Mid-February Newletter

1. Reservations are already streaming in for the International Business Summit on 29th March.  Dr. John Doggett  and Dr Melvin Gravely are clearly popular speakers, and appeal to our spirit of internal and general entrepreneurship, as well as inclusion and global thinking in the Tampa Bay region. Your ticket is available.

2. We welcome a new Silver Sponsor.

Gregory, Sharer & Stuart is one of the largest independent public accounting firms in the Tampa Bay area. Founded in 1984, they have earned clients’ trust through years of delivering a consistently high level of client service and professional expertise. They have a strong commitment to community service and to education and we look forward to furthering with their vision of a prosperous and inclusive Central West Florida.

3. There are two changes in the bi-national events schedule:

21 February 2012 (Tuesday): FRAMCO (French Chamber) and FRAMCO Young Professional Group. Pelagia Trattoria – Renaissance Hotel – International Plaza. Click here to see invitation. 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. cash bar, drink specials- light appetizers. Complimentary for Members- $10 for Prospective Members when paid by Feb.20. Please RSVP at President.framco@gmail.com.

23 February, 2012 (Thursday):  British American (BABC) and Scandinavian Trade Association Networking.  www.scandbalt.org and www.babctampabay.org. February 23,  Time adjustment: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Location change: Location is now: Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., Regions Bank Bldg.  100 Tampa Street, Suite 3600. Tampa, FL 33602. $15  per person includes open bar, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and parking. There will be Absolut Vodka Testing and Scandinavian Appertizers. The parking garage access is off of Tampa Street, the next right after Jackson Street (in between Regions and Bank of America Parking garages).  For free parking, please bring your parking ticket with you to be validated. Please contact Joanne Cornell at 813.221.7250 for additional inquires. RSVP before February 22, 2012 to: joanne.cornell@ogletreedeakins.com.

4. Entrepreneurship:
The Tampa Bay International Business Council webmaster will be the Conductor on the Startup Bus to South By SouthWest (SXSW) this year. In 2012 the StartupBus is the Florida Startup Bus, (not the Miami Bus). It departs from Tampa Bay (not Miami) this year.  Please enjoy the Stock Exchange and other Startup Bus games. At a time when USF is under threat of enormous budget cuts, it is worth remembering that the USF Entrepreneurship program remains in the top twenty programs in the nation. As usual.

5. Please don’t forget other events on the TBIBC Calendar:

17 – 19 February 2012 (Friday – Sunday): Indo US Chamber and Indo Cultural Event. The Indian International Film Festival Tampa Bay. Venue: Channelside Cinemas. Details: www.iifftampa.com. Independent films, film makers, discussions on film, Indian food, music and festivities.

21 Feb 2012 (Tuesday): Tampa Hispanic Chamber Group Night with Tampa Bay Lightning – Tailgating (networking) : 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Game starts: 7:30 p.m.  Event ends 10 p.m. Tickets include Catering and Drinks.  $76 for Plaza Corner Tickets, including food and beverage. $46 for Terrace Endzone Seats, including food and beverage.  For ticket info, please contact Jarrod Cole E: jcole@sptimesforum.com  T: 813-301-6637 www.tampahispanicchamber.com

28 February, 2012 (Tuesday).  Tampa Hispanic Chamber. Café con Leche from 8:00-9:30 a.m. Hosted by Dr Carlos Aquino, Argosy University, 1403 N Howard Ave, Tampa, Fl 33607.

March 2012
7 March (Wednesday), FRAMCO St Petersburg Coffee and Croissant Networking: Kahwa Cafe, 204 2nd Avenue South, St. Petersburg, T : 727-821-1942. Any time from 8.45 a.m. Questions: M. Jean-Charles Faust, President of FRAMCO and Honorary Consul, (727) 459-0720.

8 March 2012 (Thursday): Hispanic Chamber Luncheon. 11:30-1.00 p.m. Guzman Law Group. www.tampahispanicchamber.com. Queries Leonela Cole, LCole[@]HBIFFlorida.org. Members that Prepay – $20.00. Members and Members Guests that do not prepay – $25.00. Non-Members $30.00

29 March 2012 (Thursday): All Chambers. Sixth International Business Summit. Tampa Bay International Business Council. 8.00 a.m. to 2.15 p.m. The Sixth International Business Summit. On-line Registration at Ticketleap. Morning tickets: $20. Full event tickets: $35.  Tickets can also be obtained through your Chamber President or TBIBC Board Representative.

Venue: A la Carte Pavillion, Tampa Bay’s premiere event venue. 4050 Dana Shores Drive  Tampa, FL 33634. (813) 831-5390. www.alacarteevents.com. The summit will run from registration at 8.00 a.m. to 2.15 p.m.

Sponsorship Director, Hilton Ross-Munro (Hilton@c-psolutions.com).
Vice-President,  Glynis Ross-Munro, (glynis@c-psolutions.com).
The Chairman, Dr Hj Yang, may be contacted at hj0yang[@]gmail.com, but is traveling in China at the moment.
The President, Mr Bill Flynn, may be contacted through his executive PA, Ms Robin Todd (rtodd@fowlerwhite.com) or Ms Todd’s secretary, Ms Wendy Westphal (wwestphal@fowlerwhite.com).
There are no fees to be a member of the TBIBC. All members of any member bi-national Chamber or Trade Association are members of TBIBC. We thank our generous sponsors and volunteer Board for this excellent situation.


Glynis Ross-Munro
Vice President
Tampa Bay International Business Council

Collaboration, Diversity, Prosperity

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