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Sept. 2012  Mid-Month Newsletter
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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  

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For More Details

A Special Welcome To New Members


Sentry Self Storage

Danielle Budzinski

4901 E. Adamo Drive

Tampa, FL 33605



Thank You To Renewing Members  

C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.

Kevin Stencil

1600 E. 8th Avenue, Suite A-121

Tampa, FL 33605


Elmer's Sports Café

Randy Levin

2003 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


My Garden

Wesley Miller

7310 Park Drive

Tampa, FL 33610


Sunshine State Garage

Sam Castellano

407 N. 22nd Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa Bay Times

Grace Posada

1000 N Ashley Drive

Suite 700

Tampa, FL 33602


Tampa Tribune

Melissa Poage

202 S. Parker Street

3rd Floor

Tampa, FL 33606


Tribeca Color Salon

Brandon Wagner

1600 E. 8th Ave., Suite A 137

Tampa, FL 33605


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

Tampa Bay & Company President Kelly Miller  
Highlighted Tourism At
September 11th Luncheon
Photos courtesy of SSR Photography

Member Spotlight

Tampa is fortunate to have live theater and one of the best and oldest professional theaters is Stageworks. Founding and Producing Artistic Director, Anna Brennen, produced her first show in a worn-out Ybor City storefront. Now 28 years and 15 different venues later, Stageworks finally has a permanent home in the Grand Central at Kennedy in the Channel District, where they celebrated their one-year anniversary in August.


Stageworks is known for producing plays that test the boundaries of intolerance and celebrate the human spirit. Their new season opens in October with the controversial:

The Colored Museum. As described by Board President, Andrea Graham, "Think Tyler Perry meets Spike Lee." The rest of the season includes a Holiday Cabaret in December, MOMologues 2 in January, Circle Mirror Transformation in March, John Steinbeck's classic, Of Mice and Men in May and How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents in July.


Tom and I have enjoyed several of their productions over the years. One of my favorites was Noel Coward's "Private Lives." Clever and sophisticated, "Private Lives" was the tale of a divorced couple who discover they have adjoining rooms while honeymooning with their new spouses. You can imagine the rest.


If you haven't visited Stageworks at their new facility, it's time. Supporting our members is what we do here at the Ybor Chamber.


- Michele Keating


Andrea Graham


1208 E. Kennedy Blvd.

Tampa, FL 33602



Tom Keating Head Shot

President's Message 


Hola -


Last week was one of my busiest weeks since coming on the job. It started off Monday at HCC Ybor with a visit from the U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development to inspect our first class Training Center. I was so proud to know that our community college is so well respected at the national level. At the roundtable, we even came-up with a "concept" that Secretary Erskine promised to take back to his boss - "Train Forward."


The next day Kelly Miller, the new President & CEO of Tampa Bay and Company, presented at our monthly Membership Luncheon. Kelly and his Marketing V.P. Doug McClain let us know just how important Ybor City is to the "Tampa brand." It's great to get the respect we deserve!


Wednesday was our monthly Board of Directors meeting. We had a great turn-out and our Chair whipped through the agenda with grace and aplomb. Our team is a seasoned, well-balanced group of Directors and Officers that any Chamber would be blessed to have - personable, professional and productive. Our divisional Vice Presidents and their Committees are creating positive results in Events, Marketing and Membership.


Thursday morning, we held our Guavaween 2012 "press conference," a dozen news outlets sent representatives to our Visitor Information Center and several more called-in for comments. The important thing is that we got the word out that "Guavaween is alive and well" and the details were accurately reported. At noon, we got our Guavaween Committee together to go over venues and talent with our production company Brokenmold Entertainment. And, at the end of the day our Marketing Committee convened to review progress on our Heritage Tourism Project being funded by the County Commission.


