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.
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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@example.com or call (352) 263-1452.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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