Business digest

Published January 15, 2007


Middleton Lawn & Pest Control, 1445 W Jefferson St., Brooksville, is accepting applications for the first Middleton Youth Achievement Award competition until Jan. 31.

Designed to give Florida youth a voice by learning what's on their minds, the competition "What's Bugging You?" will reward 19 winners with a $1,000 award for college expenses, an Apple iPod Shuffle and a certificate of recognition.

Winners will be announced in March. For information, call Brenda Maysonet at 407 841-2299.

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In honor of National Mentoring Month, a statewide initiative to support Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs will take place throughout nearly 100 participating Arby's Restaurants, including those at 843 S Broad St., Brooksville, and 12915 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.

Restaurant patrons will have the opportunity to donate $1 to support their local Big Brothers Big Sisters agency and receive Arby's coupons for their contribution.

The campaign will continue through January, but the coupons will be redeemable through the end of March. All proceeds collected will be distributed by ZIP code to the Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies that serve those areas.

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Hernando County Tourist Development needs volunteers to work the county exhibit booth at the Florida State Fair in Tampa from Feb. 8-19. The shifts are four hours and volunteers can spend the rest of the day enjoying the fair.

For information, call Carole at 754-4405 or send e-mail to WelcomeCtr@hernandocounty.us to volunteer. Write "Fair" in the subject line.

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The Hernando County Tourist Development Bureau and Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce need volunteers to work the hospitality/information booth at the Family Motor Coach Association's Southeast Area Rally, at the Hernando County Airport, Feb. 7-11.

To volunteer or for information, call 754-4405 or send e-mail to WelcomeCtr@hernandocounty.us and write "Rally Volunteer" in the subject line.

Who's news

Paul Conrad, the Edward Jones investment representative in Spring Hill, and Yvetter Caskie, branch office administrator, have accepted limited partnership offerings in Jones Financial Cos., the holding company for the St. Louis financial services firm.

Conrad accepted an invitation to increase his limited partnership holdings while Caskie accepted an initial limited partnership offer.

Beth Doyle, the Edward Jones senior branch office administrator in Spring Hill, has also accepted an invitation to increase her limited partnership holdings in Jones Financial Cos.

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Birgit "Bibi" Rudestedt, co-owner of Jobi Accounting & Tax Services, 13015 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, is serving her second three-year term on the board of directors for the National Association of Tax Professionals. She was re-elected as treasurer for 2007.

The association is a national organization with more than 18,000 members. It provides education, research support and other services for its members, who are attorneys, accountants, CPAs, enrolled agents, tax professionals and financial planners.

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Dr. Robert Blackburn, board certified family practice physician from Spring Hill, attended the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association's executive board meeting Dec. 1 and board of trustees meeting Dec. 2 in Orlando.

Blackburn was nominated and elected first vice president of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association for 2007. He holds multiple committee positions with the association.

The meeting included a review of state and national medical care issues.

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Real estate sales associate Susie Rambeau has joined Re/Max Spirit of Brooksville, 140 S Main St., Brooksville.

Prior to joining Re/Max, Rambeau was a saleswoman in the recently closed Brooksville office of Keller Williams Realty of the Florida West Coast.

Rambeau, a graduate of Bert Rodgers School of Realty, entered the real estate field three years ago. She is in the process of finishing her Graduate Realtor Institute designation.

Rambeau and her husband, Mitch, are active members of Ridge Manor Baptist Church, where she is an AWANA leader.

Rambeau can be reached at 799-6666.

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Pat Mahon, sales consultant, has returned to Rick Matthews Buick Pontiac GMC, 15164 Cortez Blvd., west of Brooksville.

Mahon, who lives in Weeki Wachee, has been with General Motors for the past 15 years. For the past four years, she was working in Citrus County.

Mahon can be reached at 796-3553.


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have ribbon-cuttings at the following businesses this week:

- Top Notch Aluminum Products, 4131 Lamson Ave., Spring Hill, at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. For information, call Mark Volkle at 686-8917.

