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Business digest: Eating out benefits Hernando Education Foundation


Several restaurants have signed up to participate in Eat Out for Education, a program sponsored by the Hernando Education Foundation. Restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds to the education foundation on each day of the promotion. Diners need to mention "Eat Out for Education" when ordering.

Next week's participant is County Line Cafe & Grille, 120 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, from 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday.

Call Tracy Echols, director of development for the foundation, at (352) 277-3322.

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The Pak Mail Center, 4377 Commercial Way in the Lakewood Plaza, Spring Hill, has partnered with Shred-it to deliver secure document-destruction solutions. Pak Mail now has a secure Shred-it shredding console so customers can drop off private documents to be shredded on site.

For information, call (352) 596-7414.

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Oak Hill Hospital has announced that its parent company, Hospital Corporation of America, and its affiliate hospitals have been selected as one of Computerworld's top workplaces for information technology professionals for the second year in a row. HCA is ranked 42nd on the publication's Top 100 list.

HCA has 162 hospitals and 106 surgery centers in 20 states and England. Its information and technology and services department employ more than 3,000 people in the United States and includes five data centers and 14 division support centers responsible for delivering IT services to HCA as well as more than 145 non-HCA hospitals and facilities.

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Prudential Tropical Realty recently unveiled its mobile search technology service known as Curbside Info To You, or CITY.

The program, available 24 hours a day, uses mobile technology to send property details to a prospective buyer's cell phone before the buyer leaves the property. Because it accesses everything included in the Multiple Listing Service, CITY can provide information on any property, not just those listed by Prudential Tropical Realty, and send it to any mobile phone.

The system is powered by Voice Pad and can provide property information in Spanish as well as English.

For information, call the Prudential Tropical Realty office at 2166 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, at (352) 688-2227.

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Kurl Up & Dye hair salon at 4044 Andy Pella Drive, between Forest Oaks Boulevard and Philatelic Drive, Spring Hill, is changing its name to Shear Style. New owner and stylist Sharon Arzillo announced the new name recently.

To celebrate its name change, the business will have a free barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 10. There will be giveaways and prizes. For information, call (352) 683-1030.

Who's news

Amber Slusser has been promoted to branch operations director-youth/family services at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Slusser began her career with the YMCA of Greater St. Petersburg in 2001, working as a therapeutic counselor with adolescents in an at-risk program. In early 2005, she accepted a position with the YMCA of the Suncoast at the Hernando branch as the teen coordinator, and soon was offered the position of family/youth and teen director.

In 2007, Slusser started a summer day camp for Citrus County, which is now in its fourth year. She was recently promoted to the district's programs director covering Citrus and Hernando counties. While continuing to build youth programs, she earned a professional senior director's certification with the Y.

Slusser has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in rehabilitation and mental health counseling with a focus in marriage and family therapy. She and her husband, Scott, live in New Port Richey with their two daughters.

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Priscilla Rodriguez has joined the staff at Economy Insurance Mart, 7377 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

Rodriguez moved to Hernando County in 1991. In 2004, after getting her customer service representative license, she began her career at Affordable Insurance/Snow & Bell Inc.

She can be reached at (352) 688-0109.


Brooksville Air Center, 15421 Technology Drive, south of Brooksville, will host a grand opening at 11 a.m. today.

Brooksville Air Center is the second fixed-base operator at the Hernando County Airport.

Families are welcome to the event, which includes a pig roast and tours of a World War II B-25 bomber. The event is free, but donations for Lea's Prayers and Postage, a local nonprofit organization that provides postage for packages to troops serving overseas, are welcome.

For information, call (352) 754-5449 or visit .

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 and the West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library will present a free small business seminar, "Introduction to QuickBooks," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday at the library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill.

Mike Kouremetis, a SCORE counselor, will present the seminar, which is designed for people planning to start a business, as well as for those who have recently started a small business but have not yet set up an effective record-keeping system.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (352) 540-6391 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer the course "Your Personal Listening Skills" from 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday in the chamber's training room, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The course helps explain how one's preferred listening approach may not be appropriate for all situations, and participants will learn when and how to adopt another listening approach for successful communication.

The workshop can be useful in a number of applications, such as customer service, presentation skills, conflict resolution and team building. The instructor is Lori Bainum, a corporate trainer.

Cost is $69 for chamber members and $79 for nonmembers. Call (352) 796-0697, ext. 228, or e-mail

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Hernando Biz ... Net-Connecting for You, a networking group, will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

A minimal dues structure is in place. Members are asked to attend at least three meetings a month and order breakfast from the menu.

New members are welcome. Contact Sallie at (352) 428-3647 or

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The $50 Investment Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Edward Jones office, 3296 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. New members are welcome. For information, call Ross or Wynn Keith at (352) 596-2649.

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Superior Bank, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, will host Garage Sale Mania from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and continuing each Friday in July.

Space is available for those wishing to set up a table in the parking lot for $5. The fee will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

For information, call Tammy LaValle, Superior Bank branch manager, at (352) 666-5200.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

The group's goal is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees.

The group meets every Friday.

Call Deborah Cutlip at (352) 684-9137 or visit naturecoast

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Jazzercise will host its second annual "Americana" Jazzercise class beginning at 9 a.m. July 3 at 1287 Kass Circle, Spring Hill.

The hourlong class is free and open to the public.

Those who wish to attend are asked to wear red, white and/or blue, and come dressed to exercise.

Those participating are asked to bring an item for military troops, such as a personal hygiene item, small snack items or even small toys (deck of cards or squirt guns). All items will be donated to Gifts from Home, which sends boxes overseas to troops.

For information, call (352) 442-8595.

Paul & Jerry's Self Storage will have a fundraiser to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 3 at 10161 County Line Road, Spring Hill.

The event will include a yard sale, food, the bloodmobile and representatives from Career Central. For information, call (352) 684-4414.

If you have business 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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