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September 2012  Newsletter
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Upcoming Events 


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

Saturday, September 15th
The 47th Annual
Ybor City Chamber Gala
and Adela & Cesar Gonzmart
Award Ceremony
"Honoring The Past,
Embracing The Future
 Starting at 6:30PM

Thursday, September 20th
Ybor After Work
Networking Event
Carne Chop House
(1536 East 7th Avenue)
5:00PM to 7:00PM

Saturday, October 6th
Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl
4:00PM to 8:00PM

Saturday, October 27th
Guavaween 2012:
Music Festival and Costume Contest
6:00PM to 2:00AM


 See Chamber Happenings

For More Details

A Special Welcome To New Members


La Faraona Cigars

Lorenzo Gonzalez

1517 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Peak Form 360

Joni Adams

1212 N. 39th St., Suite 200

Tampa, FL 33605


The Salvation Army

Linda Zipkin

1603 N. Florida Avenue

Tampa, FL 33602



Thank You To Renewing Members


Academy Prep Center of Tampa

Lincoln Tamayo

1407 East Columbus Drive

Tampa, FL 33605


B.T. Washington K-5th Grade School

Veronica Jacques

1407 Estelle Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Church of Scientology

Ana Tirabassi

1300 E. 8th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts

Michael Kilgore

1010 MacInnes Place

Tampa, FL 33602


Golson Legal, P.A.

W. Gregory Golson, Esquire

1724 East 5th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Harvey Schonbrun, P.A.

Harvey Schonbrun

1802 N Morgan Street

Tampa, FL 33602


J.C. Newman Cigar Company

Eric M. Newman

2701 N 16th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Spaghetti Warehouse

Phillip Tracy

1911 N 13th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa & Ybor City Street Railway Society

Jan Smith


Top To Bottom Home Inspection, Inc.

John Gibson & Lori Gibson

16005 Pennington Road

Tampa, FL 33624


Ybor Loft

Lauren Tummell



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


Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight


As you are probably aware, the Ybor City Chamber produces several events throughout the year, six to be exact. And all of these events require signage. We love working with our members to provide the products and services needed for our events, and we are very fortunate to have several sign companies as members. One of those members is SBC Signworks, Inc. Ybor native Benny Gomez has 30 years experience in the sign business. Located in Ybor City, SBC Signworks specializes in exterior and interior signs, as well as digital, magnetic, vehicle wraps and banners.


You can check out some of their recent Ybor City signage at the new James Joyce Irish Pub location on 8th Avenue, Carne Chop House, Bad Monkey and the HART Streetcar.


A true story - eleven days before the RNC, the Chamber decided it would be a good idea to replace our signage in the Chamber's Centro Ybor Parking Garage window. We had four beautiful panels celebrating Ybor City, but they had faded badly after several years of direct sunlight. So, with 11 days to D-Day, I called Benny and asked if he could print me new copies on a material that would not fade quite so quickly and install them, all before the 27th. No problem, he says and with six days to spare, we had our new window display. Stop by and check out our classy 16th Street window next time you are in Ybor.


It is great to have such good business partners.


Michele Keating


Benny Gomez

SBC Signworks, Inc. 

3442 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605





Andrea Gonzmart Chair 4C

President's Message 



ˇHola Ybor!


The Latin social season is here, which means only one thing, time to dust off those tuxedos and pull out your most glamorous evening gowns, because the 47th Annual Ybor City Gala is right around the corner - September 15th to be exact!


In 1954, my grandmother, Adela Gonzmart was seeking ways for the Ybor Chamber to grow stronger & be better established, and so the Ybor City Gala was born to mark the beginning of the Latin Social Season. For many years, I probably had no idea what this gala-thing really was or who it benefited, I just knew it was an evening where both my parents & grandparents would get dressed in their most elegant attire and go to the Columbia for an evening of dinner and dancing. I believe my first Gala was the inaugural year of the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart award... I was only fourteen years old!   After that, I was allowed to attend Gala every so often, more times than not, as my grandmother's "date." It was always such a privilege to attend Gala, and still today, I look at it as a privilege.


