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Business digest

Published April 16, 2007



Brooksville Natural Foods will host a free lecture, "EFAs Essential Fatty Acids, the Best of Land and Sea," at 6 p.m. today at the store, 1254 Broad St. S, Brooksville.

The speaker will be Sean Donovan, consultant and representative of Barleans and other products available at Brooksville Natural Foods. Attendees will learn the importance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 EFAs, as well as the contributions of lignans of flaxseed in helping the body to maintain or restore health.

For information, call 796-9798 or visit

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host the following ribbon cuttings this week:

-Somebodie's Secret, 11:30 a.m. today, 414 E Liberty St., Brooksville. Call Desirie Wylie at 754-2422.

-Spring Hill Beauty Academy, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, 1486 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill. Call Georgia Sosa-Fong at (727) 847-6855.

Also, the chamber's April Mixer will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, sponsored and hosted by HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital, 12440 Cortez Blvd. There will be refreshments and networking opportunities. For information, call the chamber at 796-0697.

The chamber will also host its 33rd annual Honor Student Banquet, "Cruising to Success," from 6 to 9 p.m. April 26 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill. For information or to sponsor a student, call Carla Hayes at 796-0697, ext. 15.

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The Hernando Builders Association will host the Spike Club Golf Tournament on April 26 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

This will be a four-person scramble. Check-in time will be 11:30 a.m., and the first tee time will be at 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The entree fee is $100 per player, which includes golf, lunch and refreshments, and beer, soda and bottled water on the course.

The tournament will be limited to 36 teams first-come, first-served. Checks are to be made payable to the HBA Spike Club and mailed with the registration form to the Hernando Builders Association, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville, FL 34613. Payments and registration can also be done over the phone with a Visa or MasterCard credit card. Call Robin at the HBA at 596-1114.

Sponsorships are also available for $100 to $250. Call the HBA for details.

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The Home Based Women's Network will have a breakfast meeting at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday at My Fair Ladies Tea Room, 5175 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost for breakfast is $8.

This is a noncompete group of women who own home-based businesses. New members are welcome. For information, call 346-7055.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives, Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439, will offer a seminar on using financial tools when starting a new business from 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday at the SCORE office in the Bank of America building, 6014 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

Participants will learn how to handle the paperwork and accounting needed to start a business. They will learn the differences between sole ownership, a partnership, corporations and LLCs.

The session will be led by Ellie Hollis, a SCORE counselor and certified public accountant. She will also explain the licenses needed to establish and run a business, how to determine start-up costs and hiring expenses, setting up financial books and setting up and working with a chart of accounts.

The course fee is $20. Preregistration is not required. For information, call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638 or Stu May at 688-6903, or visit


Dr. Anitha Kolli has announced the opening of her practice at 1198 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, in the same plaza as St. Luke's Eye Center.

Kolli is board-certified in internal medicine. She served her residency at Overlook Hospital in Summit, N.J., from 2003-06. She assisted various practices in Hernando County before opening her own.

Kolli is accepting patients 18 and older. She is accepting walk-ins for a limited time only, as well as same-day appointments. Also, for a limited time, she will be on call 24 hours a day.

Kolli is on staff at all three Hernando County hospitals and accepts most insurance. For information or to make an appointment, call 666-2250.

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Sean Hagan has opened a full-service jewelry store, Jewelerman, at 20118 Cortez Blvd., in the South Square Plaza, Brooksville.

Hagan is a 1990 jewelry graduate from the Gemological Institute of America and offers jewelry repair, engraving, custom designs and other services. His designs and craft ability are showcased in his new store with custom displays and lighting he built himself. Some of his one-of-a-kind creations have been seen on national television.

For information, call Jewelerman at 544-8422.

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Kiddie Kampus Preschool Academy will host a VPK Roundup from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the school, 475 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.

The voluntary Pre-K program is open to children who will be 4 by Sept. 1. Those enrolling their children must bring proof of their child's age and residence, and their Social Security card.

For information, call 684-2700.

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Great Beginning I will conduct open enrollment for the voluntary Pre-K program for the 2007-08 school year from 3:30 to 6 p.m. April 24 at the preschool and day care, 13163 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

For details, call 688-0259.

