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Hernando business digest for May 26

Who's news

Denise Deskins and Lori Sanders recently opened Always Grande Hair Salon at 59 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville. Together, the two stylists bring more than 50 years of experience to their business.

Deskins owned a salon in Masaryktown for many years before opening the new business with Sanders.

The business is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and on Saturday by appointment. For information, call (352) 200-1362.

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Dr. V. Antoine Keller was recently appointed to the medical staff at both Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

Keller is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and is board certified in cardiothoracic, vascular and endovascular surgery. Formerly, he was chief of cardiothoracic surgery at Baton Rouge General Hospital in Baton Rouge, La., and a clinical assistant professor at Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans.

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Dr. Pariksith Singh of Access Healthcare was recently presented the TiETaN of Healthcare Entrepreneurship Award for 2013 by the Indus Entrepreneurs of Tampa Bay.

The Indus Entrepreneurs, or TiE, was founded in 1992 in the Silicon Valley by a group of entrepreneurs, corporate executives and senior professionals in the Indus region.

TiE launched a local chapter in Tampa Bay on Sept. 22, which goes by TiETaN. For information, visit

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Matthew Romero was recently appointed chief financial officer at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill.

Romero joins the hospital from Muskogee, Okla., where he served as CFO for the two-hospital EASTAR Health System. He fills the position vacated by Chance Phillips, who was promoted through the HCA health care system.

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Dr. Adel Eldin, a local cardiologist and internal medicine physician and the owner of Brooksville Cardiology, was a speaker at the recent HealthCamp Tampa conference at the University of South Florida.

Participants spoke about various aspects of the health care industry, focusing on technology, process and policy.

Eldin spoke about the health care crisis and presented information on his low-cost quality health care model, now in its third year.

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Misty Hornsby and Keith Meccia are the newest instructors for Live Oak Theatre Company's summer camp. Live Oak Theatre is a nonprofit family oriented theater company in Spring Hill.

Hornsby holds a bachelor's degree in theater arts and humanities from the University of South Florida.

Meccia, who has been performing since the age of 10, was a theater arts student at Nature Coast Technical High School and studied musical theater in New York City at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

For information about the summer program, call (352) 593-0027 or visit

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Brooksville Regional Hospital recently presented its monthly awards to recognize outstanding associates in customer service, leadership and clinical service.

Registered nurse William Imwalle, charge nurse/post anesthesia care unit, and Doris Edmonds, rehabilitation services, received clinical awards.

Registered nurse Dee McMichael, director of the intensive care unit/progressive care unit, was named Manager of the Quarter for the first quarter of 2013; registered nurse Kimberly Unterweiser, progressive care unit, was recognized as Nurse of the Quarter; and Kimberly Troutman, health information management supervisor, received the Associate of the Quarter award.

In addition, Elva Bell of the Florida Endoscopy & Surgery Center received a clerical support award.


Belk Department Store, 13151 Cortez Blvd. in the Coastal Way Plaza, Spring Hill, will host an Open House event to celebrate Belk's 125th anniversary, at 9 a.m. Wednesday. William Henry Belk opened his first store in Monroe, N.C., on May 29, 1888.

The event includes entertainment, refreshments and special promotions. The first 100 customers will receive a Belk gift card. For information, call Tracy Keck, store manager, at (352) 592-1515, ext. 201.

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at Keller Williams Elite Partners, 2715 Forest Road, Spring Hill, at noon Thursday. Call James Saffell, (813) 416-5162.

Bulletin board

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 until 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.

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars. To register and for additional information, visit and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

• "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.

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. June 4, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• "Using the Internet in your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 4, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. June 4, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 5, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5 to 7 p.m. June 18, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 27, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

MANUFACTURING SKILLS: Pasco-Hernando Community College's corporate training department will host a Manufacturing Skills Standards Council certified production technician training program from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through July 31 at PHCC's Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.

The council provides an industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation's production workers. The course fee is $1,100 per person and includes all instructional materials and certifications. Employers may qualify for up to 50 percent in training reimbursement funds through the Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board.

To register or for information, call (727) 816-3123.

LEADERSHIP SKILLS: Pasco-Hernando Community College's corporate training department will host a leadership certificate program, designed to develop midlevel professionals for greater leadership roles within their organizations, from 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning June 6 at PHCC's Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.

The 32-hour, eight-week, noncredit program will be presented by Lori Bainum, PHCC's director of corporate training. The cost for chamber members is $599; for nonmembers, $799.

Applications are available online at For information, call (727) 816-3123.

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.

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.

The Referral Institute and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer the certified networker program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and continuing through July 24 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. The program, presented by Tiffanie Kellog, is a training system for building a referral-based marketing strategy. The cost is $1,197, which can be paid in three payments of $399. Participants may attend a single module for $99. To register, call Kellog toll-free 1-888-282-8649.

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 the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests welcome. People attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

Hernando business digest for May 26 05/25/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 24, 2013 1:41pm]
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