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Hernando's Business digest for March 9

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DENTAL OFFICE EARNS SERVICE AWARD: Spring Hill Dental Associates, 11025 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, has earned the Angie's List Super Service Award.

"Only about 5 percent of the companies Spring Hill Dental Associates competes with in the Tampa market and specifically Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties are able to earn our Super Service Award," said Angie's List founder Angie Hicks. "It's a mark of consistently great customer service."

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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 session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

Who's news

CORPORATE JET SOLUTIONS HIRES DIRECTOR: Steve Young was recently hired as director of technical sales at Corporate Jet Solutions, 15421 Technical Drive, at Brooksville-Tampa Bay Regional Airport and Technology Center, south of Brooksville.

Young is responsible for the company's aircraft maintenance sales and business development in Hernando County. Previously, he was with NetJets for more than 13 years.

Young was recently appointed to serve on the board of directors for the Hernando County Education Foundation. He can be reached at (352) 593-5826 or

TWO CONSULTANTS ADDED BY SMALL BUSINESS ORGANIZATION AT USF: The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida has added two certified business consultants — Christopher Class and Jim Taylor — to its staff. The center assists existing and emerging businesses through no-cost business consulting and low-cost training opportunities.

Class, who has a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of South Florida and a master's degree from Colorado Technical University, has more than 16 years of experience working with global brands in financial and legal services, health care, and fashion retail management.

Taylor, a full-time certified business consultant, has 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur. He has owned a venture capital software firm, partnered in a venture capital-funded investment management firm, consulted and instructed other entrepreneurs, and developed several products with patent and intellectual property partners. Taylor has a bachelor's degree in management from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in finance from Duquesne University.

Class is available by appointment from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Taylor is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment or for information, call (813) 974-5238 or visit

GEMOLOGIST ATTENDS WORKSHOP: Jerry Johnson, a gemologist, appraiser and owner of His Nibs, 12470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, recently attended a two-day workshop on the grading and treatments of precious gemstones.

The workshop included the latest information on how to identify various treatment techniques and how they affect the grading prices for emeralds, rubies, sapphires and pearls.


CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon-cuttings this week:

• Hernando County Public Library System, at the Ridge Manor Community Center, 34240 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor, noon Tuesday. Call (352) 583-9989.

• Rookies Sports Bar & Grill 19, 1320 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call (352) 515-6939.

• Tuffy Tire & Auto Service, 1280 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call (352) 796-0697.

LEADER DEVELOPMENT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present its Leadercast event May 9 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., breakfast is at 8 a.m. and the program will be from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of sites. Speakers will include Andy Stanley, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Malcolm Gladwell, Randall Wallace, Bill McDermott, Laura Schroff, Dr. Henry Cloud, Simon Sinek and Laura Bush.

This year's theme is "Beyond You." The event is open to the public. Tickets are $49 if purchased before April 1. Prices after the early bird deadline are: $69 for chamber members, $79 for nonmembers and $59 for nonprofits. Groups of 10 receive a $10 discount per person.

Partnership opportunities are available: gold event partner, $1,000; silver partner, $500; and bronze partner, $300. For more information, contact Dawn Badami at the chamber at

TEACHER TIP NIGHT: Pizza Hut in Spring Hill and the Pizza Hut Book It Program will host Teacher Tip Night from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at 2903 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, to benefit Westside Elementary School's library.

Teachers will serve customers during the fundraiser. All tips will help buy books for the school library. The event will include a meet-and-greet with area authors, special gift baskets and drawings for prizes, including an autographed Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck book.

The event is for dine-in only. For more information, call (352) 686-0200.

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 will present a series of free business seminars.

• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "How to Really Start Your Business," 5:25 to 730 p.m. Wednesday, South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday.

• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• "Creating a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 5:25 to 7:30 p.m. March 18, Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 18, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 25, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• "How to Really Start Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 27, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

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

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 them 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.

Networking and mixers

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.

BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast; no cost for first-time visitors. Call Marianne Zirk at (352) 340-4456.

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

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals March After Hours Mixer: 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Evom Lounge, 14251 Powell Road, south of Brooksville. The group offers networking opportunities. Call Lindsey Hack at (352) 796-6000.

Hernando's Business digest for March 9 03/06/14 [Last modified: Friday, March 7, 2014 3:39pm]
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