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© St. Petersburg Times, published November 8, 2000

The Florida Council of International Development is holding the 22nd Annual Florida International Achievement Awards Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at the Marriott Waterside Hotel in Tampa. The purpose of the dinner is for the presentation of the 2000 Florida International Business Person of the Year Award, the 2000 Florida International Trade Award and other special presentations. Cost is $55 pre-registered, $65 at the door. Call (305) 870-5030.

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The Life Enrichment Senior Center presents a guest lecture series from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Thursday at the Life Enrichment Senior Center, 9704 North Boulevard in Tampa. The focus of the lecture will be on investing and financial planning for 2001 and beyond. Mark Moberg, a financial planner, will discuss investment strategies and financial planning for the future. Call (813) 932-0241.

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The Singles Investment Group will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday at Border's Books, 12500 N. Dale Mabry in Tampa. The group is a non-profit, community service organization designed to educate singles on investments. Call (727) 447-4532.

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The Ybor City Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon buffet at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday at the Columbia Restaurant, 2117 E. 7th Avenue in Ybor City. The guest speaker will be Brig. Gen. Arthur F. Diehl III, MacDill Air Force Base. Cost is $18 members, $20 non-members. Call Anna Ramos (813) 248-3712.

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The University of South Florida Retirees Association will hold a brown bag luncheon at 1 p.m. on Tuesday in the Baptist Student Union on the USF campus. The Association has elected the officers and directors for the 2000-2001 year: Vance Jennings was re-elected president; Virginia Bridges, treasurer; and Ruth Walsh, secretary. The guest speaker will be John F. Ruby II, a representative from the state attorney's office. Call (813) 977-5181.

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The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce announces two promotions: Brent Christensen is the new vice president of small business enterprise. Christensen will be responsible for the small business development program, educational forum and recognition programs, as well as the small business awards and the development of a venture capital club. Adam Smith is the new vice president of public policy. Smith is responsible for keeping the Chamber abreast of all governmental and public affairs that affect the local business climate.

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Decker Ross Interiors Inc. has completed the finishing touches at the Arvida Realty Office located at 18302 Highwood Preserve Parkway in North Tampa. Decker Ross is a marketing partner with Arvida Realty Services Home-Link program.

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The Department of Juvenile Justice has awarded The A.D. Morgan Corporation the $6-million design and construction contract for the Miami-Dade County high risk residential commitment facility. Construction on the project begins May 2001.

- Information for Business Briefs should be sent to Suzanne Scruggs, 1000 N. Ashley Drive,Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602, or faxed to her at (813) 226-3381.

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