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Virtual Staffing Source opens; Aldi will in spring

BRANDON — Diane Day worked in employee relations for 20 years.

When she got an offer to transfer with her employer, she turned it down to stay in the area.

"I had always done freelance work and was passionate about it," Day said. "It was time for me to take my passion on full time."

So she opened Virtual Staffing Source in September to assist small to medium-sized businesses with services ranging from document preparation to corporate event planning.

"We're the extended arm of a business," Day said. "Not only do we come with experience in doing work, but we also know how to consult with business owners in how to expand their business and things they may need in the future."

Many think of staffing services as temp agencies, but Day said her company is not a job placement firm.

"Our office is mobile," she said. "I have a staff of three people, and we're working from our homes and sometimes on site to handle the customer's needs."

Day said she bills by the job rather than by the hour, as is the practice of many temp agencies.

"The prices are more affordable than a temp agency," Day said. "When dealing with a temp agency, there are fees and agents that have to be paid on top of the person working on site. That's how we're different."

The move to open Virtual Staffing Source was a serious leap of faith for Day.

"I had to make a choice to use my talents and gifts to do things I'm passionate about," she said. "You have to be passionate about what you do and always enjoy it."

To learn more about Virtual Staffing Source, visit online at or call (813) 741-9396.

Another Aldi grocery coming to Brandon

A second Aldi supermarket will open in Brandon this spring.

The discount grocer, known for its bare-bones approach to retailing, will soon hang its shingle at Lumsden and Providence roads. The grocery store will occupy the building that was once home to Winn-Dixie, according to the MWW group, the company's public relations firm.

Aldi has two stores in eastern Hillsborough, one in Plant City and another on Brandon Boulevard, where the store replaced an Albertsons.

The discount supermarket chain keeps costs low by offering a streamlined product selection and trimming frills such as shopping bags and grocery carts. To use a grocery cart at Aldi, customers pay 25 cents. The store refunds the money when customers return the carts to the station.

The new Aldi will be at 1945 W Lumsden Road, Brandon. For more information about Aldi, visit the Web site or call (630) 879-8100.

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