Business digestBrieflyBusiness owners are invited to promote their business while helping Communities in Schools of Hernando County, a national dropout prevention program, by participating in a new campaign — A Program of Hope.There are two parts to the campaign. Part one invites businesses to purchase ad space in the program's catalog to demonstrate their support for the dropout prevention efforts in Hernando. Secondly, enterprises can receive table space at A Program of Hope Holiday Extravaganza and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.For information or to register, email [email protected] or visit CISHernando.org.• • •The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Jericho Road Ministries' Operation Hope will have a food drive during November.Businesses, residents, students, clubs and schools are invited to participate by collecting specific food items for use at one of Jericho's five county distribution sites.Items needed include toilet paper, dry milk, peanut butter and jelly, rice, boxed mashed potatoes, canned vegetables and fruits, canned meats, canned soups, pasta, spaghetti sauce, boxed macaroni and cheese and breakfast cereals.Jericho representatives will collect the items at the chamber's monthly membership breakfast meeting from 7 to 9 a.m. Nov. 14 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Gold Club Lane in Brooksville.For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.• • •Dr. Javier Gonzalez announces that he has opened a second location to his practice, at 15120 County Line Road, Suite 101, Spring Hill. Gonzalez also sees patients at his office at 1194 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill.Gonzalez is board certified in family practice. He received his medical degree in 1996 from Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie. He completed internships at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit, Mich. and at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah.Gonzalez is affiliated with the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association. He can be reached at (352) 835-7136 or at (727) 378-8588.• • •Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, is seeking volunteer technicians who are licensed to perform ultrasounds for a new Women's Health and Wellness pilot program the clinic will start soon.Technicians will be needed on Saturdays once a month or once a quarter for a few hours. Volunteers have sovereign immunity under the Florida Department of Health. Individuals interested should call Barbara weekdays, except Thursdays, at (352) 610-9916.Who's newsTed and Tim Ferguson have opened Trident Behavioral Healthcare, a nonprofit, out-patient counseling clinic offering mental health counseling to U.S. veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder as well as counseling for depression, stress management, anger management, marriage and relationships and bi-polar disorders.Mental health counselors will also provide counseling to patients in nursing homes in the Tampa Bay area, to include Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties.The clinic is at 6133 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 842-6900.EventsRuth Wharton, owner of the Book Fair, 1219 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, will celebrate her business' 29th anniversary with a drawing for a gift today.For information, call (352) 686-1682.• • •The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon cuttings during the coming week:• Diversified Taxes and Financial Services, 13154 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Dorothy Johnson, (352) 683-5198.• Serve & Protect Financial, 13154 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Brian McGinnis, (352) 556-4859.• Sonic-Bella Grande Group, 4667 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Kent Gross, (646) 506-8662.• • •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.• • •Forest Oaks of Spring Hill, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, would like to invite children to trick-or-treat from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.The assisted living community wishes to provide a safe place for children to trick or treat. For information, call Raquel at (352) 683-3323.• • •Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill, will host a Halloween Party featuring the music of Barry & Nancy at 2 p.m. Wednesday.The event is free and open to the public. Wear your funniest, scariest or most creative costume and compete in the costume contest.For information, call Hollie Taylor, engge life director, at (352) 596-2055.• • •BNI Leaders by Design will meet from 8 to 9 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.• • •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.• • •Quality Inn, 6172 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, will be the site of "Expo19 — Marketing & Advertising Expo" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Small business owners in Hernando County are invited to attend and explore exciting new ways to promote and advertise your products and services.Free admission for business owners. For information, call or text at (352) 556-8178, or email at [email protected]• • •Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program, "From Our Schoolyard to Your Backyard, at 6 p.m. Thursday. The project, which began at Pinegrove Elementary School in 2008, has cultivated an edible schoolyard. Speakers will be Dr. Maria Scunziano-Singh and Dr. John Hill. Tours of the facility and garden also will be available. For information, call (352) 799-0200. • • •The Florida Public Relations Association Nature Coast Chapter will have its monthly luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando. Networking begins at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon will begin promptly at noon. This month's guest speaker is Rose Fagler with Plum Creek Timber Company. She will speak about the public/private collaboration for the rezoning of 20,000-plus acres.The cost is $15 for association members and $18 for nonmembers. To RSVP, call Katie Mehl at (352) 344-6501 by Oct. 29, or email her at [email protected]• • •Pasco-Hernando Community College's Corporate Training department will offer a Time Mastery Workshop from 8 to 11 a.m. Friday and Nov. 9 at its North Campus, 11415 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville.The workshop, which is open to the public, includes practical tips to help improve time-management skills in 12 key categories. Participants will receive a comprehensive and personalized Time Mastery profile.The cost is $99 per person. A certificate of completion will be awarded. To register or for information, all (727) 816-3123 or email at [email protected]• • •Wexler Orthodontics will buy back Halloween candy Nov. 3. The business will pay $1 per pound for up to 5 pounds of unopened candy. The candy will be collected from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 1222 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The candy will be sent to Operation Gratitude in California, which prepares holiday packages for the troops serving overseas. For information about Operation Gratitude visit opgratitude.com. For information about the candy buy-back offer, call (352) 688-0311 or visit WexlerOrthodontics.com. • • •The Hernando County Office of Business Development, Hernando County Airport and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Plane Ol' BBQ and Business Appreciation Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Airport Industrial Park, 15800 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville. The event includes barbecue, entertainment, music, networking and an interaction aviation display. Tickets are $15 per person and may be ordered online at PlaneOLBBQ2012.eventbrite.com. The deadline for tickets is Nov. 6. For information, call (352) 540-6400.• • •Vendors are wanted for Forest Oaks of Spring Hill's annual Festival in the Forest. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Forest Oaks, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.Craft vendors including holiday items are requested. For information, call Mona or Raquel at (352) 683-3323.• • •SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:• Using the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. • Starting a Home-Based Business 101, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. • How to Apply for a Business Loan, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.• Advanced Quickbooks, 5 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 20 at Lykes Memorial Library, main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.• Using the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.• Advanced Quickbooks, 5 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 29 at Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.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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