By Sandra Meyer

BC_medicaresolutionsPayant Financial Opens Medical Insurance Solutions in Sun City

Choosing a Medicare Supplement Plan can be a daunting task whether just turning 65 or having been eligible for years. Robyn and Tom Payant, owners of Payant Financial, have opened a corporation called Medicare Insurance Solutions, LLC to help people turning 65, and for people that currently have a supplement plan evaluate their Medicare supplement plan choices.

Robyn and Tom have teamed with Marcie Maisonet, a licensed and certified health insurance agent. She has been assisting the Tampa Bay community with their health insurance needs for over 10 years. Payant Insurance Solutions, LLC is located in the Payant Financial Plaza in the middle of Sun City Center at 1653 Sun City Center Plaza. To make an appointment to review an existing Medicare supplement plan, call 634-7001.

Local Organization Helps Veterans and Families in Need

The NavySVA Island X-16 is looking for new members. The group, comprised of Navy Seabees, meets the first Thursday of the month at the Sun City Chamber of Commerce located at 1651 Sun City Plaza, finding ways to help local veterans including contact information they might need to obtain benefits, and inform them of rights and the benefits for which they are eligible. The NavySVA also attends fundraising benefits for veterans in need.

Meetings are held from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Find it on Facebook; Island X-16 Sun City Center, Florida or e-mail

Palmscapes Can Help with Landscaping Needs Large and SmallBC_Palmscapes

Palmscapes owners Mike Browne, Stan Ferkul and Rich Kelleher opened the Riverview location in early 2014. The business is unique because it grows the plants in its own 47 greenhouses located in Plant City. In addition to offering a wide variety of plants and trees, Palmscapes also offers pavers and sod as well as landscaping, irrigation and lighting services. There is even a barbecue and produce stand on the premises.

Palmscapes wants to earn landscapers business and in order to do so, it will offer special pricing. Palmscapes is located at 12218 Boyette Rd. in Riverview. Call 677-1911, e-mail info@floridapalm or visit floridapalm

BC_luxShoppingServceLux Shopping Service Offers Personal Shopping

Stephanie Vasciannie is offering an easy way to get shopping done without leaving the comfort of home. The owner of Lux Shopping Service will come to client’s homes to have a consultation which will allow her to learn their likes and dislikes as well as determining a shopping budget. Lux Shopping Services specializes in wardrobe and gift shopping as well as grocery shopping. Vascaiannie created the business for anyone needing help shopping for any reason, including time constraints, age or disabilities. Visit or call 352-8460 for more information or to schedule a shopping consultation.




Bryan Hindman Electric, LLC Opens in Riverview

Bryan Hindman Electric, LLC announces its opening in Riverview. Hindman is a State Certified Electrical Contractor. After spending over 20 years in the electrical industry, most recently as a project manager and then as the vice president of his previous company, Hindman decided to begin a new adventure with the vision of stellar customer service and exceptional work.

Bryan Hindman Electric works closely with homeowners, homeowner associations, contractors, local business owners and realtors, and prides itself exceptional work provided by licensed, experienced and devoted electricians.

Visit www.bryanhind, e-mail  info@bryanhindmanele or call 672-4084.

Anthony’s Garage Door Repair OpensBC_AnthonysGarageRepair

Owner Anthony Defrancesco of Plant City has recently come out of semi-retirement to open his newest garage door repair company. Defrancesco has been in business for 46 years and recently sold his last business. He has decided to open his newest company which will serve Hillsborough and Polk counties. Anthony’s Garage Door Repair prides itself on its extensive experience as well as customer satisfaction. It is open 24/7 for emergency service and scheduled appointments. Call 404-7819 or e-mail for a free estimate or consultation on any garage door related need.



BC_CooleyLAW39 Cooley Law School Students Honored for Academic Excellence

Thomas M. Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus recently celebrated the accomplishments and academic achievement of its 39 highest ranked students during a reception at the Tampa Club. The event, known as The Dux, originated from the Latin word Dux, or leader. At Cooley, The Dux describes the students who are currently ranked in the top 10 percent of their respective class.

Thomas M. Cooley Law School is located at 9445 Camden Field Pkwy. in Riverview. Visit www.cooley. edu/tampabay or call 419-5100.

Firehouse Cultural Center September Performances

A live performance by Richard and Mary Ellen DiPietra called I am a Cuban Sandwich pays homage to Tampa’s historic Ybor City through live music and theater premiers on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30. p.m. at the Firehouse cultural Center. Tickets are $12 – 20 and a cash bar will be available.

