Member Highlights: Sept. 29 – Oct. 3

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

Member News

Member Events

Member Accolades

Member News

New Board Leadership at the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

At their September meeting on Wednesday, September 24, the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay’s Board of Directors announced changes and additions to their ranks.

  • Gary S. Weisman, Attorney at Law, P.L., succeeds Timothy W. Traud, VP Finance/Division CFO – Industrial & Energy and Defense & Aerospace of Jabil, as board Chairperson.
  • Tanya Hillary, Vice President, Member & Provider Communications of WellCare, has been elected Vice Chairperson.
  • Jamie Kingman, Creative Founder of The Klingman Group, has been elected Secretary.
  • Christopher Rogers, Global Vice President, Information Technology of Sykes Enterprises, was elected as a new board member.

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Tindale Oliver Introduces New Corporate Brand and Mission

New Tindale Oliver Logo

Tindale Oliver, a planning, design, and engineering firm headquartered in Tampa, is pleased to announce a new corporate brand and mission. Reflecting the recent expansion and growth of the company as well as an enhanced vision for the future, the rebranding was launched to coincide with the firm’s 25th anniversary and features a fresher and more modern logo, a redefined mission, a more comprehensive website, and new client materials. The company name also has been adapted to Tindale Oliver (previously Tindale-Oliver & Associates, Inc.).

“After 25 years of dedicated service to the planning, design, and engineering industries, Tindale Oliver has grown to become a leader in providing great insights and greater outcomes for our clients across the country,” said Steve Tindale, CEO and founder. “The continued confidence our clients have in our capabilities and results has allowed us to grow and prosper. We are enthusiastic about having a new brand and mission that reflect our renewed sense of purpose and commitment, and we look forward to the coming years.”

The rebranding process, led by the Tampa design firm of Schifino Lee, took a year to complete and included input from employees and clients across the U.S.

Since 1989, Tindale Oliver has provided industry-leading transportation, community planning and design, transit, and public finance solutions to public and private clients throughout the United States. Headquartered in Tampa, Tindale Oliver also has offices in Orlando, Bartow, Fort Lauderdale, Baltimore, and Seattle.

Please visit to view the new brand and mission.

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iTrekkers’ Share Your Trek Photo Contest – Enter for a Chance to Win!

iTrekkers is sponsoring our first Share Your Trek! Photo contest. Share your most memorable or exciting fishing experience for a chance to win! The PHOTO receiving the most votes will have the opportunity to experience iTrekkers for FREEClick here for contest details.

itrekkers SHARE YOUR TREK contest

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Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is Hiring – Internet Marketing Specialist & Social Media Specialist

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is hiring for an Internet Marketing Specialist. Under the direction of the Public Relations Manager, the Internet Marketing Specialist will develop and execute digital-based marketing strategies and initiatives to support the property and brand that will complement public relations plans. Click here for more info on the position description and to apply.

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino is hiring for a Social Media Specialist. Reporting to the Public Relations Manager, the position’s primary responsibilities are to lead to all social media marketing efforts such as, but not limited to, research, strategy and implementation of emerging forms of digital media, social media, mobile communications and paid online advertising. Work alongside the sales, PR and advertising team members. The social media specialist coordinates tactics for appealing to guests, traditional and new media groups and community relations movers and shakers. Click here for more info on the position description and to apply.

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Laser Spine Institute Announces New Community Initiative with Tampa Bay Lightning

As a valued partner of Laser Spine Institute, we’d like to invite you to attend our media event announcing our new community initiative alongside our Tampa Bay Lightning partners. Our President & COO Dotty Bollinger will open the event on the ice in the Amalie arena promptly at 11:30 am for the special unveiling of our community project and Lightning owner Jeff Vinik will also give remarks. Our guests will include children from  Metropolitan Ministries, media and other community members.

Where: Inside Amalie Arena:

401 Channelside Drive
Tampa, Florida 33602

When: Plan to be there at 11:15 am on Oct. 2.

Why: Support Laser Spine Institute’s major community initiative and STICK IT TO HUNGER!

Parking: Please park in the silver lot and enter through the Lexus Lounge.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Julie Borm, Director of Marketing Communications, at

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Member Events

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hosts Kick-Off Party in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Friday, October 3rd
#MakeItPink kickoff party to commemorate the start of PINKTOBER® and to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Free Cover, $5 Suggested Donation. Wear pink attire and get free Hard Rock PINKTOBER® Sunglasses! $50 donation or more gets you a limited edition PINKTOBER® pin, 21 & up.

