The Hernando Builders Association and Universal Soil Solutions, the presenting sponsor, held the second annual Maurice Black Golf Invitational at the Dunes Golf Club on Oct. 17. Twenty-three teams competed for the top prize and a hole-in-one prize sponsored by Rick Mathews Buick GMC. Maurice Black, HBA's first president and the event organizer, joined the teams for lunch.
The first-place team, SCP Distributors, won $800. Second place and a $500 prize went to the team of GAF-ELK; third place went to the team from Pit Boss Bar-B-Q, which donated its winnings back to the HBA for the charity sponsor, HPH Hospice.
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Business owners are invited to promote their businesses 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. Businesses are invited to purchase ad space in the program's catalog to demonstrate their support for dropout prevention efforts in Hernando. Also, businesses can receive table space to the 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, send email to Info@CISHernando.org or visit CISHernando.org.
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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 distribution sites.
Items needed include: toilet paper, dry milk, peanut butter, 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. Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Gold Club Lane, south of Brooksville.
For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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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.
Marylou Kivler of Brooksville has launched a new business as an independent designer with Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, a direct sales company.
Origami Owl was founded by Isabella Weems, who at age 14 asked her parents for a car for her 16th birthday. They suggested she start her own business to earn the money.
After watching a YouTube video about a teenager who made more than a million dollars selling bottle cap necklaces, Isabella decided to sell jewelry. In 2010, with help from her mom, Chrissy Weems, the Living Locket, a necklace that can be customized with meaningful charms to the wearer, was introduced.
For information about the business or hosting a party, email Kivler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Pat Cornett, owner of Patricia A. Cornett Professional Tax & Business Services, 13339 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, recently earned the designation of IRS registered tax return preparer.
Cornett has 30 years of experience in the business, beginning in 1982 in Dayton, Ohio. She moved to Brooksville in 1986. She is a member, past president and officer of the Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants, and member of the National Society of Accountants and the Hernando County Business & Professional Women. She is a former BPW Woman of the Year.
For information or to reach Cornett, call (352) 597-3460.
Forest Oaks of Spring Hill, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will have its annual Festival in the Forest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will offer crafts for sale, including holiday items. For information, call Mona or Raquel at (352) 683-3323.
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MGM Hair & Nail Studio, 4035 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a Fun Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. today.
Free refreshments will be served, and a bounce house will be available. The event is a fundraiser for Love Your Neighbor. Individuals who bring a nonperishable food item may enter to win giveaways of salon services.
For information, call (352) 688-1720.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon cuttings during the coming week:
• Skin Care by Donna, 191 E Jefferson St., Brooksville, noon Tuesday. Call Donna Schroder, (352) 678-6043.
• A Wild Orchid Design Studio, 11072 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call Angela Boice, (352) 556-4837.
• Vineyard Christian Church-Hernando, 679 S Broad St., Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Hal Hester, (352) 587-2425.
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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, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, will present "Starting Your Business," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The seminar will be presented by Jerry Karp, a certified business analyst with the SBDC. The cost is $25 per person. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events or call (352) 796-0697.
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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
• "Starting a Home-Based Business 101," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, 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, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "Advanced Quickbooks," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 20, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
• "Advanced Quickbooks," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 29, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
To register, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab or call (727) 842-4638.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its November membership breakfast meeting Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Networking and a business card exchange will begin at 7:15 a.m.; the program begins at 7:45 a.m.
This month's sponsor is WJQB-FM True Oldies 106.3. The program "Thanks for Giving," will highlight Hernando County's outgoing constitutional officers and a food drive for Jericho Road Ministries.
The cost is $15 for chamber members prepaid online, $20 for members at the door and $25 for nonmembers. Call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will have its regular monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The speaker will be Bill Nestel, regional vice president of Security Benefit. The topic will be retirement plans. Reservations are required. RSVP to Linda Walters at (352) 796-1233 by Wednesday.
Chapter meetings are on the third Thursday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. For chapter information, call Pat Cornett at (352) 597-3460.
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BNI Leaders by Design will meet from 7:15 to 9: 30 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.
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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program, "Soil Web," at 6 p.m. Thursday. Speaker Mathew Esker from Florida Organic Lawn will discuss the benefits of building quality soils and the use of natural compost. For information, call (352) 799-0200.
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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.
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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 Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its November brochure/business card exchange from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, Brooksville.
This month's power group is: financial/professional services and related industries. Those attending should wear proper business attire.
The cost for chamber members is $13 with RSVP or $15 at the door and for nonmembers. The event includes lunch. RSVP required by Wednesday. Call Lauren Jolly at (352) 796-0697.
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A Thanksgiving Day Jazzercise class will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Nov. 22 at the Spring Hill Jazzercise Fitness Center, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
Admission is a non-perishable food item, paper product or monetary donation to benefit People Helping People of Hernando County.
The 60-minute class, organized by local Jazzercise instructor Becky Mooneyham, will include a warmup, high-energy aerobic routines, and a muscle-toning and cool-down stretch segment. Classes are open to the public, and participants should dress to exercise.
For information, call Mooneyham at (352) 442-8595.
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A Truckers and Trades Career Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Verizon Wireless Conference Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey.
The free fair is open to any Hernando or Pasco county resident or employer. It is sponsored by Career Central, Employ Florida Marketplace, Verizon and Roadmaster Drivers School. Between 15 and 20 employers will be in attendance, with openings in construction; plumbing; transportation; maintenance; electrical; heating, ventilation and air conditioning; and other fields.
Attendees should bring resumes, dress appropriately and be prepared for on-the-spot interviews.
To preregister, visit TruckersandTradesCareerFair.eventbrite.com. For information, call Dianne Perkins at (352) 200-3020, ext. 3122, or Kristie Drinosky at (727) 484-3400, ext. 0245
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Vendors are being sought for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's fifth annual Light Up Ridge Manor Christmas Festival, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Sunrise Plaza, 31100 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor West.
The event is free and open to the public. Santa Claus will visit. There also will be a train ride, a cakewalk, a DJ, the Smokey Bear House with Smokey Bear, clowns and balloons, children's games and activities, raffles, vendors and other activities. Proceeds will benefit Eastside Elementary School.
Vendor registration forms may be obtained and dropped off at SunTrust Bank in Ridge Manor West or faxed to (352) 799-5970.
For information, call Deidre Fletcher at (352) 796-9486 or Kevin Tennie at (352) 540-4521.
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