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Clearwater couple opens wood renewal franchise

CLEARWATER — Now revitalizing old or worn wood floors can be done in a day.

A new process eliminates the dust from sanding and noxious stripping chemicals of traditional methods. And it's less expensive.

The wood renewal process is called N-Hance and Frank and Maria Papa of Clearwater are the owners of the new Tampa Bay area franchise.

Along with restoring wood, the process also gives homeowners or businesses the option of changing the color of existing wood floors and kitchen cabinets, said Maria Papa.

"N-Hance uses a deep cleaning agent," said Frank Papa. "Our finish is dyeable and fast-drying. The majority of our jobs can be done in a day, compared to traditional methods that take three days.

"We specialize in kitchen cabinets," he said. "A lot of our customers with wood cabinets are choosing to refinish and change the color of their cabinets rather than buy new ones." The cost of new cabinets is usually from $12,000 to $14,000, he said, and refacing costs from $6,000 to $8,000. N-Hance color changes and renewals cost from $3,000 to $4,000. "Basically, you can have a new kitchen for $3,000," he said.

Renewing a 1,000-square-foot floor space would cost $2,500, he said. The same space using traditional methods would cost $3,800.

N-Hance can be used on all types of wood and prefinished or factory-finished floors. It cannot be used on laminate flooring.

Frank Papa has owned and operated Dolphin Cleaning for 20 years. The commercial cleaning business specializes in the maintenance and restoration of all types of wood floors, mainly restaurants. It serves 16 states, including Florida, and also Puerto Rico. Local clients, he said, include Outback Steakhouse and the Bonefish Grills.

The Papas have three technicians working with them in the new franchise. Frank Papa handles sales and estimating and Maria Papa runs the office. Call (727) 723-9663.

Retired engineer takes job with TBE Group

Frank W. Aiello has joined TBE Group of Clearwater as aviation manager. He will be responsible for providing technical expertise on aviation projects and promoting the firm's aviation services to airports throughout Florida.

Aiello was airport engineer at St. Petersburg-Clearwater International Airport before retiring after working 30 years with the airport and Pinellas County, which owns and operates the airport.

His airside experience includes runway extensions and lighting, fueling systems, aircraft hangars, aircraft rescue and fire fighting facilities, automated flight service stations and environmental assessments. His terminal experience includes lobby renovations, departure terminal expansions, roofing projects and security access control systems. He also has completed projects for industrial parks, roadway improvements and shoreline restoration. His master plan experience includes airport master plans, drainage master plans and property development master plans.

Incorporated in 1984, TBE is a full service civil/environmental engineering and consulting firm, It has more than 40 offices throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, China and Puerto Rico. The firm's corporate headquarters is at 380 Park Place Blvd. S, Clearwater. Call (727) 531-3505 or visit www.tbegroup.com.

CPA firms merge and buy longtime practice

Kathy A. Cormier and Harry H. Rabb III have merged their local accounting firms in the name of Cormier & Rabb CPAs. To expand, the partners purchased the 30-year Clearwater practice of Hicks, Frankenberg & Associates.

The partners have been certified public accounts for more than 25 years in Florida and graduated in the same class at the University of South Florida.

Cormier & Rabb, in the Whitney Bank Building at 28163 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, offers services in accounting, tax and financial and management consulting.

Business seminars, classes, assistance

• Pinellas County Business Development Center, 13805 58th St. N, Suite 1-200, in the Icot Business Center near Largo. Programs are free and meet from noon to 2 p.m. To speak with a business counselor or register for classes and seminars, call (727) 453-7200.

Presentado en Espanol: How to Start a Business meets 10 a.m. to noon the third Tuesday of each month. Presented in Spanish by Wilma Milian, a specialist in assisting small businesses.

How to Start a Business meets every Wednesday. The introductory workshop offers information on how to conduct feasibility studies and develop business plans, how to obtain licenses and permits to be a legal business in Pinellas County and more.

Understanding Entrepreneurship meets the first Thursday of each month. Find out if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur and discover the challenges and rewards of owning your own business. Evaluate your business acumen.

Understanding Accounting and Tax Procedures meets the second Thursday of each month. The seminar is designed to help small-business owners understand proper record keeping and accounting methods to satisfy federal and state requirements for taxes and payrolls.

Marketing Your Small Business meets the third Thursday of each month.

Financing Your Business meets the fourth Thursday of each month.

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Clearwater couple opens wood renewal franchise 05/01/08 [Last modified: Thursday, May 1, 2008 7:19pm]
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