The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has announced that immediate financial help is available for local small businesses that felt the impact of Tropical Storm Debby.
Small-business owners may apply for expedited interest-free, short-term loans through the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program. Under the program, business owners with two to 100 employees are eligible for interest-free loans up to $25,000, with 90- or 180-day terms, based on the business' circumstances.
The need for the loan and use of the proceeds must be directly related to physical damages caused by the tropical storm.
Applications may be downloaded at floridadisasterloan.org. Once completed, applicants should contact the Florida Small Business Development Center at (850) 473-7800 or toll-free 1-866-737-7232.
For free help with completing the application, local applicants may contact Jerry Karp, SBDC certified business analyst at (352) 796-0697 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Cadence Bank, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, will collect school supplies for the Boys & Girls Club of Hernando County through Aug. 10.
At the end of the collection period, the bank will host an ice cream social for the public from 1 to 3 p.m. Aug. 10, with the opportunity to register to win a prize.
For information, call (352) 666-5200.
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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce have partnered to provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando 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.
Kelly Nelson was recently appointed communications intern at Vince Vanni & Associates. Nelson, currently a student at Pasco-Hernando Community College, is a former Tallahassee Community College student. Her interests are mass communications and marketing.
As an intern, Nelson helps produce news releases for nonprofit and proprietary clients. In addition, she assists in maintaining social media outlets for the business. For information, call (352) 797-9199.
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Holly Norris was recently appointed director of environmental services at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Previously, Norris served as director of environmental services at Reston Hospital Center in Reston, Va., another HCA facility. While at Reston, she also served as sustainability coordinator. She currently sits on the HCA corporate waste task force, and is OSHA hazmat trained.
Norris, who holds a bachelor's degree from George Mason University, served in the Army for 10 years and an additional three years in the reserve.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Bill's Bistro on Broad, 4 N Broad St., Brooksville, 1 p.m. Tuesday. Call Bill Staunko, (352) 593-8211.
• Stitch to My Lue, at Action Potential Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine, 6119 Deltona Ave., Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Denielle Lue, (813) 789-5598.
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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.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its July After-Hours Mixer at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4528 Southern Valley Loop, Brooksville, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday.
The event is sponsored by Habitat for Humanity and Greenpointe Homes.
To RSVP or for information, call Debbie Prescott, (352) 754-1159.
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The 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 Women Building Women July Networking Mixer will be from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at GreenPointe Homes' model home at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4528 Southern Valley Loop, Brooksville.
Members and guests are invited. Beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. For information, call (352) 799-9898.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the Chick-fil-A Leadercast Experience Lunch 'n Learn Summer Series from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, July 27 and Aug. 17 and 24 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The series is free and open to the public. Leadership facilitators include Lt. Col. Royce Decker of the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and Lori Bainum, director of corporate training at Pasco-Hernando Community College.
The four-part series will continue where the original Leadercast program left off. It will cover a variety of topics, including how to be the next generation's leaders, when work and family collide, standout strength assessment, 21 irrefutable laws of leadership, developing the leader within oneself, and the last competitive advantage.
Participants should bring their own lunch. To RSVP, call (352) 796-0697.
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The Hernando Builders Association will have its monthly general membership dinner meeting at 6 p.m. July 23 at the pavilion at Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane, Brooksville.
July's meeting will be the annual HBA family barbecue, and the association will provide the main entree and utensils. Admission for each member family is a side dish to share and school supplies to help the Devereux Kids backpack program.
Members should bring their own non-alcoholic beverages; alcohol is not allowed in the park. Members are also encouraged to bring their families. New members are welcome.
Reservations are required for head count and side dish list. To RSVP, call the HBA office at (352) 596-1114. HBA will collect school supplies for Devereux Kids this month. Items can be dropped off at 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville.
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New customers may try out Jazzercise for free on July 25 at both the Spring Hill Jazzercise Fitness Center, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., and the Brooksville Jazzercise Center, 422 S Broad St.
In Spring Hill, classes will be offered at 9 and 10 a.m. and at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. In Brooksville, classes will be offered at 4:30 and 5:30 p.m.
For information, call Becky at (352) 442-8595 or Tracie at (352) 796-4796.
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Hernando County Business & Professional Women will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 24 in the pool house at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill.
This month's guest speaker will be Dr. Mark Polecritti, who will speak on aging gracefully and new advancements in the field of anti-aging.
The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month. Dinner is $15 for members and $20 for guests. For information, contact Karen Lund, president, at (352) 686-2891, ext. 201, or email@example.com.
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Panera Bread, 1403 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will host a fundraiser to benefit the Children's Cancer Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 27-28.
Patrons may show support for the center by donating $1 for a sample of home-style lemonade at the store's Lemon-Aid Stand, created by Panera Bread associates.
In addition, funds collected through the Operation Dough-Nation boxes during July will be matched and donated to the center.
For information, call (352) 688-0777.
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