Never too young to start your own business

by Madison Harrison, 10 year old entrepreneur

Madison Harrison, photo by Andrea Harrison

Hello, my name is Madison! I am so excited to write for the Hernando Sun. This is a big opportunity and I am very grateful for it. I hope you will find value in what I share.

I started taking photos when I was 3 years old. I started my photography business when I was 7 years old. I love taking pictures of little girls and their dolls, but I also enjoy photographing nature, weddings, events and even celebrities such as John Legend, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. Some people thought I was too young to start a business, but it didn’t stop me. I figured, “why wait?”

Business Briefs

compiled by Sue Quigley

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce February Membership Meeting

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is having the FEBRUARY Monthly Membership Meeting at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Brooksville on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017, at 7:15 am. Network with local businesses and meet your next customer.

Giving a Helping Hand

Facebook neighborhood group highlights the many helping hands in our county.

Dianna Seijas, left, and Eileen Katrick display the very first crochet mat made by volunteers at Mats for a Mission in Brooksville. The goal for 2017 is 500 mats.

Meet Dianna Alonzo, Yael Chenard and Anna Peterson — administrators of Spring Hill, FL Neighbors, a Facebook publication covering all things about news, business, art and life in Spring Hill. The group is 8,236 members strong.

More than administrators of the group, they are longtime friends who also want to give back to their community and lend a helping hand to neighbors in time of need.

Legally Speaking: Workers comp rate increase concerns businesses

Matthew Dolman is an attorney for the Dolman Law Group

The Florida Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) recently approved a statewide workers’ compensation rate increase of 14.5 percent that took effect at the end of 2016. This means that the rates insurance companies charge businesses to insure them against employee injuries will go up, overall.

The Color of Love

The Flower House poised for St. Valentine’s Day with floral arrangements that declare passion, affection and devotion.

Saint Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. It’s the day of romance when, each year, people exchange cards, gifts or flowers with someone dear to them.

It’s the day when cupids and hearts and flowers become the iconic gifts to give.

It’s also the day when flower shop owners have to get all their blooms ready for their busiest day of the year.

Albert Tavolaro, owner of the Flower House, at Forest Oaks Boulevard and Commercial Way, said he starts planning for Valentine Day right after Christmas.

Jimmy John's sandwich shop open for business in Brooksville


BROOKSVILLE, FL- Brooksville’s first Jimmy John’s sandwich shop opened on Jan. 24th  at 13211 Cortez Blvd., serving fresh, gourmet sandwiches to the community.

“Brooksville is experiencing tremendous growth, and it was an easy choice as a location for our store,” said owner Ryan Noruzi, a former aircraft mechanics instructor at the National Aviation Academy. “As the first Jimmy John’s in Brooksville, we can’t wait for the community to try our fast and tasty sandwiches.”