Civil-Tech Consulting Engineers and GPI Southeast recently announced that both companies have agreed to the merging of CTCE into GPI Southeast.
CTCE will remain as a legal entity in its current office at 12 Main St., Brooksville, though CTCE principals Alan K. Garman and Lyle "Bob" Titterington, PE, will join the GPI Southeast staff.
GPI Southeast, offering civil engineering, surveying, environmental and consultation services, has local offices in Tampa and Ocala. CTCE is a Brooksville engineering and land-planning firm. By joining GPI, CTCE will have access to more resources and a broader range of services. In return, CTCE brings expertise, experience and client-focused services that complement the GPI mission and give GPI a local presence in Hernando County.
For information, call (813) 632-7676.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, provides free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.
Consultations and access to all SBDC services are available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session or for information, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
Joshua Mercado, sales office manager for Monster Transmission & Performance, 19370 Oliver St., Brooksville, was recently selected as Employee of the Year for 2012.
Under Mercado's leadership, the customer service representatives continue to exceed their sales goals and continue to provide the highest quality products and services to every client, every time.
For information, call toll-free, 1-800-708-0087, ext. 4491.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have five ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• LifeCycle Fitness Studio, 4664 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon today. Call Christina Ryman, (352) 540-5299.
• Zifero's Pizza & Diner, 34508 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor, noon Tuesday. Call Allen Ziefero, (352) 608-4888.
• UPS Store 5519, 14391 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Greg Murray, (352) 683-3636.
• Pool Care of Tampa Bay, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Dawn Thompson, (352) 796-3459.
• Evom Lounge, 14251 Powell Road, Spring Hill, 5:30 p.m. Friday. Call Wayne Thornton, (352) 796-9463.
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Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will host the monthly charity cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The event, sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission & Performance, is on the first Tuesday of each month, benefiting different charities. January's charities are HPH Hospice and the Hernando Shriners Club.
The event, which includes music and entertainment, is free for cruise-in vehicles. All participants must register. For information and rules, call toll-free 1-800-708-0087 or visit monstertrans.com.
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The two local Jazzercise Fitness Centers will offer free introductory classes until Tuesday.
Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class and be dressed to exercise. The two locations are 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, and 422 S Broad St., Brooksville.
For information, call Becky at (352) 442-8595 or Tracie at (352) 796-4796, or visit jazzercise.com.
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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, 901 S Broad St., Brooksville, and the Florida State Muscle Car Club host a cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, weather permitting. Proceeds benefit HPH Hospice and Hernando County schools.
The events feature classic cars and trucks, musical entertainment, prizes and drawings. For information, call Gerry Evans at (352) 799-1461.
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Women Building Women, sponsored by Cadence Bank and Gia's Cakes, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday in the grand lounge on the second floor at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill.
The agenda includes introductions, announcements and a silent auction to help a local Hernando County Breast Cancer survivor attend the BCW Survivor's Cruise. Raffle tickets will also be sold for $2 each.
The cost is $3 and includes a continental breakfast.
Meetings are the second Thursday of each month. To RSVP, call (352) 345-3597 no later than Monday.
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BNI Leaders by Design will meet from 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.
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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 the Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
The cost is $13 per person with a reservation or $15 at the door for members or guests. 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 Young Professionals Social will begin at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Evom Lounge, 14251 Powell Road, Spring Hill. For information, call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451.
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Just for Kicks Karate, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer free adult kickboxing lessons and free youth karate classes each Friday during January.
Call Fred Payne for times and additional details at (727) 645-8749.
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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 Chamber 411 event at 5:15 p.m. Jan. 15 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The free informational meeting, designed for new members, will demonstrate how to maximize chamber membership benefits. Existing members, new employees of existing members and potential new members are also invited.
To RSVP or for information, call (352) 796-0697 or send email to email@example.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, will present "Financing your Business" from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The seminar will be presented by Jerry Karp, certified business analyst from the SBDC. The workshop will help business owners zero in on the right funding choices for their business and avoid money scams.
The cost is $10. To RSVP, register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present a new leadership program, the "Disney on Leadership" series. The series, presented by Lt. Col. Royce M. Decker, will review past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services.
The goal of this training is to provide a solid foundation for astounding customer service, ongoing customer loyalty and stellar customer satisfaction.
• Session 1 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Jan. 17 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24.
• Session 2 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.
• Session 3 will be from noon to 1 p.m. March 21 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 28.
• Session 4 will be from noon to 1 p.m. April 18 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25.
The workshop will be offered as either a lunch n' learn or an "after work" session. All classes will be held at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The cost for chamber members is $15 per class or $45 for the series of four. The cost for nonmembers is $20 per class or $65 for the series of four.
To RSVP, register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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Career Central and the Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee have teamed up with the Hernando Youth Initiative Workforce Transition Team to offer a free Workplace Options Expo for teens and young adults from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown.
Local businesses, organizations and institutions will offer information for young people on how to become successful in the world of work.
Speakers, businesses and vendors are invited to share their knowledge, expertise and services at the event. Teens and young adults will meet with potential employers and learn about alternative opportunities such as entrepreneurship, post-secondary education, the armed forces, volunteering and other adventures.
The event will include door prize drawings, food and beverages for sale. The mission of the Hernando Youth Initiative education committee is to promote and address the needs of children to assure the educational and economic success of Hernando County's future workforce. For information about the initiative, contact Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322 or communities firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about the event, contact Dawn Easter, the Workforce Transition Team chairwoman, at (352) 200-3034. To RSVP, send email to email@example.com.
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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
• "Creating a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.
• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 12, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Jan. 15, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• "Starting a Home Based Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, 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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