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Business

  • Workforce wants to be used by businesses

    Workforce Connection wants businesses to use it. All they want. Anytime.
    And the best part of the offer is that the career agency's services are free.
    That's the message brought to business owners attending the July 27 meeting of the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce by Linda Keyton, Human Resources Recruitment Specialist with Workforce Connection's Chiefland office.
    Keyton assured business owners and managers, “Everything we do is free.”

  • Levy County unemployment rate inches up

    Unemployment in Levy County in June was up to 9.7 percent up 0.6 percent from May, according to Workforce Connection, the state's regional career agency for Levy, Marion and Citrus counties. But the small dip is nothing new as the state has a summertime dip in employment rates, according to employment officials. And the good news is that it is lower than the same time last year when it was 11.7 and in June 2010 when it was 12.1 percent.

  • Opportunities for Progress Trenton Operations Center

    ST. PETERSBURG— Progress Energy and LEMA Construction & Developers, Inc., a general contractor, will host a vendor fair for local suppliers interested in learning more about potential subcontracting opportunities associated with the construction of a new office building at the Trenton Operations Center.

  • Haven Hospice accredited through ACHC

    Haven Hospice was recently recognized as a hospice organization by the Accreditation Commission for Health Care (ACHC).

  • McQueen honored by board

    A long-time board member and former chairperson of the Nature Coast Business Development Council, (NCBDC), is stepping down.
    Carol McQueen announced at last month’s NCBDC board meeting that she is resigning from the board she has been serving on since its formation.

  • Beef O’Brady’s opens

    The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce turned out a crowd on Monday morning for the ribbon cutting and opening of the Beef O'Brady's on U.S. Highway 19 north of Chiefland. Franchise owners Stacey and Mark Swain will operate the family-oriented, sports theme casual dining restaurant. Beefs, as the chain's operations are known, will be open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  • Workforce Connection free workshops in July

    Workforce Connection of Citrus, Levy and Marion counties is offering nearly 50 programs during the month of July for those interested in sharpening their employability skills.
    Ranging from open resume labs to three-day workshops to a job fair, the programs are available at no charge to job seekers throughout Workforce Connection’s three-county region. Participants must be fully registered with Workforce Connection through the Employ Florida Marketplace (EFM) at www.EmployFlorida.com.  Additional workshop registration may also be required.

  • Chamber seeking Business of the Year

    For more than 20 years, the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce has observed Industry Appreciation Week by honoring an exemplary local company as Business of the Year.
    This year’s Awards Banquet will be on Tuesday, Sept. 11. But every year, the work for the event starts months earlier by asking the community to nominate a business worthy of the award.

  • Job Fair rescheduled for July 19

    Workforce Connection’s Job Fair which was postponed due to the threat of Tropical Storm Debby has been rescheduled for Thursday, July 19.
    The job fair is open at no charge to anyone looking for work in Citrus, Levy and Marion counties. It will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the College of Central Florida’s Klein Conference Center, 3001 S.W. College Road in Ocala.

  • Cedar Key businesses open despite salty setback

    Chef Peter Leonauvicius, grilling and sautéing, doesn’t use a lot of fresh water in preparing food, and he doesn’t worry about the salty water he has to use to wash dishes. But he does worry that it will keep people away from Cedar key.
    “It’s not a health issue,” Leonauvicius, co-owner of Cedar Key’s Steamers Clam Bar and Grill, said Friday about the sodium chloride-laden water that has infiltrated the island’s water supply. “My main worry is about the loss of revenue. That’s the big deal.”