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Hernando business digest for April 14


Powers Dorsett III, owner of Zeneda Partners Limited Partnership, 36 N Broad St., Brooksville, recently received a $2,000 grant award from the Brooksville Community Redevelopment Agency's executive review committee.

The grant will go toward a clay tile facade for the roof's eave on the building. All commercial property in the Brooksville CRA district is eligible for the matching grant program. The area includes properties that front along Main, Liberty, Broad and Jefferson streets and Fort Dade and Saxon avenues.

A map of the CRA area and the grant application are available on the city's website at or at the Community Development Department, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. For information, call Bill Geiger, community development director, at (352) 540-3815.

Who's news

Registered nurse Lynda Dilts-Benson was recently appointed by Access Healthcare, 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, as chief quality officer.

Benson, a certified case manager and licensed health care risk manager, will direct the company's newly formed quality department. Benson was promoted from her previous position as chief compliance officer.


Hernando County Jazzercise centers will host "May You Be Strong — Jazzercise Supports the Dawn Center," a fundraising campaign that starts today and runs until Saturday.

Members and nonmembers are invited to attend any class during the week; the admission price is a donation, such as a personal hygiene item, paper products or a monetary donation.

The fundraiser will be at both the Spring Hill center, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., and the Brooksville center, at the Brooksville Enrichment Center, 17222 Hospital Blvd., Suite 120 in the Medical Arts Building.

For information, call Becky at (352) 442-8595 or visit

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The Florida Small Business Development Center Network is bringing four experts to Hernando County to help serve the growing needs of business owners with free consulting beginning Monday through June 16 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Consulting about Internet marketing, accounting and taxes, health care practices, business planning, minority certifications, international trade and QuickBooks will be available.

To schedule a confidential consultation, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

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

The Coffee Barn, 1147 S Broad St., Brooksville, noon Tuesday. Call Daniel Pritz, (352) 428-1272.

Sun Country Pediatrics, 8391 Omaha Circle, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Dr. Michael Griffen, (352) 678-5246.

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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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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 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 "Selling to the Government," a Lunch n' Learn workshop, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Participants will learn how to register with the federal government, how to locate federal opportunities and to whom to market within the federal government.

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

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its April After Hours Mixer, sponsored by Westbridge Community Services, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 7300 Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

For information, call Walter Miley at (352) 678-5553. To RSVP, visit

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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 Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is presenting a new leadership program, the "Disney on Leadership" series.

The series, presented by sheriff's Lt. Col. Royce M. Decker, reviews past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services. The goal is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.

Session 4 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25. 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 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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The Dentist Place for Kids, 12005 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer free dental services for children under the age of 15 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 27.

Services include cleanings, X-rays, exams and additional assistance. The goal of the staff is to improve the oral health of children who may not otherwise receive basic dental care as part of the Give Kids a Smile program.

Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The first 40 children are guaranteed to be seen. For information, call (352) 596-5063.

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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