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Hernando business digest for Sept. 24


HCA hospitals in Hernando and Pasco counties — including Oak Hill Hospital, Community Hospital and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point — recently were named among the nation's top performers on key quality measures for heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care by the Joint Commission, which accredits health care organizations in America.

The three HCA hospitals were the only hospitals in Citrus, Hernando and Pasco counties to achieve excellence on all four of the adult quality measures.

Who's news

BNI Winning Edge is under new leadership. The networking group recently selected a new leadership team, which will be inducted Tuesday.

Team members include: Lisa Cornett, president; Darin Merkle, vice president; Melisa Murphy, secretary/treasurer; Jessica Bleser, applications champion; Cecil Salmon, issues and concerns; Eric Kessel, reviews champion; Ruth Branson, attendance champion; Rich Melton, education coordinator; Judy Lee, mentoring coordinator; Al Boland, pre-visitor host; Mike Mazzuco, pre-visitor host; Ric Mitzel, post-visitor host; and Dr. David Dahmer, post-visitor host.

Alternates include: Jay Rowden, Paul Grynewicz, Thomas Lobianco, Jason Alba, Duane Chichester, Greg Gruner and Melissa Zarcone.

BNI Winning Edge meets from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays at the Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Visitors are welcome. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.


Superior Bank, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, will be the site of a fall festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The event will be co-hosted by the Kiwanis Club of the Nature Coast, and proceeds will benefit club projects and programs for children.

Vendors are needed. Booths are available for businesses and nonprofit organizations. The cost is $10, and renters must provide their own table and chairs. Tents are encouraged.

For reservations, call Tammy Lavalle, branch manager, at (352) 666-5200.

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Re/Max Advantage Realty will host a fundraiser to benefit breast cancer awareness from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today in the Shoppes of Towne Square parking lot, near Chili's Bar and Grill restaurant, at 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The event will feature Re/Max's seven-story balloon, prizes, a silent auction, garage sales, arts and crafts, face painting, food and a live broadcast from WJQB True Oldies 106.3 Radio.

Call (352) 279-1362.

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The Foundation for Early Learning in Hernando and Pasco Counties invites businesses and organizations to sponsor an event at the Cook Family's Antique & Classic Car Museum, 2445 Success Drive in Odessa, from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Museum owner Jim Cook and his family will lead guests on a free tour of their historical items, with automobiles from 1915 to 1986, engines including Hemi Cutaways, and more than 100 antique radios.

Donations will be accepted to support the foundation's mission of promoting high-quality early education in Pasco and Hernando counties.

Companies and organizations may purchase exhibitor and sponsorship packages, which include hosting an exhibitor's booth, displaying a company or organizational banner and placing a logo in event marketing materials.

For information, contact the foundation at (727) 233-8291.

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

This month's sponsor is Spherion. The program will be provided by the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority. The cost is $12 for chamber members and $20. Call Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at My Career Closet, 14690 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, at noon Tuesday. Call JoAnn Glass, (352) 683-7365.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is offering assertiveness training to members and the general public from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 11 in the chamber's training room at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The course consists of five weekly sessions of two hours each, conducted by Vince Vanni.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who attend four of the five classes. The fee is $60 for chamber members and $120 for nonmembers. To register, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center at USF will offer the marketing seminar "Learn How to Really Connect with the Right Audience" from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The seminar will be presented by Jerry Karp, certified business analyst. Participants will learn how to craft the right message for the right audience and how everything one does communicates something about a business.

The cost is $25 per person. To register, call (352) 796-0697.

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Thursday is the deadline to register for the Hernando Builders Association OSHA Safety Forum, which is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 6 at the association's office, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.

The forum will be led by Rick Mulkey of Compliance Safety. Mulkey is an independent OSHA-authorized instructor and trainer with 30 years of in-the-field experience.

The cost of the class is $75. To RSVP, call (352) 596-1114.

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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 of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees.

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

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The Hernando Builders Association Ladies of the HBA has teamed up with Patricia's Boutique in Brooksville to present "A More Glamorous You," a luncheon and fashion show, at 11 a.m. Oct. 1 at Glen Lakes Country Club, 10485 Glen Lakes Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee.

Tickets are $30, available in advance or at the door. To RSVP, call (352) 596-1114.

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Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant will have its 30th annual Spaghetti Fest from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 4 at the restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville.

The event is a fundraiser for the Arc Nature Coast, which provides support for persons with disabilities and their families.

The event will feature all-you-can-eat spaghetti for 99 cents, live entertainment, a bounce house, pony rides, face painting, games, cart rides and door prizes.

Leading up to the festival, live entertainment will be featured inside and outside the restaurant from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 3 to 9 p.m. Oct. 1.

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The fourth annual Summit for Youth and Families will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave. The event is presented by the Hernando Youth Initiative of the Education Committee for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce.

The event will include a vision and a plan for "Hernando 2030," as well as information about the progress of "Pre-birth to Success," a program that 10 committees have been working on for the past year.

There is no cost to attend, but reservations are needed by Friday. RSVP to or call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322. Sponsorships are also available; visit .

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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