- Inspiration Auto, 7310 Broad St., Brooksville, at 11:30 a.m. Friday. For information, call Frank Godfrey at 442-8836.

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Becky Mooneyham, a Spring Hill and Weeki Wachee area Jazzercise instructor, will offer free Jazzercise open houses at two locations:

- 5:15 p.m. today, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Heather Golf & Country Club, 7406 St. Andrews Blvd. Weeki Wachee

- 9 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at Just Dance Studio, 4096 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill.

Open house festivities will include information on the Jazzercise program and a free workout. Admission is free and participants should dress to exercise, including bringing mats and light weights.

New students will be eligible for one free week of Jazzercise and discounts on class prices. For information, call Becky Mooneyham at 442-8595.

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Business Networking International will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill.

Those attending may bring business cards and network with other area business professionals. Cost is $7, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, call Kathleen Richardson at 592-2225.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly after-hours business mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 13310 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The mixer is sponsored by Mercedes Homes.

Food and beverages will be available. For information, call Heather at 796-0697.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Wellington at Seven Hills clubhouse, 400 Wexford Drive, Spring Hill.

Speakers will be Mike Wells of the Pasco County Property Appraiser's Office and Mike King of the Hernando County Property Appraiser's Office. The topic will be the tangible personal property tax.

Reservations required. Call Barbara Kight no later than Tuesday.

Chapter meetings are the third Thursday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties.

For information, call Pat Cornett at 597-3460.

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Changes Adult Fitness Center, 1244 Mariner Blvd., will have an open house to celebrate its one-year anniversary from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday.

Members and nonmembers welcome. A Changes certified trainer and licensed massage therapist will be on hand to answer questions about fitness. In addition, Tracy Kreider, national product educator for Country Life Vitamins, will be onsite from 6 to 8 p.m. to speak about healthy nutritional supplementation and long-term weight loss.

Free informational mini-seminars will be at 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. on the basics of healthy exercise and nutrition, and free fitness demonstrations will be given throughout the day.

Free healthy refreshments will be available. For information, call 200-4680.

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The Wal-Mart Vision Center, 73050 Broad St. Brooksville, will have a health fair featuring health organizations in conjunction with the National "Speaking of Women's Health" Foundation at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The event's purpose is to extend the foundation's mission to educate women to make informed decisions about their health, well being and personal safety.

Men and women are invited to participate in free screenings, educational events and product give-aways. January is also National Glaucoma Awareness Month, so free vision screenings and glaucoma pressure checks will be given.

For information, call Cheri Fowler, vision center manager, at 796-6366.

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Dr. Maria Scunziano and the Green Bean Organic Market, 11020 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill, will present a class on hormone replacement therapy from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Those attending will get an overview of the efficacy of pharmaceutical drugs, bioidentical hormones and herbs for the treatment of difficulties associated with menopause.

Scunziano is a medical doctor with an extensive knowledge of natural products. For information, call 688-7979.

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The Nature Coast Human Resources Society, based in Spring Hill, officially affiliates with the Society for Human Resource Management at the group's Chapter Chartering Gala at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Country Club Blvd., south of Brooksville.

The speaker will be Johnny Taylor, chairman of the Society for Human Resource Management board and vice president of Human Resources for IAC (InterActiveCorp), based in New York City.

The Society for Human Resource Management is the largest human resources professional association in the world, with more than 220,000 members. The Nature Coast society becomes Florida's 28th affiliated chapter. With a membership of more than 40 businesses and human resource professionals from five counties, the local chapter provides a vital service to businesses in Hernando, Citrus and northern Pasco counties.

Seating is limited. RSVP to Secretary-Treasurer@nchrs-fl.org The cost to the public without reservations is $15 at the door, with proceeds to benefit the chapter's scholarship fund.

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Spring Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 7251 Grove Road, west of Brooksville, will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

For information, call Wendy Hopkins at 592-1150.

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