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Hernando Business digest for Sept. 30

Business digest


TILTED TEACUP TEA ROOM NOW OPEN ON TUESDAYS: Starting Tuesday, the Tilted Teacup Tea Room, 103 S Saxon Ave., Brooksville, will be open Tuesday through Saturday. Reservation times include: 11 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. with walk-ins welcome. For information, call (352) 593-4111.

Who's news

NEW SURGICAL SERVICES DIRECTOR:Registered nurse Julie Schneider was recently promoted to director of surgical services at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. Schneider, who has an extensive background in surgical services, began her career with the hospital in 1996 as a certified surgical technician.

ASSISTANT CHIEF NURSING OFFICER APPOINTED: Melanie Wetmore, a certified emergency nurse, was recently appointed as assistant chief nursing officer at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. Wetmore comes to the hospital from Memorial Hospital in Tampa, a sister HCA facility, where she served as emergency department director. She has approximately 20 years of emergency care experience.


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

• Golden Outlook, 4594 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Tim Hill, (352) 650-2608.

• Dance First, 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, noon Wednesday. Call Christy Murray, (352) 222-3742.

• Strike City, 3544 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, 4 p.m. Thursday. Call Michael Alonzo, (352) 683-7576.

DOWNTOWN BROOKSVILLE NOW: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Downtown Brooksville NOW group will meet at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. The speaker will be Jo-Anne Peck of the Hernando Historic Preservation Society and Laura DeWitt with the Brooksville Cycling Classic and Fitness Festival. Visit Florida and Brooksville Main Street will provide updates. The cost is $5. To RSVP, visit For info, call Duane Chichester at (352) 796-2041.

BUSINESS BOOT CAMP: Chamber members participating in the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Business Boot Camp will learn how to maximize their chamber membership. Each session will be offered from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. The sessions are free and will include networking opportunities. Sessions include:

• Marketing Mania, Thursday.

• No Train No Gain, Oct. 20.

• Advocacy in Action, Oct. 27.

To RSVP, call (352) 796-0697 or visit

CHAMBER MIXER: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its October After Hours Mixer at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at 3454 Suncoast Villa Way, Spring Hill. The event is sponsored by Hibiscus Springs Rental Homes. Free. To RSVP, visit

CHAMBER WELCOME COMMITTEE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Welcome Committee will meet at 3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. The group of volunteers mentor new members. For information, call Jean Harberts at (352) 796-0697.

CHAMBER DIPLOMAT COMMITTEE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Diplomat Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 13 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. For information, call Jean Harberts at (352) 796-0697.

CHAMBER CONNECT POWER LUNCH: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host its October Chamber Connections Power Lunch at noon Oct. 14 at Bayfront Health Brooksville, 17240 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. October's lunch is sponsored by Bayfront Health. The cost is $15 if pre-paid online, or $20 at the door. For information or to RSVP, call (352) 796-0697 or visit

HERNANDO UNTAPPED: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present its second annual Hernando Untapped Craft Beer & Wine Festival from 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 21 at American Aviation Flight Academy, 17076 Helicopter Drive, south of Brooksville. Those attending will be able to sample beer and wine while listening to live music by the Bearded Brothers Band; there also will be food truck vendors as well as local merchants and retailers. General admission is $25 per person and includes a tasting glass and unlimited samplings of beer, wine and entertainment. Food is not included but will be available for sale. Designated driver tickets are $10 per person and include complimentary soda or water and entertainment. VIP tickets are $50 per person (only 150 tickets available) and include one-hour-early admission, a complimentary tasting glass, a VIP swag bag, VIP snacks and access to a VIP area with private restrooms and seating. Only people ages 21 and over will be admitted. For information or tickets, call (352) 796-0697 or visit

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.

• Understanding a Franchise Business, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

• Using the Internet in Your Business, from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 11, at Spring Hill Branch, Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

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

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hamilton, 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 and mixers

• Nature Coast Business Professionals: 7:30 a.m. Friday, IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Those attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip, (352) 293-4317.

• Connect B2B (Business to Business) Networking: 7 a.m. Monday, Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Free for chamber members, $5 for non-members. To register, visit or call (352) 796-0697.

• Networking for Chickens: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Call Tim Reed, (352) 683-3730.

• BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Tim Cornett, (352) 345-1377.

• Keep It Local-Spring Hill/Brooksville Chapter: 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Beef 'O' Brady's 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Lorrie Hamilton, (727) 534-0714.

• Young Professionals Networking Group: 8 a.m., Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Speaker: Trish Buzzone. Call Lindsey Hack at (352) 796-6000.

• Keep It Local — Hernando Business Professionals Chapter: 11:15 a.m., second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month, Beef 'O' Brady's, 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Lauren Jolly, (352) 610-3435.

• BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. No cost for first time visitors. Call Chris Dyer, (352) 849-5353.

Hernando Business digest for Sept. 30 09/28/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2016 3:50pm]
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