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North Pinellas business briefs for Jan. 25

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St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute welcomes Kristen Decelles, Au.D., a board-certified audiologist who specializes in providing diagnosis, treatment and management for hearing-related disorders. She will serve as the Hearing Services manager at St. Luke's.

Her work over the years includes providing comprehensive diagnostic evaluations, vestibular testing and management, and treatment of hearing loss through amplification. She also oversaw a newborn hearing screening program at a Tampa-based hospital.

Decelles received her doctorate in audiology from the University of South Florida and earned the American Academy of Audiology Scholar Award several times. She performed her audiology residency at the Miami VA Healthcare System.

Founded in 1968, St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute has seven locations, including its headquarters in Tarpon Springs.

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Pinellas County Economic Development recently launched the new Pinellas Commercial Real Estate Database, powered by GIS Planning's ZoomProspector.

The new database incorporates geographic information systems mapping technology and is designed to allow expanding businesses, entrepreneurs and site selectors to easily find available commercial buildings and sites in Pinellas County. It will also bring increased visibility to development and redevelopment opportunities in Pinellas.

The new database also features additional tools for entrepreneurs, business owners and economic development professionals.

"Research has shown that growing businesses and site selection consultants frequently compile their shortlist of expansion locations using primarily online resources," said Mike Meidel, director of Pinellas County Economic Development. "We want to ensure we make that shortlist, so we've engaged ZoomProspector to help us create the Pinellas Commercial Real Estate Database.

"We expect this tool to ease the task of finding suitable properties in Pinellas and increase the number and quality of prospects who are interested in a Pinellas location for their business."

Pinellas County Economic Development is collaborating with municipal partners to list surplus public properties available to buyers and highlight areas ready for redevelopment.

Realtors who are members of the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors will have their properties automatically updated and included through a data-feed from FGCAR's Catalyst database of properties.

Non-FGCAR member commercial Realtors, municipal partners and local businesses may request a free account and upload their commercial property listings at no charge.

Pinellas County Economic Development plans outreach sessions and webinars for both users and Realtors to help demonstrate all of the capabilities of the new Pinellas Commercial Real Estate Database.

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Humana, one of Florida's largest Medicare health benefits companies, has opened its third MarketPoint storefront sales and customer service office in the Tampa Bay area at 1530 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater.

The new Clearwater office joins other Humana offices opened last year in retail locations in Tampa and Bradenton.

The Tampa Bay MarketPoint storefronts are all close to 3,000 square feet and have on-site staff of about 15 associates able to provide guidance and service to bay area residents and Humana members with questions about choosing and using their health benefits and health insurance, including Medicare, individual, vision, dental and life coverage.

All three Tampa Bay sales and service offices are open 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Mail business news to Tampa Bay Times, 710 Court St., Clearwater, FL 33756; fax to (727) 441-4119; or email

North Pinellas business briefs for Jan. 25 01/24/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 8:09pm]
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