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Hernando business digest

Published May 4, 2012

Who's news

Charles Wilson, president of Wilson Technology Group at 24332 Dorsey Smith Road, Brooksville, will be a guest speaker at the 2012 NEC Customer Technology Expo being held May 20-23 at the Saddlebrook Conference Center in Tampa. The event provides benefit to NEC Users Group members as well as all NEC User customers.

NEC Corp. is one of the world's leading provider of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of the corporate world. Wilson's presentation is "Protecting Your Cabling Infrastructure Investment."

Wilson has years of experience designing voice and data networks. He is a BISCI (Building Industry Consulting Services International) registered communications distribution designer with Outside Plant and Network Transport Systems.

For information, call (352) 796-9891.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has announced its "stars" — associates of the month — for March.

They are Jennie Keefe, Mark Buxton and Judy Spencer.

Keefe, a physician lounge attendant, joined the hospital's Food & Nutrition Services Department in September 1995. Keefe sets up the food made by the executive chef for the doctors. She is also responsible for arranging for late meals for the emergency room physicians and physicians who perform late-night surgeries. She and her husband, Steven, live in Spring Hill.

Buxton, a physical therapist, works with patients after surgery, teaching exercises to be done at home and working with them until they feel confident.

Spencer, a certified nursing assistant and secretary, joined the surgical services team in March 1996. She has been a pre-op secretary and CNA, and has also worked in central sterile. Spencer and her husband, Steve, live in Brooksville. They have six children, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way.


The 2012 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes was held March 17-April 1. Winners were recently announced. Judging was by a panel of independent home-building experts who considered site plan, curb appeal, design, materials and outdoor living spaces.

In the category of homes priced $251,000 to $300,000, GreenPointe Homes, the Pinemore at Southern Hills Plantation in Brooksville, was the grand prize winner.

For information, call (813) 571-8222 or visit

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is accepting applications for its Leadership Hernando Class of 2012.

Leadership Hernando is a program that educates participants about Hernando County. Its mission is to encourage, develop and provide leadership for the community.

The number of appointments is limited to 25, and the deadline to apply is Thursday . This year's program begins with orientation June 6. Classes run every other Thursday. Apply online at For information, contact Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697.

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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando 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.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer its annual public speaking course from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, and it runs every Monday through May 14, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The two-hour sessions will be conducted by Vince Vanni of Vince Vanni and Associates. Topics will include dealing with fear, projecting confidence, and preparing and delivering the speech.

The cost is $60 for chamber members and $120 for nonmembers. A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who attend 80 percent of the course. For information or to register, call (352) 796-0697.

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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Small Business Development Center will present the Lunch and Learn seminar "Intro to Online Marketing" from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The workshop, which is free, will be facilitated by Wayne Brass, certified business analyst with the SBDC. Participants should bring lunch. To RSVP, call (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a ribbon-cutting at Brian's Place, 3420 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach, at noon Thursday. Call Bob Alvarez at (352) 597-5101.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 is presenting a series of six free seminars:

• "The Easy Business Plan," 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Lykes Memorial Library, main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• " How to Write a Grant Proposal," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, New Port Richey Main Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 15, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 29, Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

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

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its May Brochure Exchange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Beef 'O' Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville. The cost is $10 at the door and includes lunch. RSVP required. Call Lauren Jolly at (352) 796-0697.

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Women Building Women will meet from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Thursday at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill.

The cost is $3 and includes a light continental breakfast. Parking is available in any area not designated for residents.

Topics will include membership requirements, upcoming meeting dates and agendas, sign-ups for speakers and mixers, and use of the group's Facebook page.

Door prizes welcome. To RSVP, call (352) 345-3597 no later than Tuesday

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Networking at Noon luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at R Beach Restaurant, 4054 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach.

The cost is $10 per person with a reservation, $15 without a reservation and $20 for nonmembers. Cancellations must be made 24 hours prior to the event. RSVP required; the deadline is Wednesday. Call (352) 796-0697.

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Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

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In observance of National Fitness Month, children ages 7 to 11 are invited to participate in free Junior Jazzercise classes beginning at 4:40 p.m. May 14 and 21 at the Jazzercise Spring Hill Fitness Center, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

The two 45-minute classes will be taught by Monica Giotta, a certified Jazzercise instructor. Children will be taught that fitness can be fun, and the classes will include dance moves, games, activities and a discussion about basic nutrition. For information, call (352) 442-8595.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Social Butterfly Media Marketing, will offer a seminar, "Create a Facebook Page for your Business," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 15 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Participants should bring a laptop, your business logo downloaded to your laptop, several photos you would like to use on your Facebook page and pertinent information about your business/causes/beliefs.

The seminar will be presented by Carole Sanek. The cost is $20 per person. Advance registration and payment required. To register, call (352) 796-0697.

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Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will be the site of a charity cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. May 17.

The event, sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission & Performance, is held on the third Thursday of each month, benefiting different charities. May's charity is the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco-Hernando.

The event is free for cruise-in vehicles. All participants must register. For information and rules, call toll-free 1-800-708-0087 or visit

If you have business announcements you would like 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 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.