What's Really Going On at 5508

Everything!. 5508 is an outdoor Mall with a large entertainment facility and every kind of business you can think of, is housed there.
Tampa Bay Tammy and I were first introduced to the facility at “Jazz Under the Stars.” We were then invited back for their networking luncheon by Manager Steve Marshall. If you don’t know Steve, you should make it your business to introduce yourself when the opportunity presents itself. He is a man of vision and has a passion for helping entrepreneurs. As Program Manager for the Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan (THAP), the Program known as 5508 is breeding successful entrepreneurs in its Business Incubator Program and it is collaborations like this that has gotten THAP recognition in the community.
I am elated to share the good news, T.H.A.P. recently received 2 awards at the WEDU sponsored Be More Awards 2017. The WEDU Be More Awards is a nationally-recognized and award winning program that generates awareness for non profit organizations and those that support them through the celebration of their outstanding achievements. The WEDU Be More Awards are open to all nonprofit organizations located in the WEDU PBS viewing area. This includes: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Desoto, Highlands, Hardee, Polk, Osceola, Orange, Lake, Sumter, Citrus, Hernando, and Pasco Counties.
The first award was the BE More Brilliant Award. This award recognizes initiatives, projects, and/or services that are unique, creative, or innovative and will be presented to the organization responsible for the development, coordination, delivery, and results of the project. Examples may include: Resourcefulness when challenged with a limited budget; superior utilization of collaborative community partnerships; or ingenious staffing options by mobilizing members and/or volunteer support.
The second award BE MORE UNSTOPPABLE is the most coveted and is determined through extensive research. It actually dubs the winner as Nonprofit Organization of the Year. It is ultimately decided by an independent judging committee and given to one organization that, through a superior level of service, helps their constituency be more. Selected from all submitted applications, the criteria to win this award consists of overall organizational excellence; fulfillment of the Four Commitments to the Community, including service to the organization’s constituency, level of community impact, financial viability and embodiment of overall community goodwill. In addition to many other benefits, the organization recognized with this award receives a $2,500 WEDU Community Investment Grant. This award is decided entirely by the independent judging committee of the WEDU Be More Awards based on the criteria above. Finalists and the winner are chosen from all organizations that submit an application in one or more of the five application categories.
“THAP is humbled to be chosen and recognized amongst its peers. We will continue utilizing this platform to positively impact entrepreneurs and communities of East Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida and the nation” exclaimed THAP CEO Jeanette Bradley.
On the third Wednesday of every month, 5508 hosts a networking luncheon which is sponsored by power players in the community. This month’s sponsor was Fifth Third Bank and they had lunch catered for the attendees..The bank representatives shared their history and programs for small business. The Branch Manager at the Hillsborough location, Michael Anselmo was very persuasive encouraging us to do business with them. I’m more than certain they may have swayed quite a few. After meeting the regional manager, Demitrius Pettaway, a Black man, my mind was made up. We at N-Touch News, pride ourselves in supporting organizations that hire African Americans in decision making positions. We support diversity and organizations that practice diversity.
The 5508 luncheon produced bountiful blessings to those that attended, us included. There were many give-ways provided by Fifth Third Bank as well as 5508 business owners. Visit 5508 to see what’s really going on and what they can do for you.

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