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Hernando County business digest for Oct. 10

Business digest


HORIZON HOMECARE MAKES 2013 TOP 100 LIST: Horizon Homecare was named among the Top 100 of the 2013 HomeCare Elite, a recognition of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States.

HomeCare Elite identifies the top 25 percent of agencies and highlights the top 100 and top 500 agencies overall.

Horizon Homecare is locally owned and operated by nurses and offers skilled medical care.

KNOW WHAT YOU'RE EATING: Get Healthy-Brooksville Natural Foods, 1254 Broad St., Brooksville, and Get Healthy-Spring Hill Natural Foods, 11083 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, will recognize and celebrate Non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) Month during the month of October.

The two stores will join more than 1,500 grocery retailers across North America participating in the monthlong celebration, which puts a spotlight on an individual's right to choose food and products that have not been modified. During October, the stores will help shoppers identify Non-GMO Project choices with special shelf tags, end cap displays and educational materials.

The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building the non-GMO food supply, educating consumers and providing verified non-GMO choices.


FREE BULLY BUSTER SEMINAR: Just for Kicks Karate, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer a free bully buster seminar from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

The event is open to all ages. For information or to register, call (352) 345-0454, or visit

FLY IN OR DRIVE IN FOR OPEN HOUSE: Dyenamic Aviation Services, 15421 Technology Drive, south of Brooksville, will have a Fly-In-Fun open house from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The indoor/outdoor event, which is open to the public, includes food, entertainment and games. Guests may check out a variety of aircraft and speak with experienced pilots.

Guests are invited to fly in and show off their airplanes (airport code: KBKV; DAS Unicom: 122.95; KBKV Tower: 118.55). There will be plenty of parking for aircraft and cars. For information, call (352) 593-5826.

SPRING HILL PAHCOM MEETING: The Spring Hill Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet Tuesday at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Dinner and networking will be from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. The meeting and program will be from 5:45 to 7 p.m.

Each month, the meeting alternates between Oak Hill Hospital and Bayfront Health Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. For more information, call Jeanine Maurer, (352) 597-2240.

CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at Topics RV Community, 13063 County Line Road, Spring Hill, at noon Tuesday. Call Lisa Ross, (352) 796-0625.

CHAMBER'S TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE TO MEET: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's technology committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Business professionals interested in building the technology industry in the county are welcome. You do not need to be a chamber member to participate.

For information, call (352) 796-0697.

RACE TO WORK: CareerSource Pasco-Hernando will host free re-employment assistance-claimant community events from 9 a.m. to noon during October to promote efforts in reducing the community's unemployment rate.

• Wednesday at Rasmussen College, 8661 Citizens Drive, Suite 300, New Port Richey.

• Oct. 22 at American Legion Post 15, 37745 Church Ave., Dade City.

For information, contact Joyce Headrick at (352) 200-3050 or

BOOK FAIR ANNIVERSARY: Ruth Wharton, owner of the Book Fair, 1219 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, will celebrate her business' 31st anniversary with free gifts and a special drawing Oct. 16-18. The business is open from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

For information, call (352) 686-1682.

LOCAL CHAPTER OF FLORIDA SOCIETY OF ACCOUNTANTS TO MEET: The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 16) at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The speaker will be Blaine Debenbach from Paychex. Topic: IRS Section 125 plan. Reservations are required. To RSVP, call Linda Walters at (352) 796-1233 by Wednesday. For information, call Pat Cornett, (352) 597-3460.

BUSINESS AND CAREER EXPO: The Pasco Hernando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will have its fourth annual Business and Career Expo from 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Wesley Chapel Toyota, 5300 Eagleston Blvd., Wesley Chapel.

The theme will be "Integrating Business With Technology." The event will feature innovation in technology, inventions and creations by local entrepreneurs, as well as prizes donated by Microsoft and other businesses. At least four business mentors will be available for those needing direction or assistance on starting, exporting, operating or developing a business or product.

The free, one-day expo is sponsored by Wesley Chapel Toyota. To register, attend or join the chamber, visit or call (813) 435-1499.

Save the date

LIGHT UP RIDGE MANOR: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's seventh annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.

The event is free and open to the public. Vendor registration forms may be obtained online at

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: The Small Business Development Center at USF in partnership with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer various business seminars, all to be held at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

• "Make More Sales," at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Presented by Jerry Karp, SBDC.

• "Business Taxes," at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Presented by Joe Teston, SBDC.

The cost per seminar is $10 per person. To register or for information, visit

EDUCATING ENTREPRENEURS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting an ongoing series of free business seminars. Upcoming seminars include:

• "Using Excel Software," 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, SMARTstart New Port Richey, 6345 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.

• "Advanced Selling Skills," 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, SMARTstart Dade City, 15000 Citrus County Drive, Suite 103 in the Dade City Business Center.

• "Building a Plan for a Successful Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• "Focused Selling Skills," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," Oct. 21, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

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

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.