USA Tree Service and the Hernando County Foster Parent Association would like to recognize the community for supporting the Summer Extravaganza to benefit local foster children.
The following businesses contributed by making donations of free or discounted tickets, including: Tampa Bay Rays, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park's Buccaneer Bay, Suncoast Primate Sanctuary, Congo River Miniature Golf, Stop and Play, Fun Zone, Stage West Community Playhouse and Touchstar Theater.
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The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida has partnered with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce to provide free business consultation to local small businesses and entrepreneurs.
Small business owners and entrepreneurs seeking assistance will have access to all of the center's services, including free one-on-one business counseling, free entrepreneurial training workshops, low-cost entrepreneurial training seminars, the Business Resource Center and custom corporate training.
The center offers business consultation in many areas, including starting a business, Internet marketing, business taxes and government contracting. It is an accredited organization that is funded partly through the Small Business Administration.
The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a counseling session, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
Dr. Michael W. Higgins recently attended the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics 51st Post-Graduate Seminar in Scottsdale, Ariz. He participated in seminars in the areas of pediatric orthopedics, sports medicine and trauma.
Dr. Higgins is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic Medicine in North Miami. He completed his residency at Peninsula Hospital Consortium in New York. Dr. Higgins completed a Spinal Surgery fellowship at New York University/Hospital for Joint Disease. He served as chief intern at Palmetto General Hospital in Hialeah.
Dr. Higgins is chief of surgery at Brooksville Regional Hospital. He is a member of the Florida Osteopathic Medical Association and is a delegate on the board of trustees representing Hernando County.
Dr. Higgins can be reached at (352) 688-6035.
The Hernando Builders Association will have its monthly general membership dinner meeting on Monday at the HBA office, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, Brooksville. Sign-in and networking begin at 6 p.m.; dinner and meeting at 7 p.m.
The meeting is Builders Appreciation Night, and there will be a drawing for all builders present to win a free 14 hour continuing education course from PACE Online Education.
Dinner will be catered by Bayport Inn and will be served by members of the Citrus County Builders Association as part of the Membership Drive Challenge that took place in May between Hernando and Citrus associations.
The cost for HBA members is $20 per person. There will be a cash bar. For reservations (and dinner choice), call (352) 596-1114.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Training Committee will offer a manager/supervisor professional development training series. Workshops will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and will cover topics for managers, supervisors or anyone pursuing a career in a management or supervisory role.
Topics and dates include "Conflict Management and Change," Monday; "Motivation," Aug. 22 and 29; "Delegation," Sept. 12 and 19; and "Performance Management," Oct. 17 and 24.
Each topic is $10 per person, or $15 for two. Training will be provided by Knowledge Quest Education Solutions. All workshops will be at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Advance registration is required. Call (352) 796-0697.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center at University of South Florida will offer the "Starting Your Business" seminar from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The seminar will be presented by a certified business analyst. Participants will learn what licenses they need, how to market a business and why a business plan is necessary. The cost is $25 per person. To register, call (352) 796-0697.
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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Regency Oaks clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Visitors are welcome. The group meets every Tuesday. Call Mike Esposito, (352) 585-6551.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at Florida Medical Plan Management, 5270 Applegate Road, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Susan Goldman, (727) 226-2849.
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Nature Coast Business Professionals will meet at 8 a.m. Friday at IHOP, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The goal of this nonexclusive networking group is to develop long-term relationships with other business professionals. There are no membership fees. The group meets every Friday. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317 or visit naturecoastbusinessprofessionals.com.
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The Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Training Committee will offer the coaching series, "Your Life: Success & the Happiness Factor," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning July 11. The series, which continues until Aug. 15, will be held at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Lori Bainum, president of Succeed Inside Out and a certified coach and motivational speaker, will facilitate the six-week group session. Learn how a coach can help you navigate the road of professional success, personal fulfillment, or both. Re-examine your goals and set priorities to help define and accomplish what you want in life.
The cost of the six-week series is $349 and includes take-home materials and a private coaching session. The deadline to register is Thursday. To register, call Bainum at (727) 480-1566 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Jazzercise will host its third annual Americanna Jazzercise class at 9 a.m. July 4 at 1287 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. The free hourlong class is open to the public.
Attendees are asked to wear red, white and/or blue, and come dressed to exercise. The event will include door prizes and giveaways, and a collection for the non-profit organization, Gifts From Home. Needed are personal hygiene items, small snacks, small toys such as decks of cards and squirt guns.
Call Becky at (352) 442-8595.
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