TAMPA INDEPENDENT BUSINESSES PLAN TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENT'S WEEK

06/28/07 Robert Lorei
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NEXT WEEK IS THE SIXTH ANNUAL INDEPENDENTS WEEK, A WEEKLONG, NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION OF LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES. WE’RE JOINED NOW BY THREE MEMBERS OF THE TAMPA INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE: TIBA (www.tibatampa.org) IS AN AFFILIATE OF THE AMERICAN INDEPENDENT BUSINESS ALLIANCE (AMIBA: WWW.AMIBA.NET), PART OF THE NATIONAL MOVEMENT TO REVERSE THE TREND OF NATIONAL CHAINS DISPLACING LOCALLY OWNED BUSINESSES.

MARY ANN FERENS- A CO-OWNER OF MIS EN PLACE RESTAURANT,

LEE WOLFSON OF VINYL FEVER, JESSICA RAIA-LONG OF THE NOHO BISTRO.

FROM A TIBA PRESS RELEASE: "June 25, 2007 (Tampa, FL) – The Tampa Independent Business Alliance (TIBA: www.tibatampa.org) invites the community to a TIBA EXPO this Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., inside Nature’s Harvest Market, 1021 N. MacDill Ave. Visitors will be wined and dined with plenty of free food and drink samples from Nature’s Harvest Market. Also, visitors have a chance to win raffle prizes generously donated by TIBA businesses to celebrate the spirit of entrepreneurship and local self-reliance.

“As stewards of our community, we all must step up to support our locally owned businesses that give us so much economically,” said David Taylor, co-owner of Nature’s Harvest Market and host of the EXPO. “Local businesses help set the definition of what makes our community unique.”

The TIBA EXPO offers the community a chance to find out about a wide-array of local businesses by simply strolling around the informational booths set-up inside the store. In addition to an official TIBA booth, Tampa’s businesses slated to have booths are: Bay Coffee & Tea Co., Inkwood Books, Mise En Place, The NoHo Bistro, Kaleisia Tea, Price’s Writing & Editing Services, Renew Life Wellness Center, WMNF Community Radio, Vinyl Fever, and Old Tampa Book Company.

“We want to encourage the community to support the efforts of unique, independent businesses that are improving the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” said David Brown, co-owner of the Old Tampa Book Company, which has donated 500 books to be sold at the EXPO this Saturday for $1 each to benefit TIBA."

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