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By Times Staff Writer
Published September 20, 2004

Who's news

ERA Suncoast Realty's newest Multi-Million Dollar Producer for 2004 is Bill Moore, with $3-million in closed sales.Nature Coast Pediatrics's newest member of its medical staff is Dr. Uday Hiremath. Hiremath and Dr. Komala N. Bhushan are seeing pediatric patients in Lecanto and will be expanding services to Dunnellon and Inglis in the near future. He is board eligible in pediatrics and has been appointed to the medical staff at Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center.

BriefsEarlier this year, Central Florida Central College's Citrus County Campus, the Citrus County Economic Development Council and the CLM Workforce Connection combined efforts to develop a Citrus County IT (Information Technology) Alliance designed to bring IT companies, departments and individuals together to attract, grow and retain information technology and related businesses and IT employees.

Citrus IT Alliance wants to become a thriving information technology hub in Florida by being involved and using community partners in these ways:

* Providing information technology training.

Expanding IT capacity in businesses.

Anticipating new IT infrastructure needs.

Enhancing IT capability and resources to attract companies and workers.

Promoting the county's proximity to major universities, quality of life, and affordable cost of living.

The first action item is to identify the acute and long-term IT training needs of employers and IT professionals in the area and to meet those needs through courses at CFCC's Citrus County Campus and the Withlacoochee Technical Institute.

Members of the group include Performance Marketing, TCG, BranchTech Solutions, WTI, TTI Enterprises, PDF Enterprises, Legendary Marketing, Brannen Banks, University of North Florida, The Chronicle, the United Way, Champs Software, Bright House, Black Diamond, Sprint, Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center, Citrus Memorial Hospital, Citrus County and Citrus County School District.

The next meeting is scheduled from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Oct. 15 at CFCC Citrus County Campus in the Jerome Room. Call Rob Wolf at CFCC 746-6721.

Local businesses and not-for-profit organizations interested in developing a disaster plan are invited to attend a no-cost Business Continuity Seminar presented by the Citrus County Sheriff's Emergency Operations Center and Nature Coast Volunteer Center. The seminar will be from 8 a.m. to noon Sept. 29 in the Magnolia room at Plantation Inn Golf Resort and Hotel in Crystal River.

The goal is to become more disaster resistant and resilient by building the capacity of businesses, churches and non-profit agencies to resume providing goods and services to the community quickly after a disaster. Refreshments will be provided. Advance registration is required before Friday. Contact Cindy Carney at 527-5424 or email cindy.carney@bocc.citrus.fl.us

Habitat for Humanity has an Everything for the Home Store at 3685 E Forest Drive, just west of Inverness. All profit from the store's sales help Habitat's efforts to provide affordable housing for low-income families in the county.

Contractors with excess building supplies or materials removed in a remodeling project are encouraged to donate those items. Volunteers are needed in numerous capacities. To donate good-quality items other than clothes or to inquire about volunteering, call 341-1800.

The Salvation Army Family Store is open from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The store offers clothes and household items as well as furniture and appliances. All are in excellent condition and priced to sell. Volunteers for the store and donations of money or items in good, salable condition are being sought. The store is at 3400 E Gulf to Lake Highway, Inverness. Call 341-2448.

The Helping Hands Organization of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church accepts donations of clothing, furniture and household goods to be sold at the Thrift Shop at 1107 E Inverness Blvd. Inverness. Proceeds assist the needy with food and other necessities. Volunteers will pick up furniture donations. Call Mike Rizzo, 637-9611. Store hours are Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 726-2660.

The public is encouraged to make inquires at the Florida Division of Consumer Affairs in Tallahassee at 1-800-435-7352 or the Better Business Bureau of Winter Park at 1-800-275-6614 to check on a business or make a complaint.

The Citrus County SCORE Chapter 646 offers free, confidential counseling services to new and existing businesses in the county. The counseling covers a range of business-related topics. For an appointment, call 621-0775.

Calendar

The American Business Women's Association invites businesswomen to network and enhance their business skills by joining Citrus County's Manatee Chapter. The group meets the second Monday of each month at Romano's Fine Italian Dining, 5705 Gulf to Lake Highway, Crystal River. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 and business meeting begins at 7 p.m. Cost of the dinner is $12. If you plan to attend, call Diane Elswick at 563-2933.

Wednesday

Suncoast Business Masters meets at noon Wednesdays at Romano's Italian Restaurant, 5705 W Gulf to Lake Highway, Crystal River. Suncoast Masters networks through leads from members. Only one business of each type is represented. Call Kristina Boone, president, at 422-0122 or Fred Clark, president elect, at 527-4956.

Thursday

The Citrus County Economic Development Council Inc. is hosting the 22nd annual Industry Appreciation Week Bar-B-Q from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at the Ranch at Holcim Inc. in Crystal River. Tickets cost $30 after. Entertainment will be provided by the band Electric Red. Tickets are available at the EDC, 28 NW U.S. 19 in the Chamber building, all Citrus County Chambers, the Citrus County Builders Association and the Realtors Association of Citrus County. Call Lisa or Teresa at 795-2000.

The Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers meets the second Thursday of each month and is open to any professional in the mortgage industry in Hernando, Pasco, and Citrus counties. Call John Mince at 352-666-8225 or e-mail mince@tampabay.rr.com

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals meetings are at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Road., Spring Hill, and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Citrus or Pasco counties. For information, call Barbara Tremblay, 795-1532.

Friday

Assertive business owners are being sought to share knowledge and experience in the Citrus Business Networkers. The goal of the group is to help businesses increase profits and reach their full potential. Meetings are at 7:30 a.m. every Friday at B & W Rexall, 214 U.S. 41 S, Citrus Plaza, Inverness, private rear room. Dues are $50 a year. Visitors are welcome. Call Kandy Kremnetz at 344-2372 or Frank Calan at 746-2515.

If you have any announcements to share with our readers, please mail the details to Gail Hollenbeck, Citrus Times, 301 W Main St., Inverness, FL 34450. To appear in the Business Digest, announcements must be received by noon on the previous Tuesday. They may also be faxed to 352-860-7320.

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