Hernando County business digest for Feb. 2

Business digest

Briefly

Humana, the Tampa Bay area's largest Medicare health benefits company, has opened its fifth Tampa Bay sales and service office at 4314 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

The office, with hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, will provide information and assistance to residents interested in health benefits and insurance, including Medicare, individual, vision, dental and life coverage.

For information, visit humana-medicare.com.

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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, provides free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County.

Consultations and access to all SBDC services are available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session or for information, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

Who's news

Neva Jefferys and Lloyd Schmidt of Brooksville recently became registered tax return preparers as required by the Internal Revenue Service.

Registered preparers may prepare and sign tax returns and claims for refunds, and may represent clients before revenue agents, customer service representatives or similar officers and employees of the IRS during an examination.

The office of Jefferys and Schmidt is at 220 N Broad St., Brooksville. For information, call (352) 754-9543.

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Chuck Wilson, president and founder of Wilson Technology Group, 24332 Dorsey Smith Road, east of Brooksville, attended the Building Industry Consulting Services International winter conference and exhibition in Tampa.

Wilson, who was recently elected the Southeast regional director for BICSI, was sworn in during the conference. He was accompanied by his wife, Terry Weaver, chief executive officer of the company.

Wilson can be reached at (352) 796-9891. For information, visit wilsontechgroup.com.

Events

Three local businesses — A Unique Touch, Papenheim Chiropractic and Absolute Health Chiropractic, all at 11046 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill — will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

There will be refreshments and drawings. For information, call Kathrine Allen, (352) 666-0065.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:

Airport Farmers & Flea Market, 17375 Spring Hill Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon today. Call Nick Del Corso, (352) 796-0268.

Shadow Hawk, 348 Beverly Court, Spring Hill, noon Wednesday. Call James Scavetta, (352) 556-1475.

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Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, 901 S Broad St., Brooksville, and the Florida State Muscle Car Club host a cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. every Tuesday, weather permitting. Proceeds benefit HPH Hospice and Hernando County schools.

The events feature classic cars and trucks, musical entertainment, prizes and drawings. For information, call Gerry Evans at (352) 799-1461.

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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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Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will host the monthly charity cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

The event, sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Monster Transmission & Performance, is on the first Tuesday of each month, benefiting different charities. February's charity is the Humane Society of the Nature Coast.

The event, which includes music and entertainment, is free for cruise-in vehicles. All participants must register. For information and rules, call toll-free 1-800-708-0087 or visit monstertrans.com.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's education committee will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. For information, call Tracy Echols, (352) 277-3322.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Networking Group will meet at 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Sherman Hills Country Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive, Ridge Manor West. For information, call Kevin Tenney at (352) 540-4521.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Networking Group will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Arc Nature Coast, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451.

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The $50 Investment Club will meet at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Edward Jones office, 3296 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. New members are welcome. Call Ross or Wynn Keith at (352) 596-2649.

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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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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Networking at Noon luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Atria Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill.

The cost is $13 per person with a reservation or $15 at the door for members or guests. Cancellations must be made 24 hours before the event. Reservations are required; the deadline is Wednesday. Call (352) 796-0697 or RSVP online at hernandochamber.com.

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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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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:

• "Starting a Home Based Business," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Lykes Memorial Library, main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• "How to Use the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• "How to Market in This Economy," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 19, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 23, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "How to Create a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

To register, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Hernando Builders Association will have its seventh annual "Bang Bang" Sporting Clays Tournament on Feb 16 at the Tampa Bay Sporting Clays Range, 10514 Ehrens Cutoff Road, Land O'Lakes.

Check-in starts at 8 a.m.; shooting begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $99 per shooter and includes coffee and doughnuts before the event, a catered lunch and awards following the event.

Awards will be presented to the top three teams, top three individuals scores and top three female scores, and the "turkey" award.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranch. For information, call (352) 596-1114 or visit the website at HernandoBuilders.com.

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The Hernando Builders Association Lunch Club, open to all HBA members and any business interested in the association, will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville.

Those attending pay for their own lunch. The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month at local restaurants.

To RSVP, visit Hernando Builders.com and click on the events tab then on the calendar date. For information, call the HBA office at (352) 596-1114.

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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 "Intro to Certified Business Enterprise," a Lunch n' Learn workshop, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 20 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

Participants will learn how to complete the state application and certification, and how to use the certification to seek business in the private sector and government.

The cost is $10 per person. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com.events. For information, call Jerry Karp, SBDC consultant, at (352) 796-0697.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present a new leadership program, the "Disney on Leadership" series. The series, presented by Lt. Col. Royce M. Decker, will review past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services.

The goal of the training is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.

• Session 2 will be from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 21 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28.

• Session 3 will be from noon to 1 p.m. March 21 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. March 28.

• Session 4 will be from noon to 1 p.m. April 18 or from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 25.

The workshop will be offered as either a lunch-and-learn or an after-work session. All classes will be at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The cost for chamber members is $15 per class or $45 for the series. The cost for nonmembers is $20 per class or $65 for the series.

To RSVP, register online at hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association's fifth annual Roast 'n Toast fundraiser will be March 8 at Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando. The speaker will be Chris Moling, owner of TMC Productions and DRC Sports.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and the program begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $75 per person. This year's circus-themed event will benefit the public relations profession by making scholarships, training grants and accreditation rebates possible for Citrus and Hernando County public relations professionals and students.

Table sponsors are available. For information, contact Katie Mehl at (352) 344-6501 or kmehl@citrusmh.org.

If you have business announcements to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also email items to jhayes@tampabay.com or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Hernando County business digest for Feb. 2 02/01/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 4:54pm]

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