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Newsletter of the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce August 2010
Gala 2010
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On September 17th, the Fuente family will become the 17th recipient to receive the Adela and Cesar Gonzmart award. Their contributions and commitment to Ybor City have made them the perfect nominee to receive this prestigious award. Please join us on Friday the 17th as we open the Latin social season to another year of memorable events, achievements and inspirations.

For more information on attending the 2010 Ybor City Chamber of Commerce Gala, please contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22 or
A Special Thanks For Joining To

Collegiate Clean
Rob Goodwin & Lewis Simpson
P.O. Box 664
Dover, FL 33527

A Note Of Appreciation To Renewed Members

Mary Frances Smith
2619 Toronto Ave.
Tampa, FL 33629

Al's Finger Licking Good
Bar- B- Que

Al & Jacqueline Reynolds
1609 Angel Oliva Sr. St.
Tampa, FL 33605

Allegra Print & Imaging of Downtown Tampa
Nancy Routman
107 N. Jefferson St.
Tampa, FL 33602

Bay Villa Development
Dan Howell
PO Box 18464
Tampa, FL 33679

Centro Asturiano de Tampa
Rick Duran
1913 N. Nebraska Ave.
Tampa, FL 33602

Columbia Jobbing Company, Inc.
Joe Gonzalez
1702 E. 5th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

G Bar
Steven Moss
1401 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

House Rentals, LLC
Ron Rampolla
PO Box 271568
Tampa, FL 33688

Improv Comedy Theater & Restaurant
Bob Joyce
1600 E. 8th Ave., C-112
Tampa, FL 33605

Gassen Gutierrez
2109 Palm Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

La Creperia Cafe
Konstantinos Chilias
1729 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL 33605

Oliva Tobacco Company
John Oliva
PO Box 2206
Tampa, FL 33601

Tampa Tribune
Ken Mobley
202 S. Parker St., 3rd Floor
Tampa, FL 33606

TBYC Holdings, LLC
Sheila Shaw
4210 Fairway Circle
Tampa, FL 33618-8640
Member Luncheons

September 14th 2010
Roxanne Amoroso
Senior Vice President
Bank of America
Sponsored by:
The Selmon Expressway Authority

October 12th 2010
Susan Haworth
President/ CEO
Sponsored by:
New Urban Suites

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Going Electronic

When I was a kid, one of my best friends worked for the newspaper and I often joined him when things got busy. We affectionately called our local paper the "Dunedin Mullet-Wrapper." My early association with the newspaper business led to two things - a curious attraction to the smell of printer's ink and a love of seeing my words in print.

The Ybor City Chamber has had a partnership with our local newspaper La Gaceta for over twenty years, printing our monthly newsletter La S�tima each month and having it sent to our members. As Patrick tells it, this arrangement was born as a cost-saving strategy, so that the Chamber didn't have to layout, print and mail La S�tima. Our common bond with La Gaceta, however, goes much deeper. We are both champions of the Historic District, defending its preservation and promoting its re-development.

As evidenced by this issue of La S�tima, we are going electronic with our newsletter. This will enable us to increase the frequency of publication and provide more timely information to our members. I will miss seeing our work in print and the wonderful partnership we have enjoyed with the staff and management of La Gaceta. I have to think all those La Gaceta readers, who are not members of the Ybor Chamber, have gotten something out of reading about all the fun and interesting things we do.

As of the August Membership Luncheon, we have stopped sending notices by surface mail and converted to a new on-line system that not only allows members to register in advance, but also to pay on-line. We were able to do this because all but a hand-full of our members now have access to e-mail; a big change from five years ago.

- Tom Keating

Chamber Happenings

September 14- Ybor Chamber Membership Luncheon, 11:45AM- 1:15PM- Roxanne Amoroso, Senior Vice President from Bank of America, will speak on the Encore Project at the next Ybor Chamber luncheon. The chamber luncheon is sponsored by Selmon Expressway Authority. Be sure to check your email so you can RSVP online; it is an easiest way to make sure you have a seat.

