Temple Terrace Chamber Spotlight Blog 1

This is the first Temple Terrace Chamber Spotlight blog, where we will be writing about praise worthy people and businesses. Our first Johnny-on-the-spot is a solid gold Marine whose life is now dedicated to health science and compassionate care to those in need.

Anthony DeSantis served four years as an Infantry Officer with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. DeSantis has had a worldwide journey witnessing poverty, disease, and socio-economic disparities in Fallujah, Iraq which ultimately inspired him to help rebuild the city and alleviate those in need to the best of his ability.

After fulfilling his active service, Anthony returned to school to finish a master’s degree in Biomedical Science at the University of South Florida. Now he is pursuing a Medical Degree with a concentration in Health Systems Engineering.

Anthony will be in attendance at the Veteran’s Day Celebration event, sponsored by the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber on November 11, 2014 at 3p.m.  The Lightfoot Center, 10901 N. 56th St. Be there to show support to all those who have served our country, including Anthony DaSantis will be using real life knowledge and experience to guide him on his way to becoming an amazing healthcare provider.


New Burger King in Temple Terrace

TEMPLE TERRACE, FLA., – October 8, 2013 – The Greater Temple Terrace area will have a new Burger King location. The groundbreaking ceremony of the new Burger King location will be 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2013, located at 8755 N. 56th St.

The new Burger King building is unlike any other Burger King because it will debut trellis window canopies, Spanish-style parapets, a cedar arbor, a decorative arch doorway, and other architectural details. The building will be 3,104-sq.-ft.

The owner and CEO Daniel Fitzpatrick of Quality Dining Inc., used the Mediterranean-Revival of Temple Terrace’s downtown redevelopment as inspiration to develop the new Burger King location.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Mayor Frank Chillura and Quality Dining’s top officials will be there. Construction of the new location will begin immediately and take about 60 days to build.


Forgotten American Heroes


As Americans we wear red, white, and blue proudly. We sing, “Let freedom ring!”, without having experienced the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. It is easy to enjoy our well-fought for freedom through the comfort and solace of our own homes, many times forgetting that those who paid the ultimate sacrifice are without homes or solace. Liberty Manor, located at 10015 N. 9th St. Tampa, Fl 33612, provides these homeless veterans with shelter. Currently, the home houses about 20 Vets, many of them suffering from combat-related ailments/injuries. All those who care for these heroes donate their time to insure the best for our vets. However, Liberty Manor’s veterans are still without solace. Liberty Manor is in dire need of new AC equipment for their property. $12,000 is needed from the community to help our heroes and bring comfort into Liberty Manor. These men and women have fought for us with their lives; we can fight to bring them comfort in their living situation. Please let us continue to wear our colors proudly knowing that we are doing all we can to give back. All donations and cheerful giving is appreciated. You may send checks to Liberty Manor at 10015 N. 9th St. Tampa, Fl 33612. You may also contact David Long of Business Ink Printing at (813) 988-4656 or email David at david@businessinkprinting.com for more information and questions.



Elizabeth Fairchild, Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Intern

The Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Welcomes A New Executive Director


TEMPLE TERRACE, FLA. – August 22, 2013 – The Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce welcomes a new Executive Director, Dustilyn Amatangelo. Amatangelo will replace Barbara Sparks-McGlinchy, who has been with the Chamber since 2009.

Amatangelo, who prefers to be called Dustie, has been employed by the Brandon Chamber, the Tampa Tribune and has also been very active in the Kiwanis Club. She started training at the Chamber office on August 5th. She will be officially taking over on September 1st.

Amatangelo will be formally introduced as the Executive Director during the Annual Awards and Installation Banquet on August 27th 2013 at MOSI.  The new Chamber President and Board of Directors will also be installed at this momentous event. If you would like to purchase tickets please visit the Chamber website at www.templeterracechamber.com.

Leading the business community is the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce with its strong and committed membership. The Chamber provides many opportunities to get involved and make a difference for you, your business and your community. If you are not currently a member of this Chamber, we strongly suggest you join us and become part of this dynamic group. For more information please visit www.templeterracechamber.com.

The Importance of Social Networking

Social networking is everywhere. With sites such as Facebook and Twitter, one can keep in touch with friends and family from all areas. These sites are not just important for personal lives; in fact, they can be beneficial in the work place too.

According to the Fortune 500, Twitter is the number one social media outlet for top companies. While you can only write 140 characters per tweet, the advantages are endless. Twitter allows for quick communication and loads of information at our fingertips. Twitter’s search feature allows followers to find people, information, and conversations that are relevant to their business. Simply add a hashtag to your tweet, and potential customers could come across your site.

Another widely used form of social networking is Facebook, with over one billion active users, it is no wonder companies flock toward this social media outlet. Facebook is more personal, allowing businesses to connect with customers more freely through pages, posts, and messages. Additionally, businesses can purchase ad space that allows for targeted demographics, thus finding potential new clients. Similar to Twitter, Facebook has search features that allow businesses to connect with their community, customers, and business partners.

Growing in popularity in the social networking realm are picture-based sites included Instagram and Pinterest. Instagram is a program that allows for users to share pictures and write captions underneath, adding hashtags to make their picture searchable. Additionally, users can like and comment on photos of others, as well as follow users with like interests. Pinterest works in much the same way. Users can like, comment, and ‘pin’ pictures. Businesses can add their own photos to the site, in which potential new clients can find their products with simple word searches.

With so much social networking options, which will you choose?

Eileen Roundtree

Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce Intern


What’s Special About April

April is one of the most beautiful months of the year that is jammed packed with different causes and fun perks!

Stress Awareness Month

Stress Awareness Month has been held every April, since 1992.During this annual thirty day period, health care professionals and health promotion experts across the country join forces to increase awareness about the causes and cures of stress. Make it a point to do something relaxing!

National Autism Awareness Month

Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. Research from the Centers for Disease Control shows that one out of 110 children has a diagnosis of autism. Visit AutismSpeaks.org to learn how you can get involved.

National Poetry Writing Month

National Poetry Writing Month (also known as NaPoWriMo) is a writer’s challenge to write a poem a day for the month of April!  NaPoWriMo was founded in 2003, when poet Maureen Thorson decided to take up the challenge and challenged other poets to join her. Every year the number of participants gets larger and larger. This is a fun contest to do in the office to help enhance team building skills and just to have fun!

Administrative and Professionals Week

The last week of the month is Administrative and Professionals Week. Formally known as “National Secretaries Week” this day honors everyone who makes the office work. Since being founded in 1952, Administrative and Professionals Week is one of the largest workplace observances outside of employee birthdays and major holidays. Make sure to show your office staff some love!

Are there any other special days that make April a wonderful month? Comment below and share your thoughts.

Happy April!

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Christine Lewis, Coordinator of Member Services.

March Chamber Super Networking Luncheon *Reservations due tomorrow 3/15*

March Super Networking Chamber Luncheon
Wednesday, March 20th
11:45 a.m.

Sponsored by:


Hosted by:


5515 E. Fowler Ave., Temple Terrace

Reservations due on the chamber website by *tomorrow* Friday, March 15th at noon~

Members $18 pre-paid, $20 at door
Guests $25