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Call center could bring 500 new jobs to Ocala

An estimated 500 jobs could be coming to Marion County thanks to customer relations call center, Sitel Worldwide.  After some governmental incentives, the company plans to open a new branch in Ocala. Vice President of Marketing Andrew Coax says the company is looking to hire full-time workers, as well as …

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A business that’s part of the community

While many businesses went under after the economic crash that affected the country, one area business somehow managed to survive.  As Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’s Alex de Armas reports, a local hardware store in High Springs has been up and running for decades, and it’s now a local institution

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Graduation celebrations give Alachua County a reason to cheer

Hotels are near occupancy and businesses are buzzing with families in Gainesville for graduation. Alachua County Tourism Development Director Roland Loog says the vibrant environment of the weekend makes it a profitable one for the area. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/05/LOOG3.mp3] Loog says spring graduation used to mark the beginning of a quiet season, …

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SFC fosters entrepreneurship in the community

Gainesville community leaders discussed the importance of community entrepreneurship training today at Santa Fe College’s Center for Innovation and Economic Development. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Dina Lewis explains how Gainesville is redefining entrepreneurial education. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/DlWrapFpentrepeneur.mp3]

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Six months after Georgia-Pacific plant closing

Last November, Georgia-Pacific decided to close its plywood mill near Hawthorne. That dealt a devastating blow to Hawthorne with the elimination of some 400 jobs. Now, six months later, Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM’S Bryan Garcia reports on how the community is trying to recover. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/news/files/2012/05/BGHAWTHORNESTORY.mp3]

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Ocala economy may see a boost from a new business moving in

Another big company might be coming to North Florida.The Marion County Commission has unanimously approved a 2.5 million dollar incentive package to bring Sitel Worldwide Corporation to the city of Ocala. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Eileen Cofre reports on the details of the agreement and how this will affect Ocala’s economy. …

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