The Baker’s Gallery in the Pebble Creek Collection, proud winners of the 2012 Taste of New TampaTM Best of Taste-Dessert category, hosted a celebration breakfast on April 12 for New Tampa Chamber members and guests.

Presented with a delicious selection of hot, homemade quiches, cakes, fruit and coffee, attendees at the celebration event mingled and perused the stunning display of the bakery’s talents, from cup cakes to wedding cakes and even an edible Chanel shoe!

Carol Hendrix, with the Small Business Development Center at USF, and Certified Financial Planner Sherri Ferguson went head to head, hoping to win the door prize cake but neither left empty handed. Carol ended up winning the door prize, but Sherri left with a selection of flavored cupcakes!

Congratulations to The Baker’s Gallery again for such a deserved win and thanks to them for hosting the Chamber’s April breakfast event! We will be celebrating the other Best of Taste winners during upcoming Chamber events, so stay tuned to our website for more information.


More Chamber Updates

The Chamber also would like to express our sincere appreciation to our former Vice President and Board member Connie Bladon for her years of dedicated service to the Board of Directors, the Chamber and our members. As the new Executive Director for the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation, we wish Connie every success!

The Vice President position has been filled by long-time Chamber Board member Regina Ramalheira from RE/MAX First in Real Estate (

We would also like to welcome two new Board members, Neil Heird of MindSpark Consulting ( and Mike Daly of Signal 88 Security Services ( Tampa/about-us.aspx).


Your Help Wanted!

Some Chamber Board positions and Ambassador Committee memberships are still available, as is the part-time Executive Assistant position.

Please submit your request to for more information or an application form. It is through the support of such volunteers who dedicate their time to the organization that we are able to continue to strengthen the New Tampa Chamber, and to develop new and innovative projects to serve our members and the New Tampa community.

Chamber Welcomes New & Renewing Members

As it usually does, the 2012 Taste of New TampaTM generated a boom in new memberships for the Chamber and we would like to welcome our new members and also thank our renewing members for their continued support!

Please view our updated Membership Directory at In particular, we would like to welcome our new Platinum Member, State Farm Insurance, Adi Khorsandian ( and our new Silver members, Avalon Park Group (, Hunter’s Green Country Club ( and GreyDog Service Solutions (

Support your locally owned businesses! The economy and all the construction on Bruce B. Downs (BBD) Blvd. have taken a real toll on your local business owners, so when you need a product or service, please consult our Membership Directory for a local member you can support!


Upcoming Chamber Events!

Tuesday, May 8 – NTCC Work It! Held the second Tuesday of each month, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., at the New Tampa Chamber office in the Palm Lake at Tampa Palms office building (15310 Amberly Dr., Ste 250). FREE for Chamber members. Tips and tricks for business building. See ways you can use the New Tampa Chamber member portal to build your personalized referral network and more!

Monday, May 14, “Chamber “Lunch & Learn” – At 11:30 a.m. at Pebble Creek Golf Club. Join Janette Blanco, Business Counselor with the Economic Development Department of Hillsborough County, who will be showing us the programs available from the Small Business Information Center, including workshops, counseling, small business enterprise program, disadvantaged minority/disadvantaged women business enterprise program, job creation program and the enterprise zone.

Register online now at The cost to attend is $15 online or $20 at the door.

To stay updated on all upcoming Chamber events, visit or join our Facebook page to receive regular updates on Chamber news & upcoming events. Simply visit and click on the “Like” button to join us!


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