NEW BUSINESS: The U.S.A. Store at 2171 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, opened Dec. 7. The owner is Deborah Ricciardi.
The store sells American-made products, including housewares, toys, greeting cards, footwear, clothes, towels, and bath and body lotions.
Business hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information, call (352) 556-4861.
HOLIDAY HOURS: Winn-Dixie has announced that its stores will open at their regular time and close at 9 p.m. Tuesday, with pharmacies closing at 5 p.m. All stores will be closed Christmas Day.
All Winn-Dixie stores will be open regular hours on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day; pharmacy hours will vary.
Local stores are at 6270 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee; 31080 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West; 1230 S Broad St., Brooksville; 11092 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill; and 2240 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
GRAND OPENING: Golden Corral Buffet & Grill's newest restaurant opened Dec. 13 at 5300 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The new restaurant brings 125 jobs to the community, a mix of full-time and part-time employees. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet and will seat 276 guests.
Hours of operation are 10:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday; 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday; 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
Banquet facilities are available free for groups and organizations. For information, visit goldencorral.net.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to mentor small businesses. For information, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."
ASSOCIATES OF THE YEAR: Each month Oak Hill Hospital selects its "stars of the month." In December, one of the stars is chosen as Star Associate of the Year. This year, the hospital selected two associates, both members of the emergency care center.
Registered nurse Jeff Palmer, a firefighter-paramedic, began his career at the hospital in May 2011. In the emergency care center, Palmer handles emergencies from flulike symptoms to heart attacks.
Thomas Ratcliffe, who joined the hospital in November 2011, serves as a paramedic administering IVs, blood draws, ECGs, CPR, and also does front desk ER receiving and support and assisting of physicians, nurses and paramedics.
The two responded to a wreck and were in the middle of the intersection when another vehicle collided with vehicles. Just prior to the impact, Ratcliffe yelled to warn Palmer about the vehicle. The two barely escaped serious injury. Palmer, though injured, continued helping the person in the first vehicle, while Ratcliffe ran toward the second vehicle, which had hit more cars and flipped.
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 session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SOUGHT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Committee meets at 11 a.m. Fri. at Beef 'O' Brady's, 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Individuals interested in becoming part of the group are invited. For information, call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451 or Lindsey Hack at (352) 796-6000.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars. 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.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 7, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5730 Moog Road, Holiday.
• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 14, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Jan. 14, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• "Creating a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
• "How to Use the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 4 to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Pasco-Hernando Community College, 10230 Ridge Road, Room 151, New Port Richey.
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