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SOFTWARE FIRM FAIRWARNING TO HIRE 70 WORKERS

FairWarning Inc., a fast-growing software company that monitors patient privacy in electronic health records, plans to nearly triple its St. Petersburg headquarters by hiring 70 employees within the next two years. FairWarning, with a current work force of 40, has revenue "in the tens of millions of dollars" and is on track for triple-digit growth this year, chief executive and founder Kurt Long said. Founded in 2005, the company now provides privacy-breach detection for more than 600 hospitals and 2,200 clinics in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. "We really have to have world-class performers ... so we're raising the visibility of the company to fulfill on contracts we've already won," Long said. Available jobs include software developers, sales executives and marketing professionals. For more details, go to www.fairwarningaudit.com/hiring.

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8 bay area firms statewide finalists

Eight Tampa Bay area companies are among 27 statewide finalists named in the annual Ernst & Young "entrepreneur of the year" contest. Winners will be named June 16 and are eligible for national competition. The area's eight are: business services, Michael K. Ferris, CEO, Valet Waste LLC, Tampa, and David P. Lyons, chairman, Saddle Creek Corp., Lakeland; consumer services, Joseph Acebal and Richard Mikles, CEOs, Ideal Image Development Corp., Tampa, and Nick Friedman, president, and Omar Soliman, CEO, College Hunks Hauling Junk, Tampa; distribution and manufacturing, A.D. "Sandy" MacKinnon, CEO, Yale Lift Trucks of Florida and Georgia, Tampa; emerging, Bobby Harris, CEO, BlueGrace Logistics, Riverview; retail and consumer, Mindy Grossman, CEO, HSN Inc., St. Petersburg; technology, Ron Roma, CEO, Healthesystems LLC, Tampa.

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Trial focuses on kickback scheme

The U.S. Justice Department began its trial in a Washington, D.C., federal court Monday charging John Wier III, the former president of SRT Supply Inc. of St. Petersburg, and three other defendants in a major prosecution of individuals for foreign bribery, Bloomberg News reported. The four are part of a bigger 22-defendant kickback conspiracy case resulting from a government sting operation and a fake $15 million weapons deal. Prosecutors allege the defendants sought to provide guns, grenades and uniforms for the presidential guard of Gabon in violation of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and laws against money laundering. The government said the defendants agreed to pay $3 million in kickbacks for the Gabon business. The four defendants on trial have denied any wrongdoing.

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Nordstrom to ease checkout process

Checkout for the mobs who flock to Nordstrom for the semiannual clearance sale in July promises to be quicker this year. The Seattle fashion retailer will equip salespeople with 5,000 handheld computers (including iPod Touch devices) that can access the Web, find inventory in other stores and make payment card transactions from anywhere in the store. Nordstrom installed wireless transmitters in all 116 full-line stores last year to make it possible. The retailer promises more social media content for customers who shop armed with their smart phones.

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