The next big upcoming event for the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce will be an evening networking event, which will be held on Thursday, May 30, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., at Toast Wine & Café in the Oak Ramble shopping center (same plaza as Acropolis) at 14921 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., just south of Tampa Palms.

The event, which is free to attend (although there will be charges for the food and beverages; see below) and open to the general public as well as New Tampa Chamber members, will feature food and drink specials, lots of drawings (including a 50/50 drawing and one for Chamber members who renew their annual memberships), so bring lots of business cards!

Hector Gonzalez of Toast is offering $2 beers, $5 glasses of wine and only $5 for any flatbread pizza, as well as 10-percent-off any retail items like coffee, jam, wine and cigars. The Chamber will benefit 10-percent from your purchases during the event. Toast is our “perfect neighborhood wine bar” created for wine and good food lovers!

For more information, visit our website — — or call Toast Wine & cafe at 632-3105.


New Member Orientation At Chamber President’s Office

On Monday, June 17, 8:30 a.m., the New Tampa Chamber will have its first (in a while) New Member Orientation at Chamber president Regina Ramalheira’s office, at Re/Max – First in Real Estate! The address is 17010 Palm Pointe Dr., in the Shoppes at The Pointe plaza in Tampa Palms, behind Olive Garden.

The orientations are simply a coffee, tea & bagel time to get to know you and review your benefits of being a Chamber member. It’s a short and sweet “time to meet” which is open to all Chamber members. It’s a great time to bring extra marketing materials to promote member-to- member discounts to the new and old members of the Chamber, so bring plenty of copies!

To attend the New Member Orientation, please email Regina Ramalheira at or call her at 245-8893.


Business Expo At Holiday Inn Express Sept. 26!

Thanks for all your participation in our New Tampa Chamber events and please be sure to sign up for a business table (with two chairs and a tablecloth) at our “Annual Business Expo,” which will be held on Thursday, September 26. The Expo will go back to the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites on Galbraith Rd. (near Muvico) for a night of great fun.

A Chamber member “Business Booth” costs just $50 and the location can accommodate only 75 total booths, so please book your table early. Because space is so limited, non-New Tampa Chamber members must pay $125 for a new Chamber membership, plus the $50 booth fee to secure their spaces at the event.

As always the New Tampa Chamber of Commerce appreciates your support, and wants to support you with new business ribbon cuttings and sponsored events. I am working with the Tampa Bay Lightning for a really big event out in New Tampa so stay tuned!


USF Alumni Dir. & ‘Taste’ Checks At May Luncheon!

On May 14, at the Chamber’s regular second Tuesday luncheon, the featured speaker was Bill McCausland, the Executive Director of the University of South Floirda Alumni Association. Mr. McCausland educated us about the university’s Rating, Ranking, Student and Staff statistics, which directly impacts the local communities as well as the surrounding 6 counties. USF is so very important to our region, as a major employer of educators and staff. Thanks, Bill, for such wonderful information!

Also at this meeting we are proud to announce that some of this year’s “Taste of New TampaTM” proceeds went back to both Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Florida Hospital Tampa, as well as to Tampa Palms Elementary.

The next New Tampa Chamber of Commerce luncheon will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 11:30 a.m., at Hunter’s Green Country Club. At our press time, the speaker for the June 11 luncheon was still to be determined.


Regina Ramalheira, President

New Tampa Chamber of Commerce

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