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Business

  • 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.”

  • CFEC hosts hurricane planning meeting

       Central Florida Electric Cooperative recently hosted a hurricane planning meeting for emergency management personnel in the service area, including county sheriff’s offices, city police departments, local fire departments and emergency management offices and responders.

  • Local promotion company formed

    Two residents have formed a music promotion company to help raise the profile of local bands and their first gig is Saturday at Double Down in Gainesville with Steel Bridge of Cross City and and Crosstyz of Bell.
    Michael Michalis, an agent with Don Martin Insurance in Fanning Springs, and Rod Whited, an agent with Nothwestern Mutual insurance, have formed RAM MAN Productions.

  • Levy begins summertime creep

    Every year at this time — even in the good years — Levy County's unemployment starts to creep upwards. It starts in May and continues through June, July, then starts to level off or go down by September.
    And this year is no different.
    In May, Levy County’s labor force increased by 210 to 16,982, employment went up by 165 jobs to 15,445 and the number of unemployed rose by 45 to 1,537, according to figures released by Workforce Connection, the state's employment and career agency serving Levy, Marion and Citrus counties.

  • Chiefland Chamber welcomes new members

       The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce met on Friday, May 25, at noon in the Community Room of the Have Hospice of the Tri-Counties Care Center at 311 N.E. 9th St, Chiefland.
       New members of the organization inculde: Gentiva Home Health of Trenton, HardisonInk.com, Nature Coast Insurance, Inc., Uniques Furniture & Collectables and Mya’s Noodle House.