: Memorabilia Meet-up, Tues. 6PM- 8PM- The Ybor City Museum Society is in the process of gathering baseball memorabilia from the sport's past and present including items from Tampa's original teams or from pro players who grew up in Tampa.  If interested in lending your item for a year, you are asked to set an appointment and items will be picked on a space-available basis. 813.247.1434

Now Through August 30- The Cuban Sandwich Show- Take part in a month long series of art and cultural event celebrating all things Tampa!  Ybor City will host a number of events including the following:
  • Thru August 30/The Cuban Sandwich Show Art Gallery at the HCC Ybor Performing Arts Building
  • August 4/Absolut Art & Animals at Gaspars Grotto 
  • August 5/Chusmeria de Ybor: Fables and Tales of Our Town at King Corona Cigar Lounge
  • August 11/Food for Thought: Forum on the History of Food in Tampa at the HCC Ybor Performing Arts Building    
  • August 12/Tampa Musicians Get Down at the new World Brewery 
  • August 18/Taste of the Cuban Sandwich at the Cuban Club
  • August 19/BBQ Block Party and Chicken Parade and Rooster Promenade at Al's BBQ, Gaspar's Grotto and the Dirty Shame

For more information visit cubansandwichshow.com! 



Free Seminar: 1001 Great Vacations- New members, World Club Vacations, wants you to learn how to travel while saving 35%- 70% on hotels, resorts and cruise lines. Schedule an appointment and get insider travel tips today! 813.247.1563

Don't forget to visit the Ybor City Saturday Market this weekend to pick-up some groceries or something to decorate your walls! 
Upcoming Conventions

July 31-August 6
HQ Hotel:Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance: 1,500

HQ Hotel: Multiple Venues
Estimated Attendance: 50,000