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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management had its first Scrubs Fashion Show on Sept. 11. Elvis, a.k.a. Kenn E. Grube, warmed up the crowd before the show began. Local physicians and medical staff members modeled fashions provided by LooseEndz Discount Scrubs and Uniforms. Proceeds, which totaled $3,000, will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. Chapter officers, along with Elvis, thanked the crowd. Standing from left are: Rhonda Garafano, president; Becki Davey, secretary/treasurer; Elvis; Margie Hildreth, past president; Diana Brijbag, membership director; and Mary Ammons, president-elect.


Economy Insurance Mart has been appointed by Travelers of Florida as the new full-line agency for the company in Hernando County.

Economy Insurance Mart has been serving Hernando for more than 15 years and has two Spring Hill offices: 11211 Spring Hill Drive and 1429 Kass Circle.

For information, call (352) 688-0109 or (352) 684-5353.

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Good Shepherd Medical Clinic, 8425 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, has installed a picture archiving communication system.

The new system and electronic medical record service allows Good Shepherd to offer patients and physicians the advantages of digital, film-less diagnostic imaging services.

The new system enables staff members to log on from remote locations to view images. Other appropriate caregivers can log on simultaneously to discuss the patient's care.

The system was installed by Christopher Deam of Prodigy Health Systems in collaboration with Tom Cacciatore. Prodigy is a Hernando County radiology solutions and electronic medical records company.

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The Hernando County Association of Realtors is collecting new and used DVDs to send to troops serving overseas and wounded warriors receiving treatment in military and veterans hospitals around the world.

The association's office is currently the only drop-off site. Individuals may drop off DVDs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Any donations are appreciated.

For information, call (352) 799-1971.

Who's news

Kathleen Richardson Mauro, real estate broker and owner of Florida's Business Connection in Spring Hill, has joined forces with Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners Market Center, 2715 Forest Road, Spring Hill.

A Florida native, Mauro has a background in banking, accounting, taxes, commercial real estate, financial planning, consulting, business brokerage, mergers and acquisitions, and exit strategy planning for business owners.

Mauro has been a presenter for the "Character of the Entrepreneur" program with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, and has been on the steering committee for the past two years.

Before merging with Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners, Mauro had been owner of Florida's Business Connection since January 2002, and prior to that owned Florida Choice Business Brokers.

Mauro can be reached at (352) 592-2225.

Sue Brotherwood, a real estate sales professional, has also joined the team at Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners Market Center. She can be reached at (352) 688-6500 or on her cell at (352) 279-0097.


The Housing and Education Alliance will offer a free counseling workshop, hosted by Capital City Bank, from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at 14302 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The Housing and Education Alliance is a nonprofit Housing and Urban Development-certified counseling agency. The workshop will enable participants to receive free one-on-one counseling and join the Homeowners Retention Club.

For information, contact Rosemary Atkins, housing counselor, at (352) 686-5124.

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The Hernando County Association of Realtors, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville, will host the Hernando Smart Growth Forum from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

The program facilitator will be Realtors association executive director Ed Carr. Speakers will include Hernando County business development director Mike McHugh; Paul Wieczorek, a senior planner with the Hernando County Planning Department, and Dennis Dix, transportation planning coordinator for the county.

There will also be a presentation by Reality Check Tampa Bay and a One Bay presentation on the future of Hernando County. The free workshop will include a light lunch.

To register or for information, call (352) 686-5124.

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The Winning Edge, a chapter of Business Networking International, will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Weeki Wachee Resort, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

Bring business cards and network with other area business professionals. The cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, contact Edmond Mintah at (352) 684-5884.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "How to Profitably Grow a Business in a Tight Economic Period," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

The seminar, sponsored by the library, will be presented by Bill Brydia, SCORE counselor, who will analyze the factors affecting growth and expansion, with emphasis on conducting a growth audit on planning, marketing and human resource availability.

For reservations or information, contact the library program staff at (813) 929-1214 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly membership breakfast meeting on Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

This month's sponsor is AT&T the Real Yellow Pages. The topic will be the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority.

