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Expanding the club
When Costco opened its Brandon store, it gave away 90,000 free memberships to secure a foothold in the Tampa Bay area. Now the company is hunting for more sites. "We wouldn't come in if we weren't confident we could have at least four stores in the Tampa Bay area," Costco's chief executive says.

Perks perking up faster at McDonald's
Because even career-minded workers expect to job hop these days, McDonald's Corp. is shrinking the wait for store manager benefits that were originally conceived to encourage longevity.

Bank of America ready to tweak rivals
How's this for a switch?

Black Enterprise list taps two bay area companies
Two Tampa Bay area companies made Black Enterprise's annual list of the largest African-American-owned businesses, and one of them is a newcomer.

Where is Carnac the Magnificent when you need him?
Here are the 10 most unusual questions received by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, according to Bill Moline, director of research for the Committee of One Hundred. Moline, who swears these are all true, spoke recently to the Tampa Bay Area chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

A snapshot of privacy invaded?
Eckerd Corp. calls it good customer service, but some of its customers might call it an invasion of privacy.

The week ahead
TODAY: Treasury bill auction.

Business calendar
"Business Counseling" sessions, by the Service Corps of Retired Executives, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Friday at the St. Petersburg Business Development Center, 1045 16th St. S...

Company notes
ADVERTISING: Film Technologies International Inc., 2544 Terminal Drive S, St. Petersburg, won a silver ADDY Award for its FTI -- The Interactive CD-ROM in the interactive disk-based sales package category at the 2001 Tampa Bay Advertising Federation Awards.

Climbing the ladder
COMMUNICATIONS: Irene Guy has been named director of governmental relations for Verizon Communications. Guy has been with Verizon since 1970 and was manager of project management.

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