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Business classes to start in early June


© St. Petersburg Times, published May 16, 2001

The St. Petersburg Employment and Economic Development Corp., the Florida Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development, along with Ambassador Business Solutions of Clearwater are offering summer business training programs, courses on business planning as well as workshops for business owners to gain insight into running a more successful company. The business planning class begins on June 5 and runs 11 weeks. The new venture class begins on June 7 and runs nine weeks. Classes will be held at Mount Zion Human Services Inc., 945 20th Street S, St. Petersburg. Before classes begin, there will be a reception at 6 p.m. on Thursday at Mount Zion Human Services. For information, call Stephanie M. Brown, 530-0074.

Citrus jewelry business moves to St. Pete Beach

Jewels & Diamonds has opened at 6295 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Before moving to Pinellas County, owner Joseph Dawson operated the business in Citrus County. The 3,500-square-foot store includes jewelry as well as displays of fossils, gemstones, ivory and bone carvings. Dawson purchased the 7,300-square-foot property for $500,000 in December. He has invested $250,000 in renovations.

Former real estate agent opens beach laundromat

Sunset Beach Laundry has opened at 9003 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island. Owner Susan Kasi was a real estate agent for Caldwell Banker in Pinellas County before opening the business.

Cruise shipWeb site names new editor

Shirley Linde of St. Petersburg has been named editor of Small Ship Cruises, a web site information center on small ships and off-the-beaten-path cruises. Before the promotion, Linde was senior editor. She remains editor of two newsletters: the Cruise Chef, with favorite recipes of chefs of cruise ships and news of wine and culinary cruises, and FairWinds: Small Ship News, Deals & Discounts. To find the web site, go to

Raymond James names investment banking exec

Raymond James & Associates Inc. of St. Petersburg has announced that Stefan Jansen has been named managing director of the investment banking department's Telecom Group. Before joining the firm, Jansen was the managing director of Wachovia Securities Communication and Technology Group in North Carolina.

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