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July 2013  Mid-Month Newsletter
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A Special Welcome To New Members


The Roosevelt 2.0 & The Rose Cafe

Ami Bowen

1812 N. 15th Street

Tampa, FL 33605



Thank You To Renewing Members


Mary Frances Smith

Tampa, FL


Columbia Restaurant

Richard & Casey Gonzmart

2025 E 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


La Faraona Cigars

Lorenzo Gonzalez

1517 E. 7th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


S3 Media

Kurt Schleicher

1717 E. 5th Avenue

Tampa, FL 33605


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Ybor Chamber

Member Spotlight


Ybor is fortunate to have one of the "Fastest Growing Companies" in the Tampa Bay area, Ali Specialties. They are one of fifty finalists in the Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2013 Fast 50 Awards Luncheon on July 18th.
As if that wasn't enough, Ali is one of the finalists for the TBBJ's 2013 Business Woman of the Year. If you know Ali and Nicole and Natalya and the rest of her crew, then you are probably not surprised by all the accolades. 


Ali Specialties is a full-service marketing promotional product agency, offering thousands of different and unique items that are designed to help you market your business and events. The Chamber has utilized their services and the product and service is top-rate. Ali Specialties was featured at our February 2013 Business Expo: Ybor @ Work.


Ali moved her company to Ybor from Rocky Point last year and has become an active member of the Ybor Chamber, serving on our Membership Committee. She and her staff have brightened up many a Chamber networking event.


Good luck Ali. We're all rooting for you!


- Michele Keating


Ali Carr

Ali Specialties 

1614 N 17th Street
Tampa, FL 33605




J.C. Newman Family To Receive Ybor City Chamber's
Gonzmart Award

The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will be holding its 48th Annual Gala on Saturday, September 21st starting at 6:30PM.  The event features a cocktail hour, silent auction, dinner, and dancing along with the presentation of the Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award.  The event can be attended by everyone including members and friends.  

Participate in the festivities by sponsoring the event, placing an ad in the event program, donating an item to the silent auction  or by buying a ticket to the event by calling Anna Ramos, Event Coordinator at 813.248.3712 x22.

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Upcoming Conventions 
July 7-19   
Estimated Attendance: 3,700
Exhibit Location: Tampa Convention Center   


July 19-26
Estimated Attendance: 5,382
HQ Hotel: Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina

Chairman's Message


Hello Everyone,


Summer has definitely arrived! I recently took off for a week with the family and we went down to Miami for a couple days, but spent most of the vacation in Ft. Lauderdale. While both places are very nice and we had a great time at both, nothing beats Ybor. When getting back to Tampa the first place my three little ones (Mariah 10, Daniella 8, and Little David 3) wanted to go was to Ybor. After unpacking our bags, we came straight to the Historic District to catch a couple of movies at Muvico in Centro Ybor and then went to their new favorite spot YoBoys for some awesome yogurt. Later we rode the trolley to the Tampa Bay History Center and had a great lunch at the Columbia Cafe. We are truly blessed to live in a city that has so much to offer.


Speaking of what Ybor has to offer, make sure you check out the Chamber's window at the 16th Street Parking Garage. Thanks to a mini-grant from Ybor City Development Corporation and the imaginative minds at SBC SignWorks, we were able to rework the window to provide visitors with a proper welcome to the district and showcase our annual Chamber events. I recommend you check it out the next time you are by the 16th Street Garage.


I'm excited about the upcoming monthly Chamber Membership Luncheon on August 13th. Our guest speaker will be Paul Steinman, District 7 Secretary for the Florida Department of transportation. Mr. Steinman will cover the changes taking place on the 21st/22nd Street corridors. We will also be presenting the Chambers Scholarship to Hillsborough Community College.  


Hope to see you there!


-David Alvarez 

Chamber Happenings  

August 13- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, 11:45AM- 1:15PM- The speaker for August will be Paul Steinman, District 7 Secretary for the Florida Department of Transportation. Mr. Steinman will cover the changes taking place on 21st/22nd Street corridors.
  The August luncheon is highlighted by the presentation of the Chamber's Scholarship to Hillsborough Community College and the Golf Tournament trophy to tournament winners the Radiant Group.  813.248.3712
September 21- The 48th Annual Ybor Chamber Gala and Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award Presentation, Sat. 6:30PM- Join us at the Columbia Restaurant in celebrating the opening of the Latin social season and recognizing the many contributions of the J.C. Newman Family, operators of the last remaining production cigar factory in Ybor City. Tickets are $100 per individual and $190 for couples.  Anyone interested in sponsoring, advertising, donating and attending Gala should contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22 
It Is Always Great To See Ybor @ Work....
July's Business Expo: Ybor @ Work was a success with exhibitors reporting back that they had a great time and enjoyed the crowd of attendees!  One of our newest member's reported that they had three good leads just half way into the event.  That is the way we like to see Ybor @ Work!   

Events and Announcements by Tom Favata 

Click on the highlighted event name for more information.  

Now thru July 31- Beautiful Beasties- The ybor School of Visual and Performing Arts Gallery presents the works produced by Community Stepping Stones for part of their SCIENCE=ART learning program sharing facts & fantasies from amazing aquatic microbes. 813.253.7674

July 16- Movies on the Patio @ The Dali Museum, Tues. 8PM- Continuing their "Cult Classic" series and adding to a prevalent surreal vibe the museum highlights the accomplishments of the world renown film...Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure! Party on Dudes! 727.823.3767

July 26- Holistic Health Haven Open House, Fri. 4PM- 8PM- Find out how treating your body well will benefit you in the long run. Stop in for a complimentary chair massage, music, great prizes and a chance to win a 6 month basic massage membership while enjoying a healthy assortment of snacks. 813.223.4325

July 27- Teacher Appreciation BBQ, Sat. Noon- 3PM- Sentry Self Storage invites teachers to enjoy BBQ and take home supplies for next school year. Proceeds benefit YMCA After School Programs. 813.248.6569

July 27- Ken Walter's 16th Annual Celebrate Sinatra, Sat. 8PM- Enjoy an evening Rat Pack style at the Ritz Ybor as Ken Walters throws his annual homage to Ol' Blue Eyes and company. 813.251.0500

August 7 and Sept. 4- Summer 2013 Passport Series: Wine Wednesday, Wed. 5:30PM- 7:30PM- Hillsborough Community College wants to take you around the world with the Institute for Corporate & Continuing Education series of wine classes. Attendees can look forward to 2 hours of sampling wines and learning about their unique qualities. 813.259.6552


Now through July 18th, Electric Glide Tours is offering free tours to veterans participating or supporting the 33rd Annual Veterans Wheelchair Games.  Guests accompanying veterans will be able to take the two hour tour for only $40, a savings of $25.

On Sunday, July 21st from 1PM to 5PM, Dave Mundy, the Chamber's IT Tech, is holding a Benefit for Hodgkins Lymphoma. There will be smoked pit barbeque, Beef 'O' Brady's full menu, live music, silent auction and raffles. Proceeds raised will benefit the Victoria Scaglione Fund as well as the Florida Cancer Specialists and Jack & Jill Foundations.

Now through August 31, students can pick up HART's Summer Blast Pass for unlimited rides for only $15. The pass is a great way to get to summer jobs, the movies, the mall and all of your students favorite places.