By Sandra Meyer

BC_WomensGroupThe Woman’s Group Presented Award by Brighthouse Network

 The Woman’s Group was selected winner of the Brighthouse Network’s first Regional Business Awards at a banquet held in February at the Tampa Hilton. More than 150 businesses were nominated by the Chamber of Commerce and of those, 60 were selected as finalists. The finalists were interviewed by a panel of business leaders from which they selected the winners in four categories. The Woman’s Group was selected winner for the Medium Size Business Category.

  The Woman’s Group recently opened its fourth and largest office at 13005 S. U.S. Hwy. 301 in Riverview and can be reached at 915-5291.

Cardinal Roofing and Solar Tech Honored as a 2014 USF Fast 56 Award Recipient

 The University of South Florida (USF) Alumni Association honored the 2014 USF Fast 56, the fastest growing USF alumni owned or led businesses in the world, at a celebration held Friday, April 11 in the Marshall Student Center Ballroom at USF Tampa.

 Cardinal Roofing of Valrico, led by Bridget Jenkins Wilson and Chad Curchin, is a third generation roofing company and was one of the businesses inducted into the 2014 USF Fast 56. Cardinal Roofing is located at 3108 Barkley Ln. in Valrico and can be reached at 689-ROOF or visit cardinal For more information on the Fast 56, go to

Join PNC and “Shark Tank’s” Robert Herjavec for WebcastBC_SharkTank.PNC

 In support of Small Business Month in May, Christin Selmon of  Brandon PNC Bank is partnering with the Valrico/FishHawk Chamber of Commerce to deliver a webcast entitled “Driving Your Business: Fast Forward and Focused.” Join PNC and Robert Herjavec, technology leader and dynamic entrepreneur and star of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” for a special one-hour webcast and half-hour question-and-answer session on Wednesday, May 21 from 12:30–2 p.m.

 Herjavec will explore how innovation is important in any business. He will share some of his own tips for greatness and will reveal a few secrets from inside the Shark Tank. Register online at and all business owners that register will have a chance to win $25,000. Each participant will also receive a free copy of Herjavec’s book.

 The Brandon PNC branch is located at 301 W Brandon Blvd. Selmon can be reached at 654-2400.                                                                

BC_BrandonRegionalBrandon Regional Hospital Commemorates Commitment

 Brandon Regional Hospital recently held a commemoration event to confirm and renew its commitment to its employees and patient care by planting three birch trees by the parking garage of the A-Tower Lobby. Recently Brandon Regional Hospital conducted a major initiative to have a mission, vision and values statement that reflects the hospital and especially the hospital’s employees. Brandon Regional Hospital is located at 119 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon. For more information, contact Patricia Montgomery at 571-5105 or go to                                                                                          



SmartShape Offers Comprehensive Approach to Diet and Exercise

 SmartShape is revolutionizing the diet and body sculpting industry with the belief that a person’s outward appearance should accurately reflect who they truly are. In the new Brandon facility, medical procedures such as Liposculpting, Brazilian Butt Lifts, Natural Breast Lifts, MediWraps and the SmartShape Slimming System are performed by Dr. Robert Miles, who has more than 20 years of experience operating weight loss programs as a primary care physician and surgeon. To schedule a free consultation, call 448-7600, or visit SmartShape is located at 1107 Professional Park Dr. in Brandon.

Diva Consignment Boutique Celebrates AnniversaryBC_DivaConsignment

 Diva Consignment Boutique, a stylish women’s clothing boutique in Brandon, will celebrate its four year anniversary on Saturday, June 7 with a Blowout Sale, which will equal savings from 25% off to 75% off. The boutique specializes in like-new and new clothing for women of all sizes. Consignors can bring in clothing any time during normal business hours. Clothing must be no older than three years, clean, pressed and on hangers. The consignment period is 60 days with a 50/50 split upon sale of the merchandise. For more information, visit or call 681-5500. It is located at 206 Oakfield Dr. in Brandon and is open Tuesday- Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Annual Summer Charity Bridal GalaBC_soheila

 Studio 210 Salon Owner Soheila Imani has organized the First Annual Summer Charity Bridal Gala, which will showcase Studio 210 Salon’s Bridal Services, as well other local business’ services to all interested individuals. All proceeds from the event will go to Life Care in its mission to help young moms with pregnancy needs.

The Bridal Gala will be held on Tuesday, June 24 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. The cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. For more information, and to purchase tickets, call 684-0600. For more information on the salon, visit www.studio210salon .com/bridal.                                                                                             

Haskins, MelissaÑ06/25/13Ñ433921Beauty  and Finance

  Melissa Haskins, Financial Advisor at Edward Jones, is  presenting a complimentary seminar to educate women on finance and beauty. Join Haskins on Thursday, May 29 from 6–8 p.m. and enjoy learning about Five Money Questions for Women. This is an educational program that shares perspective on a process that women can use to identify financial goals and set a strategy. There will be a special guest providing free makeovers. Seating is limited so respond ASAP. The seminar will be held at the Osprey Observer Small Business Center at 916 Lithia Pinecrest Rd. in Brandon. Call 681-1027 to register or for more information.





Brandon Honda Announces New Sales Manager

John Marazzi, owner of Brandon Honda, announces the promotion of Hassan Slim to Sales Manager. Slim has earned one gold and several silver Council of Sales Leadership awards for consistent top sales and customer service performance from American Honda Motor Company. Brandon Honda is conveniently located at 9209 E. Adamo Dr. in Tampa, one mile west of I-75. It is open Monday – Saturday from 9 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sunday 12 Noon–6 p.m. For more information, call 425-1864 or visit

Nozzle Nose is Now OpenBC_NozzleNose

 Nozzle Nose Exterior Cleaning Service, located in Wimauma, is now accepting clients.  It is a licensed and insured business, servicing both residential and commercial clients throughout the southern Hillsborough community. The services offered include pressure washing, window cleaning, cleaning fences and gutters, as well as sealing driveways, pavers, patios and decking, including river rock. To request a free estimate, contact Joel Walters at 489-3604 or e-mail at

Sun & Skin Care Research Offers Protection From Sun and Bugs

 Ocean Potion Sunscreen is introducing new products and a new look to celebrate its 25th anniversary. It is introducing new anti-aging formulas that help protect skin from sun damage along with Bullfrog Mosquito Coast Insect Repellent with Cooling Aloe. All items are available at most drugstores and food stores. For more information, visit

BC_JerseyMikesJersey Mikes New  Brandon Location

A second location of Jersey Mikes opened recently at 1248 E. Brandon Blvd. in Brandon with a fundraiser for Brandon Foundation. It is open Monday- Sunday from 10 a.m.-9 p.m. It serves cold subs, hot subs and wraps. For more information, visit / /13095/Brandon-FL or call 681-1956.








Romano’s Greek & Italian Restaurant Expands

 Romano’s Greek & Italian Restaurant in Brandon has been a tradition since 1977 and recently expanded its facilities. It provides catering for  any occasion. It offers a variety of Greek and Italian dishes to accommodate any taste. All food is made to order with fresh ingredients purchased every day. All menu items are served with generous portions and friendly service. It is located at 901 W. Brandon Blvd. and the menu and restaurant hours can be found online at or by calling 654-9477.

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