Friday it was all about getting ready for our 47th Annual Ybor City Gala. I was the "tote & fetch" guy. Go buy more wine and take to it to the VIC, etc. Saturday we had the best Gala, in my seven and half years in the Historic District. We had almost 200 guests at the Columbia to honor the Eugene C. Iavarone Family, owners and operators of Carmine's Restaurant. From the red carpet to the ice sculpture of the Chamber's logo, it was a night to remember: beautiful decor, great music, wonderful food and a kind of unique camaraderie that is "living history."


Sunday "M" and I rapped the week as VIP guests at the Ritz Ybor's Cocktails and Couture. Ybor City's homage to "fashion week." BTW - VIP means you get to sit down. Busy is good!


Caio, Tom Keating

Chamber Happenings

September 20- Ybor after Work, Thurs. 5:00PM- 7:00PM- Come out tomorrow night to network at Ybor's newest concept, Carne Chophouse.  A great selection of hors d'oeuvres will be served up alongside $2 Finlandia martini specials, and while you are joining, us learn more about The Dark Side of Sunshine, the new book by Ybor-file, Paul Guzzo.  The member organization that comes with the most employees (up to 24) will each go home with a bottle of wine. 813.248.3712 x25

October 6- Ybor OktoberFest Pub Crawl, Sat. 4:00PM- 8PM- This is the perfect plan for an evening out with your friends. If exploring Ybor and sampling Oktoberfest and premium beers sounds good to you, sign up today to participate in the chamber's third annual pub crawl.  Sample beers at more than a dozen of Ybor's patio bars and pubs, win prizes from the OktoberFest Prize Patrol, and have a memorable time doing it with friends! Visit www.ybor.org to get your tickets! 813.241.8838  

October 27- Guavaween 2012: The Many Shades Of Ybor, Sat. 6:00PM- 8:00PM- This year Guavaween will feature a few new changes like no more gated admission, fences or drinking in the street, instead it will take the form of a multi-venue music festival, similar to that of Tropical Heatwave with a Halloween twist, and costume contest. Expect an eclectic mix of artists covering a full range of genres- stay up on the latest Guavaween happenings by visiting www.ybor.org

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information. 

September 22- Meditation Marathon, Sat. 9:00AM- 3:00PM- Metro Wellness Center will be hosting a day long meditation event hosted by meditation guru Ron Hays. It will feature 6 different styles of meditation and serves as a great way to commune with yourself. For more details call 727.321.3854

 September 23- Yoga Loft Presents Yoga Dance Party, Sun. 2:00PM- 5:00PM- The Ybor City Museum Garden will sound a little different this Saturday as the sounds of Enter the Sun and instructor Ashley Thesier (E-RYT 500) inspire yogees during an afternoon to benefit Khushi Hona Orphan Project. 813.248.9642

September 24- YCDC Free Workshop: Americans with Disabilities Act, Mon. 1:30PM- Get informed on the latest actions companies need to take to comply with new federal mandates. The meet will be held at the Ritz Ybor and is open to all Tampa businesses. 813.274.7936

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

September 29- Casino Night At The Italian Club, Sat. 7:00PM- 11:00PM-  Pull up to the table and sample some vino at the Italian Club in a benefit for the St. Peter Claver School and the Italian Club.  Take part in tastings raffles, gaming, buffet dinner, and entertainment. www.tampabayuncorked.com

October 4 thru 21- Stageworks Presents The Colored Museum- Stageworks opens their new season with what is promised to be a controversial satire on the transatlantic slave trade. Get your tickets by calling 813.251.8984


2012 Fall Catalog Now Available- The Institute For Corporate & Continuing Education has rolled out their new schedule of classes.  Now is the time to get registered for your next promotion!

HART COO Named to Mass Transit's Top 40 Under 40 List- Hillsborough's own Katharine Eagan has been recognized nationally for her contributions to the transit industry and became the first HART employee to receive this recognition.  Read up on Mrs. Eagan's successes by visiting www.masstransitmag.com and congratulate her when you see her around town! 
Upcoming Conventions

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