VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to mentor small businesses. For information, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."
DOCTOR LECTURES IN TAIWAN: Dr. Michael A. Pikos recently lectured on cone beam CT scan technology, dental implants and bone grafting at the Taiwan Academy of Osseointegration in Taipei, Taiwan.
Pikos is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the founder of Coastal Jaw Surgery. His offices are at 4372 Commercial Way, Spring Hill; 2711 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor, and 8845 Hawbuck St., Trinity. For information, call (352) 596-6804, (727) 786-1631 or (727) 375-0469.
INVESTMENT CLUB: The $50 Investment Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Edward Jones office, 3296 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. New members are welcome. Call Ross Keith at (352) 596-2649.
PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer its annual course in public speaking from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays, Sept. 9 through Oct. 7, at the chamber's training room, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The course consists of five weekly sessions of two hours each and will be taught by Vince Vanni. Topics will include dealing with fear, projecting confidence, preparing and delivering the speech, and how to properly use visual aids.
A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who attend four of the five classes. The cost is $60 for chamber members, $120 for nonmembers. To register, visit hernandochamber.com/events or call (352) 796-0697.
FREE SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting several free seminars.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5730 Moog Road, Holiday.
• "How to Apply for a 501c3," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 10, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive.
• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
To register and for additional information, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the "Disney on Leadership" series at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The series, presented by Royce Decker, reviews past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services. The goal is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.
• Session 1 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 13 or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24.
• Session 2 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29.
• Session 3 will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 or from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15.
• Session 4 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
The cost for chamber members is $15 per class or $45 for the four-part series. The cost for nonmembers is $20 or $65 for the series. Register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
FREE BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the 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.
SAVE THE DATE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Beach Bash: HANG 10 Hernando! will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach.
Tickets cost $15 per person, which includes food, drinks, entertainment, dunk tank and other activities. DJ Beach Bum will provide music outside from 5 to 11 p.m. A band will perform inside from 7 to 11 p.m.
Sponsorships are available: longboard for $1,000; shortboard for $500; lifeguard for $250; and business for $100.
For information about the bash, go to hernandochamber.com.
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BNI Winning Edge: 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.
Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Eastside Business Networking Group: Wednesday at Sherman Hills Golf and Country Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive, Ridge Manor West. Networking begins at 7:45 a.m., the business meeting begins at 8 a.m. Call Tammy Heon, (352) 754-4405.
Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Networking Group: 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451 or Lindsey Hack at (352) 796-6000.
BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast. Call Ralph Vitola at (352) 796-2676.
Nature Coast Business Professionals: 8 a.m. Friday at IHOP, 3636 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. People attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.