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November 2012 
Mid-Month Newsletter

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Happy Thanksgiving! 

The Chamber's Membership Office Will Be Closed
November 22nd & 23rd

Thursday, December 6th
Navidad de Ybor
at The Hampton Inn Ybor
5PM to 8PM
Tuesday, December 11th
Ybor Chamber
Membership Luncheon
11:45AM to 1:15PM


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Thank You To Renewing Members



Eric Statham

5219 E. Fowler Avenue

Tampa, FL 33617


The American Cleaning Services, Inc.

Marjorie Canizares

14906 Winding Creek Ct.,

Suite 103 D

Tampa, FL 33618


The Italian Club of Tampa

Sal Guagliardo

1731 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


University of Tampa-Naimoli Institute for Business Strategy

Dr. Jody Tompson

401 West Kennedy Blvd, Box O

Tampa, FL 33606



Shari Middleton

2028 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


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


Ybor Chamber  

Member Spotlight

One of the many joys of working with our Ybor City Chamber members is being able to help them with a question or task or being able to turn to them for help on occasion. Pro-Copy was there for the Chamber this Guavaween. When our printer ran out of color ink 1/3 into the printing of our Guavaween Music Festival Schedule, Eric Statham at Pro-Copy stepped up and printed the rest of the copies with very short notice. The two-sided, print copies were beautiful and we can't thank them enough.


Pro-Copy is locally owned and operated and has served the Tampa area since 1987. Located in Temple Terrace, this full service, digital print center is open 24/7 and offers high quality printing, fast turnaround, excellent customer service and reasonable pricing.


Pro-Copy does it all, from full color and B/W digital copying to posters/banners and signs. They also offer file upload services so you can e-mail them your work product and promote Green Printing, by using environmentally-friendly products whenever possible.


Eric describes Pro-Copy as "going that extra mile" for their customers and as a recent customer, we saw that first hand. Thanks Pro-Copy!


- Michele Keating


Eric Statham


5219 E. Fowler Avenue

Tampa,FL 33617



Tom Keating Head Shot

 TGI - Thanksgiving!


Hola -


We are getting a breather at the Ybor City Chamber while our colleague organization, the Ybor City Museum Society wraps their annual fund-raiser, the Heritage and Cigar Festival. I want to congratulate Chantal Hevia and her team on securing funding for the Al Lopez Baseball Museum - way to go folks! And, let us all be thankful for the administrative and financial support we receive from both the City of Tampa and Hillsborough County.


Many of you know my favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving, because it celebrates being "grateful." This year, as I count my blessings, I have much for which to be grateful: a wonderful family; a great little staff; and a dynamic Board of Directors that would be the envy of any Chamber in the country.


I am grateful for the young entrepreneurs that are investing in our little "city within a city" like Omar & Nick at College Hunks Hauling Junk and Ali Carr and her team at Ali Specialties and even some of the "old guard" like Jason Fernandez, now with four concepts in the District, and the indefatigable Manny Alvarez getting ready to start-up Factoria.


I am truly fortunate to represent Ybor City to the greater Tampa Bay Area and in the Economic Affairs of the State. I am currently serving on Tampa Bay & Company's - Branding Committee and on the Florida Chamber Foundation's - Innovation Caucus. These rolls let me utilize my depth of experience and my intellectual prowess (old know it all) and provide me a break from the day to day task of promoting and defending Ybor City in the local press (yea).


Ciao & Happy Thanksgiving,


Chamber Happenings

December 6- Navidad de Ybor at The Hampton Inn Ybor, Thurs. 5PM- 8PM- Enjoy music by Tampa's own Frank Sinatra, Don Juceam, as well as complimentary hors d'oeuvres, beer and wine while celebrating the merriment of the holiday season with fellow chamber members.  Admission into the party is a toy.
813.248.3712 x25

December 11- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, Tues. 11:45AM- 1:15PM- The December luncheon will be the last opportunity to network with the chamber before the holiday season and enjoy the sounds of the Hillsborough Community College Jazz Band during the lunch hour.  813.248.3712 x22

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information. 

November 24- Small Business Saturday at The Ybor City Saturday Market, Sat. 9AM- 3PM- Visit the Ybor Saturday Market this weekend and be a part of a nation wide initiative to help local small businesses make an impact on their economies.813.241.2442 

November 29 thru December 16- Holiday Party For One presented by Stageworks- Celebrate the joy of the holiday season with an eclectic mix of songs that pays tribute to diversity. 813.251.8984

December 11- Historical Monument Trail Unveiling, Tues. 5PM- 6PM- Head down to the Tampa Bay History Museum and witness the induction of Vicente Martinez Ybor into the Historical Monument Trail during the trail's first annual unveiling. Ybor City's namesake is one of six individuals included in the 2012 Class. www.tampariverwalkhistorictrail.com

December 31- Outback Bowl New Year's Eve Parade and Pep Rally, Mon. 5:30PM-  7th Avenue will once again play host to the Outback Bowl parade and official pep rally. This free family friendly event will feature the competing teams' cheerleaders as well as floats and at least seventeen marching bands. Come out and cheer on the teams!  813.874.2695

December 31- The Rose Ball New Year's Eve Gala at The Italian Club, Mon. 8PM- 1AM- make plans to attend the Italian Club's New Year's Eve Gala in what will surely be a nice evening.  Tickets to the shindig include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, dinner and dancing, with music by the Mark Anthony Band. 813.248.3316 


ChappellRoberts Does It Again!-  Chamber members and neighbors, ChappellRoberts was able to bring home 11 coveted American graphic Design Awards, and has once again proven their abilities on a national stage for a fourth consecutive year. Did we mention they competed against 8,000 other national entries? Way to go neighbors! 813.281.0088
Upcoming Conventions

November 26th thru December 3rd
Association of Educational Service Agencies Annual Conference
HQ Hotel:
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
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