Business briefs: Consumers warned about utility scam

February 14, 2014 

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is warning consumers to be aware of a new twist on a multi-state scam targeting utility customers through email.

Both Florida Power and Light (FPL) and other utility customers have reported receiving phony utility bills through email. If you receive an email with a bill that looks different from your normal bill, is from a different utility company, or asks for information like your Social Security or credit card numbers, delete the email and do not click on any links as they may contain malicious spam.

Consumers are advised to authenticate any bill by verifying the account number on the email with your actual account number. Be suspicious of emails that claim a past due balance and threats of interruption of service. Those who are unsure about notices should contact the utility provider directly.

Northeast storms lead Chamber to cancel event

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Chamber of Commerce cancelled Friday's event with speaker Matt Kroenig scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at the Renaissance on 9th.

The event was postponed because of massive snow storms in the northeast led to a high number of flight cancellations. It is expected to be rescheduled. Any questions may be directed to the Manatee Chamber at 941- 748-3411.

Chamber to host coffee club, luncheon this month

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Coffee Club from 7:45 to 9 a.m. , Feb. 27, at Toyota of Lakewood, 5959 State Road 64 E.

Members and prospective members are invited to enjoy breakfast, updates on Chamber activities, programs and events. There is no charge to attend for members; $10 for non-members.

The chamber will also host a power networking lunch for Chamber members from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at 1st Street Café, 3506 First St. All attendees will be offered an opportunity to give a brief commercial on their business. Cost is $12 for members, $17 for future members. Reservations are required as seats are limited.

For information on either event contact Jen Bartolone at 941-748-4842, ext. 122.

Italian festival slated for Rosedale Country Club

BRADENTON -- The Rosedale Golf and Country Club will host an Italian Festival featuring a buffet dinner and music.

The buffet from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 20, includes scallop primavera, meatballs a la vodka, chicken romana, and gnocchi with garlic and basil. At 8 p.m., guests will attend a performance of pOpera!, performing from a selection of operas and Broadway musicals. Mezzo soprano Carol Sparrow and her husband, tenor Randolph Locke, will headline the show.

The event is open to the public, but reservations are required. Tickets are $19 for the dinner and $8 for the show. To make a reservation, call 941-753-6200.

-- Herald staff reports

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