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Vendors are needed for the Hernando Marketplace — Discover Your Hometown Treasurers.

The event, designed to promote local businesses to the public, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 2 at the soccer complex at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Sponsors are Hernando County Parks and Recreation, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, the St. Petersburg Times and Hernando Today,

Vendor fees for businesses and nonprofit organizations are $75 for chamber members and $100 for nonmembers. Fees for restaurants and food vendors are $125 for chamber members and $150 for nonmembers. Fees for networking groups are $100.

Food vendors must be licensed. Electric service will be available for food vendors for an additional $15 for two outlets (110); limited 220 service is available for $30.

The exhibit area for businesses and nonprofits is 10 by 10 feet; the area for restaurants and food vendors is 10 by 20 feet. Vendors will be responsible for providing tent, table and chairs. Food vendors are responsible for providing extension cords.

For registration information, contact the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

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Oak Hill Hospital has announced that the major phase of the $6.5 million expansion of its Heart Institute has been completed on schedule, received approval from government regulatory bodies and is now open.

Sixteen telemetry beds are completed, bringing the total number of beds in the institute to 26. For information, visit

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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida has partnered with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce to provide free business consultation to local small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking assistance will have access to all of the center's services, including free one-on-one business counseling, free entrepreneurial training workshops, low-cost entrepreneurial training seminars, the Business Resource Center and custom corporate training.

The center offers business consultation in many areas, including starting a business, Internet marketing, business taxes and government contracting. It is an accredited organization that is funded partially through the Small Business Administration.

The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, visit

Who's news

Dr. Frank S. Bono, board certified spine surgeon, has been appointed to the medical staff at Brooksville Regional Hospital.

Bono did his fellowship training at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. He completed his internship and residency in internal medicine at the Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich. He is a member of the Florida Osteopathic Medicine Association and the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics.

Bono is practicing at the Gulf Coast Spine Institute at 7101 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. He can be reached at (352) 592-7772.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" — associates of the month — for January.

They are Mark Swiconek, George D. Fallo II and Elmar Solares.

Swiconek joined the hospital's environmental services department in 1999. He is an award-winning competitor in Special Olympics and is a graduate of Leadership Hernando. He lives in Spring Hill.

Fallo joined the environmental services department in May. He and his wife, Karen, live in Spring Hill. They have two sons and a daughter.

Solares joined the environmental services department in 2005. He and his wife, Doris, live in Spring Hill and have two children.

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Dr. James J. Ronzo has been appointed to the medical staff at Brooksville Regional Hospital, 7101 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Ronzo is a diplomat of the American Osteopathic Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He completed his residency at the Genesys Regional Medical Center in Grand Blanc, Mich., and his fellowship training at the Florida Orthopedic Institute in Tampa.

Ronzo can be reached at (352) 592-7772.


Dr. Mohammad A. Shuayb of Shuayb Dental, 229 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will host his third annual free dental care day, "A Reason to Smile," today.

The first 300 patients who register will receive free dental care, including extractions, fillings and cleanings. Registration is from 8 to 9 a.m. the day of the event. Patients must be at least 18 years old. Call (352) 666-5133.

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Gaya Jyoti Yoga: The House of Light, will have a grand opening from 1 to 6 p.m. today at 2129 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The event is free and includes a meet-and-greet from 1 to 2 p.m., an open-door yoga class from 2 to 4 p.m., a drum circle from 4 to 5 p.m. and a yoga nidra and light ceremony from 5 to 6 p.m.

Music will be provided by Red Rock/Its. Door prizes will be available. For information, call (352) 610-1083.

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Forest Oaks of Spring Hill, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a Valentine's Day celebration, open to the public, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Entertainer Louie Fortunato will perform. Refreshments will be served. For information, call (352) 683-3323.

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Hernando County Jazzercise centers will offer free, public sweetheart classes Monday.

At the Spring Hill center, 1287 Kass Circle, classes will be at 5:20 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. At the Brooksville center, 422 S Broad St, classes will be at 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.

Festivities include information on the Jazzercise program, a free 60-minute workout class and giveaways.

For information, call instructor Becky Mooneyham at (352) 442-8595 or Tracie Morse at (352) 796-4796.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a class, "Networking for Shy People — Part One," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the chamber's training room at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Part Two will be March 15 at the same time and location.

The classes will be conducted by Vince Vanni and will offer practical, hands-on tips that are especially useful for people who are uncomfortable talking to strangers.

The fee is $15 for chamber members and $25 for nonmembers. To register, call the chamber's office at (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings during the coming week:

Ehrhardt Elder Law Offices, 5089 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Audrey Ehrhardt at (352) 428-9407.

All Saint's Surgery Center, 11377 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Angela Kramer at (352) 597-3060.

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Hernando Biz … Net-Connecting for You, a networking group, will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

A minimal dues structure is in place. Members are asked to attend at least three meetings a month and order breakfast from the menu. New members are welcome. Contact Sallie at (352) 428-3647 or

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its February After Hours Mixer, sponsored by Nature Coast Flooring, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 11116 Libby Road, Spring Hill.

There will be refreshments. Call Randy Overall at (352) 684-0105.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The speaker will be Edgar Kidd, an IRS spokesman from Orlando. The topic will be "Offers in Compromise."

Reservations are required. Call Madeleine Rees at (352) 684-3535 no later than Wednesday.

Chapter meetings are the third Thursday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. Call Pat Cornett at (352) 597-3460.

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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program, "A Native American Call for Environmental Awareness," at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The speaker will be Bobby C. Billie, a spiritual leader of traditional independent indigenous people in Florida. He will speak about living traditional lifestyles and the cost of living for convenience.

Staffers will offer tours of the facility and garden. For directions, call (352) 799-0200.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

The goal is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Deborah Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or visit

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The Hernando Builders Association will have its fifth annual Bang Bang Sporting Clays Tournament on Feb. 19 at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays Range, 10514 Ehrens Cutoff Road, Land O'Lakes.

Check-in starts at 8 a.m.; shooting begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $99 per shooter and includes coffee and doughnuts before the shoot, a catered lunch and awards after the tournament. Awards will be given for the top three teams, top three individuals and the top female shooters, plus the "turkey" award.

A portion of the proceeds benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch. For information, call (352) 596-1114 or visit the website at

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The Hernando County Office of Business Development has announced that it will allow people to participate in its interactive series, "Changing Channels: Making the Switch to New Media Marketing," even if they missed the first workshop.

The three remaining workshops will be from 7:45 a.m. to noon March 9 and April 20 and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 25 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, south of Brooksville. The workshops provide an opportunity for local business owners and marketing specialists to learn about new media advertising channels, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.

The series is presented by the Office of Business Development, the Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central and Saint Leo University, with additional sponsorships by the St. Petersburg Times, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and Hernando Today.

The fee for the three remaining sessions is $149 per person. Advance registration is required. Register online at or call the Office of Business Development at (352) 540-6400.

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.

Hernando business news 02/11/11 [Last modified: Friday, February 11, 2011 3:30am]
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