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Hernando business digest, Aug. 18


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to mentor small businesses. For information, visit and click on "Volunteer."

Who's news

DOCTOR JOINS HOSPITAL STAFF: Dr. Santosh Potdar was recently appointed to the medical staff at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill.

Potdar is board certified in surgery and a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. His offices are at 11373 Cortez Blvd., Suite 208, Spring Hill, and at 8367 S Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa. He can be reached at (352) 597-0224 or toll-free 1-855-448-9650.

HOSPITAL ASSOCIATE AWARDS: Brooksville Regional Hospital recently presented its second-quarter Associates of the Quarter awards to recognize outstanding associates in customer service, leadership and clinical service.

Vickie Norris, centralized business office director, was named Manager of the Quarter; registered nurse Eileen Schell, house supervisor, was recognized as Nurse of the Quarter, and Vicki Boehmer, laboratory phlebotomist, was recognized as Associate of the Quarter.


CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon-cuttings this week:

• Cutlip Financial Insurance Services, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Tuesday. Call Dana or Deborah Cutlip, (352) 293-4317.

• Whispering Pines Dental Lodge, 609 Lamar Ave., Brooksville, at noon Thursday. Call James Lee, (352) 796-2034.

• Hernando County Tourism Bureau Westside Branch, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, at noon Friday. Call Tammy Heon, (352) 754-4405.

LUNCH BUNCH: 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. Tuesday at Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 3095 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill.

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

CHAMBER OFFERS CERTIFICATION: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at USF, will present a Women and Minority Business Enterprise certification workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville.

Participants will learn how to complete the state's application and certification and learn how to use the certification to seek business with the private sector and government. The cost is $10. RSVP online at For information, call Jerry Karp, SBDC consultant, at (352) 796-0697.

FREE BOWLING: Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will offer free bowling during its customer appreciation event. Bowlers will receive free games from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, visit

Building skills

FREE SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting two free seminars.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

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

BPW OFFERS PROTECTION CLASS: Business and Professional Woman of Hernando County will offer a women's personal protection class during its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 27 in the pool room at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill.

Networking begins at 5:30; dinner is at 6 p.m. Guest: Fred Payne of Just for Kicks Karate. The cost is $15 for members/$20 for guests. For information, call Alice Pirola, (352) 786-9230 or email

Bulletin board

FREE BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the county.

A business consultant is available at the chamber office to provide access to all of the center's services. The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

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 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.

Networking opportunities

BNI Winning Edge: 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.

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Networking Group: Lunch N Learn, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Realtors Association office, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. This month's program focuses on the development and enrichment of leadership and networking skills as well as providing activities that support the growing community and the chamber. Call Phil Undestad, (352) 796-1451 or the chamber office, (352) 796-0697.

BNI Leaders by Design: 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.

Nature Coast Business Professionals: 8 a.m. Friday at IHOP, 3636 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. People attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

Hernando business digest, Aug. 18 08/15/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 15, 2013 1:31pm]
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