September 17- Gala 2010 and Adela & Cesar Gonzmart Award Presentation- Fri. 6:30PM- Join us at the Columbia Restaurant in celebrating the opening of the Latin social season and recognizing the many contributions of the Fuente family, one of Ybor's most prominent families. Anyone interested in sponsoring, advertising, donating and attending Gala should contact Anna Ramos at 813.248.3712 x22

September 23- PM Networking Event, Thurs. 5:30- 7:30PM- Mark your calendars now for the chamber's next PM Networking event at Gaspar's Grotto as they celebrate the official opening of their new kitchen. Check your email and the chamber's calendar of events on for more information.

Ybor Chamber Member Spotlight

Congratulations to WILDERARCHITECTURE, Greater Tampa Chamber's 2010 Small Business of the Year Awards Finalist. WILDERARCHITECTURE, located in the heart of Ybor City, is an architectural design firm that provides for both private and public sectors. Markets that the firm serves include Education, Commerce, Public Safety, Historic Preservation and Sustainable Design. Founded in 2003, WILDERARCHITECTURE has been a member of the Chamber since 2004. Larry and his wife Anita can always be counted on to grace the dance floor at the Ybor Chamber's Annual Gala.

Larry Wilder, AIA
1517 7th Avenue, Suite C
Tampa, FL 33605

Announcements & Events Around the District

August 19- How to Bag a Nutritious Work Day, Thurs. 5PM- 6:30PM-
The next of IKEA's Live @ Five seminars is an informative and functional program offering professionals a forum to learn and refresh skills necessary for personal and professional development. 813.623.4042 x1336

August 28- Party Like A Pinup at Roxy the Pitbull's 10th Birthday Party, Sat. 8PM- The Don Vicente de Ybor Historic Inn hosts this fundraiser benefiting Little Darling's Pin Up for Pit Bulls & Pit Stop Bully Rescue. The party will feature a burlesque show, live band, great food, silent auction, and a pinup theme. Visit for complete details.

August 28- A Tribute to the Blues Brothers, Sat. 7PM- Join the Mainstream Band and special guests Coo Coo Ca Choo as they pay tribute to "Joliet Jake" and "Elwood" and provide everyone in attendance with a "soul injection." Get your tickets from the Ritz Ybor box office or call today; the price is guaranteed not to give you the blues. 813.247.2555

September 9- The Florida Conversations Lecture Series at the Tampa Bay History Center, Thurs. 6:30PM- The 2010-2011 lecture schedule begins with Frederick B. Karl speaking on his book The 57 Club: My Four Decades in Florida Politics. The lecture series is free and open to the public. 813.228.0097

September 11- Singing Stone Gallery presents Leo Rodriguez, Sat. 10AM- 2PM- Stop by the Singing Stone and see what local artist Leo Rodriguez will paint during his live "oil on canvas" painting demonstration while listening to the music of local musician and composer RJ Kain. 813.247.2787

September 12- Deep Carnivale: A Celebration of Words at HCC Ybor, Sat. 10AM- 5PM- Dozens of poets, authors, songwriters and artists will be on hand to perform at Tampa's premier literature festival. Covering a vast range of styles, there will be a little bit of everything for every literature enthusiast. This free happening is growing into something for everyone to experience. 813.253.7000 x5179

Starting September 24 thru November 16-Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Lecture and Class Series- Centro Asturiano will be host to a series of classes and lectures illustrating the life and culture of Tampa's Latin communities. For more information call 813.974.8036

Off The Fairway And Into The Classroom

Dave Kemper, WilsonMiller/Stantec and 2010 Golf Committee Chair, presents Dr. Lois Gaston and Dr. Adrienne Garcia with the Ybor Chamber's annual contribution to the Ybor City Chamber Commerce Scholarship for Motion Media awarded to a Hilllsborough Community College Ybor Campus student. The $1,000 contributed was raised from our 2010 Golf Tournament and presented at the August 10th chamber membership luncheon. Get ready for next year's tournament by marking your calendar now for Monday, May 16, 2011.
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