August News

The members and Board of the TBIBC expresses their deepest sympathies to the victims and families of the Wisconsin Sikh attack.

TBIBC works to create contact and understanding between different cultures, and an inclusive, diverse and collaborative community.  We often see the business benefits of cultural fluency in a global economy, but this tragedy again shows how our entire quality of life depends upon it. Please speak up, share, teach and work towards helping others understand differentness.

Events: August 2011
8th August: End of Filipino Young Professionals’ annual school supply drive. Organizer: Michelle Dy:

10th August (Friday). French American Business Council. Global Film Initiative’s Global Lens Series film, “Pegasus” (Pegase), 2011 – Morocco Directed by Mohamed Mouftakir. Venue: The Tampa Museum of Art, 120 W Gasparilla Plaza in Downtown Tampa.  7:00 p.m. Free for GIFF Members (sign up at: $5 TMA Members, Seniors & Students (w/ ID) $8 General Admission.

August 15th (Wednesday): Indo-US Chamber of Commerce.  6:30 p.m., Westin Tampa Bay, 7627 W.Courtney Campbell Causeway, Tampa, FL 33607. New format social event in lieu of the traditional monthly business meeting.  Coincides with the celebration of India’s Independence Day. Free. No RSVP required.

19th August, Sunday. Philippine Event. Barrio Fiesta. Please contact Renato Boac at, or Abigail Hamilton, 813-817-1905. Cost $5 and children free. Noon until 6 pm. Philippine food, dancing, games, prizes etc. Bayanihan Arts and Events Center.

28th August (Tuesday). Tampa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Café con Leche. Time: 8 – 9:30 a.m. Regions Bank. 2770 W Hillsborough Ave. Tampa, FL 33614. RSVP: Leonela Cole. Email:

Events: September 2012
13th September (Thursday): Tampa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce lunch. Topic: Economic Development & The Impact it has on the Hispanic Community. Address: Guzman Law Group 8301 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33614 11:30-1:00pm. RSVP: Leonela Cole.

20th September (Thursday): Tampa Hispanic and Tampa Hispanic Heritage event.  Elegant cocktail evening reception. Centre Club located at 129 South West Shore Blvd., 8th Floor Tampa, Florida, 33609. Time:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Additional info: The Tampa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Tampa Hispanic Heritage.

Events: October 2012
2nd October (Tuesday). TBIBC & All Chambers:  MED-Week  (Minority Enterprise Development). Mainsail Suites Hotel. 5108 Eisenhower Blvd  Tampa, FL 33634. Includes meetings with industry representatives. $100 for full conference.

5th October (Friday): Indo-US Chamber of Commerce.  11th Annual Golf Tournament. 1:00 pm Shotgun Start (11:30 am – Registration and lunch) Cheval Golf & Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd, Lutz, FL 33558.  For more information and to register, contact Kash Darji at 813-841-9216 Sponsorship opportunities: Ronak Ganatra at


Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties called TBIBC to offer subsidies to small businesses that employ new members of staff through their Workforce Alliances.  These subsidies usually take the form of a rebate of 50% of the staff member’s salary for up to 12 weeks. Minority and Woman owned business are encouraged to apply. Businesses with 12 or fewer staff members will receive special assistance. and

Please support all TBIBC small businesses who are certified vendors for the RNC Event.

The British American Business Chamber has a new website:

Ramadan ends 17-19th August – here’s that etiquette reminder from the Washington Post from last newsletter.

Save the dates for 2013:

The TBIBC International Business Summit will be on Thursday, 28th March 2013.

There are no fees to be a member of the TBIBC. All members of any member bi-national Chamber or Trade Association are members of TBIBC. We thank our generous sponsors and volunteer Board for this  situation. Those who supported Collaboration, Diversity, and Prosperity in 2012 are shown on the right-hand side of the page.


Glynis Ross-Munro
Tampa Bay International Business Council

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