Osprey Observer staff, friends and Hilslborough County Commissioner Al Higginbothum and Brandon Honorary Mayor Lisa Rodriguez were on hand for the Osprey Observer Small Business Center ribbon cutting.

Osprey Observer Community Newspapers, currently publishing five monthly newspapers with its headquarters on Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon, opened its Small Business Center, located in the Five Points Plaza with the Osprey offices. Staff and supporters of the award-winning newspaper celebrated the opening with ribbon cuttings, open house and tours of the facility.
The Osprey Observer Small Business Center offers a 1,500 sq. ft. flexible meeting and training space with classroom style white board and moveable training tables and chairs, the center can offer training, seminar and lecture space for groups of up to 20 people.
“We started giving Small Business Marketing seminars for our clients,” explained managing editor Marie Gilmore. “And, we were struggling to find a space that was reserved just for our needs on that date and time. With the Small Business Center, we have a flexible space that a small business can use for effective training opportunities.”
The Small Business Center will be available for use by business owners, community members and readers of the Osprey Observer. The center features a flat-screen television for presentations, seating and tables for up to 20 people.
Small Business Center manager Nan Hager has been hired to manage the center, “Essentially, with one phone call, a business owner will be able to have their meeting booked and planned.” 
Contact nan@ospreyobserver.com or call 657-2418 for available dates and times.

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Kate Quesada
Assignment Editor Kate Quesada started working at the Osprey Observer in 2004 after graduating from the University of South Florida with a masters degree in Mass Communications. Since then, she has held various positions at the paper and has been working as the assignment editor since January 2020. She lives in Lithia with her husband Mike and sons Dylan and Max and stays active in the community on school PTA boards and volunteering with local organizations.