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    "Thirsty for Words"

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Community Bank of Florida is excited to support Sweet Vine Outreach and Prevention Services to fundraise towards their goal of hosting a “Thirsty for Words” event. Sweet Vine’s founder, Tonnette Collier, explains, “Thirst for Words is a part of a literacy crusade our organization has started. The level of attendance and test scores in our area has spurred us to take action.” Their goal is to hold a 2 day celebration including a book fair with free books for children of every age and live readings by members of the community. Sweet Vine is currently running a summer camp and plans to donate book supplies to students on August 31st. If you would like to assist Sweet Vine or would like further information, contact Tonnette at or call (305) 246-1193.

    Located in the heart of Homestead/Florida City, Sweet Vine Inc. is a 501(c) 3, not for profit community-based organization that reaches out to the youth and parents in underserved communities throughout South Miami-Dade County area by providing educational and cultural programs that promote unity and excellence. Their office is located at 144 NW 11st in Homestead. For more information, visit

    Photo: Tonnette Collier, Sweet Vine founder, accepts the check from Willie Carpenter, Sr. Vice President


    A boy's dream come true: the Baseball Hall of Fame

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Parker Williams is an 11 year old pitcher for the Knight Hawks, part of the South Miami Youth Baseball League. Parker is used to traveling around the county playing tournaments and is known for his fast pitching. He is not as familiar with week-long visits to Cooperstown, NY and sleeping in real baseball dorms. Now Parker can say he has experienced life at the Baseball Hall of Fame because he was one of 13 players chosen out of 180 players who tried out. Congratulations to our local star and we can’t wait to see you beat your current pitching of 54 miles an hour!

    Are you in the NETWORK?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    Special thanks to Mick Jones and Susana Vela for being our guest speakers at the July Business Plus Network Meeting! Mick is the Executive Director of the Economic Development Council (EDC) and Susana is the Program Director at MDC Homestead Campus. The duo explained all the FREE resources the EDC offers to local small business owners and the educational courses and seminars they offer. One of the courses, the Business Training Program, will be offered right here at CBF starting July 24th! Classes will be held every Wednesday until September 4th. There's still time to register if you are interested in this extremely low cost opportunity to build your business skills.


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    The 2013 Outstanding Local Business Award

    Last updated 9 months ago

    In case you haven't heard... The winner of the Outstanding Local Business Award was announced recently at the Finalists Luncheon, held at Capri Restaurant. Congratulations to Ed MacDougal of ChoiceOne Companies! Also honored were finalists Tony Fiore, of Cruising Unlimited and the Triana Family, of Triana Family Fence & Metalworks.

    ChoiceOne was established in 1981 as a property and casualty insurance agency.  The company has since grown to a staff of 28 that services business revolving around all facets of the real-estate market. In addition to ChoiceOne Insurance, their other services include: ChoiceOne Mortgage, ChoiceOne Real-Estate, and ChoiceOne Key Title & Escrow. Ed contributes their business’s success to his staff and their ability to work as a team. “Without the family of staff here and the talent they bring to the table, we would not be able to sustain the growth we have had.”

    The prize package ChoiceOne will receive includes complimentary newspaper ads, as well as an ad donated by the South Dade News Leader. They will also receive a $500.00 credit for items or services of their choice from any Community Bank preferred vendor, an award banner for their business, memorabilia and a 3-Day-2 Night Stay at Feather Mountain Log Cabins in Townsend, Tennessee.

    Community Bank of Florida would like to thank all the local businesses that entered the program and shared their story with us. Special thanks to the panel of community leaders who judged the three finalists, which included Dale Machesic, Dr. Jeanne Jacobs, Elizabeth McNabb-Moscynski, George Butler, III and Cyndi Rogg.

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    Are you in the NETWORK?

    Last updated 9 months ago

    If you own a business in the South Dade area and haven't joined our Business Plus Network, you are missing out! It's not too late to attend our July meeting. Join us next Tuesday, July 9th at 7:15 am at our Main Office. Questions? Shoot us an email @

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