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Hernando County business digest for Feb. 25

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Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners at 2715 Forest Road, Spring Hill, recently received international recognition from Keller Williams Realty for its accomplishments during 2011.

In the group production category: the Mamo Team (John Mamo, Sarah Mamo and Lisa Wilber) received platinum; Team Evans (Elizabeth Daugherty, Dale Denis and Jack Evans) received triple gold; Florida Homes by Susan (Susan Thompson, Connie Hartsfield and Melissa Mace) received gold, and the Elite Group Home Team (Sandra Wien and Cindy Buday) received gold.

In the team production category: the Mina Team (Vince Mina and Carol Mina) received quadruple gold; the Jeanne Gavish Team (Jeanne Gavish and Mark Marcott) received gold; the Radford Team (Wes Radford and Bill Moffitt) received silver, and the team of Susan Garrett and Leigh Aldrich received bronze.

In the individual production category: Carol Fernandes received silver, and Matt Douglas, David Vanhorn and Julie Pearce each received bronze.

In the market center administrator category: Julie Dunn received double gold. In the market center category: Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners received a bronze award for 726 closed units.

Keller Williams Realty Elite Partners also returned more than $30,000 in profit sharing to its Realtor partners in 2011.

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Sponsors and anglers are being sought for the fourth annual Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice.

The event begins at 7 a.m. April 14 at Bayport Park. The fishing ends at 3 p.m., and an awards banquet and silent auction will follow.

For information or to register, contact Lisa Morgan at (352) 799-8423 or [email protected], or register online at

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville, through its foundation, and the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill will recognize Hernando County graduating students at the 38th annual Student Recognition Banquet at 6 p.m. April 26 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill.

Sponsorships opportunities are available, and the chamber will be awarding several scholarships with funds generated from sponsorship contributions.

Gold Table sponsorships are $750 and include recognition in the event program, the chamber newsletter and on the sponsor board; sponsorship of two students and guests; four tickets to the event, and recognition as a scholarship fund contributor.

Silver Table sponsorships are $500 and include recognition in event program, the chamber newsletter and on the sponsor board; sponsorship of two students and guests, and four tickets to event.

Individual Student sponsors are $250 and include recognition in event program, sponsorship of one student and guests and two tickets to the event.

Individual Supporter sponsors are $100. Checks should be made payable to the Chamber Education and Training Association. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide 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

Registered nurses John Brodtman and Kimmarie Lopez were recently appointed oncology nurses in Florida Cancer Affiliates' Brooksville practice, under Dr. Richard Caradonna.

Brodtman, an oncology certified nurse, comes to Florida Cancer Affiliates from Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope, where he worked as an oncology nurse for nine years. He received an associate's degree in 1993, a bachelor's degree in nursing from Southern College Tennessee in 1998 and achieved his oncology certification in 2002.

Lopez served as an oncology nurse for three years at Florida Cancer Institute-New Hope prior to joining the practice. She obtained an associate's degree in registered nursing from Suffolk County Community College in Seldon, N.Y., and received a certificate in a legal nurse consultant program at Hofstra University, Hempstead, N.Y. In 2010, she received certification in the ONS chemotherapy and biotherapy course in Lakeland. Lopez served in the Air Force reserves, where she received a medical science specialist/EMT certificate. She is studying for her oncology nurse certification.

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

They are Patrick Maritim, Mary Chiarella and Lillian McCracken.

Maritim, a registered nurse, joined the hospital in April 2011. He works on the medical/surgical floor, where he is involved in admitting, assessing, medications and making sure patients are comfortable as they recover. He and his wife, Catherine, and their son live in New Tampa.

Chiarella joined the environmental services department at the hospital in August 2006 and is the night supervisor overseeing the cleanliness of the hospital. She lives in Spring Hill.

McCracken, an environmental services technician, joined the hospital's environmental services department in November 1997 and is one of the lead technicians. She lives in Spring Hill.

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Chuck Wilson, president and founder of Wilson Technology Group, 24332 Dorsey Smith Road, east of Brooksville, attended the Building Industry Consulting Services International conference and exhibition in Orlando, Feb. 11 to 16.