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In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Oak Hill Hospital will honor its volunteers in a variety of events this week.

Members of the volunteer associations will be invited as guests on the hospital's radio program on WWJB on Thursday, and volunteers will be treated to a hot buffet breakfast Friday, when all volunteers will receive a special commemorative pin.

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The Jacksonville developer LandMar Group LLC has consolidated its central sales operations with the launch of LandMar Realty LLC, a new brokerage serving communities in southeast Georgia and throughout Florida.

Locally, LandMar Realty serves the Southern Hills Plantation Club in Brooksville. For information, visit


Oak Hill Hospital has announced the appointment of two new directors: Registered nurse Randall Weeks has been promoted to director of surgical services; Samantha Wood, a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in nursing, has been appointed director of the cardiovascular program. Both directors have been promoted from within the HCA Healthcare System.

Weeks joined the Army after high school. He became a surgical operating room technician and later went to nursing school. He worked in Denver Bayfront Medical Center and Edward White Hospital as an operating room nurse. He has worked with HCA for six years, and his most recent position was director of surgical services at Edward White Hospital before relocating to Oak Hill in March. Weeks is currently enrolled in the bachelor of science program at St. Petersburg College.

Wood came to Oak Hill from Largo Medical Center in February. She has been an HCA employee for eight years. She attended nursing school in Virginia. Her career began at Maryview Medical Center as a staff nurse, then a charge nurse in surgical intensive care. She became an open heart nurse preceptor at Largo and later coordinator of the critical care internship program. She was promoted to charge nurse of the cardiovascular surgical unit and then manager of that unit. She has extensive experience in cardiac surgery and is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a critical care registered nurse.

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City of Brooksville redevelopment coordinator Brian S. Brijbag has been appointed to the Florida Redevelopment Association's statewide legislative committee.

The association's purpose is to promote the improvement of downtown and urban areas through redevelopment and development activities. The association supports legislation that preserves the power of municipalities to create and effectively use community redevelopment agencies to revitalize their urban areas.

Brijbag has been involved with several award-winning organizations and has served as a member of the Hernando County Fine Arts Council for several years. He is also active with the Brooksville Business Alliance, the Bandshell Bash, Groundwater Guardians and numerous other county and city committees. He serves as minister of education and youth at First Baptist Church of Brooksville.

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Dr. John E. Baker attended the 65th annual Scientific Conference for the American College of Food and Ankle Surgeons, March 14-18 in Orlando.

The local podiatrist joined more than 1,000 physicians and more than 200 exhibitors who displayed the latest in medical advancements at the conference. The conference had an emphasis on surgical management of the foot, ankle and leg.

Baker attended an external fixation workshop, as well as a workshop where he was certified to perform uniportal endoscopic gastrocnemius relcase, a new procedure to improve ankle motion and relieve stress on the ball of the foot. The procedure requires only a small incision on the inside of the leg.

Baker has offices at 6317 Sealawn Drive, Spring Hill, and at 3264 W Audubon Park Path, Lecanto. For information, call the Spring Hill office at 597-2223 or the Lecanto office at (352) 527-8480.

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Laurie Pizzo, a Realtor-associate with Century 21 Alliance Realty, was recently chosen for the Tillie Fowler Excellence in Public Service Series, a statewide leadership training program. Pizzo, a Spring Hill resident, is one of six women selected for the scholarship-based program supported by the Republican National Committee.

The nationwide and yearlong series has an objective to encourage, mentor and prepare selected Republican female leaders to seek new levels of involvement in government and politics, and to assume key roles in public service.

Raised in the suburbs of Chicago, Pizzo moved to Florida after graduating from the Sawyer College of Business in Indiana 19 years ago.

She has been a multimillion-dollar producer with Century 21 Alliance Realty since 2004. She also earned three company cars and awards from Mary Kay Cosmetics.

Pizzo has been involved with community service activities and programs such as the Hospice Kids Foundation and the Dawn Center of Hernando County. She is a member of the Brooksville Rotary, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, the Florida and National Association of Realtors and the Realtors Political Action Committee. She is also the district representative for the National Republican Women's Network.

If you have 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 e-mail items to or fax them to 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

[Last modified April 15, 2007, 21:52:10]

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