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
1301 East 7th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
Kristopher Fernandez, Attorney at Law
114 S. Fremont Avenue
Tampa, FL 33606
Rodriquez & Menendez Cigar Factory & Store
3608 N. Armenia Ave.
Tampa, FL 33607
Swope, Rodante P.A.
1234 E 5th Avenue
Tampa, FL 33605
The Dog's Bollocks British Pub
1001 Elm Grove Lane
Valrico, FL 33596
Thomason Creative, Inc.
18703 Toadthodka Dr.
Dade City, FL 33523
Tre Amici @ The Bunker
1234 E. 5th Avenue Suite A
Tampa, FL 33605
Ybor City Museum Society
2009 N. 18th Street
Tampa, FL 33605
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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
Event Show Productions
1608 N. 24thStreet
Tampa, FL 33605
Estimated Attendance: 1,500
Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Estimated Attendance: 1,000
HQ Hotel: Embassy Suites Tampa-Downtown Convention Center
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Gold Sponsors are GTE Financial and Hillsborough Community College and Silver Sponsors are Bright House Networks and Grimaldi Insurance, Inc.
Ciao - Tom Keating
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
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
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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. 813.739.4800June 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! 813.727.2708June 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! 813.247.1434June 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
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.