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Financial consultant's business helps make child care decisions

Harry G. Simons II has established a child care consulting business in Clearwater for the many companies that are getting involved in the child care needs of their employees.

Simons, a financial consultant, said JBS Child Care Consultants provides a complete cost-analysis of company needs for employees' preschool-age children.

"Businesses should be aware of what benefits and options are available," Simons said. "I work closely with human resource departments in determining what level of child care is appropriate for a company. It may be something as basic as arranging for employees to use pre-taxed income to pay for the cost of child care to a for-profit, corporate-operated care center with as many as 300 children.

"The companies make the decisions, our job is to obtain all the facts and figures so they can make educated choices."

Simons, 31, moved here in October 1995 from his native Chicago. He said it cost about $20,000 to start the business at 2519 McMullen-Booth Road, Suite 179.

Acquisitions

Coldwell Banker has acquired East Lake Woodlands Realty, 1050 East Lake Woodlands Parkway, East Lake, from Art Miller. Donna Kashtan, senior vice president and regional manager of Coldwell Banker West Central Florida, will oversee the operation of the office.

It will be a property management agency, as well as a satellite to the company's Palm Harbor office. With this location, Coldwell Banker has seven offices and 250 associates in Pinellas County.

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Certified public accountants John N. Davidson and Harry B. Jamieson have become major shareholders in the accounting firm of David J. Tottle at 2032 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin. The new name of the firm is Tottle, Davidson & Jamieson.

Davidson is a graduate of the University of Alabama and has worked more than 20 years in local and regional accounting firms. He is a certified mediator in both family and insurance matters.

Jamieson is a graduate of the University of South Florida and has worked more than 25 years with the trust department of AmSouth Bank of Florida (formerly First National Bank of Clearwater), where he was statewide head of tax compliance.

Tottle recently joined TSE Industries in Largo as chief financial officer. He worked 18 years in the firm of Hanson & Tottle in Dunedin and St. Petersburg.

Contracts

Becker Air Conditioning has been hired for the restoration and installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems for CiCi's Pizza stores in Kenneth City and Ocala. The 16-year-old company is at 21997 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater.

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Lloveras, Baur and Stevens, 29228 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater, has been hired for consulting engineering and land surveying services for a 186-seat Longhorn Steakhouse to be built at the southwest corner of U.S. 19 and East Bay Drive in Largo. The project developer is BSW International.

Legal

Scott E. Schiltz has joined the law firm of Wayne J. Boyer as an associate. The firm's practice is limited to divorce, custody and related appeals. The office is at 1968 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin.

Real estate

Tim Gwilt has opened a real estate brokerage firm, AmStar Realty Group, in the Clearwater Centre at 1100 Cleveland St., Clearwater. He has worked eight years in the real estate business and before that was president of Reflecto-Kote.

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