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Hernando business news and notes, Aug. 25 and upcoming




WALK-IN CLINIC OPENS: Access Healthcare has opened a walk-in clinic at 8468 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. The clinic is staffed by Marc Alessandroni, a certified physician assistant.

The clinic is open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call (352) 556-5210.

INSURANCE PARTNERSHIP: ASE Insurance Services in Brooksville has announced a new partnership with Zane Benefits. The partnership, according to ASE owner Edwin Brooks, will allow ASE to provide Hernando County businesses with new health reimbursement arrangements and defined contribution solutions.

For additional information, call (352) 345-5761 or toll-free 1-888-328-4594; email

DELIVERY SUITES RECOGNIZED: The Florida Department of Health recently recognized the special delivery suites at Spring Hill Regional Hospital for excellent performance in the screening program for newborns.

The program was created by the state in an effort to ensure that all newborns receive a hearing screening for early detection of hearing impairment. Staff members in the special delivery suites were recognized for the hospital's 100 percent compliance in the program. The hospital received $1,000 in newborn hearing screening equipment and a certificate of achievement from the Department of Health.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to mentor small businesses. For information, visit and click on "Volunteer."

Who's news

Registered nurse Heleomar Zanga was recently appointed vice president of cardiovascular/critical care services at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill.

Zanga comes from Tampa General Hospital, where she served in various management roles in both the cardiac and critical care areas. Her last position was nurse manager of the cardiac catheterization telemetry unit and cardiac observation unit.


CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings this week:

• Batteries+Bulbs, 13176 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, at noon Tuesday. Call Robert Barron, (352) 556-5242.

• NAPA, 20060 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, at noon Thursday. Call Randy Howard, (352) 796-4936.

BPW OFFERS PROTECTION CLASS: Business and Professional Woman of Hernando County will offer a women's personal protection class during its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the pool room at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill.

Networking begins at 5:30 p.m.; dinner is at 6 p.m. Guest: Fred Payne of Just for Kicks Karate. The cost is $15 for members, $20 for guests. For information, call Alice Pirola, (352) 786-9230 or email

BUSINESS ADVANTAGE ROUNDTABLE: Career Central will host an open roundtable from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at its Spring Hill office, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd. Members of Hernando and Pasco's business community are invited. Steve Wilson will moderate; the topic will be "Assessing Your Business Needs." To RSVP, call (352) 200-3027; (813) 377-1300, ext. 3027; (727) 484-3400, ext. 3027; or (352) 293-1123.

GUEST APPRECIATION COOKOUT: NYLA Hair Studio, 10500 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a guest appreciation/Labor Day cookout from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The event will include door prizes, raffles, gift certificates, product gift bags, music and other activities. For information or to RSVP, call (352) 688-9696.

PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer its annual course in public speaking from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Sept. 9 through Oct. 7 at the chamber's training room, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The course consists of five weekly sessions of two hours each, and will be conducted by Vince Vanni. Topics include dealing with fear, projecting confidence, preparing and delivering the speech, how to properly use visual aids (especially PowerPoint) and more.

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

Building skills

FREE SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting several free seminars.

• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5730 Moog Road, Holiday.

• "How to Apply for a 501c3," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 10, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

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

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FREE BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the county.

A business consultant is available at the chamber office to provide access to all of the center's services. The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

To schedule a counseling session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

SAVE THE DATE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Beach Bash: HANG 10 Hernando! will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach.

Tickets are $15 per person and include food, drinks, entertainment, dunk tank and other activities. DJ Beach Bum will provide music outside from 5 to 11 p.m. A band will perform inside from 7 to 11 p.m.

Sponsorships are available: Longboard for $1,000; Shortboard for $500; Lifeguard for $250; and Business for $100. For more information about the bash:

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 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.

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce: The August membership breakfast meeting will be 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 the Walmart Distribution Center 6020. Guest speaker: Tracy Echols, executive director for Communities in Schools of Hernando County and chairwoman of the chamber's education committee. The cost is $15 if prepaid online; $20 at the door. Call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697. RSVP at

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 IHOP, 3636 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. People attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

Hernando business news and notes, Aug. 25 and upcoming 08/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, August 23, 2013 4:56pm]
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