The New Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s first annual New Tampa Business Forum is quickly approaching and will be held on Thursday, September 29, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. As the largest networking event in New Tampa, the forum will feature John Harding, regional CEO of Florida Hospital, who will give the keynote address on the state of health care in our burgeoning part of Hillsborough and Pasco counties. The forum also will host a “Personal Brand in Businessland 2.0” workshop presented by Bernie Borges, the CEO of Find and Convert and author of Marketing 2.0). Workshop attendees will receive a copy of Borges’ book.

A Chamber member Business Expo, cocktail hour and networking event will follow the keynote address. Seating is limited! RSVP now to reserve your seat by registering online at The cost for Chamber members is $35, or $45 for non-members. Non-members also can attend the keynote only for $15. Business Expo admission is free and open to the public. Vendor booths are limited and are for Chamber members only.

Presenting sponsorship opportunities are still available. Please contact the Chamber for more information and to reserve your booth or become a sponsor by calling 293-2464 or by emailing Chamber Executive Director Karen Frashier at kfrashier@


Tampa International   Airport Lifting Off!

Join us on Monday, September 12, noon, when the Chamber hosts Chris Minner, Tampa International Airport (TIA) VP of Marketing, as our featured luncheon speaker in the newly refurbished banquet room at Pebble Creek Golf Club, 10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa (off Bruce B. Downs Blvd.). TIA is adding non-stop flights and looking at pay-for-play improvements in its contracts, as well as re-negotiating its concession contracts. National studies show improving air service also improves economic development options. Here’s your chance to ask how TIA is contributing to our economic development. Register online at — the cost is $20, including lunch.


Welcome To ‘Mobi World!’

The typical U.S. mobile subscriber sends and receives more SMS text messages than telephone calls, according to research released by Nielsen Mobile. Nielsen reports that 38% of US mobile phone owners have a smartphone as of May 2011, and expects smartphones to become the majority by the end of 2011. Reaching potential customers on their smartphone is a skill you’re going to find useful.

On Thursday, September 15, New Tampa Chamber member Chuck Ward, the owner of Florida Mobile Fusion will show you how to market your business to mobile users. Learn:

• How to create mobile websites

• How to create mobile video

• How to get free advertising with mobile marketing and Facebook.

The workshop will be held in the Lobby Conference Room, 2 p.m.-4 p.m., at Pebble Creek Golf Club. Register online at The cost is $45.


Ribbon Cuttings

The Chamber would like to congratulate Barbara and Arno Schlappig on the Grand Opening of their second salon in New Tampa!


We Want Your Opinion!

The Chamber focuses on helping our member businesses thrive, giving residents a voice and pushing New Tampa in a clear direction for the future. Our success depends on input from our members and our community.

The chamber is planning to hold a series of “Open Discussion” meetings in October 2011 to receive your constructive input and to help us understand your needs and priorities. Stay tuned for more information on dates and locations! Updates will be posted at

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