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Hernando Marketplace lets you check out businesses in your own back yard

SPRING HILL — In an economy that isn't exactly robust, it's important to remember there's always greater strength in numbers. That's pretty much the idea behind the Hernando Marketplace.

Now in its third year, the event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Snow Park, has become an unqualified success, said Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce president Pat Crowley.

"It's worked well in attracting the attention of potential customers who may not normally venture off their daily paths," Crowley said of the event, which is co-sponsored by the chamber and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department. "We bring them all together in one place and make it a fun family outing as well."

Generating new clients is a constant focus of small businesses. But that's not always easy in a county as spread out as Hernando, said Crowley. Mom-and-pop operations are often tucked into strip malls or located on high-speed highways. People driving by may only catch a glimpse of a sign or storefront before turning their attention back to the road.

"We're creatures of habit, and many people simply lack the time to venture out and see who is offering new services and products in their community," Crowley said.

About 80 vendors, including retailers, service providers, health care professionals and not-for-profit groups have signed up to take part in Hernando Marketplace.

In addition, the free event will feature music by the Tyler Creek Road Band and Big Daddy the DJ. Kids will be treated to a variety of activities, plus an Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m.

Logan Neill can be reached at (352) 848-1435 or lneill@tampabay.com.

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Hernando Marketplace

Hernando Marketplace takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Anderson Snow Park, on Anderson Snow Road, just west of the Suncoast Parkway, in Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 796-0697 or visit hernandochamber.com online.

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