Friday, October 3 – 9 p.m. Pinktober

Hard Rock Cafe Tampa

The Hard Rock Cafe will be transformed for PINKTOBER® #MakeItPink Making Strides Against Breast Cancer efforts. The room will be decorated with pink décor and team members will be dressed in pink attire to support the cause. Local band Mek will perform 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Check out what’s going on throughout the hotel & casino all month long: PINKTOBER® at Seminole Hard Rock

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Nova Southeastern University Tampa Hosts Hispanic Heritage Night, Open House & Career Fair in Month of October

Night of Hispanic & Latin Heritage

Join us as we welcome guest speakers from Latin America including author, historian, and researcher, Wallace Reyes, Ph.D. Dr. Reyes will share insights from his latest book and will offer participants the opportunity to partake in a walking tour through historic Ybor City the following day. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

RSVP: or 813-574-5200

Tampa Night of Hispanic Heritage

 Open House

Advance your career with a degree from a respected, acclaimed university close to home.  Nova Southeastern University offers more than 140 undergraduate and graduate degree programs taught by faculty with real world experience. Our flexible formats work with your schedule and allow you to earn your Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist or Doctoral degree onsite or online.

 RSVP: or 813-574-5200

 Career Fair

Positions in management, health care, sales/marketing, finance, and more.  Companies include Laser Spine Institute, Hillsborough County, GEICO, Grow Financial Federal Credit Union and more.

For more information please call 813-574-5200

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Monuments Men Author to Speak at Saint Leo University October 21

Robert Edsel, the author of The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves, and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History, will speak at Saint Leo University at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 21, to kick off the University Speaker Series for 2014-2015. The book was the basis for the popular film directed by George Clooney. Admission to the event is free and all are welcome.

Robert Edsel

Robert Edsel

The presentation will take place in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. The campus is at 33701 State Road 52 in the east Pasco County town of Saint Leo, four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285). Parking is available in surface lots and in the campus garage.

Mr. Edsel’s book is a nonfiction account of a special World War II military unit that saved European art treasures from Nazi looting. Publisher’s Weekly said in a review: “The story is both engaging and inspiring. In the midst of a total war, armies systematically sought to mitigate cultural loss.” Mr. Edsel is also the author of the nonfiction books Rescuing Da Vinci and Saving Italy: The Race to Rescue a Nation’s Treasures from the Nazis. He is the co-producer of the documentary film The Rape of Europa, and founder and president of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art. He was formerly a nationally ranked tennis player and a successful entrepreneur in the oil and gasoline exploration industry.

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Florida Export Series to help grow export market

With the largest port in the state of Florida, Tampa is the perfect place to break into the international market. The Florida SBDC at University of South Florida will present the Florida Export Series for local entrepreneurs who want to break into the export market, beginning October 7 at Port Tampa Bay.

The Series is comprised of three sessions:

  • Introduction to International Trade (October 7) – Export readiness, market selection and research, payment methods and financing
  • Dealing with the Export Market (October 14) – A short course on the international business culture. Topics include: understanding cultural differences, customary etiquette, protocol, communicating across cultures, gift giving and dealing with interpreters.
  • Export Documentation and Compliance (October 21) – Topics include: harmonized codes, free trade agreements, licensing and compliance with U.S. government agencies, export documentation and INCOTERMS.

Speakers include Selma Canas and Eileen Rodriguez, both NASBITE Certified Global Business Professionals. Cost is $120 for entire series. Online registration required at

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Join Patina Solutions at the Encore Tampa Bay Town Hall October 21

As a member of the Tampa Bay business community, we invite you to join us at a town hall event hosted by Encore Tampa Bay. At the event, Mike Harris, founder and CEO of Patina Solutions, will share his story of launching a company dedicated to helping businesses better utilize the skills of professionals with 25+ years of experience.

This will be a unique opportunity to learn about new trends that are redefining work for talented, senior professionals. Since 2008, Patina has been helping organizations get more done and accelerate success. We do this by tapping into our group of Patina Professionals, who are industry veterans with 25+ years of operational experience. The Patina model is highly flexible, collaborative and consultative, enabling companies to get results utilizing only the resources they need, when they need them.

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Location:Feather Sound Country Club, Clearwater, FL
Registration is $20.

Register now at

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Heartbeat International Celebrates 30 Years with ‘A Night of Music’

Our 30th year is shaping up to be our biggest! Please join us on November 8th at the historic Cuban Club in Tampa, FL.

A Night of Music will feature live music from around the world. This event will serve as the kick-off to Heartbeat’s 30th Anniversary. Highlights of this event include:

  • Honor the Henry D. McIntosh Fellows
  • Greet friends from around the world
  • Introduce new friends right here in Tampa Bay

We’re on track to achieve 500 annual implants. Transformational development goals have been set. Dynamic, capacity building partnerships are in the works. We now have the ability to extend our message to media around the world. There’s much to celebrate as we look forward to the next 30 years. Please join us!

Special thanks to Lancet Indemnity for their international musician sponsorship. Purchase tickets and sponsorship packages online:

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Member Accolades

Port Tampa Bay Reports Continued Recognition for Financial Reporting Excellence by GFOA

Port Tampa Bay is pleased to announce its fourteenth consecutive year of recognition for excellence in financial reporting. The port authority has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the 2013 fiscal year, from the Government Financial Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.

The certificate underscores high standards in the area of governmental accounting and reporting, as well as a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” in its communication methodology.  The CAFR has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, telling the port authority’s financial story and motivating interested parties to read the comprehensive document.

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Bush Ross, P.A. Shareholder Re-Appointed to Judicial Nominating Commission

009-Andersen(Print)Florida Governor Rick Scott recently announced six appointments to two Judicial Nominating Commissions.  Of those selected, Bush Ross Shareholder Carter Andersen was reappointed to the Thirteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.  His term will run from September 10, 2014 to July 1, 2018.

Mr. Andersen’s practice includes civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution settings, including arbitration and mediation.  He regularly handles business, commercial and contract disputes, construction and real estate disputes, employment litigation, professional malpractice matters (defending attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers), trade secret disputes, and other general commercial litigation matters.  Mr. Andersen is also certified as a Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida.

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Building Better Professional Relationships

Tracy Wilson, Director, Membership

You are challenged to build better professional relationships, but how? Be selective. Be selective of which networking events you participate in, be selective of who you interact with and be selective of your topics of discussion. Be strategic without alienating. How you ask? By being selective.


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Understand who will be attending the various events you sign up to attend. Who can you anticipate meeting at this function?  What would be deemed of value that you could share with them in 60 seconds or less? And it doesn’t have to be about your business. By giving some thought to these items prior to the event, you will be more strategic in your networking efforts. Plus, you will be perceived as a more valuable contact for those that you interact with.

Network with a purpose — the purpose of building a better community, perhaps providing a better business environment and most definitely building your own business. What business person do you know that would not relate to at least one of these areas and perhaps even claim them as one of their own? Once you have identified a common cord, then you are ready to team up. But be warned, don’t be creepy!

One essential ingredient to building a professional network is to be the kind of person other successful people want to be around. Build a valuable network, not necessarily a colossal one.  Pay attention to what this select group has to say, what they care about and what they are interested in. Learn to listen and ask questions while being sincere. To get tips on how to do all of this more successfully, I invite you to Return on Relationships on October 9.

At Return on Relationships, you will explore ways to maximize your time and efforts to become more successful at Chamber networking events. Led by Clint Babcock of Sandler Training, Clint will help you understand how to position yourself and your business to improve your professional relationships. Click here to learn more.

After 5 Networking Event

After 5 Networking Event

At the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, we like bringing smart, successful business people together. It is fun and it’s interesting, and we all learn from the connections that are ignited. Don’t get me wrong, building relationships isn’t always easy. Building better business relationships takes hard work and patience. What about you? Have you ever made a business connection that changed the way you view business? Tell us about it by replying below. See you soon!

Member Highlights – September 22 – 26

Inside this Week’s Member Highlights

Member News

New Hires & Promotions

Member Accolades

Member Events

 Member News

Port president/CEO Participates in Top-Level Stakeholder Discussions with T&I Committee Chair

Port Tampa CEO

Port Tampa Bay President and CEO Paul Anderson participated with other transportation heavy hitters on September 16, 2014 in the Transportation Salon Stakeholder Dinner, held in Washington, D.C., featuring Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster.

The purpose of the dinner was to bring together bipartisan perspectives to discuss important transportation issues, policies and ways in which U.S. House transportation leaders can move ahead on initiatives including FAA reauthorization, surface transportation authorization and critical maritime issues. Anderson engaged with T&I Chairman Shuster and other top-level transportation officials. Read more…

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Paul Anderson converses with Florida Dept. of Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad.

Port Tampa Bay hosts Florida Transportation Commission for workshop and meeting

Port Tampa Bay was pleased to host this week a two-day meeting and workshop of the Florida Transportation Commission, which provides leadership in meeting the state’s transportation needs through policy guidance on issues of statewide importance and maintains oversight for the Florida Department of Transportation and other related authorities. Read more…

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Bright House Networks Celebrates Small Business Month

Bright House Networks recently announced that it will celebrate Small Business Month this November for small businesses in its Florida service areas. In an effort to bring the local community and small businesses closer together, the company will launch a website dedicated exclusively to small businesses on November 1. This website will offer small businesses the opportunity to showcase their business and promote special offers to local shoppers.

Local small businesses can register for the site now through October 31 by visiting The first 500 businesses to register for the site will receive a $50 AmEx gift card. Every business that registers will be entered for a chance to win Bright House Networks Business Solutions service for one year (up to $1000/month for 12 months).

Bright House Networks will launch the site to consumers on November 1, encouraging the local community to stay close to home and shop small. The company will promote the site to over two million consumers in its Florida markets. For more information about the Small Business Month, visit

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Nitro Mobile Solutions Announces Strategic Partnership with Security Compliance Associates

Nitro Mobile Solutions, a leader in mobile applications and mobile banking development, announced Tuesday its strategic partnership with Security Compliance Associates, a leading information security provider for financial institutions. The purpose of this partnership is to deliver mobile solutions that have been assessed and certified for information security compliance.  Security Compliance Associates will perform a thorough information security assessment of Nitro’s information technology systems as well as NitroServer, the patent-pending middleware platform on which Nitro’s mobile applications are created.  Nitro has also negotiated favorable post-deployment assessments to be available for their clients to help them meet regulatory requirements. Read more…

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All Children’s Hospital Launches New Fitness and Healthy Living Program at Lakewood High School

As part of Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, All Children’s Hospital is launching a new school-based program that aims to curb childhood obesity by introducing teens to healthier lifestyles and fitness, and tracking these activities through social media and text messages. The “Lakewood Health Squad” provides opportunities for students at Lakewood High School to participate in fitness boot camps, brown bag lunch series where All Children’s Hospital experts will highlight a variety of health topics and other healthy living activities. Read more…

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Highwoods Properties Welcomes New Customer to LakePointe One at Tampa Bay Park

Highwoods Properties, Inc. today announced that himagine solutions, inc., formerly Kforce Healthcare, Inc., one of the largest coding companies in the U.S., has leased 15,257 square feet at LakePointe One at Tampa Bay Park.

Laurie Alden represented Highwoods Properties during the leasing process.

Doug Howard with Howard Comemercial Corp. and Richard Andretta and Rob Turner with Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, represented himagine.

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New Hires & Promotions

Adult Psychiatrist Joins Rogers’ Staff in Tampa Bay

Phillip J. Seibell, M.D., a board-certified psychiatrist, has joined the medical staff at Rogers Behavioral Health–Tampa Bay, which is slated to open late September. Dr. Seibell will provide support and psychiatric services for adults in Tampa’s intensive outpatient (IOP) and partial hospitalization programs (PHP) that will focus on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and related anxiety disorders. Read more…

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All Children’s Hospital Chief Patient Safety Officer Joins the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality Faculty


Brigitta Mueller, M.D., chief patient safety officer and vice president of medical affairs at All Children’s Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, has been selected to serve a three-year appointment as a core faculty member of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Throughout Johns Hopkins Medicine, the Armstrong Institute coordinates safety and quality improvement efforts and also develops and tests solutions in safety and quality improvement that can be shared with and spread throughout the world. Mueller will work with other Johns Hopkins Medicine safety and quality investigators to reduce preventable harm, enhance outcomes for all patients and reduce waste in the health care system. Read more…

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Member Accolades

Keith W. Bricklemyer Selected to the Best Lawyers in America 2015

Bricklemeyer Keith HiResColorKeith W. Bricklemyer has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2015 in the practice areas of Land Use & Zoning Law and Real Estate Law. Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. Bricklemyer is a founding shareholder of Bricklemyer Law Group, P.L. His practice is focused on real estate, land use and zoning law.

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Member Events

Saint Leo Tampa Education Center Offers Upcoming Symposiums at Channelside Location

Saint Leo University Tampa Education Center will conduct two symposiums – an undergraduate and a graduate session – on consecutive Friday evenings. The discussions include:

  • Friday, September 26, 6 to 8 p.m. – Undergraduate symposium with guest lecturer Jose Olmo, behavior specialist, James Irvin Education Center. Dr. Olmo will discuss social work in the 21st century. There will also be a presentation on the new Bachelor of Social Work program to be offered at the Tampa Education Center in fall 2015.
  •  Friday, October 3, 6 to 8 p.m. – Graduate business symposium featuring guest speaker Jan Sadil, chairman and CEO, Hypotecni Banka, Prague, Czechoslovakia. Sadil will discuss the European economy. The new Master of Accounting program coming to the Tampa Education Center will also be introduced.

Designed for adult learners, the symposiums will provide attendees an opportunity to meet with an enrollment counselor to discuss their specific areas of interest. For questions, contact Jimmy Surin at (813) 226-2773 or at Register today at/education-centers/locations/tampa-education-center.aspx.

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New Life Village to Host Charity Event at Historic Lamb Manor Oct. 5

New Life

Purchase your tickets today

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Live Music & 25 Cent Rides at the Streetcar Fest Oct. 18

2014 Streetcar Fest Flyer

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Decosimo-Solvability to Hold DCAA Compliant Quick Books Boot Camp

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C1Bank Hosts Networking Event Oct. 1

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Invitation To Chile Trade Mission, December 1-5

I would personally like to invite you to join  us for the Tampa Bay Trade Mission to Chile scheduled for December 1 – 5, 2014.  This mission marks the first official activity of the Tampa Bay Export Alliance,  a partnership between the Tampa Hillsborough EDC and Pinellas County Economic Development, and it’s an opportunity to show strong regional support for Copa Airlines and its non-stop service to Panama City and points beyond. The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has worked closely with Tampa International Airport and our regional partners, including the EDC, to win the Copa business and this  mission makes the strongest possible statement regarding community support. I will be going on the trip along with Ron Christaldi, the Chair-elect of the GTCC.

Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman, Hillsborough County Commissioner Lesley “Les” Miller, Jr. and Pinellas County Commissioner Karen Seel will set the bi-county tone of the initiative by leading the delegation to this vibrant Latin American country.

Our entire Hillsborough County economic development  “A” team will join us, including the EDC, Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay and Visit Tampa Bay. Pinellas County Economic Development is working to bring its partners in Pinellas County, and the Tampa Bay Partnership will join the delegation as well.  The Tampa Bay Export Alliance is partnering with Copa as the official mission carrier.  During the visit, our regional visitor bureaus will be launching an in-country marketing campaign  to drive even more tourism, business and passengers to Tampa Bay.  These missions are a perfect example of how laser focused and closely aligned we are in developing our international opportunities.

In addition to our business and political ambassadors, the EDC will have approximately 15 companies taking part in an official United States Commercial Service Gold Key Matchmaker meeting with potential partners and buyers in Chile. These companies represent some of our region’s major  employers, manufactures and exporters. These are the companies that fill our planes, use our ports and directly support our efforts to grow both.

This mission will also feature a “Doing Business in Tampa Bay” event in partnership with Select USA.  This is the opportunity for us to sell our community to potential businesses that are looking at establishing a US presence. It is important that they get the opportunity to meet some of you, the business leaders, and learn about the Tampa Bay business community.

On a recent advance trip, Lorrie Belovich, the EDC’s Director of International Business Development and Deborah Wilkinson of the Tampa Bay Trade and Protocol Council  met with the Embassy team, Chile Copa representatives, AmCham Chile, Trade Chile and many other partners who are very eager to welcome us and learn more about Tampa Bay.  Both the U.S. Ambassador and the Mayor of Santiago are rolling out the red carpet for our delegation.

I hope you will consider joining us and help fly the international flag of our community, and the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

CLICK HERE to view the mission brochure.

To register, please visit the link below:

With best regards,

Mr. Bob Rohrlack

President & CEO

Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Names Winners of the 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards

Tampa, Fla. – The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the 2014 Small Business of the Year Awards at a ceremony on Friday, September 19, at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts.  More than 600 attendees celebrated the accomplishments of Tampa Bay’s small business community and toasted the evening’s big winners.

This year’s event was presented by Bay Cities Bank & Warren Averett CPAs and Advisors and represents the 34th year the Chamber has recognized this key segment of the region’s economy.  Small business awards were presented in three categories based on the number of employees and a fourth business category honoring a startup company.  Companies are evaluated on financial success, community involvement and ethical business practices. An award was also presented to the Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year.

The 2014 Small Business of the Year Award winners are:

Madelyn Butler

Dr. Madelyn Butler

Outstanding Leader: Dr. Madelyn Butler, The Woman’s Group

Dr. Madelyn Butler founded The Woman’s Group in 1998 with a vision of a practice dedicated to high-quality obstetrical and gynecological care and education for women of all ages. She started the company with just six employees. Today The Woman’s Group boasts a staff of nearly 100 with four office locations and serves three Greater Tampa area hospitals. Dr. Butler’s commitment to health and education led her on a mission trip to Haiti where she provided free care to hundreds of Haitians in the Village of St. Suzanne.

Shooters World

Bruce Kitzis, General Manager

 Startup Company: Shooters World

Shooters World was created to be a family-friendly gun store with deep inventory, a state-of-the art shooting range and professional instruction. They offer more than 30 courses to the public including introductory classes, women-only sessions, junior firearm safety and more. Shooters World opened its 62,000 sq. ft. facility in December 2012, making it Florida’s largest firearm store, indoor public shooting range and training facility. Shooters World is expanding throughout Florida and expects to open its Orlando location next year.


Pete Slade, CEO

 5 – 20 Employees: Nitro Mobile Solutions

Nitro Mobile Solutions is a software development company providing enterprises and financial institutions with full-service mobile applications and platforms. Nitro was founded in 2009, but the vision developed in 2007 when Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone at the World Wide Developers Conference. The company started the “Nitro Mobile Solutions Scholarship in Computer Science and Engineering,” which awarded its first recipient from the University of South Florida in April 2014.


Brian Murphy, President/CEO & Founder

21 – 50 Employees: ReliaQuest

ReliaQuest is one of the fastest growing, cutting edge information technology security consulting firms in the United States. The company started in 2007 and handles both commercial and top secret clearance work in IT security. Currently, 20 percent of ReliaQuest’s technical team is composed of former members of the military, supporting the company’s commitment to supporting veteran and military community initiatives. ReliaQuest also sponsors events for local community groups and nonprofits such as Palma Ceia Little League teams, AirFest Tampa Bay and Moffitt Cancer Center.


Ted C. Abrams, President & CEO

51 – 250 Employees: Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company

Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company’s philosophy can be summed up in four words: “unsurpassed quality coffee experience.” Established in Tampa in 1984, Joffrey’s imports and distributes premium coffees and teas using the finest beans and tea leaves from around the world, carefully selected by its head roastmaster. Joffrey’s coffees are all roasted, blended and flavored by hand. In 2013, Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Co. was named the official specialty coffee of Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Vacation Club.

Education Connection Announcement: CERI Survey on College Hiring

In partnership with The University of Tampa and Michigan State University’s Collegiate Employment Research Institute (CERI), we invite you to take a survey on recruiting trends for students transitioning into the labor market. A part of the Chamber’s Education Connection program is linking businesses with the academic community to better equip students with the skills that are necessary for entering the workforce.

By completing this survey, you will provide graduating students, recent graduates, academic advisors, and talent managers with an accurate picture of this year’s employment prospects for college students. Thank you for your participation. If you have any concerns or questions about this research study please contact Dr. Phil Gardner at 517-355-2211 or


Tomorrow’s Tampa: An Idea Summit

Join Tampa Bay’s leading young professionals to develop a young professional’s vision of Tampa. How do you want Channelside to look in five years? How would you develop downtown Tampa? What transit options are important to you? Come share your ideas for the future of Tampa and be a part of developing a plan for Tomorrow’s Tampa: An Idea Summit.

Mayor Bob Buckhorn and Mickey Jacob, FAIA, BDG Architects will be the keynote speakers for this event followed by these breakout sessions:

Breakout Session 1:
Breakout Session 2:
Expanding Downtown
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