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Business digest

By GAIL HOLLENBECK

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 12, 2001


Who's news

Brannen Banks of Florida has announced Employees of the Year for 2000. Recipients of the award at the Bank of Inverness included: Jennie Hughes, Bookkeeping Department, Main Office; Tara Davis, teller, Floral City Branch; Kathleen Perrino, teller at Hernando Branch; Mary Garza, teller at the 44 West Branch; Coreen VonStaden, teller at the Beverly Hills Branch; Ann Chapman, teller at the Downtown Branch.

At Brannen Mortgage Co., Laurie Remick was honored as Employee of the Year. The Employee of the Year recognition at Brannen Banks Services for the year 2000 went to Cassie Culp.

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Bay Area Air Conditioning and Heating has announced that Dave Hutchins, president, and John Krapf, field operations manager, attended the Air Conditioning Contractors of America) National Convention Feb. 26-March 1. The convention was the largest trade show ever, featuring new products and technology including top industry speakers and seminars. The company also announced that it has recently been recognized as being the highest volume dealer for Puron Systems in Florida.

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AAA Auto Club South has announced that Henry Holland has again received the President's Recognition of Achievement in Service Excellence Award. The PRAISE award is based on outstanding performance in the area of customer service. He was selected for the award from among all AAA Auto Club South employees in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee.

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The Realtors Association of Citrus County Inc. has welcomed new members: Melanie Bartley, Waybright Real Estate; Keith Brown, EXIT Realty Leaders; Connie Geiger, National Discount Brokers; Ed Heinhold, ERA, American Realty and Investment; Teresa Johnson, Gulf to Lakes Real Estate; Pegi Mason, Custom Real Estate Services; Michael Patrick, EXIT Realty Leaders; Paul Tegen, Coldwell Banker, 1st Choice Realty; Patricia Tongate, New Realty Solutions; Leroy Van Antwerp and Linda Van Antwerp, Rhema Realty; and Anita Wesolowski, ERA American Realty & Investment.

Briefs

Homosassa Riverside Resort is coordinating a Fourth of July event: The Homosassa Revolutionary River Blast. This inaugural event promises to be a family event with many scheduled activities during the day and evening. The resort is looking for local businesses to sponsor the fireworks and the activities. Call Carol Lee Wallis, 628-2474 or mobile phone: 634-2150 for information.

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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

Wednesday

Suncoast Business Masters meet at noon Wednesdays at Crystal Paradise Restaurant, 508 N Citrus Ave. in Crystal River. Suncoast Masters networks through leads from members. Only one business of each type is represented. For information, call Dr. William Chaney at 795-5350 or Richard Venticinque at 795-2441.

Thursday

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals will have its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Country Kitchen Restaurant, U.S. 19, Spring Hill. The scheduled speaker is attorney Charles Savio speaking on trusts. Meetings are on the third Thursday of the month and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Citrus or Pasco counties. For information, call Barbara Tremblay, 795-1532.

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The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central Florida meets on the second Thursday of the month in the Cypress Room in the administration building of Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness. The purpose of the foundation is to grant wishes to children ages 21/2 to 18 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For information, call 621-5437.

-- 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.

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