October News

Greetings all! The Summer lull seems over and business is speeding up.

There is an All-Chambers TBIBC event for everyone this month on 25th October. This is the annual Brio Fall Event (please see below) and we look forward to seeing you all. You can register here.

As usual, you can check on events for all Chambers at http://www.tbibc.org/chamber-events. They are also shown below for your convenience. Please scroll down to see what you would like to attend.

Minority Enterprise Development Week:  The conference was successful, with the theme “Make it here, sell it anywhere.” Many organizations showed huge interest in small business, woman-owned business and minority-owned business, and in businesses with international connections. They’re adding teeth to this interest too – I kept hearing “my CEO’s bonus depends on our success with Small Business.”

No one has contributed this month’s cultural fluency paragraph regarding their own culture, despite many promises, but the lessons have to come from TBIBC members, so here are two that I collected at meetings:

You probably know that, in the USA, a refrigerator is ‘public space’. You may open your host or hostess’ refrigerator and take something out of it, whereas in some other cultures, this would be considered the height of bad manners as it is ‘private space’ in those cultures. (The British would faint!) So what about the contents of one’s shopping cart in a grocery store? A Norwegian immigrant was shocked when an unknown American chatted to her cheerfully about her choice of groceries, asking her about the products in her cart as she waited at the register. The cart was Norwegian private space and American public space.

In conversation with a German immigrant, the topic was going to dinner at a private home, and taking wine or a small hostess gift. She had seen a US television series, in which one family was shown visiting another for dinner. The visiting family arrived empty-handed. She was horrified to witness such behavior. While it is polite to bring something small if you are invited to a social event in the USA, it is not a social requirement, and you will not offend most American hosts if you do not bring something. A Russian or Greek would be totally shocked.

Both of these examples come from the “middle of the Iceberg” of culture – they are not obvious, but they are not ‘invisible culture’ – and TBIBC can help you learn about this kind of cultural fluency.

October 2012
5th October (Friday): FRAMCO. An Affair for the Senses. Sono Cafe, Tampa Museum of Art. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. $10. Light appetizers and cash bar. Meet one of the 27 Master Perfumers in the world, and the only one who makes 19th Century style perfumes. Christian Louis of Paris. jean-Charles Faust <president.framco@gmail.com>. (So French, Jean-Charles!)

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 orkash.darji@gmail.com. www.indo-us.org

8th October (Monday): Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Tampa-Barranquilla Sister Cities  trade mission applications required. The mission will be led by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, and is scheduled for December 5-8th, to Barranquilla, Colombia. Please contact Patricia Gomez, Esq. patricia@gomez-law.com, Tel 1-813-402-2890

10th October (Wed). TBIBC Board Meeting: Ogletree Deakins. 11.30 for 12.00 noon.

11th October (Thurs): Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Speaker: Maria Clara Yepes from Small Business Development Center (SBDC) @ USF “Impact of Imports/Exports at our local Community.” Venue: The Event Center at Guzman Law Group, P.A. 8301 North Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, Florida 33614. Tampa: 11:30am – 1:00pm.   Members that prepay – $20.00 Members and Members Guests that do not prepay – $25.00. Non-Members $30.00. TBIBC members may book at member rates if they are paid-up members of a TBIBC Chamber.

9 – 12th October (Tues – Fri): Tampa Taiwan Trade (TTT), an offshoot of the Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce offers help to attend the Taiwan Trade show for the Taiwan International Green Industry Show (TIGIS) and the Taipei International Electronics Show (TAITRONIC). For more information or RSVP, please feel free to contact TTT: Cecilia Lo 727-698-2690 – yuhsilo.cc@gmail.com

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. For more information please contact the the Pasco Hernando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce at 813-435-1499.

13th October (Saturday): The Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Philippine Cultural Foundation are 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, is priced at $100 per person with proceeds geared towards supporting PCFI’s cultural projects.For ticket information, please contact Renato Boac at 727-799-5530 or Renato.Boac@wfadvisors.com

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: cmedina@hbifflorida.org.

25th October (Thursday): All Chambers: Tampa Bay International Business Council Fall Event. Brio Tuscan Grille International Plaza. 5.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. $10 per person. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash wine and beer bar. Please register here at www.ticketleap.com.  (http://ibsummit.ticketleap.com/2012-fall-networking-event/)

26th October (Friday): Scandinavian Trade Association. Lunch. Venue: Chart House (previously Landry’s Seafood House), 7616 W Courtney Campbell Cswy., Tampa, FL 33607  Time: 11.45 a.m. Price: $ 20 members and TBIBC Chambers.Non-members: $25.  Please make your reservation on the web site at www.statampabay.org/calendar . Please, reserve by 10/23/12. Main Sponsor: Bright House.

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

Speaking Opportunity: Experienced executives of Bay Area companies are invited to contact Natalie Valle of the International Business Board, to speak to the USF students about their companies, work and experiences. This unpaid opportunity is an invitation-only way to give back to the community and to educated young people about your business, what you have learned and about your company. Please see 8 February, 2013 for a major business event for your businesss as well.

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

16th November (Friday): French American Business Chamber / FRAMCO: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Tampa Museum of Art. Details to come.

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: http://www.statampabay.org/content.aspx?page_id=87&club_id=424512&item_id=229630.  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. www.tcctf.org/ and www.ccctb.com/

January 2013
February 2013
8th February (Friday): IBB International Student Conference: USF and all other Florida College and University Participants. Tampa Bay and other major corporations are invited to be sponsors, or to host a free table to meet the talent of the coming graduation year. Please contact Natalie Valle natalievalle at mail.usf.edu if your company would like to take part. This is a great way to meet new, smart young talent (and it’s free!)

March 2013
28th March (Thursday) TBIBC and All Chambers: International Business Summit.

Thanks to all who make TBIBC possible, especially our sponsors, and our unpaid volunteer Board, and the Boards of the Chambers who make up the wonderful International Family that creates Collaboration, Diversity and Prosperity in Tampa Bay and Central West Florida.


Glynis Ross-Munro
Tampa Bay International Business Council

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