By Sandra Meyer

BC_BrandonNewWingBrandon Hospital Expands

Brandon Regional Hospital recently opened its A3 Tower with units for critical care, intermediate care and general surgery. The new tower adds 40 patient rooms and 25,300 sq. ft. Brandon Regional Hospital is an acute care facility offering a number of specialty services including the Heart & Vascular Center, where the latest in cardiovascular surgery and minimally invasive techniques are performed; The Behavioral Health Center; The Women’s Center, which includes its Baby Suites and neonatal intensive care unit; The Reflux Center; and a designated Bariatric Center of Excellence. It is located at 119 Oakfield Dr. Visit

Lender Technologies Brings Tomorrow’s Technology Today

Lender Technologies specializes in Computer Networking, Computer Monitoring, Cloud Backups, Network Security, HIPPA compliance, the installation and service of Telephone Systems and the installation and service of Video Surveillance. Ken Lender, President and CEO spent 25 years working in the field of technology. Before that, he worked for Harris Corporation for eight years as a Systems Engineer and then as a Systems Analyst. During his time with Harris, he was responsible for design, installation, service and repair of sensitive government computers and software. In 1990, Lender opened his own successful computer and video surveillance business. Today, he’s still working hard to keep pace with the latest in technology development.

Lender has a dynamic and experienced team to assist him with camera system design and service as well as computer service including virus removal, data backup and recovery and more. Lender Technologies is located at 1267 Piney Branch Cir. in Valrico. Visit or call 720-7878.

New Urgent Care Center OpensBC_baycare

BayCare Urgent Care recently opened its new location at 2016 E. S.R. 60 in Valrico. Flu shots are available for $25 (while supplies last) with no appointment necessary. The staff at BayCare also treats minor illnesses such as sinus or ear infections, urinary tract infections and upper respiratory illnesses as well as the flu, colds and sore throats. Sprains and strains, fractures, minor cuts and burns, animal and insect bites, X-ray, lab, EKG and medications are also among its services. It is open from Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 Noon-6 p.m. Most insurance as well as cash is accepted. For a complete list of locations and directions, visit or call 855-252-8453.

Upcoming Free Wellness & Preparedness Oil Seminar

What if medical care becomes difficult to get or cost-prohibitive?  What if pharmaceuticals become unobtainable?  What can you do to keep your family as healthy as possible in case of scarcity? Part of being prepared for eventualities we may not be able to completely understand, but are nonetheless a reality includes making your family’s wellness a priority. Join Beth O’Brien and Cindy Kraft on Sunday, January 18 from 2-4 p.m. to learn about health preparedness; see how to use oils for everyday needs in place of synthetic products; and make a natural, healing butter to take home.  Register yourself and a friend and take home a bottle of Wild Orange when you both attend. Visit and search Wellness & Preparedness with Essential Oils in Valrico to register for this free event. Address will be provided upon registration completion. Cindy Kraft is a CFO Coach and can be reached at 655-0658 or

Econo Car Rentals Expanding its Fleet

LastBC_econoRental year was a good one for an up and coming local rental car company which now is also an authorized dealer for U-HAUL. 2015 is looking to be very promising as well since Econo has just added eight brand new 2015 Toyota Corollas. Econo decided to go with the LE version of the new Corolla that is equipped with 6 inch touch screen display and integrated backup camera with projected path. With 29/38 estimated MPG cars will be also a good choice for those who like to travel long distance and save on gas. Due to the expansion, Econo is passing on the savings to its customers and also selling cars just in time for taxes. At its lot customers can find cars years 2006 and up that have been serviced and maintained consistently and are up to all safety inspections. Econo is open 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.  Econo Car Rentals is located at 9017 E. Adamo Dr. Ste. 115. Call 999-4920 or visit

Addiction Seminar Held at Mathnasium Math Learning CenterBC_DanCosby

Dan Cosby, a Certified Addictions Professional and ordained Pastor, will present on being proactive and looking for signs of potential problems. Addictions can range from video games to smartphones, or shopping, alcohol, drugs, gambling and more. Cosby endured an 18-year addiction in his family as his son started using at age 14. One doesn’t have to be addicted or have an addicted loved one for this presentation to be meaningful.Through the presentation, participants will learn how to avoid or address addiction in their own family and then encourage community leaders to confront the issues. Join Cosby for his free presentation “Addictive Behaviors in Your Home: What Parents Need to Watch Out For and How to Combat It” on Monday, January 19. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. for arrivals and light snacks followed at 6:45 p.m. with the presentation. It will be held at Mathnasium, The Math Learning Center located at 1048 Bloomingdale Ave. in Valrico. Visit


BC_waypointLogoWaypoint Property Inspection Named Award Finalist

Waypoint Property Inspection, LLC has been named a finalist in Bright House Networks Second Annual Regional Business Award in the Small Business category. Winning businesses will be honored at a special celebration on Sunday, February 5 at the Tampa Convention Center.

Waypoint Property Inspection is a family owned and operated business based out of Riverview that offers comprehensive and specialty home inspections. It serves the Greater Tampa Area and all surrounding communities. Waypoint has been in business since 2005 and has completed over 7,000 inspections. Its inspectors are licensed with the state of Florida and are fully insured. Visit or call 486-8551. For more information about the Regional Business Awards, visit

Green Life Environmental, Inc. Brings Green Expertise to the AreaBC_GreenUSe

Curtis Browning of Green Life Environmental, Inc. has been in the green service business since 1999. He learned the business at a young age and knew he wanted to be in the green industry. He and his last partner grew a very successful company in Orlando in 2003. In 2006 Browning came back to his hometown and went from zero customers to 5,000 customers in just four short years. In 2014 he decided to launch Green Life Environmental, Inc. Services provided include indoor pest control, lawn tree and shrub care, fertilization, insect, disease and weed control and irrigation repair.

Contact, or 763-4850.

BC_AnnaThe Snow Queen’s Ice Cream Social

Join My Fairytale Forest as it brings back its Snow Queen Ice Cream Social. Meet the Snow Queen and her sister and watch as the Snow Queen performs and sing along to a favorite tune. Get up and personal with her princess sister as she helps you create a fun craft project. There will be singing, dancing, games and a picture session. Beverage and snack is included. Children tickets are $15 and $5 for an adult.

For more information or to register for this event, visit or call 654-WISH. My Fairytale Forest is located at 18468 U.S. Hwy 41 N. in Lutz.                                                                                                                         My Fairytale Forest is a party venue and offers event planning to give children an exciting themed party with princesses, fairies, pirates or super heroes.

Pediatric Associates Relocates to Winthrop Town CentreBC_PediatricAssoc

Pediatric Associates in Brandon has relocated to Winthrop Town Centre at the corner of Bloomingdale Ave & Providence Rd. at 11260 Sullivan St. in Riverview. It is open seven days a week and accepts most insurance plans and Medicaid. Visit or call at 689-7571.

Join Pediatric Associates on Saturday, January 24 for a Grand Opening party from 1–3 p.m. with food, entertainment, office tours and giveaways.


BC_SimonSimon Breaks Ground  on Tampa Premium Outlets

Simon, a global leader in retail real estate recently broke ground on Tampa Premium Outlets in Wesley Chapel. The multi-million dollar project will bring a diverse mix of more than 110 retailers delivering great brands at great prices. Opening in October of 2015, Tampa Premium Outlets is destined to become Tampa’s premier outlet shopping destination serving northern Hillsborough and Pasco Counties and featuring designer and name brands at savings of 25 to 65 percent. The center is located at the intersection of I-75 and S.R. 56.Visit

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