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November 2012  Newsletter
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A Special Welcome To New Member


Buffalo Wild Wings

Holly Smith

1625 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Grow Financial Federal Credit Union

Julie Harris

404 North Tampa Street

Tampa, FL 33602



Thank You To Renewing Members         


Schezy Barbas

Tampa, FL


Brian Manne

Tampa, FL


Discover In-Town Tampa Guide & Map/ CJ Publishers

Chuck Wray, Jr.

4940 72nd Avenue, Suite 200

Pinellas Park, FL 33781


Friends of Tampa Union Station

Jackson McQuigg

P.O. Box 20934

Tampa, FL 33622


Gerardi Construction, Inc.

Phillip Gerardi

1604 North 19th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


Outback Bowl

Mike Schulze

4211 West Boy Scout Boulevard, Suite 560

Tampa, FL 33607


Philip Shore Elementary School

Barbara Mercer

1908 East 2nd Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Tampa Steel & Supply, Inc.

Bill Curnutte

1301 North 26th Street

Tampa, FL 33605


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


Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight


Owner Amy Diehl, founded Awnclean USA Diversified Services 23 years ago. The woman-owned company provides specialty commercial building cleaning services. Their services include professional awning cleaning, pressure cleaning, roof, construction, and window cleaning, as well as sidewalk and paver cleaning & degumming, to name a few. Awnclean is not your typical business cleaning service.


Awnclean's commercial customers include hotels, military bases, hospitals, retail centers, industrial complexes, condominiums & apartments, as well as government buildings. Some of their better known Tampa clients are the Tampa Bay Times Forum, The Ford Amphitheatre, Busch Gardens and the Florida Aquarium. And the Hilton Garden Inn Ybor has had a face lift by Awnclean recently.


Awnclean prides themselves in providing excellent cleaning services as well as building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with their costumers. Chamber board member, Sandra Fernandez-Lopez, Marketing & Administrator at Awnclean, is key to that relationship building. Give her a call and she will make sure your commercial cleaning needs are met.


- Michele Keating


Sandra Fernandez-Lopez

Awnclean USA Diversified Services

501 N. Newport Avenue

Tampa, FL 33606




Upcoming Conventions

November 3rd thru 11th
National School Supply & Equipment Association: The School Equipment Show
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance:

November 15th thru 18th
eFinity Events, Inc: Team Global
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance:

Andrea Gonzmart Chair 4C

Chair's Message 


ˇHola Ybor!


It finally is feeling like fall in Ybor City and when the weather cools off, it is a great time to wander about the street to take in all of the sights, sounds and tastes our district has to offer.


The last weekend of October, costumed revelers and music gurus alike, filled the streets for Guavaween 2012 - "The Many Shades of Ybor". I was more than happy to partake in the festivities this year as the "Queen of Hearts," and was pleased to see others doing the same. Thank you to all of the patrons and venues that participated in our annual event!


In the first weekend of November, over 2,000 runners, walkers, and supporters took to the streets for the 11th Annual "Richard's Run for Life" 5K. The turnout was a record and the crowds brought great energy to the district. 100% of every dollar donated and raised will benefit the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. Richard Gonzmart was inspired to create this race to celebrate the spirit of those fighting and surviving cancer and was proud to share that they will surpass last year's donation of over $75,000.


Event or no event in Ybor, there is always plenty of fun to be had. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is catch a show at Centro Ybor and then stroll through the streets finding new restaurants and bars I've never tried... Or peaking into my old favorites that are filled with so many familiar faces and wonderful memories. With that being said, when planning your next night out, remember Ybor City and all of the wonderful options it possesses.


The next Membership luncheon will be at the Columbia Restaurant on Tuesday, November 13th at 11:45a.m. Our guest speaker will be County Commission Chairman, Ken Hagan - I hope to see everyone there!


Lastly, I wish you all a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday filled with plenty of friends, family, laughter and love... and not TOO much Turkey!! Until next time...


ˇViva Ybor!

Andrea Gonzmart

Chamber Happenings

November 13- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM-  Ken Hagan, Chairman of the Hillsborough County Commission, will be addressing the chamber with a focus on historic preservation, tourism marketing and film/television development. The November luncheon is sponsored by Tampa Digital. 813.248.3712 x22
Creative Costumes Win Big At Guavaween
Photos provided by SSR Photography
Kevin Tree's telescoping creation was able to take home the 1st place prize. 
Jim Smolka and his fellow Dead Heads took the 2nd place prize with their celebratory "Day of the Dead" get-ups.
3rd Place winner Scott Bullock showed up as a legionnaire of the Bud Light Army; quite appropriate considering the contest was sponsored by Bud Light Platinum.

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

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Starting November 6- Holiday Workshops at HCC's Institute For Corporate & Continuing Education-  Are you a crafty gift giver when it comes to the holidays?  Are you looking for new ideas or want to share a hands on experience?  Hillsborough Community College's holiday series of workshops may right up your alley. 813.259.6010

November 16- Fire It Up: The Official Kickoff Party of The Heritage & Cigar Festival, Fri. 6:30PM- 10PM- The Ybor Museum Society will kick-off their festival at the Ybor City Museum Garden.  For tickets visit www.CelebrateYbor.com

November 17- The 14th Annual Ybor City Heritage & Cigar Festival, Sat. 10AM- 5PM- This year there will be a slight change of atmosphere to the festival with a move to the historic Ybor Square.  It promises to be the same great event it always has been plus a few new fun additions. For tickets visit www.CelebrateYbor.com

November 17- Sentry Self-Storage Yard Sale, Sat. 9AM- 2PM- New member Sentry Self Storage is holding a community yard sale.  Tenants can rent a 10 x 10 space for $10, non-tenants for $15.  Space rental fees will benefit  AMIkids Tampa, Inc.- a youth outreach non-profit. While you are there, if you need a storage unit to rent, let them know you are a chamber member and take advantage of their 50% discount for 6 months. 813.248.6569

November 17- Square One's 5th Annual Event: Invincible Summer, Sat. 7PM- The RITZ Ybor will once again be home to the art, music, fashion and dance extravaganza that will feature 75 local artists along with live performances from over 40 musicians, dancers, models and performers. 813.247.2555


If you would like to participate in an officially sanctioned  survey on Tampa's Streetcar and would like to help Hillsborough Community College's marketing and statistics students identify ways to improve the streetcar and increase ridership Click Here by November 19th.