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Hernando business digest for Sept. 20

News and notes on local businesses
Hernando County community news [Tara McCarty]
Published Sep. 25
Updated Sep. 25


SALT EXPERIENCE OPENS: The Salt Room is now available at the Wellcome OM Center, 4242 Lake in the Woods Drive, Spring Hill. The Salt Room offers a “salt experience” to include dry salt therapy, or halotherapy, which can be useful to both children and adults for airway cleansing, congestion relief, skin refreshment and inflammation reduction. It is also used for stress release. Introductory rates are provided and monthly memberships are available. The center is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, with extended evening hours for classes and events. Visit, visit the Facebook page, or call (352) 600-4242.

HOSPITAL RECEIVES AWARD: Oak Hill Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for the Treatment of Sepsis Certification for continuous compliance to providing safe and quality patient care. The certification evaluates how organizations use clinical outcomes and performance measures to identify opportunities to improve care, as well as to educate and prepare patients and their caregivers for discharge.

COMMUNITY BAG PROGRAM: United Way of Hernando County has been selected as the September beneficiary of the Winn Dixie Community Bag Program at the Winn Dixie at 2240 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. United Way will receive $1 for each purchase of the $2.50 community reusable bag throughout September, unless otherwise directed by the customer. For information on United Way of Hernando County, visit For further information on the Community Bag Program, visit


BENEFIT FOR HUMANE SOCIETY: Raymond James Financial Services will host an event to benefit the Humane Society at 12:30 p.m. Oct. 2, at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, Brooksville. The event will include a seminar and complimentary lunch. The seminar will be presented by Basil Allison, Raymond James branch manager in Spring Hill, who will discuss how to determine if you are allocated properly in your portfolio, if you need a repair strategy and how retirees can seek to help preserve their assets. There is no cost, but a donation to the Humane Society is appreciated. Reservations are required. For information or to RSVP, call (352) 596-1530.

CHAMBER MEETING: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly Membership Meeting at 7:15 a.m. Sept. 25 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane. The speaker is Oak Hill Hospital CEO Mickey Smith. The cost for those who register by Sept. 23 is $15 members, $20 guests, payable at the door. Those who do not register by the deadline pay $20 at the door. Call (352) 796-0697 or visit

BPW DINNER: The Hernando Business and Professional Women will host a dinner and meeting Sept. 24 at The Bistro, 10 N Main St., Brooksville. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. There will be a discussion on “Health is Wealth for Women: The Power of a Plant-Based Diet," presented by Angela Persaud-Reddy, MD, and Naomi Green, certified vegan lifestyle coach and educator. The cost is $20 for BPW members, $25 for nonmembers. RSVP by Sept. 21 to

CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE LECTURE: Oak Hill Hospital will present the next session of its Congestive Heart Failure Education Series at 3 p.m. Sept. 24 in the sixth-floor South Tower family waiting area, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The program is lead by the hospital’s Care Assure Patient Nurse Navigator Lisa Cierpka. For information or to RSVP, visit or call (352) 597-6333.

Building skills

SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small-business seminars:

• Opportunities in Franchises, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• Results-Based Marketing, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• Strategic Planning for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7, SMARTstart East Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 15029 14th St., Dade City.

• Basic QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 8, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City; 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 16, at South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday; or 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• Tax Implications for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• Using the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15, Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes.

• Developing a Non-Profit Board, 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 29, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

To register or for more information, visit and click on the local workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

Networking opportunities

• Nature Coast Business Professionals: 7:30 a.m. Fridays, IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Those attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip, (352) 293-4317.

• Brooksville B2B (Business to Business) Networking, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free for Chamber members, $5 for non-members. To register, visit or call (352) 796-0697.

• BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Dan Brown, (262) 676-2776.

• Keep It Local — Spring Hill/Brooksville Chapter: 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Call Melanie Grossi, (352) 263-7749.

• Keep It Local — Hernando Business Professionals Chapter: 11:15 a.m., second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Lauren Jolly, (352) 610-3435.

• BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. No cost for first-time visitors. Call Chris Dyer, (352) 849-5353.


  1. Challenger K-8 School students, from left, Jeremy Gonzalez, 13, Jackson Hoyt, 12, Benjamin Harper, 12, and Gianni Labdar, 12, finish meals consisting of fresh salads, quesadillas and nachos during a lunch service on Oct. 15 at the school in Spring Hill during the county's Fresh from Florida Plate Day event. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times
    Starting a farm-to-school initiative has been more complicated than district officials expected.
  2. Disco Freak will perform music from the 1970s in a free concert Oct. 27 at the South Holiday Library. Pasco County Libraries
    Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
  3. Hernando County sheriff’s sergeant  Louis “Lou” Genovese died Saturday after struggling for weeks with an undisclosed medical condition, according to the Sheriff's Office. He was 41. HERNANDO COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE  |  Hernando County Sheriff's Office
    Sergeant Louis “Lou” Genovese, a deputy since 2006, was 41.
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    News and notes from Hernando County
  5. Dr. Manjusri Vennamaneni (center) was awarded Businesswoman of the Year by the Indo-US Chamber of Commerce. With her are Matt Romeo, President of PrimeCare (left), and Dr. Pariksith Singh, CEO, Access Health Care Physicians. Vince Vanni
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  6. Spring Hill First United Methodist Church treasurer Theresa Smith and her daughter, Chelsea, hand out treats to children last October during the church’s Trunk or Treat event. First United Methodist Church Spring Hill
  7. DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times (2018) Hernando County School District office, 919 N Broad St., Brooksville
    Hernando County debates the pros and cons of superintendent John Stratton’s recommendation.
  8. The 53rd-annual Rattlesnake Festival will be held Oct. 19-20 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. The weekend event, kicks off with a prelude concert featuring the Bellamy Brothers on Friday, and raises money for the Thomas Promise Foundation. The foundation provides meals for Pasco County school children who do not have regular access to nutritional meals on weekends when school is not in session. "LUIS SANTANA  |  TIMES"  |  Tampa Bay Times
    The annual festival offers a family-friendly outing while raising money to feed school children in need.
  9. Lynn Cristina is a Wesley Chapel momma with two girls and works full time as a marketing manager. Courtesy of Lynn Cristina
    Dad’s car is a spotless, no-fun zone. As primary chauffeur, my car is the kitchen, playroom, storage container and sometimes even the minute clinic.
  10. Mama is available for adoption. Hernando County Animal Services
    Hernando County shelter pet offerings