Networking and business card exchange begins at 7:15 a.m.; the program begins at 7:45 a.m.

The cost is $12 for chamber members, and $20 for nonmembers.

For information, call (352) 796-0697.

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The Spring Hill Professionals Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club will meet from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Boston Cooker Restaurant & Oyster Bar, 5375 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The cost for lunch is $13, to be paid at the meeting. The restaurant will not accept personal checks. A separate membership fee is required to join the club.

Speakers this week include: Kim Marks, vice president of Southeast Title Insurance, Tampa/Hernando, and Keith Forrest, registered financial adviser with Summit Brokerage Services, Spring Hill.

The club offers members each week the opportunity to give brief business presentations and exchange leads collected during the previous week. The club offers noncompete business classifications to avoid conflicts of interest.

For information, call Lois Bleicher at (352) 200-4809.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting for Progress Personal Training at Gold's Gym, 20126 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

For information, contact Shayne Cahill at (352) 584-1192.

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A wine-tasting fundraiser to benefit the Arc Nature Coast will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Strong Tower Vineyards & Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, south of County Line Road, Spring Hill.

Participants can enjoy wine, appetizers (compliments of Publix) and music, and tours of Strong Tower Winery will be given. Participants may register to win a 32-inch Polaroid flat-screen LCD TV/DVD, compliments of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. The drawing will be at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 per person, or $25 per couple. For information, call (352) 544-2322, ext. 109.

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Leaders by Design, a chapter of Business Networking International, will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Weeki Wachee Resort, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee.

Bring business cards and network with other professionals. The cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast. For information, call Scott Kelczewski at (352) 556-6038.

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Strong Tower Vineyard will have a free wine tasting from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Pristine Liquors, 14381 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The tasting will include some of Strong Tower Vineyard's gold medal winners from the recent Florida International Wine Competition.

For information, call (352) 666-1088 or (352) 799-7612.

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CPR RESQ Training Center, 2915 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will offer an American Heart Association CPR class from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 30.

The offer: Bring a friend, and both receive free training. Come alone, and there will be a fee. Space is limited. For information or to sign up, call (352) 684-5664.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Hernando Class of 2008 will have its Hernando Roundup — a barbecue, auction and evening of entertainment — at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Weeki Wachee Springs, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The fundraiser benefits several Hernando County charities: Boys and Girls Club of Brooksville, Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando, NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness), New Beginnings Youth Shelter, POSSE (the equestrian program of the Arc Nature Coast) and the Rotary Centennial Park.

Music will be provided by Brian Chytka and Jenny Rimmer. Several levels of advertising opportunities are available. Tickets are $60. For information, contact Marilyn Peck at (352) 799-6000.

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Players and sponsors are needed for a charity golf tournament to benefit the Alzheimer's Family Organization on Oct. 11 at the Heather Golf and Country Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd., Weeki Wachee.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. A shotgun start will begin at 9 a.m. The event is hosted by Forest Oaks senior retirement community.

For information, contact Evelyn Burnetter at (352) 683-3323, Ruth Savage at (352) 592-1150 or Mona Herreid at (352) 232-6025.

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The Shoe Carnival, 13094 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, is participating in two programs to help the victims of Hurricane Ike, through its partnership with Soles4Souls, the international shoe charity that gives away shoes to needy people.

First, Shoe Carnival will collect donations to cover the cost of new shoes in support of the nonprofit relief efforts. For every $2 collected, someone without shoes will receive a gift of shoes. To date, Soles4Souls has sent 85,000 pairs of new shoes to aid in the Hurricane Ike relief efforts. Donations will be accepted at the store until Oct. 1.

Second, Shoe Carnival will accept new or "gently worn" shoes that will be sent to those in need, and in return the donor will receive a $5 coupon good toward any item in the store. All footwear collected during the charitable event will go to Soles4Souls.

For information, contact Sal Rinaldo, store manager, at (352) 597-4617.

If you have announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also e-mail items to or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

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