It's about JAZZ, JAVA, & JOB CREATORS 5508 Coworking & Collaboration Exchange / July 2017
Happy Fourth of July!
THAP welcomes Tampa Bay Tammy of N-Touch News as Emcee for this year's Summer Jazz Under the Stars Benefit scheduled for July 29th. It's our fundraiser Kick-off to raise $300,000 to renovate the 10,000 sf 5508 Community Event Garage located on the 5508 Courtyard. This event, coordinated by Allen's Entertainment Group, promises to be a "fabulous" night of great jazz from a national artist (to be announced soon). We will enjoy great social networking and delicious food prepared by local food vendors. You will have opportunity to meet the 5508 Exchange business owners. Interested? Click on the above graphic to purchase tickets today. Come grow with us!
In addition to ticket sales, we seek private donations from individuals, corporations, & organization ready to invest in East Tampa's future. To donate, follow the above link. Come grow with us!
July 2017 Events:
Visit The 5508 Calendar to stay abreast of the happenings at the 5508 Exchange.
THAP's 5508 July Connections Networking Luncheon is scheduled for every third Wednesday of the month. The next gathering will be July 19, 2017 from
12 noon - 1: 30 p.m. Last month we held the Luncheon in the 5508 Garage which proved a little too warm for most. This month we will return to the coworking space in Suite 24 until we solve our challenge to renovate the Garage for small and large community meetings and events.
Come spend your "lunch" dollars with local food vendors in East Tampa while networking with like-minded professionals and entrepreneurs! The Future of work is happening in East Tampa.
Welcome New 5508 Incubator Collaborists
The 5508 Business Incubators are 100% full. Last month new Collaborists Katina McClinton, Owner, Fresh Start Development, Inc. and partner Robyn Donaldson, Owner, Renew Construction Services, LLC, Both NABWIC members, joined the 5508 Exchange Business Incubator community. Katina and Robyn are in Building III, Suite 18.
THAP's 5508 Exchange works with 32 small businesses in East Tampa for a 3- year period with the goal to graduate more successful Hispanic and African American businesses (job creators) into the the larger Tampa market. If you are interested in joining and supporting the 5508 Movement in East Tampa, click the button below to find out more about membership options.
TR Coverson, Sr., Financial Services Consultant with Transamerica, was named President of the "Talk of 5508" Toastmasters Club last month. Congratulations Mr. TR! The new club Secretary is Deborah Barr. The Treasurer is Katina McClinton. VP of Membership is Jerry Ann Norton. VP of Education is Dana Jenkins. VP of Public Relations is Jessie Reid-Nelson. Sgt-at-Arms is Evan King.
The "Talk of 5508" Toastmasters meets every Tuesday from 12noon - 1 p.m. in Suite 14 at the 5508 Exchange.
Ammerida Coffee Shop Brings Black-on-Black Rhyme to the 5508 Exchange in August
Black-on-Black Rhyme Feat:
Queen Sheeba & J'nelle
Hosted by Black-On-Black Rhyme Tampa
Black-on-Black Rhyme has teamed up with Ammerida Coffee to continue to bring you the best in spoken word poetry.
August 18th Black-on-Black Rhyme will be featuring the talents of Queen Sheeba and J'nelle. These are two dynamic artist that are going to blow you away. The talents of "The Staff" Band will also be featured to have you on your feet!
At 5508, we collaborate. This collaborative movement towards "self empowerment" and "self-sustainability" is critical to the cultural shift needed in the African American Community for successful transformative economic development in poor neighborhoods. In contrast, we typically experience the "crabs-in-the bucket mentality" which suggests the likelihood that individuals and/or groups within the community will form to hinder or halt forward movement. "If I can't have it, neither can you."
The solution, however, is in the crab itself. Entrepreneur Victorino Q. Abrugar shares seven (7) ways to overcome the crab mentality. First, he says, "check" yourself. Admit where you might be a contributor to problems in your community. Second, open your mind and get to know folks better. Just show some compassion and remember nobody's perfect. Third, understand that helping others is helping yourself. The key to success is the "unity" in the word community. Fourth, realize the crab mentality is mental. It's in your head. Only you can change your mindset. Fifth, be cheerful and find joy in what you do. Stop panicking that someone else is ahead of you. Sixth, be a leader. There is no leader among crabs in a bucket. Leadership will teach you how to be organized, selfless, humble and responsible. And last, overcome the mentality for love of community and by extension, love of country.
At the 5508 Exchange, we focus on collaborations with others as a tool for developing a better East Tampa. #5508 Jazz, Java, & Job Creators
Show and Tell Your Business
On Saturday, July 29, from 1pm - 4 pm. 5508 Collaborist Jerry Ann Norton, Owner, JN Insurance Agency, is hosting "Show and Tell Your Business", a Networking event based on God's principals where local entrepreneurs will show case successful business ventures. To join the event participants are asked to bring at least one (1) canned good to help feed the less fortunate. Free Parking & Door Prizes. There is also a delicious Buffet for $10.00 per person.
The 5508 Farmers and Outdoor Visual Arts Market Coming in August
THAP's 5508 Exchange is collaborating with 5508 Exchange member Abdul Merida, Owner, Ammerida Coffee Shop who, in turn, is working with local farmers to bring fresh produce for THAP's weekend Farmers Market @ 5508 in the courtyard.
The market will include local visual artists and entertainment. The fresh produce and art-focused East Tampa marketplace will be held once each month and will debut in August. Stay tuned for details in coming weeks. If you are interested or know of local farmers and/or artists who might be interested, have them send an email to email@example.com. or contact me at (813) 626-4926 ext. 402.
Coming in August: THAP Thursday Evening Mixers coming to the 5508 Exchange Courtyard
5508 Collaborists and our Business Partners (Join the movement. Find out how to add your logo to the mix.)