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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, provides free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.

Information about all SBDC services and consultations are available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

Who's news

Yvonne Hernandez-Munoz, a board-certified acupuncture physician, has opened Natural Body Care Acupuncture & Massage, in the offices of Absolute Health Chiropractic, 11046 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

Hernandez-Munoz offers acupuncture treatments including mei zen, or cosmetic acupuncture for the face and neck, and massage therapy services.

For individuals unfamiliar with or curious about acupuncture, a free event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at the soccer complex at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Visitors will receive a free mini stress-reduction treatment and learn how acupuncture works.

For information, call (352) 683-7155.


Griffonwood Alpaca will host a Hoofin' for Health fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at 4063 Baseball Pond Road, east of Brooksville.

The event includes musical entertainment, a dove release, ballroom dancing, face painting, a kickboxing demonstration and other activities. There will be a 50/50 drawing and raffles. Visitors may feed or pet an alpaca for $5.

For information or to RSVP, call (352) 544-0337.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at the Lakewood Retreat and Conference Center, 25458 Dan Brown Hill Road, south of Spring Lake, at noon Thursday. Call Annie Baker, (352) 796-4097.

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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 Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, will present a seminar, "Marketing Your Business," from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The seminar will be presented by Jerry Karp, a certified business analyst with the SBDC. The cost is $25 per person. To RSVP, visit or call (352) 796-0697.

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Beef 'O' Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville, will host Hernando High School Spirit Night from 4 p.m. to closing Wednesday.

Ten percent of customers' bills will benefit the school's track team. For information, call (352) 797-9464.

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 will have its March After Hours Mixer — sponsored by Regal Oaks Development Group, Select Physical Therapy, Spherion Staffing, Spring Hill Family Dental Health Center and Giggles to Grads Learning Academy — from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 6483 Oregon Jay Road, Weeki Wachee.

For information, call Greg Carpenter at (352) 597-7659. To RSVP, visit

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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 3 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 28.

• Session 4 will be from noon to 1 p.m. April 18 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25.

The workshops will be offered as either a lunch-and-learn or an after-work session. All 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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Women Building Women will host its monthly networking mixer from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cadence Bank, 14211 Powell Road, south of Brooksville.

The event will be hosted by Christina Volkle of Cadence Bank and Lynn Van Meter of Thirty-One Gifts.

For information or to RSVP, call (352) 345-3597 by Monday.

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Body Fitness, at 5181 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will be the site of a Relay for Life Zumbathon/yoga party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23.

Guests should dress to work out. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life. The cost to participate is $10 per person.

Vendor tables are available for $30. For information or to donate, call (352) 686-4660.

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Pulte Homes will host a model grand opening from noon to 2 p.m. March 23 at 449 Trillium Blvd., west of Masaryktown. The event includes entertainment, food and refreshments.

The grand opening will showcase Pulte's new three-bedroom, two-bath Compton model home, priced from $142,990, and seven new single-family floor plans from the $120s.

For information, call toll-free 1-866-889-5460 or visit

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The annual Hernando Marketplace: Live, Shop and Play, presented by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill.

The family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to showcase Hernando County businesses and services. The event will include an Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to noon, as well as radio broadcasts, music and food vendors.

Chamber members and nonmembers are invited to participate. The vendor booth fee is $50 for chamber members and $75 for nonmembers.

Child-oriented businesses are invited to participate in the Kids Zone, which will include face painting, games, balloon art and other surprises. For those who provide an activity, demonstration or giveaway for children, the registration fee will be waived.

For information about the event, contact Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697, ext. 5, or For information about the Kids Zone, call Kim Poppke at (352) 754-4061.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will have its professional development luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 5 at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando. The cost is $15 for association members and $18 for nonmembers.

The speaker will be Joe Hice, vice president of public relations and marketing for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute in Tampa.

The Nature Coast Chapter meets for lunch on the first Friday of each month. To RSVP, contact Katie Mehl at or (352) 344-6501 by April 1.

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The fifth annual Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice will be April 27, casting off from Bayport Park.

The event begins at 7 a.m., with fishing ending at 3 p.m. An awards banquet and silent auction will follow.

Registration fee is $100 per angler for individuals with their own boat, bait and tackle. Anyone who registers by March 15 will receive a $25 discount. Anglers receive a gift bag, tournament shirt and three meals for the day.

For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, call the Hogan Law Firm at (352) 799-8423 or visit

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the fourth annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The event is broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of sites throughout the nation.

Speakers will include Jack Welch, Andy Stanley, Mike Krzyzewski, John Maxwell, Dr. Henry Cloud, Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver, Sanya Richards-Ross, David Allen and Condoleezza Rice.

The event is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets purchased before Feb. 28 are $49. Tickets purchased later will be $69 for chamber members, $79 for nonmembers and $59 for nonprofit organizations. Group discounts are available.

The event includes all materials, as well as breakfast and lunch. Corporate sponsorships are available. For information, call (352) 796-0697.

To purchase tickets online, go to

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.

Hernando business digest 03/15/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 16, 2013 4:22pm]
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