Pinellas business newsmakers

Team members at Nationwide Title Clearing Inc. are taking part in a food drive to support the Palm Harbor Food Pantry's summer program. The program is part of F.E.A.S.T. (Food Emergency and Services Team) and benefits local schoolchildren, low-income seniors and the unemployed.

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According to F.E.A.S.T., a significant number of the 6,800 Palm Harbor area children who rely on the National School Breakfast and Lunch Program would go hungry during the summer if supplemental food was not available.

About 300 local NTC employees decided to conduct an internal drive to support this cause and are donating brown lunch bags stocked with nonperishable food items to the pantry.

Through July 12, filled bags containing nonperishable food items that appeal to children and teenagers are being collected at NTC to be donated to the Palm Harbor Food Pantry July 13. NTC employees are also assisting by making $10 donations to F.E.A.S.T.

"No child should go hungry at any time of the year, and we believe the food pantry's summer program is an extremely important service that we are proud to be involved with," said John Hillman, chief executive officer of NTC.

Located in Palm Harbor, NTC performs research services and processes documents for the residential mortgage servicing industry.

Broker named top dollar producer

Clearwater-based Murphy Business & Financial Corp., a full-service business brokerage firm facilitating business sales, purchases, consulting, valuations, mergers and acquisitions, is home to the Tampa Bay district's top dollar producing business broker.

Business Brokers of Florida, a nonprofit association comprised of the leading business brokerage companies and agents throughout the state of Florida, recently presented Jim Dunmire with the honor.

Dunmire has 30 years of experience in business ownership and brokerage in Florida. His previous awards include the Million Dollar Plus Award from the Business Brokers of Florida and the Highest Productivity Award at Murphy Business.

"The past year has been extremely rewarding from a professional standpoint," said Dunmire, who earned his bachelor's degree in business administration and economics from Mankato State University in Minnesota. "I truly enjoy helping people transition in and out of businesses."

"We are proud to have such an esteemed award go to a member of our team," said Roger Murphy, president and CEO of Murphy Business & Financial. "Jim has a proven track record of closing deals and making his clients' interests a top priority."

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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Pinellas business newsmakers 07/05/12 [Last modified: Thursday, July 5, 2012 5:40pm]

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