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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is holding a membership drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Membership benefits include customer referrals; an interview on WWJB-AM 1450 radio; a ribbon-cutting ceremony; listings in the membership directory, on the website and on the mobile application; the member-to-member discount program; training and business education and development opportunities; advocacy; networking and marketing.

For information, contact membership representative Lauren Jolly at (352) 796-0697 or

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Vendor spaces are available for the annual Hernando Marketplace: Live, Shop and Play, presented by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department.

The family-friendly event, open to the public, is designed to showcase Hernando County businesses and services. It will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Admission is free.

Both chamber members and nonmembers are invited to participate. The booth fee is $50 for chamber members and $75 for nonmembers.

Businesses that are child-oriented are invited to participate in the Kids Zone. For those who provide an activity, demonstration or giveaway for children, the registration fee will be waived.

For information about the event, contact Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697, ext. 5, or For information about the Kids Zone, call Kim Poppke at (352) 754-4061.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, provides free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.

Consultations and access to all SBDC services are available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session or for information, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

Who's news

Registered dietitian Maria DeNicola was recently appointed director of food and nutrition services at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

DeNicola comes from St. Joseph's John Knox of Tampa Bay, where she served as dining services director. She has more than 30 years in food and nutrition services leadership.

DeNicola has a bachelor's degree in dietetics from Rochester Institute of Technology, a master's degree in health services administration from New School for Social Research in New York and a certificate in basic French cooking techniques from the French Culinary Institute in New York.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have four ribbon cuttings during the coming week:

Karma Spirits, 10511 Spring Hill Drive, Village Plaza, Spring Hill, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call Rob Starz, (352) 678-5252.

Livengood and Associates, 10519 Spring Hill Drive, Village Plaza, Spring Hill, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call Jeff Livengood, (352) 686-0444.

Amelia's Beauty Store & Gifts, 10525 Spring Hill Drive, Village Plaza, Spring Hill, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call Amelia Pelton, (352) 610-3977.

State No Fault Insurance, 4036 Andy Pella Drive, Spring Hill, at noon Wednesday. Call Brenda Collins, (352) 688-2422.

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Heron Pointe Health and Rehabilitation, 1445 Howell Ave., Brooksville, will host a meet-and-greet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature elder law attorney Barbara Epstein. Topics will include Medicaid, estate planning, wills and trusts, durable power of attorney, health care surrogate/living wills, probate and trust administration, and guardianship.

Attendees can enter to win a Valentine's Day gift basket. For information, call (352) 799-1451.

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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, 901 S Broad St., Brooksville, and the Florida State Muscle Car Club host a cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, weather permitting. Proceeds benefit HPH Hospice and Hernando County schools.

The events feature classic cars and trucks, musical entertainment, prizes and drawings. For information, call Gerry Evans at (352) 799-1461.

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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.

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Women Building Women will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday in the grand lounge on the second floor at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill.

This month's Business Spotlight is Vickie DeCaro of Xocai Chocolates.

The cost is $3 per person and includes a continental breakfast. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month. To RSVP, call (352) 345-3597 no later than Monday.

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BNI Leaders by Design will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast. Call Ralph Vitola at (352) 796-2676.

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The Republican Business Leaders Club of Hernando County will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

The club is open to retired and current business owners, managers and anyone who has made a payroll and created jobs. Call Blaise Ingoglia at (352) 686-8200.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• "How to Use the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• "How to Market in This Economy," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "How to Create a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

To register, visit and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Hernando Builders Association will have its seventh annual "Bang Bang" Sporting Clays Tournament on Feb. 16 at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays Range, 10514 Ehrens Cutoff Road, Land O'Lakes.

Check-in starts at 8 a.m.; shooting begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $99 per shooter and includes coffee and doughnuts before the event, a catered lunch and awards following the event.

Awards will be presented to the top three teams, top three individual scores and top three female scores, and the "turkey" award.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch. For information, call (352) 596-1114 or visit the website at

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The Hernando Builders Association Lunch Club, open to all HBA members and any business interested in the association, will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville.

Those attending pay for their own lunch. The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at local restaurants. To RSVP, visit and click on the events tab, then on the calendar date. For information, call the HBA office at (352) 596-1114.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, will present "Intro to Certified Business Enterprise," a Lunch n' Learn workshop, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Participants will learn how to complete the state application and certification, and how to use the certification to seek business in the private sector and government.

The cost is $10 per person. To RSVP, visit For information, call Jerry Karp, SBDC consultant, at (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its February After Hours Mixer, sponsored by the Arc Nature Coast, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

For information, call Nancy Stubbs at (352) 544-2322. To RSVP, visit

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present a new leadership program, the "Disney on Leadership" series. The series, presented by Lt. Col. Royce M. Decker, will review past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services.

The goal of the training is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.

• Session 2 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

• Session 3 will be from noon to 1 p.m. March 21 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 28.

• Session 4 will be from noon to 1 p.m. April 18 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25.

The workshop will be offered as either a lunch-and-learn or an after-work session. All classes will be at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The cost for chamber members is $15 per class or $45 for the series. The cost for nonmembers is $20 per class or $65 for the series.

To RSVP, register online at For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association's fifth annual Roast 'n Toast fundraiser will be March 8 at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando. The speaker will be Chris Moling, owner of TMC Productions and DRC Sports.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and the program begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. This year's circus-themed event will benefit the public relations profession by making scholarships, training grants and accreditation rebates possible for Citrus and Hernando County public relations professionals and students.

Table sponsors are available. For information, contact Katie Mehl at (352) 344-6501 or

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the fourth annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The event is broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of sites throughout the nation.

Speakers will include Jack Welch, Andy Stanley, Mike Krzyzewski, John Maxwell, Dr. Henry Cloud, Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver, Sanya Richards-Ross, David Allen and Condolezza Rice.

The event is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets purchased before Feb. 28 are $49. Tickets purchased later will be $69 for chamber members, $79 for nonmembers and $59 for nonprofit organizations. Group discounts are available.

The event includes all materials, as well as breakfast and lunch. Corporate sponsorships are available. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697. To purchase tickets online, go to

If you have business announcements 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 email 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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