On Sunday, September 28, from 1-4 p.m. Firehouse Cultural Center presents All About Cats. Join composer, singer, storyteller and lifelong cat aficionado Denny Mitchell for an afternoon of entertainment and music. Mitchell, who works for Big Cat Rescue, will answer all questions related to these frolicking felines. SouthShore veterinarians, animal hospitals, pet stores and animal rescue/shelters will be participating in a “Cat Expo” to present their services and answer questions.

Tickets are $10 – $12 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets can be reserved for either show by calling 645-7651. Firehouse Cultural Center is located 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin.

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Apollo Beach CPA José A. Alvarez Achieves FICPA Lifetime Membership StatusBC_Alvarez

José A. Alvarez, Managing Director of the Alvarez Company PA CPA Firm in Apollo Beach, has received lifetime membership status from the Florida Institute of CPAs (FICPA).  Alvarez, who has been a practicing Certified Public Accountant in Florida since 1974, has been a member of the FICPA for 40 years. Alvarez opened his own CPA practice in December 1975. His experience includes the management of his firm that has had branches in Brandon, Tampa and Plant City and now operates as Alvarez Company PA CPA Firm in Apollo Beach. Alvarez has helped thousands of Tampa Bay business owners and residents with their accounting, business consulting and tax return needs.

Alvarez Company is located at 605 Apollo Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. Call 938-2400 or visit

Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards Seeks Candidates

Bright House has partnered with local chambers to recognize outstanding companies and their success at the Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards. Awards categories are: Small Business (5-25 employees), Medium Business (26-100 employees), Large Business (101-500 employees) and Start-Up (1-3 years in business). Prizes to be awarded total $1,000,000.

Visit for details, full rules, and how to enter. Interested companies can submit an application by 5 p.m. on Friday, September 26. The awards gala will be held on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 6 p.m. at the Tampa Convention Center located at 333 S. Franklin St. in Tampa.

Waypoint Property Inspection, LLC Announces Additions to its Team

Waypoint Property Inspection, LLC announced that Peggy Boris and Austin Hintze have joined the company. Boris comes with a wealth of marketing experience, having spent the last four years at TCH Restaurant Group where she was vice president of marketing.  Boris joins Waypoint Property Inspection as a Marketing Specialist to continue Waypoint’s ongoing success providing inspection services throughout the Tampa Bay area.

Hintze is currently attending the University of South Florida’s College of Business. Hintze brings strong computer and technology skills to further fuel the company’s growth.

Waypoint Property Inspection, LLC, is a Riverview based family-owned home inspection company serving West Central Florida since 2005.  Visit www.waypointinspec or call 486-8551.

The Very Best Barbers Opens

The Very Best Barbers, LLC in Apollo Beach celebrated its new membership with the Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce by hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony recently. The Very Best Barbers offer professional barber services at an affordable price. No appointments are required and walk-ins are welcome. Rafael and his team, George, Freddy, Idalti, Luis, Ory, Tony and Travis are ready and waiting to serve clients. The shop hours are Monday – Friday 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m.–7 p.m. and Sunday 8 a.m.–4 p.m. For more information, contact Susana at 645-5909, e-mail or visit

Ribbon Cutting for Dipa Shah, Candidate for Hillsborough County School Board

Dipa Shah, candidate for Hillsborough County School Board District 6 Countywide, hosted a Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting ceremony at The Alley at South Shore in Riverview recently. Shah’s mission is to make sure that Hillsborough County prepares its students with the tools to succeed and achieve their dreams. Contact Shah at 651-2020, e-mail or visit

Two Weichert, Realtors Offices Merge in West Central Florida Partnership

Weichert, Realtors – SouthShore and Weichert, Realtors – Yates & Associates announced they will merge effective Monday, September 1 and be known as Weichert, Realtors – Yates & Associates. The new Yates & Associates offices have one location in Apollo Beach and two in Tampa. The offices will stay in their current locations and will employ more than 70 realtors serving the Greater Tampa, Bradenton, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center, Riverview and Ruskin areas. Both owners expressed a heartfelt thank you to their professional partners and fellow Realtor community members for past business, services and cooperation saying that their team looks forward to a long, healthy and professional relationship in the future.

Weichert, Realtors-Yates & Associates is located at 6160 N. U.S. Hwy. 301 in Apollo Beach. Visit

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