FREE SIPS AND SEA CREATURES FOR GOODWILL DONORS: People who drop off clothing or household items through Sept. 29 at the Goodwill Industries-Suncoast Superstore, 4750 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will receive a coupon for a free Route 44 big drink at the Spring Hill Sonic drive-in, 4667 Commercial Way.
In addition, donors will receive a coupon good for a free ticket to the Florida Aquarium for each adult ticket purchased, up to three free tickets. The aquarium coupons are redeemable until Nov. 30.
The Goodwill store features a drive-through donation lane. Donations are accepted from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Donations support Goodwill's employment services for people in the local community.
Visit goodwill-suncoast.org for more information.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to mentor small businesses. For information, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."
PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer its annual course in public speaking from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays through Oct. 7 at the its training room, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The course consists of five weekly sessions of two hours each and will be taught by Vince Vanni. Topics will include dealing with fear, projecting confidence, preparing and delivering the speech, and how to properly use visual aids.
A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who attend four of the five classes. The cost is $60 for chamber members, $120 for nonmembers. To register, visit hernandochamber.com/events or call (352) 796-0697.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings this week:
• PPG/Porter Paints, 20070 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, at noon Tuesday. Call Sara Alrantara, (813) 344-6303.
• NAPA, 3601 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, at noon Wednesday. Call Randy Howard, (352) 796-4936.
CHAMBER 411: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its Chamber 411 event at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The free informational meeting, which is open to existing and new members, new employees of existing members and potential members, will demonstrate how to maximize chamber membership benefits.
For information, call Linda Campo at (352) 796-0697. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events.
HEALTH CARE REFORM LUNCH N LEARN: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, Florida Insurance Brokers and the Nature Coast Human Resources Society have joined to offer a free health care reform workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Participants will learn how the mandate affects businesses. Lunch will be provided by Florida Insurance Brokers. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber, (352) 796-0697.
REPUBLICAN BUSINESS LEADERS: The Republican Business Leaders Club of Hernando County will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.
The club is open to retired and current business owners, managers and anyone who has made a payroll and created jobs. Call Blaise Ingoglia at (352) 686-8200.
FREE SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting several free seminars.
• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive.
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road
• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
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.
LEADERSHIP PROGRAM: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the "Disney on Leadership" series at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The series, presented by Royce Decker, reviews past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services. The goal is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.
• Session 1 will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 24.
• Session 2 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Oct. 29.
• Session 3 will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 5 or from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 15.
• Session 4 will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 13 or from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Dec. 17.
The cost for chamber members is $15 per class or $45 for the four-part series. The cost for nonmembers is $20 or $65 for the series. Register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
HONEYBAKED HAM FIGHTS TO "FOIL" BREAST CANCER: For the first time in 55 years, the HoneyBaked Ham Co. is changing its iconic gold foil to pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. HoneyBaked and the National Breast Cancer Foundation are partnering in October to "foil" breast cancer.
In addition, the HoneyBaked Ham Company and Cafe, 4638 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will donate $1 from each ham sale in October to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation's local mammography program. Call (352) 592-2994 for more information.
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 counseling session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
SAVE THE DATE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's 2013 Beach Bash: HANG 10 Hernando! will be from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Hernando Beach Club, 3145 Flamingo Blvd., Hernando Beach.
Tickets are $15 per person, which includes food, drinks, entertainment, dunk tank and other activities. DJ Beach Bum will provide music outside from 5 to 11 p.m. A band will perform inside from 7 to 11 p.m.
Sponsorships are available: longboard for $1,000, shortboard for $500, lifeguard for $250 and business for $100. For information about the bash, go to hernandochamber.com.
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