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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is accepting nominations and sponsorships for its 2011 National Philanthropy Day awards event.

Philanthropists from the Tampa Bay area will be recognized for their dedication to community service and giving at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 22 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.

The event is sponsored by the Nature Coast Chapter of AFP and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. Community leaders will be honored in five categories: philanthropist of the year, philanthropic corporation of the year; philanthropic small business of the year, philanthropic service organization of the year and youth in philanthropy.

The nominating process is open, and all nonprofit agencies and community organizations are encouraged to participate by completing a nomination form at

Nominations must be postmarked no later than Sept. 2. An independent panel of community leaders will make the award selections, and award recipients will be notified by October.

Proceeds from National Philanthropy Day benefit the AFP Nature Coast Chapter in its work to promote ethical and effective professional fundraising.

Presenting sponsors include the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay and the Rotary Club of Trinity. The St. Petersburg Times is the media sponsor. Sponsorship registration deadline is Sept. 16 to ensure recognition on print materials. Sponsorships are available starting at $300, which includes a table of eight at the event. Individual tickets for the event are $30.

For information, call Craig McCart toll-free 1-866-999-2443 or e-mail

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Amscot Financial has launched its sixth annual "Just A Dollar" campaign, designed to raise funds for local education foundations in 15 Central Florida counties, including Hernando.

Beginning Monday and continuing through the month, Amscot associates will ask customers to contribute a dollar to the company's local education foundation. Amscot will track each contribution and ensure that it is donated directly in September to the education foundation serving the county in which the branch is located. Amscot will match the overall contributions up to $10,000.

According to Tracy Echols, director of development for Hernando County Education Foundation, Amscot presented $1,508 to Hernando County in 2010 through the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations.

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Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, has chosen the architectural and contracting firms for its $50 million, 100,000-square-foot construction project.

Gould Turner Group of Nashville, has been chosen as architect; Brasfield & Gorrie of Nashville will be the general contractor.

The project is in the preconstruction phase, and subcontractors will be sought, many from the immediate area.

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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida has partnered with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce to provide free business consultation to local small businesses and entrepreneurs.

Small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking assistance will have access to all of the center's services, including free one-on-one business counseling, free entrepreneurial training workshops, low-cost entrepreneurial training seminars, the Business Resource Center and custom corporate training.

The center offers business consultation in many areas, including starting a business, Internet marketing, business taxes and government contracting. It is an accredited organization that is funded partly through the Small Business Administration.

The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

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IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will sponsor Friends Friday Night fundraisers on the second Friday of each month to support the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park.

For customers who mention Friends of Weeki Wachee on those nights, IHOP will donate 15 percent of their bill to the organization. Call the restaurant at (352) 683-5525.


BNI Winning Edge will meet 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill . Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Visitors are welcome. The group meets every Tuesday. Call Mike Esposito, (352) 585-6551.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled a ribbon cutting at Computer Corrections, 19203 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, at noon Thursday. Call James Tomasello, (352) 397-2186.

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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 or Wynn Keith at (352) 596-2649.

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

The goal of the group is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees.

Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or visit

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Women Building Women will meet for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 9 at Duke's American Grill and Sports Brewery, 1320 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

Those attending are asked to bring one colored index card and five white index cards (lined or not) for a networking activity.

Call Kristina Wehlau at (352) 628-2232.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the workshop "What to Do Before Calling for Tech Support" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The program is aimed at nontechnical people. Handouts will include a glossary of basic terms, references and a checklist for what to do before calling tech support to solve problems with phones, computers and other devices.

The workshop will be presented by Chuck Wilson, president and owner, and Terry Weaver, chief executive and owner, of Wilson Technology.

The cost is $10 per person. To register or for information, call (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida will present the seminar "Marketing Works" from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The seminar will be presented by Jerry Karp, a certified business analyst. Participants will learn how to craft the right message for their audience and discover strategies for gaining customers.

The cost is $25 per person. To register or for information, call (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present a Microsoft Word and Outlook workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Aug. 19 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The workshop will be presented by Steve Burnley, general manager and director of learning for Knowledge Quest Education. The purpose of the course is to review the fundamentals of Microsoft Word and Outlook 2007. The class will be conducted in a workshop format, with emphasis on hands-on practice.

The cost is $10 per person. To register, call (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Training Committee will offer a manager/supervisor professional development training series. Workshops will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and will cover topics for managers, supervisors or anyone pursuing a career in a management or supervisory role.

Topics and dates include: "Motivation," Aug. 22 and 29; "Developing Direct Reports," Sept. 12 and 19: and "Performance Management," Oct. 17 and 24.

Each topic is $10 per person, or $15 for two topics. Training will be provided by Knowledge Quest Education Solutions. All workshops will be at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Advance registration is required. Call (352) 796-0697.

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The Hernando Builders Association and Crystal Motor Car Co. will co-host the annual Summer Night Cash Bash at 6 p.m. Aug. 27 at St. Anthony Church's Heffernan Hall, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The event is open to the public, as well as HBA members. This year's presenting sponsor is Crystal Motor, and the major sponsor is Senica Air Conditioning. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Arc Nature Coast.

Tickets are $60 per person and include dinner and entry into the drawing; $80 for two dinners and entry into the drawing.

Prizes will be awarded throughout the night. The grand prize is $10,000 cash; second place is $1,000 cash; and third place is $500 cash. All nonwinning entry tickets will go into a last chance drawing for $300.

Dinner will be catered by Duke's American Grill and Sports Brewery. Drink tickets will be available at the bar. Free draft beer will be served. Entertainment will be provided by Jason Pond DJ.

A maximum of 500 tickets will be sold. RSVP is mandatory, and seating is limited. People need not be present to win. Tickets are available at the HBA office on Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville, or from HBA board and committee members. Call the HBA office at (352) 596-1114.

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 e-mail items to 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.

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