The Tilted Teacup, owned by Richard Tombrink Jr., at 200 W Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville, was recently awarded a commercial property improvement matching grant from the city of Brooksville Community Redevelopment Agency executive review committee.
The $2,500 grant will be used to renovate the building, including pressure cleaning and painting. All commercial properties in the Brooksville CRA district are eligible for the improvement matching grant program. The area includes properties that front along Main, Liberty, Broad and Jefferson streets and Fort Dade and Saxon avenues.
For information, call Bill Geiger, community development director, at (352) 540-3815.
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My Gynecologist at 11175 County Line Road, Spring Hill, is now able to serve patients by WellCare. For information, call (352) 686-8884.
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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.
Realtor-associate Michele Colley, who recently completed academic requirements and the state broker's exam, has been named office manager at Preferred Property Associates, 280 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Colley has more than a decade of real estate experience in Hernando County and can be reached at (352) 279-1829.
Brooker-associate Elaine Martinez has been named property manager at the Preferred Property Associates location at 5329 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Martinez has 28 years of real estate experience and holds the Council of Residential Specialists and the Graduate of Realtor Institute designations. She can be reached at (352) 650-5229.
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Resource mom Iliana Molina was recently named Team Member of the Quarter at Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando by her fellow co-workers.
Healthy Families provides in-home parenting services at no cost to families who are expecting or have a newborn, teaching development activities and positive discipline strategies, and assisting families with setting goals to become self-sufficient.
For information, call Becky Bennett, program manager, at (727) 967-7509.
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Dr. Javier Rafael Gonzalez has his new practice at 1194 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. He also sees patients at Access Healthcare's main office at 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
Gonzalez is board certified in family practice and osteopathic manipulative treatment. He received his medical degree in 1996 from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Davie and completed his internship at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit.
In 2001, Gonzalez was named Outstanding Resident of the Year at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah, where he completed his residency in family practice.
Gonzalez, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, is affiliated with the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association, the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association.
He can be reached at (352) 688-8116.
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Dawn Fisher Warner recently accepted the position of certified occupational therapy assistant at the Ultimate Hand and Lymphedema Center, 17222 Hospital Drive, Suite 346, Brooksville.
Warner is a recent graduate of Keiser University and will begin her career specializing on injuries to the upper extremities, including the hand, elbow and shoulder, as well as the management of lymphedema.
For information, call (352) 593-4919.
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Dr. Mohammed Mohiuddin has opened a new practice at 5429 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
Mohiuddin completed his residency at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He received his medical degree from St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop in Dakar, Senegal.
Mohiuddin, who speaks English, Spanish and Hindi, is a member of the American Medical Association, the Arkansas Medical Society and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He can be reached at (352) 835-7968.
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Drs. Syed Wajahat Ali and Seema Nishat have joined Access Healthcare and have relocated their practice to 11451 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Ali is board certified in internal medicine and also is certified as a medical review officer. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Cook County Hospital in Chicago and received his bachelor's degree in medicine/surgery at Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India.
Nishat is board certified in internal medicine. She completed her residency at Cook County Hospital and received her bachelor's degree in medicine/surgery at Osmania Medical College.
Ali and Nishat can be reached at (352) 797-9677.
Rookies Sports Bar & Grill at 3095 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill, will host a fundraiser to benefit the Wounded Warriors Foundation from 1 to 6 p.m. today.
The event will include entertainment, raffles and a five-star class motorcycle contest. Donations of items and cash will be accepted to benefit the foundation.
For information, call (352) 593-4114.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Adams Homes, 7164 Sherman Hills Blvd., Ridge Manor West, noon Tuesday. Call Tammi Reif at (352) 592-7513.
• CommunityChatterBox.com, at Salute Italian Restaurant, 11061 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Linda Appleby at (727) 514-8299.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet Tuesday in the Medical Arts Building conference room at Spring Hill Regional Hospital, 10461 Quality Drive, Spring Hill.
