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Published Aug. 25, 2007

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Citrus County resident Christine Stokes has been named safety officer for Florida Cancer Institute's Brooksville Center. Stokes, an oncology certified nurse, has worked in oncology since 2002.

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ERA Suncoast Realty has announced that Theresa Griffin is its newest multimillion-dollar producer.

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ERA American Realty has recognized Mary Roeser, Anita Fuss and Jennifer Lehman as the top listing associates for October. Jackie Davis, Tasia Seijas and Lauretta Hajik were the top selling agents and had the top sales volume. Sarah Spencer, Kim Spiegel and Rebekah Potter are now multimillion-dollar producers. Jim Moran, Seijas and Hajik have reached the million-dollar mark.

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RE/MAX Realty One has welcomed Nancy Bowdish to its team. She is a veteran Realtor with more than 20 years of experience. Cheryl Nadal has joined the 2006 100% Club. Joann DeGain has joined the Multi-Million Dollar Club.


Hospice of Citrus County recently received national recognition for promoting advance care planning and advocating dignified care for the elderly and physically challenged. At a meeting with Gov. Jeb Bush in Tallahassee, Anthony J. Palumbo, chief executive officer for Hospice of Citrus County, was commended for the organization's role as a leader in distributing Aging With Dignity's advance directive tool, Five Wishes. Hospice is available to present Five Wishes to businesses, civic groups, organizations and places of worship. Call 527-2020. Complimentary copies of Five Wishes are available upon request.

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The Visitors and Convention Bureau of Citrus County has announced the creation of "Visit Citrus 101," a program designed to enhance the development of tourism. The educational program will be for individuals, such as restaurant and hotel employees, who are responsible for the satisfaction of tourists who visit the county. The bureau will facilitate the half-day seminars twice a year. Businesses interested in being a provider for the VIPs (Visitor Information Professional) or who are interested in attending the first session during National Tourism Week in May should contact Tracie Conti at 628-9305 or

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Sumter Electric Cooperative has been honored with eight national awards and two state awards for its printed communication with its members. Four Magnum Opus Awards were garnered in competition with Disneyland Resort, Kent State University, the American Bar Association, Costco and Walgreens. Four more national awards came from the Cooperative Communicators Association. The co-op took two Florida Print Awards as well.

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Central Florida Community College and the Realtors Institute are accepting registration for real estate courses that begin in January and will be held at the Realtors Association, 714 S Scarboro Ave., Lecanto. Classes include Real Estate Principles and Practices, Postlicense Broker: Management, and Postlicense Sales Associate. For information or to enroll, call Amy Holaday at 249-1210.



The American Business Women's Association invites businesswomen to network and enhance their business skills by joining Citrus County's Manatee Chapter. The group meets the second Monday of each month at American Legion Post 155, 6585 W Gulf to Lake Highway, Crystal River. Social time begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 and business meeting at 7. Call Ellen Saunders at 527-6556.

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Builders, contractors and providers in the building services industry are welcome at the general membership meetings of the Hernando Builders Association the fourth Monday of each month at various venues. Tickets cost $25 per person. Call 596-1114.


Suncoast Business Masters meets at noon Wednesdays at Romano's Italian Restaurant, 5705 W Gulf to Lake Highway, Crystal River. Suncoast Masters networks through leads from members. Only one business of each type is represented. Call Gailen Spinka, president, at 726-4547.


The Florida Association of Mortgage Brokers meets the second Thursday of each month and is open to mortgage industry professionals in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. Call John Mince at 666-8225 or e-mail

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accounting and Tax Professionals meets at 5:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Road., Spring Hill. The group is open to accountants and tax professionals in Hernando, Citrus and Pasco counties. Call Barbara Tremblay, 795-1532.

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The GoSmallBiz Group meets beginning with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Franklin Realty Consultants, 2965 E Gulf to Lake Highway, Inverness. Business cards, coupons and promotional materials will be exchanged and one person will introduce his or her business, services and products. There is no charge, but a reply will be appreciated. Call Bud Koehlinger at 527-9790.


Citrus Business Network meets at 7:30 a.m. Fridays at B&W Rexall, 214 U.S. 41 S (Citrus Plaza), Inverness. Guest speaker Tom Fleming will discuss how to use networking skills and the process of developing relationships to accomplish 2007 business goals. The purpose of CBN is to help its members to grow their businesses through the exchange of contacts, leads, ideas and marketing savvy. Membership is open to only one member/company per vocation/discipline. Coffee and breakfast may be purchased. Call Jim Guinn, president, at 746-4825, or Liz Koehlinger, memberships, at 527-9790.

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The Nature Coast chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association meets the first Friday of the month. The lunch meeting is $15 for members and $18 for guests. For information on a time and place, call Amy Kingery at (352) 249-3100 or visit

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The Ocala chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association has a luncheon meeting the third Friday of each month at 11:45 a.m. at the Ocala Hilton on State Road 200. The cost is $20 for guests and members not prepaid. For information, visit


AGRItunity 2006 will be hosted by the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences at the West-Central Florida Agricultural and Educational Center at the Sumter County Fairgrounds. The general session on marketing and business management will start the event with ideas to increase efficiency on your large or small farm. The keynote speaker is Jane Eckert, an expert on direct farm marketing, who will make a presentation on "Sowing Seeds for Profit." For information on the other sessions, attending, or being a sponsor or exhibitor, call 793-2728 or e-mail

If you have any announcements to share with our readers, please mail the details to Gail Hollenbeck, Citrus Times, 301 W Main St., Inverness, FL 34450. To appear in the Business Digest, announcements must be received by noon on the previous Tuesday. They may also be faxed to 352-860-7320.