Saturday, December 16, 2017
Business

Business digest

Briefly

Monster Transmission & Performance, 19370 Oliver St., Brooksville, was recently recognized as a recipient of the 2012 Florida Companies to Watch award, presented by the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida.

Fifty Florida companies will be recognized at an awards gala on Oct. 19 in Orlando.

Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. To be eligible, applicants must employ between six and 99 full-time employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place.

Recipients are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.

• • •

The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.

A business consultant is available at the chamber office to provide access to all of the center's services. The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

Events

BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.

• • •

The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet Tuesday in the Medical Arts Building conference room at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.

A complimentary dinner and networking will begin at 5:15 p.m.; the meeting will be at 5:45 p.m. The program will be "Pearls of Working Accounts Receivable." The speakers will be Diana Brijbag and Becky Davey.

The association is dedicated to the professional development of its members in health care practice management. Interested practice managers are invited. For information, call Dee Suber at (352) 596-3338.

• • •

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon cuttings during the coming week:

Gia's Cakes & Goodies, noon Tuesday, at Cadence Bank, 14211 Powell Road, Spring Hill. Call Samantha Long, (352) 796-4427.

Spring Hill Dental Associates, 11025 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Pat Augustyniak, (352) 683-1838.

Monti Magill's Irish Pub, 2396 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Friday. Call Jeff Magill, (352) 683-0668.

• • •

SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of six free business seminars:

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Lykes Memorial Library, main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

• "Using the Internet In Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• "How To Write A Grant Proposal," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

• "How To Market In This Economy," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

To register, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

• • •

The Florida West Coast Chapter of the National Association of Residential Property Managers will host a Vendor Appreciation Day from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Holiday Inn Express, 3528 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The event, to honor local professional vendors, will include a chili cookoff. The winner will receive a free on the chapter's website.

The public is welcome. Along with the chili, hot dogs and other food will be available, as well as a 50/50 raffle.

Vendors wishing to participate should RSVP to [email protected] or call (352) 263-1452.

• • •

The Nature Coast Human Resources Society will offer a seminar, "How to Make Manufacturing Sexy," from 7:45 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Blvd., south of Brooksville.

Author Karin Lindner will speak. The cost is $12 for society members and $20 for nonmembers. For information or to RSVP, call Carla Looper at (352) 754-9386.

• • •

Women Building Women will meet at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the grand lounge on the second floor at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill.

The speaker will be Dr. Reut Bardach of My Gynecologist. The cost is $3 and includes a continental breakfast.

To RSVP, call (352) 345-3597 no later than Monday.

• • •

The Nature Coast Business Professionals, a nonexclusive networking group, will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with business professionals. There are no membership fees. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

• • •

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Networking at Noon luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville.

The cost is $10 per person with a reservation, $15 without a reservation and $20 for nonmembers. Cancellations must be made 24 hours before the event. Reservations are required; the deadline is Wednesday. Call (352) 796-0697 or RSVP online at hernandochamber.com.

• • •

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Beach Bash: Under the Sea will be from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach.

Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner and entertainment. A cash bar will be available. Dancing music will be provided by Next Exit, and listening music by DJ John Winans. There will be a dunk tank with local dignitaries and a "shipwrecked" obstacle course.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the chamber at (352) 796-0697 or online at hernandochamber.com.

• • •

Arts and craft vendors are needed for Cadence Bank's Fall Festival, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13 at the bank's Spring Hill office, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, off Applegate Drive.

The vendor fee of $10 will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hernando County. For information or to reserve a spot, call (352) 666-5200.

If you have business 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 email items to [email protected] or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Comments
Taxpayer subsidies of Tampa golf courses are on the rise as struggles continue

Taxpayer subsidies of Tampa golf courses are on the rise as struggles continue

TAMPA — For the half of the year that Harry Nichols lives in Oldsmar, he plays 18 holes several times a month at Rocky Point Golf Course. On a good day, Nichols said he shoots close to par on the Dana Shores course. And if he’s really lucky, it’ll on...
Updated: 6 hours ago
Fueled by indulgence and machismo, restaurants are a hotbed for sexual harassment

Fueled by indulgence and machismo, restaurants are a hotbed for sexual harassment

When Brenda Terry was 16 and living in St. Louis, she was a hostess and food runner at a sports bar where female employees wore cute, little cheerleading skirts. One night, she said, a patron grabbed her crotch. She ran to her management team and the...
Published: 12/15/17
Pigs can be therapy animals too. So can horses and rats and cats and llamas and … (w/video)

Pigs can be therapy animals too. So can horses and rats and cats and llamas and … (w/video)

Shrieks of laughter echoed off the walls of the hospital as Thunder the mini pig flopped onto his side and the children huddled around him, scratching his pink, hairy belly. He and his wet-nosed partner, Bolt, drew patients in wheelchairs and bandage...
Published: 12/15/17
Vology landlord challenges property tax assessment

Vology landlord challenges property tax assessment

LARGO — Eight months after paying $10.15 million for the office building that houses IT services company Vology, a New York company is suing the Pinellas County Property Appraiser and Florida Department of Revenue contending its $5.5 million tax asse...
Published: 12/15/17
Florida’s $1.1 billion Hardest Hit Fund winding down after some hard knocks

Florida’s $1.1 billion Hardest Hit Fund winding down after some hard knocks

In 2010, Florida was in the throes of an unprecedented housing crisis. One in every eight homes was in some stage of foreclosure. Today, the foreclosure rate is one in every 83. Because of that enormous drop, Florida’s Hardest Hit Fund will s...
Published: 12/15/17
Report: Rich will get still richer unless policies change

Report: Rich will get still richer unless policies change

By ELAINE KURTENBACHTOKYO — Global inequality has stabilized at high levels in recent years, a report said Friday, despite gains among the poor in China and much milder disparities in incomes and wealth in Western Europe. The World Inequality Report ...
Published: 12/15/17
How the Disney/Fox deal will shake up Hollywood

How the Disney/Fox deal will shake up Hollywood

Associated Press NEW YORK — After years of tremors, the earthquake that had long been predicted finally shook Hollywood. Disney’s deal to purchase most of 21st Century Fox ends the era of the "Big Six" major movie studios, toppling one ...
Published: 12/15/17
St. Petersburg’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement set to be complete in 2019

St. Petersburg’s Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement set to be complete in 2019

ST. PETERSBURG — The Museum of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, under construction since 2015, is scheduled to be complete by the summer of 2019.The five-story, 137,100-square-foot building will house businessman and collector Rudy Ciccarello’s...
Published: 12/15/17
Obamacare enrollment ends today, but some can get an extension

Obamacare enrollment ends today, but some can get an extension

Today is the day that open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act will close for most people. But those affected by the slew of hurricanes that pummelled Florida, Texas, Puerto Rico and other states earlier this year can take advantage of a two-week ...
Published: 12/15/17
Pack your bags: 107.3M Americans to set holiday traveling record

Pack your bags: 107.3M Americans to set holiday traveling record

A record-breaking number of Americans are expected to travel this holiday season.The American Automobile Association projects that 107.3 million Americans will pack their bags and travel more than 50 miles by planes, trains, automobiles and other mod...
Published: 12/14/17