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Hillsborough honors five oldest black businesses
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Hillsborough honors five oldest black businesses

Tampa, FL -- Hillsborough County's five oldest Black Businesses will be honored tomorrow at noon in Joe Chillura Courthouse Square across from the County Center, 601 E. Kennedy, in Downtown Tampa.

The businesses are the center of the Board of Commissioners Celebration of Black History month. This is the 19th year the county is participating. This year's program is called, Black Business-Our History and Legacy.

The five business being honored are Helping Hand Day Nursery, 86 years; The Florida Sentinel Bulletin, 65 years; Coles Barber Shop, 65 years; Wilson's Funeral Home, 57 years; and College Hill Pharmacy, 54 years.

Commissioners Al Higginbotham, Lesley 'Les' Miller, Jr., and Ken Hagan will honor each business individually by introduction and presentation of a Proclamation.  

County Administrator Mike Merrill will present the annual Legacy Award to Spencer Albert, retired Hillsborough County Executive Manager of Minority/Women and Small Business Programs. The Legacy Award recognizes former County employees who have made a significant contribution to County government and the community.

During his 32 years of service with Hillsborough County, Albert implemented programs that promoted the growth and development of minority/women small businesses.

Ernest Hooper, local columnist for the St. Petersburg Times, will emcee the celebration and entertainment will be provided by recording artist Tim Richardson and Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Deputy, Velma Glover. Immediately following the program will be an ethic food sampling.

In the event of inclement weather, the celebration will be held in County Center, 26th Floor Conference Room.

For more information contact, Joyce Russell, Black Heritage Committee Chair at (813)276-2337. 

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