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June 2013  Mid-Month Newsletter
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Upcoming Events 

Thursday, June 20th 
Ybor After Work 
(Ybor City Wine Bar)  
5:00PM to 7:00PM
Tuesday, July 9th
Business Expo: Ybor @ Work
11:30AM to 2PM   

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Hampton Inn & Suites Tampa/Ybor City

Stephen Nunez

1301 East 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


Kristopher Fernandez, Attorney at Law

Kristopher Fernandez

114 S. Fremont Avenue

Tampa, FL 33606


Rodriquez & Menendez Cigar Factory & Store

Mike Casale

3608 N. Armenia Ave.

Tampa, FL 33607


Swope, Rodante P.A.

Angela Rodante

1234 E 5th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


The Dog's Bollocks British Pub

Rick Johnston

1001 Elm Grove Lane

Valrico, FL 33596


Thomason Creative, Inc.

Kim Thomason

18703 Toadthodka Dr.

Dade City, FL 33523


Tre Amici @ The Bunker

Candela Rapela-Warren

1234 E. 5th Avenue Suite A

Tampa, FL 33605


Ybor City Museum Society

Chantal Hevia

2009 N. 18th Street

Tampa, FL 33605



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

Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight


Ybor City is the home to many creative ventures, and one of the most creative is Event Show Productions (ESP), which specializes in business theatre and corporate entertainment. Dorene Collier and her staff of amazing choreographers, singers, actors, entertainment & technical producers, musical directors and stage managers can put together a show like no other. They created and produced an original Christmas musical, Holiday Inc., which was performed at the Straz Center in 2011 and 2012.


ESP can produce anything from corporate welcome night receptions to theatrical dinner shows to product launches. They have entertained at the Chamber's Business Expo, Holiday luncheon and Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.


Something very exciting is happening tonight. Event Show Productions new entertainment act,
tellAvision, is auditioning on America's Got Talent tonight at 8:00 pm on NBC. How cool is that!  tellAvision is a moving story book using technology and talent and is a first of its kind.

I don't know about you, but I will be watching America's Got Talent tonight to cheer on Ybor's own Event Show Productions.  Good luck guys!


- Michele Keating


Dorene Collier

Event Show Productions 

1608 N. 24thStreet
Tampa, FL 33605





Upcoming Conventions 
June 16-21  
Estimated Attendance: 1,500
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina   


June 24-25
Estimated Attendance: 1,000
HQ Hotel: Embassy Suites Tampa-Downtown Convention Center

Tom Keating Head Shot

President's Message


Hola -


Summer is here; although it doesn't officially start until Friday (can you believe that).  "M" took me to Sarasota for a birthday weekend.  We had a great time, stayed at Hotel Indigo, had dinner at Salute, a wonderful Italian restaurant and took-in the St. Armand's Circle Craft Festival.  We ran into Nataly Balk, of Ybor's own Singing Stone Galley, who had the best jewelry in the show.


We had a banner week at the Ybor City Chamber - it was busy to say the least.  We had a turnout of just under 90 for Raul Alfonso, Port CCO's, presentation at the June Membership Luncheon.  The results of our First Annual Member Survey came back very positive and were conveyed to the Board of Directors at the Annual Retreat, held at the HCC Training Center on Davis Islands.  We had productive breakout sessions on:  Marketing & Public Relations, Expanding Sponsorships, Developing New Events/Elements and the perennial "Guavaween." 


We have had a very smooth transition of leadership from Andrea Gonzmart to David Alvarez. It helps when your community leaders are friends as well as colleagues.  I am pleased with how far the Chamber and its Board of Directors has come in the last eight years.  We now have more young officers and our directors represent an even broader cross-section of the Ybor business community. 


The Gala Committee has already had its first meeting and is making preparations for our 48th Annual Gala and presentation of the 20th Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award.  The Committee is considering a "tropical theme" for this year's event to be held at the Columbia - Saturday, September 21st, 6:30 PM.  Please save the date!


Make plans to join us as an exhibitor for Summer Business Expo: Ybor @ Work to be held on July 9th from 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM in lieu of our regular Membership Luncheon at the Columbia.  This is a great opportunity to promote your services to the Ybor City community. Contact Anna Ramos at 248-3712 x21 or aramos@ybor.org.  Gold Sponsors are GTE Financial and Hillsborough Community College and Silver Sponsors are Bright House Networks and Grimaldi Insurance, Inc.


Ciao - Tom Keating

Chamber Happenings
June 20- Ybor After Work, Thurs. 5PM- 7PM- 

Invite your friends and colleagues to network with fellow chamber members at one of Ybor's newest locales!  Join the Chamber for an evening filled with networking and give-a-ways including Muvico passes, Rowdies Soccer tickets, bottles of wine, hotel room nights and more! 813.248.3712 x25   

July 9- Business Expo: Ybor @ Work, Tues. 11:30AM- 2PM- Sponsors and exhibitors signup now for the Chamber's upcoming Expo- reserve your spot now before they disappear, 9 exhibitors are already taken!  813.248.3712 x22    
Port CCO Shared Industry Insights
Raul Alfonso, Chief Commercial Officer of the Tampa Port Authority, talked about exciting new directions at the port.     
8th Annual Golf Tournament...A Hole In One! Photos By James Adair 

This year's Golf Tournament packed the course!  
Left: Golf Tournament Chair Dr. Shawn Robinson with the Skanska Team
Right: Ybor Artist Arnold Martinez with Chamber Director Wes Miller 

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information.  

Now thru June 23- Creative Loafing Restaurant Week- CL and partners from around the bay are throwing there annual ode to the culinary experience. Particpants will be eligible to win gift certifcates from CL Deals. 813.739.4800

June 20 thru June 27- How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents- Stageworks presents the story of four sisters as they reflect back on the journey of their lives as they became accustomed to their new identities in a play laced with music, compassion and vivacity! 813.727.2708

June 23- The 29th Annual Legacy Awards, Sun. 11:30AM- Join the Ybor City Museum Society as they celebrate the accomplishments of Joseph Caltagirone, Dr. Lois Gaston, and the chamber's Past Chair Andrea White. They are recognized for their lasting economic and cultural impacts on Ybor City! 813.247.1434

June 27- A Night of Fashion Benefiting Academy Prep Center For Education, Thurs. 6PM-  Play dress up for a night with WWE Superstars Titus O'Neil and Vicky Guerrero as they highlight the fashions of Sandra Gray Originals and Greiner's Fine Men's Clothing. Proceeds benefit the Academy Prep Student Scholarship Fund and Embracing Legacy. 813.248.5600 x1138

July 10- The Victor E. DiMaio Achievement Award Dinner- Join the Ybor City Lions Club as they celebrate the accomplishments of Richard Gonzmart at their annual awards dinner. For more information or to RSVP call 813.933.1869   

Now through September 30th you can use your Muvico Centro 20 ticket stub for "One Free Ride" on the Teco Line Streetcar System.  Just hand your ticket stub to the motorman for redemption.