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Hernando Business Digest for April 23

Eight marketing staff members at Horizon Homecare recently participated in the Leap for Success sales seminar facilitated by Linda McKenna, territory manager for Horizon. Standing in back are: Jennifer Barnwell and Stephanie Henchey. In front, from left, are: Christina DiPiazza, Velvet Baxley, Kristine Grecco, Linda McKenna, Lisa Valenti and Annemarie Donovan.

KATHY HOUSEL | Special to the Times

Eight marketing staff members at Horizon Homecare recently participated in the Leap for Success sales seminar facilitated by Linda McKenna, territory manager for Horizon. Standing in back are: Jennifer Barnwell and Stephanie Henchey. In front, from left, are: Christina DiPiazza, Velvet Baxley, Kristine Grecco, Linda McKenna, Lisa Valenti and Annemarie Donovan.


AutoWay Ford Lincoln, 7200 Broad St., Brooksville, is offering special pricing for all 2011 graduates in support of the nonprofit Standing Tall For Veterans.

AutoWay Ford will extend "military pricing" to 2011 high school and college graduates. Under the program, AutoWay Ford will also make a $100 donation to Standing Tall for each new or used vehicle sold when customer mentions the agency.

For information, visit

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Operation Thanks to You discount cards to benefit Standing Tall For Veterans are available at area businesses.

The cards are $10 each and offer a variety of discounts and free items from local restaurants and businesses, including Beef 'O' Brady's, Dunkin' Donuts, Domino's Pizza, Texas Roadhouse, King's Wok, Coney Island Drive Inn, Buffet City, Rita's Water Ice, Computer Connections, Allen's Florist, AutoWay Ford Lincoln of Brooksville and Spring Hill Lanes.

Cards are available at the following locations:

• Brooksville Elks Lodge 2582, 14494 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville. (New members receive a free card.)

• Computer Corrections, 15478 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

• Allen's Florist, 277 W Jefferson St., Brooksville.

• Florida Tactical Supply, 490 Smith St., Brooksville.

• Tropic Shores Realty, 19211 Cortez Blvd., in the Killingsworth/Candlelight Plaza, Brooksville.

• AutoWay Ford Lincoln of Brooksville, 7200 Broad St., Brooksville (test drive a new or used vehicle and receive a free card).

• Denny's restaurant, 31015 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.

Visit or call Chuck Bennett, (352) 238-3148.

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IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will sponsor Friends Friday Night fundraisers on the second Friday of each month to support the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

For customers who mention Friends of Weeki Wachee on those nights, IHOP will donate 15 percent of their bill to the organization.

Call the restaurant at (352) 683-5525.

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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida has partnered with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce to provide free business consultation to local small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking assistance will have access to all of the center's services, including free one-on-one business counseling, free entrepreneurial training workshops, low-cost entrepreneurial training seminars, the Business Resource Center and custom corporate training.

The center offers business consultation in many areas, including starting a business, Internet marketing, business taxes and government contracting. It is an accredited organization that is funded partially through the Small Business Administration.

The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

Who's news

Dr. Omar Hamoui recently completed the first urological procedure using the daVinci surgical technology at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Hamoui specializes in the diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment of kidney, bladder and prostate cancers. He utilizes the daVinci Robotic Surgical System on patients with cancer or who have nonfunctioning kidneys as a result of infection, cysts or kidney stones.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host the Eastside Business After Business Social from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Days Inn at 6320 Windmere Road, Ridge Manor West. The deadline to register is Tuesday.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include food, drinks and a cash bar. The event will be outdoors. For information, call Kevin Tennie at (352) 540-4521.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer its April Small Business Development Center business seminar, "International Trade Basics," from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The seminar will be presented by Eileen Rodriguez, certified business analyst. The cost is $10 per person. To register, call (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting for Hernando Life Magazine at Superior Bank, 14211 Powell Road, Spring Hill, at noon Wednesday. Call Holly Kemper, (352) 428-6695.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its April membership breakfast meeting Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Networking and business card exchange will begin at 7:15 a.m.; the program begins at 7:45 a.m.

This month's sponsor is Gulf Coast Title, and the program will be the 2011 Hurricane Expo, presented by Hernando County Emergency Management.

The cost is $12 for chamber members and $20 for nonmembers. Call Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697.

