Hernando's Business Digest for Aug. 22

Published Aug. 20, 2014


PALACE GRAND WINS WEDDING WIRE COUPLES' CHOICE AWARD: Wedding Wire, the nation's leading online wedding marketplace, recently named the Palace Grand in Spring Hill as a 2014 winner in the Wedding Wire Couples' Choice Awards for ceremony and reception sites in Hernando County.

The awards are given to top local wedding vendors in more than 20 service categories.

For additional information, visit

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NEW COLORS ON PARADE FRANCHISE: Hernan Cortes Batista of Weeki Wachee recently purchased a Colors on Parade franchise. Owner and operator Cortes Batista has been in the automotive industry for more than 15 years.

Colors on Parade provides residents and businesses with convenient mobile automotive paint, ding and dent repairs. Founded in 1988 by Robert Lowery, the business uses patented eco-friendly technologies to provide mobile auto repair services at any location.

For information, call toll-free 1-800-726-5677 or (954) 907-2119.

CAPITAL CITY BANK NAMES NEW OFFICERS: Capital City Bank recently announced that Hernando County market leaders Karen Carpinone and Cindy Kneale have been named retail banking officers.

Carpinone, market leader at the 7153 Broad St. location, joined Capital City in 2012. She has accumulated 26 years of experience while serving in various roles, including bank office manager and financial services representative.

Kneale, market leader at the 14001 Cortez Blvd. location, joined the bank in 1996 and has 27 years of experience.


2014 SUMMER NIGHT CA$H BASH: The Hernando Builders Association 2014 Summer Night Ca$h Bash will be Saturday at the Palace Grand in Spring Hill. This year's event is presented by Kilgroe, Frantzis, Quinty and Associates-UBS Investments.

The event will include more than $11,000 in cash and prizes, food and fun.

Only 400 tickets will be sold. Tickets are $75 per person or $95 per couple and include dinner and entry into the grand prize drawing. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the YMCA of the Suncoast in Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 596-1114 or visit

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

• Comfort Keepers, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Tuesday. Call Gailen Spinka, (352) 697-2288.

• Go Pro Services, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Thursday. Call Anna Taylor, (352) 777-3477.

BPW TO MEET: Hernando County Business and Professional Women will have its monthly meeting Tuesday in the pool room at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m.; dinner will be at 6 p.m.

This month's meeting will focus on hurricane preparedness. The speaker will be Randy Schreiber of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. For information, call Alice Pirola, (352) 786-9230, send email to or visit

CHAMBER SPONSORS RESIDENTS RECEPTION: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Hernando County Residents Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

People attending will have the opportunity to meet chamber members and representatives from the Hernando County Commission, the Sheriff's Office, other county offices and representatives of the School Board.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will include samples of signature dishes from local restaurants. For information, call (352) 796-0697 or visit

VISIT WITH THE CHAMBER: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The public is invited to stop in for a few minutes or all day. The event, which is free, will include raffles, door prizes, food and beverages, meet-and-greets, networking and chamber information.

To RSVP, call (352) 796-0697 or visit

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CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 2014 BEACH BASH: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Beach Bash from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 10 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

This year's theme: "Zombies Invade Chamber Island." Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner and entertainment. A cash bar will be available. The event will include a zombie trail and identifier, plus other scary surprises.

For tickets, visit or call (352) 796-0697.

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.