February News

Dear TBIBC Members

Thank you for your interest in the Tampa Bay International Business Council, the umbrella body of the bi-national communities of Tampa Bay / West Florida. Here are some February/March events. There is also another business culture snippet.

Cultural snippet
Here is a contribution towards your business’ cultural fluency vision: http://www.trainingmag.com/node/12670. Cultural fluency takes work, but it is simply a process. The bottom-line impact and rewards are huge, and the journey is affordable, do-able and well-supported by funding and expertise in our region.

One way to consolidate this journey is through TBIBC, a free non-profit organization, run by some of the most competent and respected executives and professionals in our region. TBIBC is sponsored by great companies, with a strong sense of community responsibility, such as Bright House, Nielsen, Fowler White, Ogletree Deakins, Regions and Tech Data to provide on-going interaction between our mainstream and multi-cultural business communities.

Important news
Everyone is delighted that the Tampa Bay Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Tampa Latin Chamber of Commerce have merged their organizations and have become one united chamber of commerce, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Tampa Bay (“HCCTB”).

February 2013
February is Black History Month. Grow connections with www.FMSCD.org, to find minority-owned suppliers and business partners. Support the Tampa Bay Black Business Investment Corporation (TBBBIC). Ms. Frances Wimberly, President, is a friend of TBIBC. Her email is fwimberly@tampabaybbic.com.

3rd February (Sunday): FRAMCO: Monthly Event. There is a Concours De Petanque every first Sunday of the month. Time 11 a.m. Free. More information on www.tbibc.org.

8th February (Friday): USF Student Summit: www.floridastudentsummit.com/

9th February (Saturday). Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce. Tampa Chinese New Year Dinner Gala, at T.C. Choy’s Asian Bistro, 301 South Howard Avenue, Tampa, FL 33606. Please contact Vice President Grace Yang at grace.yang@gray-robinson.com.

14th February (Thursday): Philippine Chamber “Walk of Love.” Contact Therry Alpa 09228922132 sun/pldt wireless 9851941/ Facebook Therry alpa. Email theresalpa@yahoo.com. More information www.tbibc.org.

12 – 15th Febrary: Scandinavian Trade Association. Swedish passport holder may schedule an appointment between February 12-15, 2013 with the Swedish consulate in Ft Lauderdale. There will be a Mobile Passport Station on-site. For an appointment call (954) 467 3507 or email FortLauderdale@ConsulateOfSweden.org.

12 February: German American Chamber of Commerce. Mixer. Location: Holland & Knight LLP 100 North Tampa Street Suite 4100, Tampa, Florida 33602. Please RSVP to gaccfl@gaccsouth.com. For additional details, contact the GACC at 727. 584. 5719. Time: 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. GACC Members: FREE. Non-Members: $10 (cash or check payable at the door). TBIBC members are not members.

14 February (Thursday). USF-SBDC.  Florida Export Series; No Business is too Small to go Global. Dates: Modules run Feb. 14, 21 and 28 from 1-4 p.m. More details on www.tbibc.org. Questions? Contact Luanne Millard at 813-905-5828. Register: www.SBDCtampabay.com.

15 – 17 February: Indo-US Chamber of Commerce. The fabulous 4th Annual India International Film Festival. Muvico Centro Ybor. 1600 East 8th Avenue, Tampa, FL 33605. Event schedule: http://iifftampa.com/event-schedule/

20th February. Wednesday. Indo-US Chamber of Commerce. Monthly business meeting 6:30 pm. All welcome. Homeowner’s Choice Insurance – Corporate Office Ballroom, 5300 W. Cypress St., Suite 100, Tampa, FL 33607   Topic : The Fiscal Cliff – They did it? What’s next and what to do.. Presented by BNY Mellon – Ray Ifert, Susan Kubar and Scott Givens. Dinner is served. Free. No RSVP required. Queries: indoustampa@gmail.com

27th February (Wednesday). FRAMCO. Event at Piquant in Hyde Park Tampa. Queries M Jean-Charles Faust: President.framco@gmail.com. Details will soon be on www.tbibc.org.

March 2013

8th March (Friday). International Town Hall.  Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation. International Town Hall. For more information, please contact Lorrie Belovich at lbelovich(at)tampaedc.com. http://www.sbdctampabay.com/2013-international-town-hall-mar-8/ for graphic. Thanks FRAMCO for helping to market this!

28th March (Thursday): TBIBC and All Chambers: International Business Summit will be held at the A la Carte Pavillion, Tampa Bay’s premiere event venue. Addresss: 4050 Dana Shores Drive  Tampa, FL 33634. Tel: (813) 831-5390. www.alacarteevents.com. Queries for sponsorship or other: Joanne Cornell: joanne.cornell@ogletreedeakins.com.

April 2013

5 April (Friday): Philippine Chamber. PhilFest. Friday to Sunday, April 5-7, 2013 at the Philippine Cultural Enrichment Complex and the Bayanihan Arts and Events Center located at 14301 Nine Eagles Drive, Tampa, FL 33626. Queries: http://www.paccoftampabay.com/

Please watch www.tbibc.org (events) for new meetings. Everyone is welcome at all events. Call me if you need help, or contact the many helpful people in the different Chambers of Commerce and Trade Associations who make up TBIBC. The list of organizations is here: http://www.tbibc.org/get-involved.


Glynis Ross-Munro
Tampa Bay International Business Council

Collaboration, Diversity, Prosperity

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