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Hernando County business digest for Nov. 17

Business digest


HERNANDO BUILDERS ASSOCIATION PRESENTS AWARDS: The Hernando Builders Association recently presented its 2013 awards.

For the second consecutive year, the Associate of the Year award was presented to Andy Carr of Sunrise Propane. Bobby Eaton of Probuilt U.S. was named Remodeler of the Year. Builder of the Year honors went to the outgoing president Steve Culp of Property Services General Contractors.

The award for Volunteer of the Year was presented to three individuals: Halie Meister of Probuilt U.S., Lisa Williams of All Performance Title and Linda Wisniewski of Jamelin Custom Homes.

Good Spirit Awards, presented to HBA members who use fellow HBA members during the year on their projects, were also presented. In the category of residential builder, the winner was Bob Eaton of Artisic Homes. In the category of commercial builders, the winners were Dudley Hampton Jr. of BJH Construction General Contractors and Chris Glover of Palmwood Construction. In the category of general contractors, the winner was Bobby Eaton of Probuilt U.S.

HOSPITALs EARN ACCREDITATION: Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals were recently awarded a three-year term of accreditation in computed tomography after a review by the American College of Radiology. CT scanning is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and tailor treatments for various medical conditions.

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

Who's news

CPA CHOSEN WOMAN OF THE YEAR: Jacquelyn Campbell of Campbell & Company CPAs was recently presented the Woman of the Year award by the Hernando County Business and Professional Women organization.

Campbell, along with other outstanding women who volunteer in the community, were recognized during a recent meeting of the BPW. Campbell, who accepted the award with her husband, Scott, and many of her employees, founded her own certified public accounting and financial planning firm in Spring Hill 20 years ago.

HOME BUILDER ASSOCIATE EARNS PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATION: Longtime Hernando Builders Association executive officer Brenda McDaniel has earned the designation of chief executive officer in the field of association management.

At the Florida Home Builders Association's recent fall leadership conference, McDaniel was presented with the designation, which came after she met education and experience requirements and passed an exam.

HBA INSTALLS NEW OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS: On Oct. 28, the Hernando Builders Association had its 38th annual awards and installation banquet at Glen Lakes Country Club. Ron Lieberman, the newly installed Florida Home Builders Association president, presided.

Bobby Eaton was installed as a re-elected builder director. Installed as re-elected associate directors were David Foster and Tyler Stapleton. Newly elected associate directors include Stephen Schurdell and Kevin Vance.

Randy Woodruff was installed as second vice president, and Mary Mazzuco was installed as president.

Elected but to be installed at a later date were John Reventas, secretary/treasurer, and Scott Constance, first vice president.

OCTOBER DIPLOMAT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has announced that Ralph Vitola of the Vitola Law Group was chosen as Diplomat of the Month for October. Vitola participates in numerous chamber events and committees.

REALTOR AWARDED SPECIALIST DESIGNATION: Bonnie Barbieri, a Realtor at Remax Marketing Specialists, was recently awarded her senior real estate specialist designation.

Designees are certified senior specialists and astute to the financial and emotional challenges senior clients face when they sell their homes.

Barbieri can be reached at (352) 263-3599.

Bulletin board

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.


CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at Fletcher Music, 13084 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, at noon Tuesday. Call Joanie Manero, (352) 597-5658.

CHAMBER 411: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its Chamber 411 event at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The free informational meeting, which is open to existing and new members, new employees of existing members and potential members, will demonstrate how to maximize chamber membership benefits.

For information, call Linda Kiddon at (352) 796-0697, ext. 3. To RSVP, visit

ACCOUNTANTS MEET: The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The speaker will be Shannon Sokolowski, executive director of the Dawn Center. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call Linda Walters at (352) 796-1233 by Wednesday.

Chapter meetings are normally held on the fourth Thursday of each month. However, due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the date was changed. Meetings are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. For information, call Pat Cornett, (352) 597-3460.

Building skills

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

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday , Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road.

• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway.

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

LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the "Disney on Leadership" series at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The series, presented by Royce Decker, reviews past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services. The goal is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.

Session 4 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

Cost for chamber members is $15 per class. The cost for nonmembers is $20 per class. Register online at Call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

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.


BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, 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 Monthly Membership Meeting: 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, south of Brooksville. This month's sponsor is WJQB True Oldies 106.3 Radio. The program will be "Thanks for Giving — We are the World, We are the Children."

The chamber will be conducting a diaper and canned food drive. Those attending are asked to bring items to the breakfast meeting. The drive will benefit A New Generation and Jericho Road Ministries' Operation Hope. Cost: $15 if prepaid online or $20 at the door; includes breakfast. To RSVP, visit For information, call Dawn Badami, (352) 796-0697.

BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast. Call Ralph Vitola at (352) 796-2676.

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce After Hours Mixer: November's After Hours Mixer will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 11116 Libby Road, Spring Hill. The event is sponsored by Nature Coast Flooring. There is no cost to attend. For information, call Randy Overall at (352) 684-0105. To RSVP, visit

Nature Coast Business Professionals: 8 a.m. Friday, IHOP restaurant, 3636 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Attendees may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

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