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

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Who's news

Dr. David D. Buethe has joined the medical staff at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill.

Buethe, who is specially trained in urologic oncology, practices at Suncoast Urology's two locations: 11373 Cortez Blvd., Suite 209, Spring Hill; and 7614 Jacque Road, Suite A, Hudson.He can be reached at (352) 596-0786 or (727) 862-8548.

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HUNGRY HOWIE'S GOES PINK FOR NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION:Hungry Howie's kicked off its fifth annual Love, Hope & Pizza campaign on Oct. 1 to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

During October, large pizzas will be served in pink boxes with the National Breast Cancer Foundation logo. For every story shared on Facebook, every new Facebook fan, every picture tagged #LOVEHOPEPIZZA and every large pizza purchased, Hungry Howie's will make a donation to the foundation. Supporters may also purchase $1 Love, Hope & Pizza wristbands with all proceeds going to the foundation.Visit for information.

HONEYBAKED HAM FIGHTS TO "FOIL" BREAST CANCER: For the first time in 55 years, the HoneyBaked Ham Co. is changing its iconic gold foil to pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. HoneyBaked and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are partnering in October to "foil" breast cancer. In addition, the HoneyBaked Ham Co. and Cafe, 4638 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will donate $1 from each ham sale in October to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation's local mammography program. Call (352) 592-2994 for information.

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.

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

-PPG/Porter Paints, 12460 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, at noon Tuesday. Call Sara, (813) 344-6303.

-Nature Coast TV, at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Wednesday. Call Achilles Thomas, (352) 650-6726.

FREE SEMINAR:Pinecrest Funeral Chapel will host a free informational seminar and breakfast at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at 3369 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Participants will learn about what family decisions need to be made at the time of a loved one's death, and also about cremation, veteran services and travel back home. To RSVP, call (352) 864-0001.

HEALTHCARE WORKSHOP: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a free health care workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Participants will learn more about the state of health care and health care reform. Mickey Smith, chief executive officer of Oak Hill Hospital, will facilitate. To RSVP, visit For information, call (352) 796-0697.

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Building skills

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

-"Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lykes Memorial Library Brooksville main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

-"Tips for Successful Grant Writing," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

-"Increase Sales-Master Selling Skills," 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

-"Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

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 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. Remaining dates in the series

-Session 2, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29.

-Session 3, will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 or from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15.

-Session 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 or 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17.

The cost for chamber members is $15 per class or $45 for the four-part series. The cost for nonmembers is $20 or $65 for the series. Register at

For information, 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. Photographs are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

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Networking opportunities

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's Young Professionals: The Lunch N Learn program will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Hernando County Realtors Association office, 7321 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. The networking group is designed for professionals in Hernando dedicated to professional and personal growth. Call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451 or the chamber office at (352) 796-0697.

BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the 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: October's After Hours Mixer will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The event is sponsored by Oak Hill Hospital. For information, call Richard Linkul at (352) 597-6383. 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.

Republican Business Leaders Club: Noon Friday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The club is open to retired and current business owners, managers and anyone who has made a payroll and created jobs. Call Blaise Ingoglia at (352) 686-8200.