Building Industry Consulting Services International is a professional association supporting the information technology systems industry. It serves more than 23,000 professionals, including designers, installers and technicians.

Wilson has been a member of the association since 1992. He is a past board member and currently serves on several committees, including codes, membership, speakers bureau and marketing.

For information, visit

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Pam Radix has joined the Bonnie Barbieri Team at Remax Marketing Specialists, 13101 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

Radix has almost 20 years of experience in real estate and the mortgage industry, including owning and operating her own mortgage company in Mississippi, which was lost in Hurricane Katrina.

Radix can be reached at (352) 686-0540.

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At the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's January Membership Breakfast, Len Tria, a past county commissioner and currently the liaison for several Hernando County business organizations, was presented the Distinguished Service Award for his leadership in representing the organizations of the liaison committee to promote their mutual goals for improving Hernando County.

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At the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's January Membership Breakfast, Elizabeth Callaghan, past administrator of the Nature Coast Community Health Center, was presented the Distinguished Service Award, recognizing her efforts to improve the quality of life for residents of Hernando County.

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Slade Harmon of Emery Thompson Batch Freezers, 15350 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville, was recently promoted to company vice president.

Slade came to Emery Thompson shortly after the factory moved from the Bronx, N.Y., to Hernando County. He has been serving as plant manager since the move.

For information, call (813) 862-2776.

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Diana Hulen, who has been performing hoop dances for three years, is offering a Hoop Dance Basics Workout for Beginners class from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays at Glen Lakes Country Club, 10485 Glen Lakes Blvd., north of Weeki Wachee.

The class is for adults. For information, call (352) 232-3911.

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The Battered Mug Saloon at 2109 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will have its grand opening at 1 p.m. today.

The event will include music, games, free refreshments and specials. The business offers daily lunch specials from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live music is offered on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Dart tournaments are held on the first and third Saturday of each month. Open pool tournaments and a DJ are available on Fridays.

For information, call (352) 688-4077.

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April's Pet Grooming at 2132 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a charity dog wash at 10 a.m. Sunday. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society.

Only pet baths will be offered. The cost is $10 for small pets, $15 for medium pets and $35 for large pets. Walk-ins will be accepted until noon.

For information or to reserve a time, call (352) 686-2205.

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The Hernando Builders Association will have its monthly general membership dinner meeting Monday at the association's office, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Sign-in and networking begin at 6 p.m.; the dinner and meeting begin at 7 p.m.

The Spike Club bar will be open for donations. Dinner will be catered by Pit Boss Bar-B-Q.

The cost is $15 for association members. A cash bar will be available. Reservations are required. For information or to RSVP, call (352) 596-1114.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled two ribbon cuttings this week:

Firehouse Subs, 4165 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, 1 p.m. Tuesday. Call Patti Roscillo, (352) 610-9950.

Paychex, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call John Mason-Smith, (352) 641-0702.

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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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Hernando County Jazzercise centers will offer a free class for new customers during its "Leap Into Fitness" open houses on Wednesday.

The Spring Hill center, at 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., will host classes at 9 and 10 a.m. and at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. The Brooksville center, at 422 S Broad St., will offer classes at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.

Those wishing to work out should arrive 15 minutes prior to the class and should dress to exercise. Information about the program will be available, and registration incentives will be offered.

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

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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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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a seminar, "What to Do to Ensure Your Network is Safe?" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 8 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The seminar, presented by Chuck Wilson, president/owner of Wilson Technology Group, will identify ways to keep networks safe and methods to reduce the impact of unexpected and unavoidable network failure.

The cost is $20 per person. Advance registration and payment required. For information or to register, call (352) 796-0697.

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The Nature Coast Human Resource Society, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management, will meet from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. March 8 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Blvd., south of Brooksville.

The topic will be hiring and managing for the virtual and mobile employee. Charles Purdy, senior editor for will speak about the hiring of virtual employees. The event is sponsored in part by the Tampa Bay Times, Monster and Florida Insurance Brokers of Central Florida.

Members who attend will receive one hour of Human Resource Certification Institute recertification credit. The cost is $12. The meeting is open to members and nonmembers. For information, call (352) 540-0119.

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 [email protected] 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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