BRANDON — It's official.
After assuming the role of interim president and chief executive officer at the Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce earlier this year, former vice president Laura Simpson had the interim tag removed from her title last week.
It was widely assumed that Simpson, a 13-year chamber employee, would fill the void left when longtime president Tammy Bracewell stepped down in June.
Simpson began her career in the Chamber of Commerce profession in 1998 as an administrative assistant at the Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce. She then accepted a position as vice president of Greater Brandon Chamber of Commerce in March 2000.
According to the chamber, Simpson identified area economic development, enhancing membership, fostering relationships between members and helping members make key strategic business contacts as key initiatives she would pursue in her new role.
Seffner Chamber gives honors at dinner
TAMPA — The Seffner Chamber of Commerce honored the following at its annual dinner Tuesday night at the Sheraton Tampa East Hotel.
Sheri and Bill Brown, who host the annual Cookson Hills Toy Run, received the Sharon Carter Community Service Award.
Delaney Creek Lodge received the Outstanding Business of the Year Award.
The Friends of the Seffner-Mango Branch Library was named outstanding charitable organization, and Larry Libhart received the President's Award.
The chamber also unveiled a new logo that was designed by Georgia Carmichael of Carmichael Grafix.
State Rep. Ross Spano, R-Dover, delivered the keynote address.
Riverview chamber offers Web workshop
RIVERVIEW — The Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce will partner with the Hills- borough County Small Business Information Center to bring a "Getting Your Business Online Workshop" to the community from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 9 at the Regent, 6437 Watson Road.
The free workshop will cover locating a website host, site design, best practices, design software and eCommerce.
To register for this free workshop or to schedule a free one-on-one consultation, contact the Small Business Development Center office at (813) 914-4028 or visit hillsboroughcounty.org/sbic to register online.
Tour de SouthShore seeks participants
APOLLO BEACH — The SouthShore Chamber of Commerce seeks participants for its upcoming Tour de SouthShore, which will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 27.
Pay $20 and spend the day as a business tourist, visiting various chamber businesses throughout the day.
Or, pay $50 to be one of the business stops on the tour. For information, call (813) 645-1366.
SCC chamber honors first-time trustees
SUN CITY CENTER — The Sun City Center Chamber has formed a successful partnership with a group of first-time trustees. Those trustees were honored with an appreciation party for their generous support beyond membership dues and volunteer efforts.
Acknowledging the trustees and the board members, chamber executive director Dana Ditt- mar said, "You took a chance on us. You stepped up to the plate and we thank you for believing in us, supporting us, and being a true part of the chamber."
The chamber held an evening reception held at its headquarters to honor the trustees.
Thirteen member companies, including some that serve on the chamber board, are the first to sponsor the organization with annual contributions ranging from $10,000 to $1,500.
Howie's Sun City Center Plumbing Services, a Gold-level Trustee and former Business of the Year honoree, credited its chamber affiliation for helping the company grow when it moved from Ruskin several years ago.
Dee Crofton, who manages the company with her husband, Randy, said their decision to join the chamber was one of the best they ever made.
"I appreciate everyone here. Sun City Center is home."