Business and Community

Innovation Collective Focuses on New Tech for 55+

Innovation Collective (IC) is a national company focused on community and economic development in Hernando County through a partnership with Let’s Grow Hernando. Let’s Grow Hernando is founded by local business owners Wayne and Cyndi Johnson, formerly of Accuform. The Innovation Collective has hired a full time local resident, Sam Eshelman, who is the community lead. Through roughly 70 events per year, IC provides a culture of connection, learning, and clear paths to starting and growing companies.

Hybrid Approach to Work and Home Life Balance

Remote work is likely going to continue in some form, but that does not mean people never want to head into an office again. Investors are betting on a post-pandemic surge in interest in workspaces located in suburban neighborhoods. To get ahead of what they foresee as a trend, they are eyeing suburban residences and empty retail, with the thought of turning them into smaller office spaces that can be rented out.

The Joy of Fresh Fish

Each day before dawn, the Birren family sets to work to bring the freshest of fresh seafood to its customers. Whether it be at 4 a.m. to go out in the many fishing boats they own or to clean and prepare fish for their retail outlet, the Birrens know more than a thing or two about fresh seafood.

Being the wife of a commercial fisherman, Kathryn Birren understands the fishing industry. 

"Our family has been in the seafood business for over 60 years,” she said, who is popularly known as Kathy. 

Chamber’s Third Annual Home and Garden Show

On Saturday, March 20, the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce held its third annual Home and Garden Show. It would have been its fourth had the show not been canceled last year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. 

This year’s event took place at American Aviation adjacent to the Hernando County Airport with more than fifty vendors and exhibitors participating. Most were chamber members, but non-members also participated. 

Veterans’ HEAT Factory Raises Funds with Comedy Show

On Saturday, January 30, The Veterans’ HEAT Factory (VHF) held a fun-filled evening of comedy at the VFW Post 10209 in Spring Hill. The purpose was to raise money for its mission to help veterans and first responders who suffer from Post- Traumatic Stress. Approximately 100 people (socially-distanced and masked)   turned out to watch local professional magician, Elliott Smith, perform his comedy magic and to view a multi-media presentation of the history of comedy presented by Tony Belmont of the Comedy Hall of Fame Museum.

Hernando Beach's Hot Wing Challenge

Mr. John Dolci owner of Drunken Mullet held the challenge as a Fundraiser for United Community Hernando Beach (UCHB) to help them by giving back to the community. 

There were several challenges that were successful in raising funds for UCHB.

Children’s, Women's, Men’s, and Firefighters' challenges.  

There were many vendors who sat up to sell their creations made by hand to sell to the community which some even sold out of homemade items.  

Each vendor donated one item to UCHB which was put on silent auction and each item sold for a great donation.  

Eye Witnesses to History

On January 15, Martin Luther King would have been ninety-two years old – if he were alive. Sadly, he was assassinated before his 40th birthday on April 4, 1968.  He spearheaded the Civil Rights movement with his tactics of non-violence and has inspired three generations. 

A number of local African-Americans were involved in the Civil Rights movement.