The New Tampa Chamber of Commerce 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 upon input from our members and from 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. Business members, area residents and anyone interested in joining the Chamber are welcome to attend to voice their concerns about business, commerce and life in the New Tampa area.

Stay tuned for more information on dates and locations of these public meetings! Updates will be posted on our website events page at

Save The Date For The New Tampa Business Forum!

The first annual New Tampa Business Forum is quickly approaching and will be held on September 29, 3 p.m.-8 p.m. As the largest local networking event, 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 (CEO of Find and Convert and author of “Marketing 2.0”). A Chamber member business expo and networking event with cocktails will follow the keynote. Seating is limited and vendor booths are limited and for Chamber members only. Presenting sponsor opportunities also are available.

RSVP now to reserve your seat at the Expo by registering online at Please also contact the chamber for more information about the Expo and to reserve your booth or become a sponsor by calling 293-2464, or by emailing the Chamber’s executive director Karen Frashier at kfrashier


Chamber Welcomes New & Renewing Members

The New Tampa Chamber has seen an influx of new members this past month! Florida Mobile Fusion has joined us as a Gold Member, providing you with mobile, text message and local marketing services to promote your business. Chuck will be holding a free 45-minute seminar about the importance of mobile marketing in September.

To find out more about how they can help you at FloridaMobile Or, to register for the free workshop, contact Chuck Ward at 388-9181.

Sunset Memory Gardens ( and The St. Petersburg Times ( have renewed as Silver members. The Chamber would also like to welcome the following new Basic members: Oakley’s Grille, Starlight Medical Group, Our Town, SunTrust Banks Inc. and MindSpark Consulting.

We also thank our renewing members for their continued support: Advocate Marketing PR, Dug Feeney & Associates, Lesley Zajac, Matt Palmer and Justine & William Muhammad, Pre-Paid Legal, Bob the Painter, Dr. Jeffrey T. Farrell, New Tampa Pet Resort, New Tampa Urgent Care, New North Transportation Alliance, University Area CDC, The Reproductive Medicine Group, Meyer Team Business Coaching, Office Dynamics, The Bank of Tampa, Drs. Lockey, Fox, Ledford & Glaum, Casa Fina Realty-Gosselin, Hunter’s Green Community Assoc., St. Andrew Presbyterian Church and Marimark Mortgage.

All of our members are listed in the brand new membership database on our website at Please stop by our web site to see the Who’s Who of local area businesses. Remember to support them when you need products or services.

For more information about how to join the New Tampa Chamber, please visit our web site at or call 293-2464. New and renewing members are invited to the chamber luncheon on September 12 to receive their chamber plaque.


Grand Openings &     Ribbon Cuttings

Family owned Oakley’s Grille, which replaced Quizno’s next to Dairy Queen on Bruce B. Downs Blvd., prepared a delicious buffet for Chamber members and guests at their Ribbon Cutting on August 4.

From gourmet burgers to hot pressed sandwiches and freshly made salads, Oakley’s is the perfect place to stop for lunch or dinner. Oakley’s already is a popular place with the locals, so be sure to stop by and say we sent you!

Ever wondered what to do when you dropped your cell phone and damaged it? No need to buy a new phone, take it to CPR-Cell Phone Repair! The store also sells used phones and can repair many water damaged phones, as well as X-boxes, PlayStations and Wiis. The New Tampa Chamber of Commerce welcomed CPR-Cell Phone Repair to 17501 Preserve Walk Lane, Suite 104, next to the soon-to-open location of Tijuana Flats, where they hosted their grand opening on July 9.

CPR also has a drop-off box for old cell phones and electrical equipment, such as laptops. The items are refurbished and donations support the Shriners Children’s Hospital.

Join our Facebook page to receive regular updates on Chamber news. Simply visit NewTampaChamber and click on the “Like” button to join us!


Monthly Chamber Events:

• Chamber Luncheon: Held the second Monday of each month, noon, at Pebble Creek Golf Club (10550 Regents Park Dr., across BBD from the New Tampa Super Walmart. The cost to attend is $15 for members/$20 for non-members. The next Chamber lunch will be held on Tuesday, Spetember 12.

• Networking on the 9s: Held the fourth Wednesday of each month, 3 p.m., at Pebble Creek Golf Club. The cost to play is a $15 greens fee. The next Networking on the 9s will be held Wednesday, August 24.

• Chamber Connections Networking: Held the last Thursday of each month, 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m., at Stonewood Grill & Tavern (17050 Palm Point Dr., off BBD, just south of I-75. Connections events are free for members and prospective members and includes free hors d’oeuvres and one free drink per attendee.

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