Christopher M. Pietruszkiewicz

Stetson University College of Law

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has been instrumental in helping our students become better prepared.

Robin DeLaVergne

Tampa General Hospital

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce is the region's thought leader on issues that…improve our community's quality of life and benefit our businesses.

Jose E. Valiente

CPA

The Chamber is the most significant organization I've been involved in. I value their priceless networking and business resources.

Doug Pace

The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce has allowed me to build relationships with other business leaders in the community that help to shape my ideas for the future.
The Tampa Bay Trade & Protocol Council (TBTPC) is the result of the vision, leadership and partnership of the following eight organizations: City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, Tampa Port Authority, Tampa Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau, University of South Florida and University of Tampa. 
 
 

TBTPC is responsible for the following:

Trade

  • Provides trade assistance.
  • Hosts and partners with global summits, seminars, programs, and trade events.
  • Represents Council on Tampa Bay partnership export strategy.
  • Represents Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce International Business Committee.
  • Facilitates matchmaking for exporting and visiting trade delegations.
  • Develops trade policies and maintains trade statistics.

Protocol

  • Acts as an official host to visiting international government dignitaries and international visitors.
  • Is the official liaison with the Tampa Bay Consular Corps.
  • Works with the members of the Tampa Bay Consular Corps and assists the consular representatives in their interaction with the Tampa/Hillsborough County community with the objective of facilitating their stay in this area.
  • Encourages and assists the members of the Tampa Bay Consular Corps in their efforts to bring visiting government dignitaries and business dignitaries and business delegations to the Tampa Bay region.
  • Facilitates greater intra-organizational coordination among the principal eight organizations when hosting international delegations to our area, leveraging the collective resources of all of the entities involved.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact and acts as advisor for these organizations on international issues and protocol.
  • Organizes welcoming ceremonies for dignitaries arriving at either the Tampa International Airport or the Port of Tampa.
  • Creates meetings and events so that trade delegations and other foreign dignitaries are introduced throughout the business community.
  • Coordinates security and transportation, as needed, with the Tampa Police Department, the Secret Service, and the State Department.

Please contact TBTPC if you:

  • Are planning the visit of an international government dignitary.
  • Need information on a Consul or a Consulate.
  • Wish to obtain a complete listing of the foreign consular offices in this region.
  • Would like information on international protocol, customs or cross-cultural communications.
  • Need a speaker on consular or international relations, cross-cultural training or protocol regulations.
  • Would like to have some information on internship opportunities.
  • Are a chamber member who wishes to join the International Business Committee.
  • You plan to engage in international trade activities.

Deborah Wilkinson
Executive Director 
Tampa Bay Protocol & Trade Council
201 N. Franklin St., Ste. 201
Tampa, FL 33602-5846
Telephone: (813) 276-9457 - Fax: (813) 221-6095