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All four Baskin-Robbins locations in Hernando County will participate in the fifth annual 31 Cent Scoop Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, a customer appreciation event. In addition, the nationwide event includes a Scooping Up Thanks for Our Firefighters donation.

In addition to the discounted ice cream, the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation will make a $100,000 donation to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Customers can also donate to the foundation via text message. Text 6333 (NFFF) to 50555 to make a $5 donation.

In Hernando County, Baskin-Robbins is located at: 1185 S Broad St., Brooksville; 11089 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; 4471 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, and at 13179 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program on eating to beat cancer at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The speaker will be Jim Dykes, who after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer found that eating organic mineral rich foods helped save his life.

Staffers will offer tours of the Green World facility and garden. For directions, call (352) 799-0200.

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

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

Call Deborah Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or visit

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Jazzercise will host a benefit class to raise funds for Autism Speaks from 9 to 11 a.m. April 30 at J.D. Floyd K-8 School, 3139 Dumont Ave., Spring Hill.

Each participant will collect pledges prior to the event, or pay a donation at the door. All proceeds will go to Autism Speaks.

The event will include door prizes, raffle items, giveaways and refreshments, as well as a series of Jazzercise classes taught by Hernando County Jazzercise instructors.

The event is open to the public. For information, call Tracie at (352) 796-4796 or Becky at (352) 442-8595.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present a free introductory seminar, "Discover Your Memory Power and Reading Smart," from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. May 3 in the training room at the office in the Airport Industrial Park, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The seminar will be presented by Alan Mong, who will discuss how a more powerful memory and improved reading skills can help people be more effective in areas such as remembering client information, market data, presentations and names.

Advanced registration is required. Call (352) 796-0697.

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Community business leaders can gain knowledge about 10 internationally acclaimed leaders at the Chick-fil-A Leadercast on May 6 at Pasco-Hernando Community College's new Spring Hill Campus at 450 Beverly Court.

A complimentary breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. The conference is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to the public, Leadercast is a one-day leadership training event broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of sites throughout the nation, including Spring Hill. Proceeds from the Spring Hill event will benefit the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.

Speakers include: Seth Godin, John Maxwell, Dave Ramsey, Sir Ken Robinson, Dan Cathy, Muhtar Kent, Suzy Welch, Mack Brown, Erin Gruwell and Frans Johansson.

The program will focus on how individuals and teams can use their voices to create positive change at work, at home and in the community.

Tickets are $69 for chamber members, $79 for nonmembers and $59 for nonprofits. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697, or visit

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The third annual Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice begins at 7 a.m. May 7 at Bayport. The fishing ends at 3 p.m.; an awards banquet and silent auction will follow.

The registration fee is $100 per angler (for individuals with their own boat, bait and tackle) or $500 for individual anglers (which includes a boat, operator and bait). Anglers receive a gift bag, tournament shirt and three meals for the day.

The event is sponsored in part by: Sonny's Bar-B-Q, Surge Suppression, Sunshine Drugs, Topline Auto, Coastal Engineering Associates, Black Bear Bike, Oak Hill Hospital, Cortez Community Bank, Creative Environmental Solutions, Woodruff & Co. P.A. and Silverthorn Country Club.

For information or to register, contact the Hogan Law Firm at (352) 799-8423.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will have its annual seminar and vendor fair, "Hot Topics for 2011," from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 13 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Gulf Club Lane, south of Brooksville. Vendor setup begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m.

The day's schedule includes: keynote speaker Mickey Smith, CEO at Oak Hill Hospital, from 9 to 10 a.m.; "Hot Topics in HR, Pitfalls to Avoid" seminar with lawyer Colleen Flynn from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m.; lunch and vendor visiting from noon to 12:45 p.m.; "Employee Benefit Trends/Reform Act-What You May Not Know" seminar with Bud Elias, president of the Advantage Group, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.; and "ICD 10" seminar with Arlene Morrow from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m.

The cost is $75 for association members, $80 for students and $95 for nonmembers. The conference includes a continental breakfast, lunch buffet and two breaks. Participants will receive six continuing education units. No walk-ins. The deadline to register is May 1.

Checks should be made payable to Nature Coast Chapter PAHCOM and mailed to P.O. Box 6351, Spring Hill, FL 34611. For information, call Margie at (352) 688-5544.

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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