A complimentary dinner and networking will begin at 5:15 p.m.; the meeting will be at 5:45. The program is titled "Enrollments, CAQH, PECOS, NPPES and Medicare Changes."
The association is dedicated to the professional development of its members in health care practice management. Interested practice managers are invited. For information, call Dee Suber at (352) 596-3338.
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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 a free Lunch n' Learn workshop, "Intro to Government Contracting," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The workshop will be presented by Charlene Bostic, a certified business analyst with the SBDC. Participants will receive information about registering with the federal government, how to locate federal opportunities, and whom to market to within the federal government.
For reservations, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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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 Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Society of Accountants will have its monthly meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The speaker will be Lori Sowers, a certified public accountant. She will conduct a roundtable discussion and provide information about the recent state FSA convention and the Bob Jennings seminar.
Reservations are required. Call Madeleine Rees at (352) 684-3535 no later than Wednesday.
Chapter meetings are the third Thursday of each month and are open to any accountant or tax professional in Hernando, Pasco and Citrus counties. Call Pat Cornett at (352) 597-3460.
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Women Building Women will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday in the second-floor Grande Lounge at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill.
The cost is $3 and includes a light continental breakfast. Parking is available in any area not designated for residents. Guest speaker Carole Sanek will discuss "Facebook: Is It for You?"
To RSVP, call (352) 345-3597 no later than Tuesday
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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 Hernando County Purchasing Department will conduct a workshop, "How to Do Business with Hernando County," from 9 a.m. to noon Friday in the John Law Ayers Room of the Hernando County Government Center, 20 N Main St., Brooksville.
The purpose of the workshop is to provide potential vendors or anyone intending to do business with the Hernando County Commission with an overview of the organization and operations, purchasing methods and procedures, and the online bid system, including the process for vendor registration.
For information, call Russell Wetherington, Hernando County Purchasing Department, at (352) 754-4020.
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Openings are available for the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Ready 4 Success workshop for 18- to 24-year-olds at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
The workshop will be offered from 7:45 a.m. to 4:50 p.m. Friday, 7:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. June 16 and 7:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. June 23.
The event is designed to help young adults learn how to locate, get and keep a job as well as teach them other life skills that will make them more successful.
Participants should bring a laptop with Wi-Fi, if possible. Limited laptops will be provided. The cost is $10. For reservations, send an email to [email protected] or call (352) 277-3322 no later than June 10.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Social Butterfly Media Marketing, will present a free Lunch 'n Learn workshop, "Pinterest," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The workshop will be presented by Carole Sanek, who will explain how Pinterest, an online content sharing service, can help a business. The cost is $20 per person. Advanced registration and payment required. To register, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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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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The Hernando County Medical Alliance will have a luncheon as part of its Women Leading Social Change series, beginning at noon June 19 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.
The guest speakers will be Carla Hayes of HPH Hernando and Audrey Ehrnhardt, an attorney.
To RSVP, send email to [email protected] by Friday.
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A free workshop, "Open Your Own Business," will be offered at 1 p.m. June 19 at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Jerry Karp, a certified business analyst with the University of South Florida Small Business Development Center, will be the presenter.
Participants will learn about licensing requirements and city, county and federal regulations. Also covered will be the major factors to include in a business plan, as well as fundamental marketing practices.
Participants should bring their lunch. For reservations, call Anthony Adams at (352) 754-4043 or visit the library's website at hernandocountylibrary.us.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the corporate training department at Pasco-Hernando Community College, will offer the course "Communications Intelligence" from 8 a.m. to noon June 21 and 28 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
PHCC will also offer the class from 8 a.m. to noon June 19 and 26 in Room A164 at PHCC's Dade City campus, 36727 Blanton Road.
The course will include a personal assessment for each participant. Using DISC, a learning-based research tool, each person will learn to effectively communicate with all types of people, in all types of situations and at all types of events.
A certificate of completion will be awarded. Tuition is $159 for chamber members or groups of four or more, or $189 per person. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697 or send email to [email protected]
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