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Business digest

By GAIL HOLLENBECK

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 9, 2001


Who's news

ERA American Realty and Investments has announced that Sarah Courterier has joined the Inverness office in the position of sales associate. A native of northern Michigan, Courterier recently retired from a 25-year career in restaurant management.

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Homosassa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes the following new members: Glass Bottom Boat Tours and Suncoast Business Masters.

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The REALTORS Association of Citrus County Inc. has the following new members: Anne Adams, ERA, American Realty and Investment; Margaret Mason, Custom Real Estate; Wendell Perry, Bass Real Estate; Dick Lee Roten, Busy Bee Realty; Robin Weeks, First Choice Resorts and Investments; and Carol Yount, Century 21 Nature Coast. New affiliate members are: Thomas Spragg, Citrus Pest Control, and William Barnick, Beck's Termite Pest Control.

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ERA American Realty and Investments has announced that Art and Carol Haight of the Homosassa office were recognized at the recent ERA International Business Conference in Tampa for achieving a national ranking of No. 2 in total units closed among all ERA Associate Agent Teams in 2000. The company was also recognized for its 20-year anniversary affiliation with ERA, being designated a Top 50 ERA company, and receiving the Jerry Award from the Muscular Dystrophy Association for raising more than $42,000 in pledges in its annual MDA Lockup, the sixth highest total raised by any ERA company in the nation.

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Will Construction Corp. team members, along with Virginia A. Will, president/chief executive, and Kenneth R. Will, vice president, recently attended an informational meeting for Habitat for Humanity at the First United Methodist Church in Homosassa. Ken Will is the liaison between the church and the Habitat. Members of the church, along with the home recipients and other community volunteers, are donating time to construct this first Habitat home in the Homosassa area.

Briefs

Homosassa Springs Area Chamber of Commerce will have its Annual Awards Banquet beginning at 5 p.m. on April 21 at Dick and Janet Yant's barn behind JDP Kennel, State Road 44 (Gulf to Lake Highway), Lecanto. Cost is $25 per person and reservations must be made by Saturday for the banquet, which will feature a look back in time. Bring old pictures/awards/memorabilia and wear casual/western dress.

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Homosassa Riverside Resort is now coordinating a Fourth of July event, the Homosassa Revolutionary River Blast to be on June 30. Participating businesses include K.C. Crumps/Ramshackles, Homosassa Civic Club, Natures Resort Campground, and McCraes. This first-ever event will be a fun-filled, family event with many scheduled activities during the day and evening hours. The resort is looking for local businesses that would be willing to sponsor the fireworks and the day's activities. Call Carol Lee Wallis, 628-2474 or cell: 634-2150.

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Lake Square Mall in Leesburg will hold its Spring Home Show on June 1-3. Sign up now to participate. This year's events will feature: home products, pools and gazebos, real estate, windows and siding, home fitness, heating/cooling, garden and patio, and more. Call 866-957-3352 toll free.

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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 meets 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 meetings are on the third Thursday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional within 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 each month in the Cypress Room in the administration building of Citrus Memorial Hospital. 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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