Clearwater business notes

Business news should be mailed to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; faxed to (727) 445-4119; or emailed to nbeall@tampabay.com.

Murphy Business & Financial Corp., a full-service business brokerage firm with franchise offices nationwide, recently promoted Sandee Devine to vice president of franchise development.

"With our aggressive expansion plans under way, we could not have a better leader than someone with Sandee's expertise and drive," said Roger Murphy, president and CEO of Murphy Business & Financial. "She has shown a true knack for growing franchise systems and continues to attract high-quality franchisees."

She joined Murphy Business & Financial with more than 25 years of experience in building franchise systems.

"This opportunity means the world to me," said Devine, who was promoted from director of franchise sales. "It is imperative that we attract the right franchisees and regional developers to support our expansion. And, I am thrilled to be leading this charge."

The corporation has been named one of the "Top New Franchises" in Entrepreneur magazine's 2011 rankings and as a "Top 50 Franchise," according to Franchise Business Review.

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Jefferson Bank of Florida has been awarded five stars by Bauer Financial Inc. for the quarter ending March 31. A five-star rating is the highest award rating and is defined as a "superior" ranking of relative financial strength and stability.

"Jefferson is proud of Bauer Financial's 5-Star Superior Designation in recognition of Jefferson's excellent financial condition as a safe, sound and secure bank," said Bob McGivney, the bank's chairman and CEO. "Our directors, shareholders and bankers have worked diligently to produce these results for our customers and communities."

Jefferson Bank of Florida provides a full range of financial services including business, personal and mortgage loans. There are branches in Oldsmar and Palm Harbor, with a third scheduled to open in Tarpon Springs.

Business news should be mailed to Nova Beall at 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; faxed to (727) 445-4119; or emailed to nbeall@tampabay.com.

Clearwater business notes 06/28/12 [Last modified: Thursday, June 28, 2012 4:38pm]

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