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Gulf Coast Medical Center has met all criteria for laboratory accreditation by the Commission on Office Laboratory Accreditation, sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Medical Association, the American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine and the American Osteopathic Association.

Gulf Coast Medical Center has one location in Spring Hill and two in Port Richey. For information, visit

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Vendor spaces are available for 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.

The family-friendly event, open to the public, is designed to showcase Hernando County businesses and services. It will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Admission is free.

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

Businesses that are child-oriented are invited to participate in the Kids Zone. 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 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.

Consultations and access to all SBDC services are available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session or for information, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.


Gaya Jyoti Yoga, 12560 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, will host a grand reopening from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

The public is invited for a day of free yoga classes, food, drinks, a healthy eating seminar and chair massages. Participation in a drum circle is available for $5. For information, call (352) 610-1083.

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The Olive Grove, 15016 Rester Road, west of Brooksville, will host an olive tree spring planting event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include an olive tree bonsai workshop, live entertainment, a seminar on growing olive trees, plus olive oil tastings and other activities.

For information, call (352) 345-5940.

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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:

• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 1 to 3 p.m. today, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "How to Create a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

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

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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, 901 S Broad St., Brooksville, and the Florida State Muscle Car Club host a cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, weather permitting. Proceeds benefit HPH Hospice and Hernando County schools.

The events feature classic cars and trucks, musical entertainment, prizes and drawings. For information, call Gerry Evans at (352) 799-1461.

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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 will have its February 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 Brooksville Cardiology. The guest speaker will be Ann-Gayl Ellis, public information officer for the Hernando County Health Department.

The cost is $15 for chamber members prepaid online, $20 for members at the door and $25 for nonmembers. Call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697.

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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 present a new leadership program, the "Disney on Leadership" series. The series, presented by Lt. Col. Royce M. Decker, will review past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services.

The goal of the training is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.

• Session 2 will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

• Session 3 will be from noon to 1 p.m. March 21 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 workshop 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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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will have its monthly luncheon meeting at 11:30 a.m. March 1 at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando.

The speaker will be Steve Tallman, who will discuss websites and search engine optimization. The cost is $15 for members and $18 for guests. To RSVP, call (352) 344-6501 or send email to by Monday.

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The Quality Inn Weeki Wachee, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, will be the site of the Sweet Sixteen, Prom & Bridal Expo from 1 to 5 p.m. March 3.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include more than 20 vendors, as well as prize drawings every half hour, starting at 2 p.m. Participants in the drawings must be at least 18 years old.

For information or to register online, visit

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Frontier Park, off Cortez Boulevard, west of Brooksville, will host its 41st anniversary party March 7 to 10. Robert McGlashen has owned the RV community since it opened.

Events that are free and open to the public include a street party and concert with the Southern Reign Band at 7 p.m. March 8. The street by the gazebo will be blocked off, and a stage will be set up. Door prizes will be awarded, and there will be a 50/50 drawing to benefit All Children's Hospital. Food, including hot dogs and hamburgers, will be available for purchase. Also, the LifeSouth bloodmobile will be in front of the office for donations from 4 to 8 p.m.

A gospel concert with David Onan and the Gulf Ridge Quartet will be at 7 p.m. March 10 in the clubhouse. For information, call Marv at (352) 442-3210.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association's fifth annual Roast 'n Toast fundraiser will be March 8 at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando. The speaker will be Chris Moling, owner of TMC Productions and DRC Sports.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and the program begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. This year's circus-themed event will benefit the public relations profession by making scholarships, training grants and accreditation rebates possible for Citrus and Hernando County public relations professionals and students.

Table sponsors are available. For information, contact Katie Mehl at (352) 344-6501 or

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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 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 Condolezza 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 the chamber at (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 updates 02/22/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 22, 2013 4:15pm]
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