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The Hernando County Office of Business Development has announced that Micro Matic, 16121 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville, is expanding its operations in Hernando County.

Micro Matic USA will construct a 32,000-square-foot addition to its existing 50,000-square-foot facility in the Hernando County Corporate Airpark. The business is a leading manufacturer of beverage dispensing equipment.

The expansion will provide space for a consolidation of operations from the West Coast, including the industrial dispensing products made in Sparks, Nev., and the U.S. corporate office in California.

Micro Matic currently employs 70 and plans to increase staffing by 20 over the next two years. Micro Matic is a privately owned Danish company founded in 1953 with more than 900 employees worldwide.

For information, call Torben Toftegaard, managing director, at (352) 544-1081.

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Fort Huffstetler Adventures, 1150 W Jefferson St., Brooksville, has expanded its inventory of firearms, ammunition and paintball products to include archery products.

Owner Paulette Huffstetler, who took over the business after her husband, former Judge L.R. "Bob" Huffstetler, died last year, previously referred archery customers to Eileen Creason, owner of Creason's Archery & Gun Supply in Inverness. Recently, Huffstetler decided to start carrying archery products and went to Creason for advice. She learned that Creason wanted to retire, and Huffstetler agreed to buy her business.

Huffstetler acquired Creason's inventory, and Creason's grandson will continue to handle custom work for Huffstetler as well as train the staff at Fort Huffstetler Adventures.

For information, call (352) 796-4100.

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The Brooksville Business Alliance will continue its summertime evening outdoor market, Hot Summer Nights, in downtown Brooksville on the third Saturday of July and August, from 5 to 10 p.m. July 17 and Aug. 21.

The Love Your Neighbor Farmers Market and downtown restaurants and shops will participate, extending their business hours for the event.

Plans include live entertainment and family activities, including chalk art on the street and displays by artists. All artists and craft vendors are invited; booth space will be available for nonprofit groups as well.

For information, call Lisa at (352) 428-9275.

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Denny's Restaurant, 31015 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West, has added catering to its services. The new feature allows food to be prepared and served in the meeting room at Denny's or picked up to go.

The restaurant recently had an open house showcasing its catering efforts to members of the community, including the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Ridge Manor residential community. Vickie Brown-Moore, regional manager, and Sheila Helton, general manager, attended the event.

Currently, this restaurant is the only Denny's owned and operated by Cherry Den LLC to offer catering. The company hopes to add the feature to other restaurants throughout Florida.

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Who's news

Summer Dodge is the new adult member and wellness services director at the Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Dodge has a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology from Florida State University. Before joining the YMCA, she was employed with a hospital-based wellness facility in Leesburg, where she worked as an exercise specialist and group exercise instructor.

In her new role, Dodge will oversee the adult member services and wellness department, which includes the wellness floor, group exercise classes and the active older adults program. Dodge is a native of Spring Hill.

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Dr. Michael W. Higgins, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Hernando Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgery, 4055 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, attended the board of trustees meeting of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association in Boca Raton on June 12.

Higgins is a delegate member of the board of trustees, representing District 13. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss bylaws, rules and regulations, and statewide activities.

Higgins can be reached at (352) 688-6035.

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Dr. Petra Gordon, a dentist at Whispering Pines Dental Lodge, 609 Lamar Ave., Brooksville, recently completed a course, "Occlusal Splint Therapy," at the Dawson Academy, which provides continuing education in dentistry.

Completion of the course enables Gordon to diagnose temporomandibular joint disorder, more commonly known as TMJ, and to design the appropriate mouth guard to help patients manage jaw, muscle, joint and migraine pain, as well as headaches. Gordon is also able to identify patients who may be candidates for surgery.

Gordon received a bachelor's degree in biology with honors from Armstrong University in Savannah, Ga., and received her doctor of dental medicine degree in 2006 from Nova Southeastern University College of Dental Medicine. She also has completed 250 continuing education credits offered by the Academy of General Dentistry, specializing in occlusion, TMJ and cosmetic dentistry. She is certified to administer Botox and dermal fillers.

Gordon can be reached at (352) 796-2034.

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Justin Everts is the new director of education for Brooksville Regional and Spring Hill Regional hospitals.

Everts began his career more than two decades ago in the diving and hyperbaric industry while serving in the Navy as a diving and hyperbaric mixed gas supervisor and quality assurance inspector during the Persian Gulf War.

During his military service, he obtained a degree in marketing management and became a certified EMT. He later earned a registered nursing degree, a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's degree in nursing.

Everts' clinical experience combines emergency medicine, hyperbaric nursing, critical care, wound care, practice management and behavioral health. He is one of eight certified hyperbaric registered nurse clinicians nationally.

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Ann Karran has been appointed director of health information management at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

She joined the hospital in March 2006 as an administrative assistant in the health information management department. In October 2008, she was promoted to the position of coordinator.

Karran holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and is attending St. Petersburg College to complete an associate's degree in health information management. She then will apply for credentials for her certification as a registered health information technician through the American Health Information Management Association.

Karran lives in Spring Hill with her husband, Suresh, and their three children.

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Tuffy Auto Service Center, 1280 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will have a flagpole dedication and flag raising ceremony from noon to 1 p.m. today to honor Dave Kalman, a former employee who died April 7 of a heart attack at the age of 44.

Kalman was the person responsible for taking care of the flag in front of the business each morning. A plaque will be mounted at the foot of the new 30-foot flagpole in Kalman's memory. The Marine Corps League Detachment 708 color guard will conduct the ceremony.

