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Business digest

By GAIL HOLLENBECK

© St. Petersburg Times,
published July 2, 2001


Who's news

ERA Suncoast Realty recently announced that Harry Eck was the top listing associate and Steve Latiff was the top selling associate for May. The newest multimillion-dollar producer for 2001 was Wayne Hemmerich.

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Dr. Michael A. Pikos, board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and founder of Coastal Jaw Surgery, recently lectured on dental implants and bone grafting at the ICOI World Congress Implant Odyssey in Las Vegas. In the field of oral implantology and implant dentistry, Dr. Pikos is both a clinician and educator. He has lectured on the topic for the past 11 years.

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Evie Hanson, an independent travel agent representing Just Cruise and Travel, recently met the requirements for her Small Ship Partner certification with Cruise West by completing a training program. As a small ship partner, Cruise West will now include Hanson on its list of preferred travel agents.

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CLMWorks, the work force development board that serves Citrus, Marion and Levy counties, has announced its new officers. They are chairman Pat Reddish, Ocala; vice chairman Jack Cowart, Newberry; and secretary/treasurer Hans J. Witter, Beverly Hills.

Briefs

The Smithsonian Institution is currently displaying its "Yesterday's Tomorrows" exhibit at the historic Citrus County Courthouse. The Citrus County tourism industry will be learning about the exhibit and other programs planned by the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum Board at a tourism business meeting from 5:30 to 7 p.m. July 11. Bring a fellow tourism businessperson and your business cards or brochures for this informal meeting and opportunity to network. Call Mary Craven or Judi Redd at 527-5223 for directions or information.

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The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and Central Florida Community College will sponsor their first Business Development Series Seminar, "Customer Care World-Class Service," from 9 a.m. to noon on July 17 at the Fort Island Trail Park Conference Facility in Crystal River and Aug. 23 in the Citrus County Commission meeting room, Inverness. The seminar will focus on skills needed for successful encounters between a business and its customers including behavior skills, problem-solving skills, calming skills and telephone skills. V. Gail Easley is the instructor. The cost is $25 per person for chamber members. Registration forms are available at either chamber location, 208 W Main St. or 28 NW U.S. 19, both in Crystal River.

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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

TUESDAY: The Bank of Inverness invites the public to branch offices throughout Citrus County from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Refreshments will be served.

WEDNESDAY: Suncoast Business Masters meets at noon Wednesdays at Crystal Paradise Restaurant, 508 N Citrus Ave. in Crystal River. The group 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 (FSATP) 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 foundation grants wishes to children ages 2 1/2 to 18 that have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. For information, call 621-5437.

FRIDAY: The public is encouraged to make inquiries at the Better Business Federation prior to purchasing any goods or services. Consumers may lodge complaints by calling the office for a complaint form weekdays from to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 795-3547 or 307-9222.

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- 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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