MANATEE -- The Manatee Chamber of Commerce has won 5-Star Accreditation from the United State Chamber of Commerce for the second time for having programs that benefit the local economy and prompt action in the community.
Accreditation is the only national program that recognizes chambers for their organizational procedures and community involvement. In order to receive accreditation, a chamber must meet minimum standards in their operations and programs, including areas of governance, government affairs, and technology.
The evaluation rates at nine areas of chamber operations and programming, including governance, finances, strategic planning, government affairs, programs, communications, technology, facilities, and human resources.
Company charged with assessing illegal loan fees
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TALLAHASSEE -- The Florida Office of Financial Regulation charged Andrew Mangini and First Solutions Inc., doing business as Credit One, for illegally assessing an advance fee for loans.
As part of the administrative complaint charging the company, the state office is seeking a $700,000 fine. The OFR also filed a notice of intent to issue a cease and desist order.
Mangini and Credit One targeted consumers online by offering to assist them in obtaining unsecured loans in exchange for an upfront fee, according to the complaint. The OFR investigation revealed that more than 150 consumers were charged an illegal advance fee of $499 for the promise of a loan. The investigation determined many consumers never received a loan, according to the charges.
Senate committee passes bill to aid movie industry
TALLAHASSEE -- A bill designed to save film and digital jobs in the state passed the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism.
The bill was sponsored by Sen. Nancy Detert, R-Venice, and supported by a coalition comprised of small and large film, entertainment, and digital media companies, along
with the Associated Industries of Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
The Entertainment Industry Tax Credit Program is designed to attract more business to the state. Supporters say there are more than 16,000 Florida-based companies providing local jobs and approximately 50 post-secondary education programs in the state.
House Bill 451, sponsored by Rep. Mike Miller, R-Winter Park, is another bill filed that deals with the program.
Herald staff reports