New President, Ambassadors and Eids

Executive Summary: this email contains a short overview of coming events, including late notice of a visit on 26th August to Tampa by the Ambassador of the Philippines. It includes our first introduction to one of our new Executive Board members, the President, Grant Petersen, and a paragraph on cultural fluency for current events. This one is about the difference between the two Eids.

Events: (See Website for Full Details)
26th August (Sunday). Philippine Event. The Ambassador of the Philippines will be visiting the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center at 14301 Nine Eagles Rd., Tampa, FL at 2 p.m. No cost, with food. Please invite family and friends.  Melissa Joy, Young Filipinos.

27th August (Monday): Asian-Amerian and Pacific Islander Event / Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce. This is a non-partisan organization.
Reception Monday, August 27, 2012. 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sheraton Tampa East Hotel, Grande Ballroom and 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Brandon Room. 10221 Princess Palm Ave, Tampa, FL 33610
No charge. Open to all. Please RSVP.  or email or call 646-502-5337. TBIBC queries Robert Chen.

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. Members no charge. $5 for guests (cash only).

September 2012
13th September (Thursday): Tampa Hispanic Chamber of Commerce lunch. Topic: Economic Development & Impact 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. Venue: Centre Club at 129 South West Shore Blvd., 8th Floor Tampa, Florida, 33609. Time:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Additional info:

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

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

12 October (Friday): Hispanic Community Event  International Business Expo and Seminar. 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Land O’ Lakes Recreational Center 3032 Collier Parkway. Land O’ Lakes, FL 34639. Oct. 1st 2012 = $100 After Oct. 1st 2012 = $125.  PHHHC: 813-435-1499.

24th October (Wednesday) Hispanic Community Event. 11.30 a.m. – 1 p.m.  Hispanic Business Initiative Fund Lunch. Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. 700 South Florida Ave, Tampa FL 33602.  HBIF:

December 2012
7 December (Friday): Scandinavian Trade Association. The 20th Annual Christmas Party. St Petersburg Yacht Club. $59 for members. $70 for non-members.  Reservations.

Meet your Board

The President of the Executive Board of TBIBC for 2012 – 2013 is Mr. Grant Petersen. Grant is a Shareholder of Ogletree Deakins and a Past President of TBIBC.  He is Chairman of the British American Business Council and a Director of FRAMCO, the French-American Business Council. He has given endless hours and resources to the work of integrating the diverse and international community of Tampa Bay, and is trusted and respected by all who value the goals of inclusive economic development for our region.

Mr. Petersen is vastly experienced and has been designated a “super-lawyer.” He represents and counsels employers regarding a broad range of United States and international labor and employment law issues.

Cultural Fluency for Current Events

This newsletter’s piece on cultural fluency in current events is taken from research, as I’m from Anglican heritage.

In the last few days, you may have heard people saying Happy Eid. New clothes, gifts, parties and seeing lots of relatives: it’s like a mixture of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Even if you live in one of the most diverse regions in the USA – Tampa Bay – you might be confused, because there are two Eids in a Muslim year.

One Eid is a two-to-three day celebration at the end of the month of daily fasting (Ramadan) each year.  This is what you are hearing now: Eid-ul-Fit.  The other Eid is a major festival focused on Abraham’s obedience in agreeing to sacrifice his son: this is Eid-al-Adha. Eid-al-Adha starts after the Hajj  (the pilgrimage to Mecca) which has the story of Abraham as the core theme. (Islam is an Abrahamic religion.)


As usual, a reminder that all members of the Chambers of Commerce, Trade Associations and IBB who make up TBIBC are members of TBIBC. This membership is free and usually offers membership rates at other TBIBC Chamber functions. Many thanks to our gracious sponsors who cover costs, and to our voluteer Executive and Directors who work hard to make this situation possible.


Glynis Ross-Munro
Tampa Bay International Business Council

Collaboration, Diversity, Prosperity

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