EMERGENCY BRIDGE LOAN PROGRAM ACTIVATED BY GOVERNOR: Gov. Rick Scott has activated Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Hermine. The program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm and recovery efforts. The application period runs through Oct. 31. The DEO is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties. To access the business survey, visit flvbeoc.org/index.php?action=bda and select "Hurricane Hermine" from the drop-down menu. The loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term loans. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program. For information, visit floridadisasterloan.org or call (850) 898-3489.
BECOME A PASCO HERNANDO SCORE VOLUNTEER: Pasco Hernando SCORE is looking for volunteers with the following expertise:
• Commercial banker with experience in business loans, working capital and SBA guidelines.
• Social media coordinator with strong working knowledge of social media and website optimization.
• Nonprofit mentor with prior nonprofit expertise with existing and start-up organizations.
SCORE's volunteers — retired or currently employed — help small business owners succeed. For information, visit pascohernando.score.org.
CAREGIVER OF THE YEAR: Melissa Wood, a caregiver at Forest Oaks of Spring Hill, recently received the Caregiver of the Year award bestowed by Florida Argentum. The award recognizes a compassionate caregiver who improves the quality of life for residents through dedication, outstanding service and by treating residents with dignity and respect. Florida Argentum is an organization that represents professionally managed senior living communities in the state of Florida. Wood has worked at Forest Oaks, a Holiday Retirement community, for 13 years.
EVENT TO BENEFIT HUMANE SOCIETY: BonWorth, a women's clothing store at 12987 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a Dog Days of Summer event from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday to benefit the Humane Society of the Nature Coast. Customers who bring in an animal goods or cash donation for the shelter will receive 15 percent off their total purchase. During the event, customers will be entered into a drawing. For information, call Cathleen Davis at (352) 597-8264. In addition, Pet Envy salon and spa, next to BonWorth at 12991 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will offer customers a 15 percent discount from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday if a donation for the shelter is made. For information, call (352) 587-3200.
DR. CLOUD WEBCAST: The Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Chick-fil-A of Hernando County, will sponsor "The Power of the Other," a webcast with Dr. Henry Cloud, from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Cornerstone Baptist Church, 13171 Tara St., Spring Hill, and from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 30 at Hillside Community Baptist Church, 27440 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. In addition to building skills and knowledge, and closing performance gaps, Cloud will discuss how the best performers also draw on personal and professional relationships to fuel growth and help them surpass current limits. Advance tickets are $10 per person. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com or call (352) 796-0697.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Heinecke Family Dentistry, 7135 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Charlene Heinecke, (352) 796-0917.
• Generations Christian Church, 34 Seven Hills Drive, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Patti Templeton, (727) 375-8801.
BUSINESS BOOT CAMP: Chamber members participating in the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Business Boot Camp will learn how to maximize their chamber membership. Each session will be offered from 7:15 to 9 a.m. at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. The sessions are free and will include networking opportunities. Sessions include:
• "Networking for Net Profit," Sept. 29.
• "Marketing Mania," Oct. 6.
• "No Train No Gain," Oct. 20.
• "Advocacy in Action," Oct. 27.
To RSVP, call (352) 796-0697 or visit hernandochamber.com.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.
• How to Apply for a 501(c)(3), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• Internet Marketing, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
To register and for information, visit pascohernando.score.org and click on the Local Workshops tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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