Tuffy has established the Dave Kalman Memorial Fund to benefit Kalman's two children. Tuffy Auto Service will donate 5 percent of all net profits from sales during July to the memorial fund.

For information, call manager Michael Kautz at (352) 683-9500.

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Shear Style, formerly Kurl Up & Dye hair salon, at 4044 Andy Pella Drive, between Forest Oaks Boulevard and Philatelic Drive, Spring Hill, will have a free barbecue from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today to celebrate the business' name change.

The event will include giveaways and prizes. For information, call (352) 683-1030.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a free health care panel discussion from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber's headquarters, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Speakers, who will discuss health care reform and its impact on small and large business owners, include Mickey Smith, CEO of Oak Hill Hospital; Alex Contreras-Soto, CEO of Spring Hill Regional Hospital; Don Burgher of Florida Insurance Brokers; and Lisa Becker of Brown & Brown of Florida.

Please note, an RSVP is mandatory. Call Carla Hayes at (352) 796-0697 or send e-mail to to reserve a seat.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:

- Felony's Bar & Grill, 7285 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Brittany Miles at (352) 666-1831.

- Monster Transmission & Performance, 19370 Oliver St., Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Achilles Thomas at (352) 683-8384.

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Hernando Biz ...Net-Connecting for You, a networking group, will meet at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

A minimal dues structure is in place. Members are asked to attend at least three meetings a month and order breakfast from the menu.

New members are welcome. Contact Sallie at (352) 428-3647 or

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The newly formed Pasco-Hernando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly business mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

There will be a $5 contribution collected at the time of the meeting for nonmembers and $3 for members of either chamber.

Contact Scarlet Torres at or (347) 671-2575.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be closed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday for staff training.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its July After Hours Mixer, sponsored by Mariner Lanes, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 3544 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

Members can bring a friend and receive a free game and free shoe rental. Prize awarded for best combined score. There will be refreshments. Call (352) 683-7576.

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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program on organic honey farming at 6 p.m. Thursday.

The speaker will be Danielle Ford from Ford's Local Raw Honey. The class will cover the importance of raw honey and its health benefits. Staffers will offer tours of the facility and garden. For directions, call (352) 799-0200.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a DiSC workshop for effective communication from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and July 22 in the chamber training room at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

DiSC is an instrument-based learning system, pioneered more than three decades ago. Participants will receive their own personalized DiSC profile, along with interactive coaching to help them understand their own style and priorities, understand others for better relationships and learn the secrets of reading people.

The workshop is open to chamber members and the public. The course consists of two four-hour sessions taught by Lori Bainum, a DiSC facilitator and a corporate trainer specializing in communication, team building, leadership and motivational speaking.

A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who complete the workshop. Twenty-five seats are available. Groups are encouraged to participate.

The cost is $199 per person for chamber members, $299 for nonmembers, and includes lunch on both dates. For information or to register, call (352) 796-0697, ext. 255, or send e-mail to

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Superior Bank, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, will host Garage Sale Mania from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and continuing each Friday in July.

Space is available for those wishing to set up a table in the parking lot for $5. The fee will be donated to Big Brothers Big Sisters.

For information, call Tammy LaValle, Superior Bank branch manager, at (352) 666-5200.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

The group's goal is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees.

The group meets every Friday. Call Deborah Cutlip at (352) 684-9137 or go to

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a business training workshop, "Communicating Like A Pro," from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in the chamber's training room, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The workshop will explore how to approach different people, situations and vehicles for your message.

For information, call (352) 796-0697, ext. 228, or send e-mail to

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a two-day workshop, "Maximizing Your Time" from 8 a.m. to noon July 20 and 27 at the chamber's training room, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Participants will gain practical tips to help assess their time-management effectiveness and create a personal plan for improving their skills in key areas. Each participant will receive his or her own personalized "time mastery profile."

The workshop will be conducted by Lori Bainum, a corporate trainer specializing in communication, team building, leadership and motivational speaking.

The course is open to the public. The cost is $99 for chamber members and $129 for nonmembers. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those participants who compete both days of the workshop. For information or to register, call (352) 796-0697, ext. 228, or send e-mail to

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Education Committee and the Hernando County Education Foundation will present the third annual Summit for Youth & Families, "Hernando Youth Initiative," from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 30 at Faith Presbyterian Church, 200 Mount Fair Ave., Brooksville.

Summit goals include engaging businesses to assist in preparing youths for successful and productive employment; facilitating a forum focused on graduation/dropout rates, teen pregnancy, drug use/abuse, violence/abuse and child welfare; providing networking for existing service providers to bridge programs and address gaps; establishing a steering committee; forming a subcommittee for grant writing/partners; and other areas of concern.

Sponsorship opportunities are available: Star Patron for $500 includes logo recognition in the program, logo/banner digitally displayed during event, recognition during the event and any media coverage given; Star Supporter for $250 includes logo/banner digitally displayed during event and any media coverage given; and Friend of Our Future for $100 includes name and business/organization name included in the event program.

Sponsorship checks should be made payable to the Hernando County Education Foundation. Please reference SFY&F in the note/memo section of the check. Mail or hand deliver sponsorship forms and checks to the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. For information, call Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322 or (813) 748-1506 or send e-mail to

If you have business announcements you would like to share with readers, mail details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also e-mail 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.