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The Amerilife of Polk County had a grand opening at its new office in the Professional Plaza at 115 U.S. 27 North in Sebring on Friday, Nov. 9. The Sebring Chamber of Commerce welcomes them to the area and assists with the ribbon cutting.

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A solid 70 percent of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday this year, according to a recent NerdWallet study conducted by The Harris Poll.

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VENUS — Venus Veggies, a small 10-acre certified organic farm in Highlands County, has been growing and selling organic produce for the last eight years.

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WASHINGTON — The awarding of Amazon’s second headquarters to two affluent localities has fanned intense speculation around a key question: For the winning cities, will the economic payoff prove to be worth the cost?

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T.S. Shoes has revised its name that is actually quite fitting. The Sebring store has added more clothing and new lines of shoes and is now T. S. Shoes and More.

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FRANKFURT, Germany — The European Central Bank’s leadership has nominated financial regulator Andrea Enria for the job of top European Union banking supervisor, a decision that could influence later jockeying for high EU financial posts.

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WASHINGTON — American manufacturers grew at a slower pace in October as factories contended with supply disruptions caused by disputes with China, Europe and other trading partners.

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COOPER, Texas — On a dark, muddy, will-it-ever-stop-raining recent Friday, Roy and Sofia Martinez took shelter in the hoop house at Rae Lili Farm in Cooper with chef Matt McCallister and his team. They were taking a break for lunch — a big bowl of posole — after a stormy morning of planting …

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WASHINGTON — Americans increased their borrowing by a solid amount in September. But the gain was less than half the big August surge as borrowing in the category that includes credit cards fell.

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AVON PARK — Ever wanted to start your own business but not sure how to get your entrepreneurial idea off the ground? The Florida SBDC at USF will host a Starting Your Business seminar at South Florida State College in Avon Park, Building H, Room 110, from 2-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15.

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SAN FRANCISCO — For the past few years, the smartphone industry has been searching for a breakthrough to revive a market mired in an innovation lull and a sales slump. A potential catalyst is on the horizon in the form of flexible screens that can be folded in half without breaking.

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SEBRING — AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, is seeking volunteers across Highlands, Desoto and Hardee Counties to help taxpayers who are seeking assistance in preparing and filing their Federal and state income tax returns.

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Question: We were going to rent a home in a rental community. We filled out the application and left a $250 deposit. A few days later, we were informed that we were accepted and needed to pay an additional $850 for the deposit. We went and left the check but could not finalize the lease beca…

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In one particular chicken-and-egg debate, what comes first is clear: It makes sense to hire a financial adviser only after you can afford one — not in the hopes of building wealth someday.

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