• Selling Citrus

    When it comes to the selling of a magazine for Citrus County, not everyone is on the same page.

    There was some disagreement at this month’s Tourism Development Council (TDC) meeting as to what the county’s Visit Citrus 2017 magazine should look. Akers Media, hired to produce the magazine, came up with some cover mockups and interior pages that it thought were more sophisticated — and apt to garner greater attention from tourists — than the presentation in issues to date.

  • SCORE workshops announced

    Citrus County SCORE has two upcoming small business workshops scheduled at the College of Central Florida, Lecanto Campus.

    They are:

    • Tuesday, Oct. 25: Simple Steps for Growing Your Business-Session II, 6-7:30 p.m., Building C-4, Room 103. Session II covers marketing your business and increasing sales. 
    • Tuesday, Nov. 29: Simple Steps for Growing Your Business-Session III, 6 -7:30 p.m.,  Building C-4, Room 103. This session covers financial management and managing operations.
  • Hit by Hermine?

    Laura Byrnes
    Career Source

    I started writing this as Hurricane Matthew set its sights on Florida, noting that “whether we’ll be on the fringe of it or not remains to be seen.”

  • Nature of nonprofit entities, their financial freedoms

    Fred Herzog
    Nonprofit Briefs

  • Brannen turns 90

    Brannen Bank invites the public to attend a combined Christmas and birthday open house celebration from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 23 at each of their bank lobbies. But the biggest celebration will take place at the main branch at 320 U.S. 41S in Inverness.

  • Cleanmaster of Central Florida

    Claire Phillips Laxton
    For the Chronicle
    Bobby Polizzi of Citrus Springs originally built furniture frames and did upholstery work for many years with his dad when he lived on Long Island, New York. Sears was one of their clients.
    Later, after tiring of the cold weather and snow, he and his wife, JoAnn, moved to Fort Lauderdale where one of his wife’s aunts resided.

  • His work seen daily

    Gwen Bittner
    For the Chronicle
    You’ve seen his work before. Citrus County is lined with a unique signature.
    Wood-crafter Steve Finley has been making signs for more than 35 years, and over time has noticed his insignia covers a significant number of county businesses and town entrances.  
    “My forte is just elaborate signs,” Finley said.
    Finley designs and creates his signs with no formal training. What started as a high school hobby has turned into a career and profitable business.

  • The equation for making restaurants profitable

    Fred Herzog
    Experience matters

    Finding solutions to restaurant profitability is a matter of exercising best practices, plus it’s not as hard as solving for an unknown in an algebraic equation. Optimizing profitability in restaurant management comes from the Experience That Matters.

    The Restaurant Equation Workshops

  • Storm-damaged cars flood dealerships

    Hurricane Hermine took out more than people’s homes and businesses. It also left scores of motorists with flooded cars and trucks.
    Steve Lamb, owner of Crystal Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram, Crystal Chevrolet and Crystal Harley-Davidson, said he continues to see people trickle in with flood-damaged vehicles because they finally received checks from their insurance company.
    However, many didn’t wait and rushed to his dealership in the days immediately following the Sept. 2 storm because they were antsy about not having wheels, Lamb said.

  • Accolades come to deserving duo

    Laura Byrnes
    Workforce connection