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published August 6, 2001

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ERA Suncoast Realty has announced that Stephen G. Latiff, who has been the real estate company's top lister and top seller since 1997, has achieved $11-million in production for 2001. He joined the company in 1993.

Denise Bedson has joined the Brown Schools of Florida as director of public relations. Bedson, a 15-year veteran in the public relations field, will serve as a liaison between the Lecanto school and the community. To schedule a tour of Brown or request information, contact Bedson at 527-7304.


Homosassa Springs Chamber of Commerce luncheon is scheduled for noon Aug. 16 in the Manatee Banquet Room at Homosassa Riverside Resort.

The lunch will be catered by Charlie Brown's Crab House and will feature Ernie Holzhauer from Withlacoochee Electric as guest speaker. A promotion table will be provided for chamber members to share business cards, brochures or any business information with other members and guests. The price is $8. Call 628-2666 for reservations no later than 2 p.m. Aug. 15.

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., 795-3547 or 307-9222.

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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.

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The Citrus County Chamber of Commerce and Central Florida Community College will host their first business development series seminar, "Customer Care World-Class Service," from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 23 at the Fort Island Trail Park Conference Facility in Crystal River 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 location of the chamber, 208 W Main St., or 28 NW Highway 19, Crystal River.


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 Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers (FAMB) meets the second Thursday of each month and is open to any professional in the mortgage industry in Hernando, Pasco, and Citrus counties.

The next meeting will be at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the China King Buffet, 10069 US Highway 19 in Port Richey. This meeting will be the annual installation and awards banquet. For information, call John Mince 683-1011 or Denis Burke 564-9006, or e-mail to

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.

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 that 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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