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Hernando County business digest for Dec. 24

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GreenPointe Homes recently broke ground for its new model home at Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville.

The home, at site 37 in the Manors, is on Southern Valley Loop. For information, call (352) 799-9898.

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Pasco-Hernando Community College is seeking business partners from Pasco and Hernando counties to host student interns starting in January. Interns would dedicate 90 hours over 15 weeks, working in a business related to their course of study.

Each semester, PHCC places about 40 interns in local businesses through its Career and Testing Services Center. For more information, contact Jacqueline Eden, assistant director of the center, at (727) 816-3334.

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Local tangerines and navel oranges are available at the Rising Sun Cafe for $5 a bag from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays, with proceeds benefiting the Love Your Neighbor nonprofit organization. The restaurant is at 10 S Main St., Brooksville.

A local grower is providing the fresh produce for the fundraiser. The fruit will be picked and bagged daily and will be available through the end of the growing season.

Love Your Neighbor has a free community dinner at the cafe at 2 p.m. each Sunday, and many meals are provided on a daily basis at the cafe as well. For information about the organization, call John or Lisa Callea at (352) 428-9434. For information about the fundraiser, call the restaurant at (352) 848-0090.

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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce are providing free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando 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.

Who's news

Dr. Jose Ceron-Fuentes, board certified in internal medicine and geriatrics, recently opened St. Bernadette's Care, at 12122 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. He has hospital privileges at Oak Hill, Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals.

Ceron-Fuentes completed a fellowship in geriatric medicine at Jackson Memorial Hospital/Miami VA Medical Center/University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. He completed his residencies in internal medicine at Metropolitan Hospital Center in New York City and the Salvadoran Institute of Social Security, San Salvador.

Ceron-Fuentes is bilingual and is currently accepting new patients. His office accepts Medicare, Cigna and most major insurances. For information, call (352) 610-9976.

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Louise Botto of Century 21 Alliance Realty, 13127 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, was recently named Realtor Associate of the Year for 2011 by the Hernando County Association of Realtors.

The honor was announced during the association's annual installation banquet.

Botto's involvement in the real estate community includes serving on the board of directors for the association, participation in several committees — including grievance, disaster preparedness, budget and finance, and government affairs — along with membership in the Women's Council of Realtors.

For information, call (352) 686-0000.

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Jonathan Cooper was recently appointed environmental services director at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Cooper comes to Oak Hill from St. David's Medical Center in Austin, Texas, another HCA facility, which has been ranked among the top 10 hospitals in HCA for cleanliness and patient satisfaction.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be closed on Monday for the Christmas holiday.

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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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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees.

Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or visit

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars:

"How to Successfully Obtain a Business Loan," 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Participants will learn about start-up requirements, mature businesses and purchasing existing businesses.

• "How to Qualify as a Not-For-Profit," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. Learn how to complete the IRS 501c3 application and other steps.

• "How to Market in This Economy," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. Learn how and where to find answers about what works and doesn't, how to write a sales and marketing plan and other steps.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday. Learn key issues for starting a business, including business plans, cash flow charts and finding money.

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

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center at USF will offer a business seminar, "Starting Your Business," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 12 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The seminar will be presented by Jerry Karp, certified business analyst. Participants will learn which licenses are needed, how to market a business and why business plans are needed.

The cost is $25 per person. To register, call (352) 796-0697.

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R Beach Restaurant, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, will have its second annual Save Our Waterfall fundraiser Jan. 15.

Several seatings are available, beginning at noon. Those who wish to attend should call to make a reservation.

The event will feature a buffet for $12 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Spring Hill Garden Club's Save Our Waterfall campaign. The buffet will include salad and rolls, sausage and peppers over penne pasta, roast beef with garlic mashed potatoes and gravy, dessert, coffee and tea.

For information or to make a reservation, call (352) 592-5556.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center at USF will offer a marketing seminar, "Learn How to Really Connect with the Right Audience," 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24, chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The seminar will be presented by Jerry Karp, a certified business analyst. Participants will learn how to craft the right message for the right audience.

The cost is $25 per person. To register, call (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present "Quick and Dirty Secrets for Selling to Any Age Group" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The seminar will be presented by Terry Weaver.

Upon completion of the program, participants will be able to identify today's four generations, define characteristics and selling tactics for each generation, identify characteristics of today's trend setters and be equipped with methods to improve communication.

The cost is $20 per person. To register, call (352) 796-0697.

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 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.

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