I hope you all take advantage of this "privilege" that we so often take for granted, and come join me at this year's Gala. We will be "Honoring the Past and Embracing the Future." We will also be celebrating the 19th Annual Adela and Cesar Gonzmart Award honoring the much deserving Eugene C. Iavarone family, owners of Carmine's Restaurant. For as long as I can remember, the Iavarone family has been a staple in our community, always with Ybor's best interest in mind. Without individuals and families such as them, Ybor would not be as we know it today... and without future individuals and families like them, the Ybor that we have come to know and love, will not be here tomorrow. Because of that, the contributions the Iavarone family has made over the years to Ybor City should not go unrecognized.


With all that being said, Gala has always meant something special to me, probably for the many reasons I named above, but whatever it is, I am looking forward to it this year and hope to see you all there. Until next time...


ˇViva Ybor!


Andrea Gonzmart

Chamber Happenings

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. 

September 15- The 47th Annual Ybor Chamber Gala and Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award Presentation: Honoring The Past, Embracing The Future, Sat. 6:30PM-  Join us at the Columbia Restaurant in celebrating the opening of the Latin social season and recognizing the many contributions of the Eugene C. Iavarone family, venerable owners of Carmine's Restaurant, one of Ybor's culinary institutions. Tickets are $95 per individual and $180 for couples.  Anyone interested in sponsoring, advertising, donating and attending Gala should contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22  

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information. 

September 7 thru 28- The Jerry & Steve Show At Hillsborough Community College's Ybor Campus- The Ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery will be presenting an exhibition of alumni students celebrating the 30-year commitment of professors Jerry Meatyard and Steve Holm. There will be a opening and closing reception as well as a roast of the two professors. 813.253.7674

September 8- Meet The Artists At Singing Stone, Sat. 5:30PM- 7:30PM- Ceramics will be the focus of Jason & Jennifer Lachtara's visit to Singing Stone. Their functional handmade fine art is spun on a potters wheel and hand decorated adding character to bar-ware, dinnerware and home decor. 813.247.2787

September 15- Box: 3 Opening Reception, Sat. 7:30PM- Ybor's newest gallery Box on 5th (1801 East 5th Avenue) will open their Fall season with a group exhibition called Box:3. It will highlight the works of George Anderton, Zesch Fallon, and Anthony Record.813.361.8205

September 16- Cocktails & Couture At The Ritz Ybor, Sun. 8:00PM to 10:00PM- Celebrate Tampa Bay Fashion Week in Ybor and see what is trending in the fashion industry for Fall 2012 at a fashion show benefiting the Pediatric Cancer Foundation.For details on runway and table seating call 813.247.2555

September 29- Red Room Cinema, Permanent Makeup and Alameda at New World Brewery, Sat. 9:00PM- Join Red Room Cinema for a "CD Release" show along with a mix of indie-folk and a side of punk by their opening acts. 813.248.4969


Moving Up The Ranks- One of Ybor's own, Colleen Chappell, has received an appointment to the American Marketing Association's national Professional Chapters Council!  The appointment is an acknowledgement of 13 years of commitment to the organization, and will allow her to mentor 16 AMA chapters nationally and internationally. Congratulations to Colleen on this special achievement!

Ranked #1 To LEED- Building Design & Construction, a national trade magazine, has ranked Ybor's engineering firm Stantec as the top ranked Green Design Engineering Firm in the U.S. in the magazine's annual Giants 300 report.  They also placed 2nd in the country for the number of staff accredited for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Stantec, thank you for leading the way to a greener tomorrow!

Visit the Ybor City Saturday Market this weekend to pick-up something new for the house or find a nice afternoon treat to snack on, and don't forget to mark your calendars for the 7th Annual Festival del Sabor.  Held on Saturday, September 15th from 11AM to 4PM the event offers up rich Hispanic Culture with food, music and art! 
Upcoming Conventions

September 9th thru 16th
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance:

September 15th thru 22nd
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance: