It seems that every year, there are new laws that can affect how your business does business. Attorney Scott Silverman of the firm of Akerman Senterfitt, who has many years of experience in business and labor law, will speak at the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Tuesday, January 8, about the “Changes in the Law for Small Businesses.” Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. for networking, with Silverman to speak at noon, at Hunter’s Green Country Club (10101 Longwater Run Dr.).

Scott has counseled management in all aspects of labor and employment for more than 15 years. He has been recognized as a top lawyer in Florida by The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers magazine, Florida Trend magazine’s “Legal Elite,” Florida Monthly, and Tampa Bay magazine.

For all questions or to register for either of these events, please call our executive assistant Jayne Baker at 293-2464, or 2012-13 Chamber president Regina Ramalheira at 245-8893. You also may make inquiries on our website (


Taste To Be The Best Ever!

The 20th annual Taste of New TampaTM will be held at Primrose Park, adjacent to the Primrose School of Tampa Palms (5307 Primrose Lake Cir.) on Sunday, March 24, noon–6 p.m., and this year’s milestone event promise to be the biggest and best ever!

More than 60 restaurants already have received the Taste restaurant information and event chair Gary Nager of the New Tampa Neighborhood News says most of them have definitely shown interest in this year’s first-time-ever plan to reimburse restaurants by charging a lower admission price (only $5 per adult until Friday, March 22, and $10 per adult the day of the event) and charging $1-$3 per “taste.” Restaurant members of the Chamber are FREE and will receive ½ off their $1 tickets they collect back to offset their food/employee costs for providing food and/or beverage samples.

Current New Tampa Chamber members may obtain a Business Exhibitor booth at the discount fee of $200. We are seeking sponsors for this event from one major “title” sponsor of $10,000. All major sponsors of $1,000 or more receive marketing on everything printed for the event, including the goodie bags, banners, newspapers and wristbands.

For more Taste info, please call our executive assistant Jayne Baker at 293-2464, or 2012-13 Chamber president Regina Ramalheira at 245-8893.


Thanks To Our New & Renewing Members!

We thank all of the following new and returning members for their wonderful support of the New Tampa Chamber: the Healing Arts Center, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Chase Bank, Truly Nolen Pest Control, Pamela Jo Hatley PA, The Little Greek Restaurant, Firehouse Subs, Life Coach Holly Wilson, the Tampa Bay Lightning, PROTential Sports, The Links at Pebble Creek, Fleetisitics, 800-DRY-ME-OUT, The Shops at Wiregrass, Wingate by Wyndham hotel, Coast to Coast Realty, 3 Dimensions Recycling, St. Petersburg Concessions, Lipo Light Imaging, ReMax–First In Real Estate & Koizi Endless Hibachi Grill.

More Board Member Bios!

Chamber VP Neil Heird is the owner and principal consultant at MindSpark Consulting. With more than 17 years of executive leadership and operations experience, Neil leverages real-world business success to develop and deploy web-based business strategies that deliver bottom-line impact.

MindSpark Consulting works with businesses of all sizes to create dynamic websites that become functional business tools. This approach results in measurable return on investment and helps create new business efficiencies which result in more profit. To learn more about Neil and MindSpark Consulting, visit

Karen Hilton is the VP and branch manager for Synovus Bank’s Cypress Creek office. She has worked in the banking industry for 19 years and joined the bank in2011. Hilton received a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Ohio State University.Karen is an active member in the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel and the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce as well as the Treasurer of the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce. She is also a licensed Health, Life and Annuity agent in the state of Florida.

For more info, email, call 712-2385 or 712-2387 or visit Synovus Bank at 2145 Cypresss Ridge Blvd.

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