International Business Summit

The signature event of the Tampa Bay International Business Council is the Spring Summit.

Please click for Registration.

Download your invitation: 2012 Spring IBS

This event will be held on Thursday, 29th March at the A la Carte Pavillion, Tampa Bay’s premiere event venue.
Addresss: 4050 Dana Shores Drive  Tampa, FL 33634. Tel: (813) 831-5390.
Time: Registration begins at 8.00 a.m. The Summit ends at 2.30 p.m.

Please read about the keynote speakers:

John Doggett:  Download his bio: Prof John N Doggett J D MBA Speaker Bio
Melvin Gravely:  Download his bio: Dr Melvin J Gravely II Speaker Bio

The Entrepreneurship Panel is often a favorite event (even though the speed-networking is usually the most popular activity.)

The moderator of the panel will be Alex Sink, and the theme will be entrepreneurship with a BRICs angle. Local, successful entrepreneurs from Brazilian, Russian, Indian and Chinese backgrounds will be on the panel. There will also be representation from African-American entrepreneurship and large business entrepreneurship.

Sponsors may contact the Sponsorship Director, Hilton Ross-Munro (

Please see “How to Get Involved.” If you are a member of one of the organizations listed here, you are already a member of TBIBC.  Your Chamber President is already a TBIBC Board member or director. The Brazilian American Chamber is still forming but will soon be part of the organization. We are working with other binational groups too.

Please address queries to the Treasurer,  Joanne Cornell ( or Vice-President,  Glynis Ross-Munro, (

The President, Mr Bill Flynn, may be contacted at Fowler White Boggs, c/o his PA, Ms Robin Todd rtodd[@]  or through her assistant, Ms Wendy Westphal, wwestphal[@]

The Chairman, Dr Hj Yang, may be contacted at hj0yang[@]

Please see the Chamber/Trade Association for the contact details of the Board members and Directors

The Sixth International Business Summit Schedule
8.00-8.25  Registration and Continental Breakfast with the Sponsors (also refreshments in the Sponsorship Room during the day.
8.30  Bagpipes, Welcome by President of Board (Bill Flynn)
8.35 Plenary Session: Keynote Dr Melvin Gravely
9.00  Structured Networking (This speed-networking is usually the most popular activity.)
10.30 Workshops x 3 (Choice of one – This also allows tables in the main ballroom to be cleared and set for lunch)

  •    Meet the Chambers Address about the value of making relationships in Tampa Bay with bi-nationals. The Presidents introduce themselves.
  •    Resources for international, diverse and small businesses in Central West Florida. Panel of resources.
  •    International and Multi-cultural Business: from Etiquette to Business Bids. Around the World with CPS.

12.00  Lunch & Networking
12.08  Bright House Entrepreneurship Award
12.15  Keynote: Dr John Doggett MBA
1.00 Entrepreneurial International Business Council Panel: Big and Small Business with a BRIC slant.  The moderator of the panel will be Alex Sink. A panel of well-known and successful Central-West Florida Business People, from both large and small business, speak on their views, experiences and lessons-learned from business. There will be  an emphasis on advice to the audience and their needs. Dr Doggett and Dr Gravely will join the panel. Questions will be taken from the audience.
2.30  Close.




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