April News

Thank you for the many emails expressing pleasure in the International Business Summit. Each year more people find that IBS offers them new routes to an inclusive community, new resources for their work and new insights into a Bay Area that thinks in innovative, inclusive and global ways. The Seven Counties are finally fulfilling their long-predicted promise as the dynamic, diverse and creative leaders of Florida’s economy, and the region is on the way to becoming “the Austin TX” of our state.

Please note that USF SBDC’s International Trade Certificate Program begins this month. Those of you who met Eileen Rodriguez at IBS know the work that this organization does, and many have benefitted from the free business counselling offered by USF SBDC. If you enjoyed the “Global Culture 101” IBS breakout session, CPS will facilitate Module II of this program. The USF SBDC course is, however, more demanding than the fun IBS program as the International Trade Certificate is examined and is an asset to your career path.

If you were impressed by our student assistants at IBS, and would like to get in touch with any of them for recruitment purposes, we have all their resumes and details. Please feel free to contact me or TBIBC Treasurer Joanne Cornell (joanne.cornell@ogletreedeakins.com) for an introduction. We are most grateful, as ever, to Jamie Kenney who arranges the student cohort with Joanne. We thank Nathaly Cespedes, Robert Sousa , Kelly Torres, Amelia Singh, PanPan Li, Kira Bushmankina, Courtney Coton, Juan Jimenez, Vanessa Ivanovski, Jorge Gonzalez, Lauren Erlichman, Kyle Kortum, Justin Adamo, and Nick Lu. These students were from the USF International Business programs.  Aggie, the Taiwanese Chamber assistant, is an MBA student at USF. Please contact her through Robert Chen (rchen32@hotmail.com).

Congratulations to Tech Data Corporation, winner of the Bright House Diversity Award. Their extensive diversity and inclusion programs are an example to us all.

There are no Tampa Bay International Business Council events in April, but the various bi-national chambers and trade associations are active as usual. Details include:

April 2012

12 April 2012 (Thursday): Hispanic Chamber Luncheon. 11:30-1.00 p.m. Guzman Law Group.  Edgar Guzman, Guzman Law Group  will speak on “Law, Mediation and Negotiation.” 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. www.tampahispanicchamber.com.

18 April 2012 (Wednesday): Indo-US Chamber:  6:30 p.m. Topic to be posted. Venue: Homeowner’s Choice Insurance – Corporate Office, 5300 W Cypress St. Suite 100 Tampa, FL 33607  (0.5 mile from Wyndham Westshore). Dinner included, no charge. No RSVP needed. www.indo-us.org.

24 April 2012 (Tuesday): 8th Export Certificate Program: USF SBDC.  Seven-module Export Certificate Program for small businesses interested in expanding internationally.   Cost for all seven modules, textbook, manual & exam: $350. Please contact Maria Yepes: 813.905.5800. myepes@usf.edu. Module dates: April 24, 26, 28 & May 1, 3, 8, 10 & 15. Modules run for 4 hours every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:30 pm to 8:30 pm for 4 weeks.  Venue: Tampa Port Authority Building in Channelside. This is also ths Small Business Development Center for USF. Address: 1101 Channelside Drive, Suite 210, Tampa, FL 33602. Complimentary parking. Individual modules are not available.http://www.sbdctampabay.com/international-trade-certificate-program.

28 April 2012 (Saturday): FRAMCO French American Business Council’s A Day at the Races. 11.30 a.m. – 3 p.m.Tampa Bay Downs, 11225 Race Track, Road, Oldsmar. $30 for members. $35 for non-members for RSVP by 23 April.  TBIBC members are treated as members. RSVP: president.framco@gmail.com. Checks mailed to French American Business Council, 2451 McMullen Booth Rd. Suite 200, Clearwater, FL 33759. www.framco.org.

28 April 2012 (Saturday): AsiaFest and Dragon Boats: www.asiafest-tampabay.com.  Cotanchobee Park 11.00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Some food vendors will be open until 7 p.m. in the Channelside district. Entrance free. The 9th Annual Tampa Bay International Dragon Boat Races will begin opening ceremonies at the Marriott Waterside patio.  The first race begins at 9 a.m. with buoyed 5 lane heats running every 12 minutes. www.tampbaydragonboats.com.

26 April 2012 (Thursday): British American Business Chamber.  Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration.  The BABC will host the monthly networking event as a joint event with The Tampa/St. Petersburg British Expats celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Venue  Tui Marine 93 N. Park Place Blvd., Clearwater, FL. Please mark your calendars. Details to follow soon. http://www.babctampabay.org.

2 May (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. www.framco.org.

National Taiwanese Event June 2012
15 – 17 June 2012: Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce of North America. Annual meeting at Chicago. Location: Chicago – Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel. Reservation deadline: April 15th.  Please RSVP to Robert Chen – President@Tcctf.org. 813-298-7851. Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center Hotel – $129.00 (USD) per night plus tax.

Golfing morning – $150.00 (include lunch and transportation).
Tour A: 5 Days $1083 (per person – shared room), $1423 (single room).
Tour B: 3 Days. $569(per person – shared room), $729 (single room).
Tour C: 3 Days. $629(per person – shared room), $819 (single room). Details of various tour options www.Tcctf.org.

As ever, we thank our generous sponsors, and volunteer board, without whom the work of connecting our diverse business groups with mainstream business, and with each other, would not be possible.

We also urge you all to keep in touch. If you wish to do business with anyone in the world, someone from that region or culture is living close by in the Tampa Bay region, and you can reach out to them, with the free help of TBIBC. Have a cup of coffee, tea (peut-être prenez un verre) with someone different, and learn more about an industry, process or geographical region. You don’t have to do new things alone – we are a collaborative community, working together. Grow your business and put Tampa Bay on the map.


Glynis Ross-Munro
Vice President
Tampa Bay International Business Council

Collaboration, Diversity, Prosperity

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