Loans available for Tropical Storm Debby victims
Hillsborough County small businesses, including small agricultural cooperatives and small aquaculture businesses, as well as most private nonprofit organizations, may apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans to recover from financial, working capital losses caused by Tropical Storm Debby.
Landlords who have lost revenue from their rental properties are also eligible. This Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance is available regardless of whether the business suffered any physical property damage. At this time, Hillsborough businesses and nonprofits are not eligible for cost recovery for any physical storm damage.
Interest rates are as low as 3 percent for nonprofit organizations and 4 percent for businesses with terms up to 30 years.
Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. The deadline to return economic injury applications is April 3, 2013.
Additional details on the loan application process and eligibility are available by calling (800) 659-2955. Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing should call (800) 877-8339.
More information also is available by emailing .
Businesses that have been affected may apply online using Electronic Loan Application on the SBA’s secure website at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/.
Individual homeowners suffering home damages can seek assistance from Hillsborough’s Homeowner Rehabilitation Program by calling (813) 612-5397.
To be considered for other disaster assistance, call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at (800) 621-3362. Those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing should call (800) 462-7585.
Central Pasco Chamber Clay Shoot
The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is hosting its third annual Clay Shooting Event on Aug. 25. Registration for the event begins at 8 a.m. Shooting begins at 9 a.m.
The event will be at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff in Land O’ Lakes. For more information or to be a sponsor, call (813) 909-2722.
Catholic Business Network of Tampa Bay meets from 7:30 to 9 a.m. on Tuesdays at Our Lady of the Rosary, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes.
Catholic Business Network of Tampa Bay is a nonprofit membership organization for Tampa area Catholic business people. While we welcome people of all faiths, the network is comprised of Catholic professionals who want to incorporate their faith into the workplace while networking with other Catholics to foster personal and business relationships. For more information, visit www.cbntampa.com or call Mary Ann Whallen at (813) 833-4737.
HART recruits bus drivers
Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART) is now recruiting bus drivers. The starting pay is $11.91 an hour. An online application is available by visiting www.goHART.org.
Women-N-Charge will be gathering for a networking session and luncheon from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Sept. 7 at the Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive in New Tampa. The cost is $15 online, www.women-n-charge.com, by the Tuesday before the meeting. After that, the charge is $18.
Jen Holloway of Bay News Nine will be the featured speaker.
For more information, please contact Judy at (813)-600-9848 or .
Rays’ game fundraiser for Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco is being featured at the Tampa Bay Rays game versus the Baltimore Orioles on Oct. 1.
The organization will be recognized during the game, in conjunction with World Habitat Day 2012.
Discounted tickets are on sale through Sept. 1 at Habitat’s website, www.habitatpascor.org
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of East & Central Pasco.
New doctor’s office opens in Land O’ Lakes
Access Healthcare has announced the opening of the practice of Dr. Jennifer Laman at Oakstead Professional Center, 19409 Shumard Oak Drive, Suite 103 in Land O’ Lakes.
Laman is board certified in family medicine and osteopathic manipulative treatment. She will be on the staff at the Medical Center of Trinity.
Laman accepts patients from preadolescence through geriatrics. For more information and to make an appointment, contact (813) 749-7152.
Be a holiday ambassador, win $50,000 prize
Taste of Home magazine is seeking an official Holiday Ambassador, and the woman who is crowned the winner will receive $50,000 and serve as the magazine’s celebrity spokesperson.
The magazine is looking for the woman who embodies the holiday spirit. Here’s how you’ll know you may be just right for the prize if:
—You are 18 or older
—You love to cook, decorate and entertain
—Your signature recipes are a must-have at every gathering
—All of your friends and family already consider you the Queen of the Holidays
The winner will make live appearances, participate in interviews, do cooking demonstrations and will travel around the country.
To enter between now and Sept. 7, log on to Facebook.com/TasteofHome to upload a short video and a signature recipe that demonstrates how you bring the holiday to life for family and friends.
The winner will be selected from the top 100 entries that receive the most votes from the public.
William Ryan Homes starts phase four sales in Ashton Oaks
William Ryan Homes has launched its pre-sales program for the final phase of single-family and executive homes at Ashton Oaks, just off SR 54, east of Meadow Point Boulevard.
Jeffrey D. Thorson, regional president of William Ryan Homes, said the company plans to build residences from its extensive design portfolio on 38 remaining home sites. It has already sold eight homes in the phase.
The sales office is in the model home at 3827 Ashton Oaks Blvd. in Wesley Chapel. The office is open Monday through Thursday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and Sunday.
For more details, call (813) 788-4663 or visit www.WilliamRyanHomes.com