September News

The Tampa Bay International Business Council ( keeps growing, and serves as the gateway to the diverse communities of Central West Florida.

This email includes

  • Some benefits of working with TBIBC and the Chambers,
  • Some of the events that are happening in the multicultural world of Central West Florida in the coming weeks and months.

All events are at, and this is updated regularly.

Some reasons why companies engage with TBIBC and the diverse communities are:
– To seek support for their mutlicultural and international staff;
– To grow CQ (cultural fluency), for sales, team building, strategic thinking etc;
– To reach some of the 95% of customers and business partners who live outside our borders;
– To search for talent and innovative thinking;
– To support diversity and inclusion.

TBIBC can also arrange an invitation for one of your executives to speak to the USF business students about your company, or for your company to have a free booth at the State-wide Florida business students’ event at USF, in February. Please contact Natalie Valle ( of the International Business Board.

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

13 September (Thursday): German Chamber of Commerce Opening Event. The Official Florida Chapter Opening of the German Chamber of Commerce. 5.30 p.m. (Registration) 6.00 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Network with industry and community leaders. Officers of TBIBC Chambers invited. Location: Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) 4801 E. Fowler Avenue Tampa, FL 33617. Free admission RSVP to: gaccfl(at) or 727-536-4748

Support for the new German Chamber

19 September (Wednesday): Indo-US Networking Event/ Business Meeting, 6:30 pm, Homeowner’s Choice Insurance – Corporate Office Ballroom, 5300 W. Cypress St., Suite 100, Tampa, FL 33607. Topic: The mind – the epicenter of good business, health and life. Presenter: Dr. Srikumar Rao. No charge and no RSVP required. Dinner will be served.

20th September (Thursday): Tampa Hispanic and Tampa Hispanic Heritage event. Elegant cocktail evening reception. Event venue: Centre Club located at 129 South West Shore Blvd., 8th Floor Tampa, Florida, 33609. Time:  6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Additional

26th September  (Wednesday): French American Business Council (FRAMCO).  Samba Room – 1502 S Howard Ave Tampa. The Samba Room  is new and has taken the place of the old Ceviche on South Howard Avenue, only a few steps from Bayshore Boulevard. Details to follow.

27th September (Thursday): Scandinavian Trade Association together with British-American Business Council  6:00pm – 9.00p.m. Social Networking Event.  Absolut Vodka Tasting. Open bar-Vodka, Beer & Wine, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and parking included! SPACE IS LIMITED. Please be sure to RSVP before September 22, 2012. Register Venue: Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. Suite 3600, 100 N. Tampa Street, Tampa, FL  33602 $20 for members of BABC and STA and paid up members of TBIBC Chambers. $25 for visitors. This includes parking, food and beverages. The British American Business Chamberhas a new website:

29th September (Saturday): Chinese and Taiwanese Chambers and Community Event: Authentic Food Fair. “Street food” and “home cooking” event. Enjoy real Chinese and Taiwanese cooking – from our own Chinese and Taiwanese communities. No restaurants exhibit.

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 the construction industry in the afternoon. $100 for full conference.

4th October (Thursday). TBIBC Board Meeting:Ogletree Deakins. 11.30 for 12.00 noon.

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. For more information and to register, contact Kash Darji at 813-841-9216 For sponsorship opportunities  Ronak Ganatra at

12 October (Friday): Hispanic Community Event(Pasco Hernando Hispanic Chamber) 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. Exhibitors’ Early Bird discount deadline is: Oct. 1st 2012 = $100 After Oct. 1st 2012 = $125.  Pasco Hernando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 813-435-1499.

13th October (Saturday): The Philippine Cultural Foundation, Inc. is presenting the biggest Filipino Charity Ball in the Tampa Bay Area at 6:00 PM at the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center’s Grand Sampaguita Ballroom. This 19th Annual Charity Ball, a complete feast to the senses from cocktails to dinner to entertainment and dance. $100 per person with proceeds supporting PCFI’s cultural projects. For ticket information, please contact Renato Boac at 727-799-5530

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.

25th October (Thursday): All Chambers: Tampa Bay International Business Council Fall Event. Brio Tuscan Grille at International Plaza. Invitation to follow. This is the third year running that the TBIBC has held this popular after-work networking event, where all Chamber members and mainstream business are invited to network, together with public service and other economic interests. Heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and conversation. Everyone is welcome at this portal of Collaboration, Diversity and Prosperity.

27th October (Saturday): Caribbean Community Events x 2: Haitian American and Barbados.  Details to follow. Annual Caribbean Gala : details to follow.

November 2012
11th November (Sunday): Philippine Chamber of Commerce. Charity golf tournament on at Emerald Greens.  More details to follow.

December 2012
7 December (Friday): Scandinavian Trade Association. The 20th Annual Christmas Party. St Petersburg Yacht Club. $59 for members. $70 for non-members. TBIBC members this is a time when it is a real benefit to be part of TBIBC – remember to ask for member rates – but you must be a paid-up member of a TBIBC chamber.  Reservations:  Anyone who has been to this event knows that is it a PARTY!

8th December (Saturday) Chinese and Taiwanese Chambers. USF Community Health Fair. Time: Start 11 a.m. Details to follow.

As usual, thanks to our kind sponsors and to our effective, unpaid volunteer board for making the work of TBIBC possible.


Glynis Ross-Munro
Tampa Bay International Business Council

Collaboration, Diversity, Prosperity


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