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SEMINAR TO ANSWER STIMULUS QUESTIONS

During the next three budget years, state officials estimate, up to $13.4 billion in federal stimulus dollars will be pumped into Florida's economy.

Tampa Bay area companies hungry for a piece of that pie are invited to attend a state-run seminar in Tampa on Saturday.

The seminar, the third of its kind statewide, is designed to offer small businesses information about how money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will be disbursed.

"The target audience is small and minority business, but everyone is welcome," said Don Winstead, whom Gov. Charlie Crist has appointed as Florida's economic stimulus special adviser.

Winstead said he will give an overview about available stimulus funds and a representative from the U.S. Small Business Administration will discuss other resources. Senior state officials will be on hand for one-on-one appointments afterward.

Seminars in Daytona Beach and Miami up to 400 and 600 attendees, respectively.

If you go

- The seminar takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the University of South Florida's Oval Theater inside the Marshall Student Center, 4202 E Fowler Ave., in Tampa.

- For one-on-one appointments, call (850) 487-0915 or e-mail the Department of Management Services at osdhelp@dms.state.fl.us.

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