Business digest

Published February 5, 2007

Nature Coast Bank recently had its groundbreaking at the former Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, County Road 486 at Citrus Hills Boulevard. The building will be state of the art but will keep some of the museum's integrity, including a number of murals and a statue of Ted Williams, which is on loan from the museum. Of the building's 9,000 square feet, 2,000 will be leased out. The opening date for the bank is expected in May.

Those participating in the groundbreaking were Vangie Rich, Lynn Turck, Joe Turck, Gene Berry, Gerry Schabruch, Paul Slosberg, Linda Proffer, Fred Mills, Curtis Rich, Bob Gill, David Arthurs, Paul Mellini, Diana Marcum and Ken MacKay.

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Seven Rivers Regional Medical Center was one of 118 hospitals in the United States recognized at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2006 for its successful implementation of the AHA/ASA's Get With the Guidelines program. The event honored the hospital's performance achievement in cardiac and stroke patient care. The hospital's Get With the Guidelines team, Cyndi Heitzman, Dr. R. Prasad Potu, DeAnna Beverly and Patricia Dourm, attended the event.

The hospital also recently hosted the National Board of Diving and Hyperbaric Medical Technology and Baromedical Nurses Association's certification exam for hyperbaric medicine. Nurses, physicians and medical technicians from around the world came to participate in the exam.

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International Networking Week, an initiative of BNI, will be held today through Friday. The purpose is to raise the profile of networking in the wider community with a goal of recognizing and celebrating the key role that networking plays in the development and success of businesses. For information on speakers and events, e-mail Elizabeth Joseph at ElizabethBNI@tampabay.rr.com or visit www.internationalnetworkingweek.com.



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 American Legion Post 155, 6585 W Gulf to Lake Highway, Crystal River. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 and business meeting at 7. Call Ellen Saunders at 527-6556.


Suncoast Business Masters meets at noon Wednesdays at Black Diamond Country Club, 3333 Black Diamond Circle, Lecanto. The group networks through leads from members. Only one business of each type is represented. Call Charles Richer, president, at 637-4070.


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

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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 accountants or tax professionals within Hernando, Citrus or Pasco counties. Call Barbara Tremblay at 795-1532.

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Citrus IT Alliance meets the second Thursday of each month to attract, grow and retain information technology and related businesses and IT professionals. This month's meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at Champs Software in Meadowcrest. The guest speaker will be Ron DeSerranno, chief executive officer of MOBIFORM Software. This event is sponsored by NatureCoast Communications and MOBIFORM Software. Refreshments will be served. Call Teresa Bell, president, at 422-2391.


Citrus Business Network meets at 7:30 a.m. Fridays at B & W Rexall, 214 U.S. 41 S Citrus Plaza, Inverness. The purpose of CBN is to assist its members to grow their businesses through the exchange of contacts, leads, ideas and marketing savvy. Membership is open to only one member or company per vocation or discipline. Visitors welcome. Food may be purchased. Call Bud Koehlinger, president, at 527-9790 or Roger Carlson, vice-president, at 341-1365.

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The Nature Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association meets the first Friday of each month. The lunch meeting is $15 for members and $18 for guests. For information on a time and place, call Amy Kingery at 249-3100 or visit www.fpra-naturecoast.org.

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The Ocala chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association has a luncheon meeting the third Friday of each month at 11:45 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton on State Road 200. The cost is $20 for guests and members not prepaid. Visit www.fpraocala.org.

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