Vendor spaces are available for Hernando Marketplace: Live, Shop & Play, presented by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department.
The family-friendly event, which is open to the public, is designed to showcase Hernando County businesses and services. It will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 7 at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. Admission is free.
The booth fee for businesses and nonprofit groups is $75 for chamber members and $100 for nonmembers. The fee for restaurants and food vendors is $125 for chamber members and $150 for nonmembers.
Businesses that are child-oriented are invited to participate in the Kids Zone. For those who provide an activity, demonstration or giveaway for children, the registration fee will be waived.
For information, call Kim Poppke at (352) 754-4061 or Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697, ext. 225.
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Sponsors and anglers are being sought for the fourth annual Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice.
The event begins at 7 a.m. April 14 at Bayport Park. The fishing ends at 3 p.m., and an awards banquet and silent auction will follow.
For information or to register, contact Lisa Morgan at (352) 799-8423 or [email protected], or register online at hlf-fishingtournament.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Brooksville, through its foundation, and the Kiwanis Club of Spring Hill will recognize Hernando County graduating students at the 38th annual Student Recognition Banquet at 6 p.m. April 26 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill.
Sponsorship opportunities are available, and the chamber will be awarding several scholarships with funds generated from sponsorship contributions.
Gold Table sponsorships are $750 and include recognition in the event program, the chamber newsletter and on the sponsor board; sponsorship of two students and guests; four tickets to the event; and recognition as a scholarship fund contributor.
Silver Table sponsorships are $500 and include recognition in event program, the chamber newsletter and on the sponsor board; sponsorship of two students and guests; and four tickets to event.
Individual Student sponsors are $250 and include recognition in event program; sponsorship of one student and guests; and two tickets to the event.
Individual Supporter sponsors are $100. Checks should be made payable to the Chamber Education and Training Association. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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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.
Dr. Michael W. Higgins of Hernando Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgery was recently certified to perform MAKOplasty partial knee replacements, using the RIO Robotic Interactive Arm.
Higgins completed all clinical training requirements, was the first orthopedic surgeon in Hernando County to be certified and was the first to complete a MAKOplasty RIO assisted knee replacement at Brooksville Regional Hospital.
MAKOplasty is a robotic arm-assisted partial knee resurfacing procedure designed to relieve the pain caused by joint regeneration due to osteoarthritis.
Higgins is board certified in orthopedic surgery and anti-aging and regenerative medicine. He can be reached at (352) 688-6035.
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Dr. Asif Masood of Access Healthcare was recently recognized by the International Association of HealthCare Professionals as a Leading Physician of the World.
The association's research department nominates top physicians based on data collected from a variety of resources.
Leading Physicians of the World began as a yearly publication and over time evolved into the largest international medical organization, representing top physicians in more than 100 medical specialties in major markets around the globe.
Masood joined Access Healthcare in 2008 after relocating from Utica, N.Y. His practice is located at 14690 Spring Hill Drive, Suite 206, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 799-4206.
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George Pallay, a cable technician for Wilson Technology Group in Brooksville, has passed his Building Industry Consulting Services International technician certification.
Certified technicians undergo both written and hands-on testing of the proper installation of cabling systems. Also tested is knowledge of industry codes, standards and best practices.
Pallay joined Wilson in September 2010. He has more than 16 years experience in cabling. He lives in Brooksville with his family and is a volunteer and youth leader at Hillside Community Baptist Church.
For information, call (352) 796-9891.
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Robert McClusky and his wife, Michelle, have opened A Basket of Gifts, a gift and novelty store, at 12456 Spring Hill Drive, in the Herald Square Plaza, Spring Hill.
The store, which opened Thursday, carries gift baskets for all occasions, and baskets can be made to order.
Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For information, call (352) 442-6907.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has scheduled three ribbon cuttings during the coming week:
• State Alarm, at BB&T Bank, 5331 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Dale Hooper, (727) 647-8086.
• Blue Pelican Marina, 5000 Calienta St., Hernando Beach, noon Wednesday. Call Terry Undestad, (352) 610-9999.
• Cadence Bank, 1300 Pinehurst Drive, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Joyce DiDiiorio, (352) 666-5200.
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Women Building Women will meet for lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at Duke's American Grill and Sports Brewery, 1320 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
The speaker will be a representative from Black Swan Spa, who will discuss laser hair removal, vein treatment and injectables.
The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month. Call Kristina Wehlau at (352) 628-2232.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet Tuesday in the cafeteria conference room at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
A complimentary dinner and networking will begin at 5:15 p.m.; the meeting will be at 5:45 p.m. The program is "Quick and Dirty Ways to Manage Any Age Group."
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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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free seminar, "How to Qualify as a Not-For-Profit," at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
The Hernando County Public Library is hosting the interactive seminar, which will assist participants in the completion of the IRS 501(c)(3) application.
To register, call (352) 754-7043 or visit the website at hernandocountylibrary.us.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a seminar, "How to Create a Proper Facebook Business Page," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Participants should already have registered for a personal Facebook account prior to the seminar.
The seminar will be presented by Carole Sanek of Social Butterfly Media Marketing. The cost is $20 per person. Advance registration and payment required. For information or to register, call (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 Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its March brochure exchange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Beef 'O' Brady's, 7601 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville.
The cost is $10 at the door and includes lunch. RSVP required. Call Lauren Jolly, (352) 796-0697.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its March After Hours Mixer, sponsored by Brooksville Cardiology, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 12082 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
To RSVP or for information, call Dr. Adel Eldin at (352) 592-4938.
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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 speakers will be Vince Christian and Lori Howell of Regions Bank. Their topic will be identity theft and fraud for businesses and individuals.
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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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present "Practical Leadership," part of its "Lunch and Learn" series of professional development seminars, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, March 29 and April 12 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The three-part series will be facilitated by Lori Bainum, Pasco-Hernando Community College's director of corporate training.
Classes include "Do You Have What It Takes?" on March 15, "What's Your Leadership Style?" on March 29 and "Are You Leaving a Legacy?" on April 12.
The cost is $10 per person per class or $25 for the series. Participants should bring lunch. To RSVP, call (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 Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a Brown Bag class, "Wordpress Blogging 101," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Topics to be covered include: why use Wordpress.com, installation and using the dashboard, configuring a blog for the best search engine optimization, Wordpress as a static web page, adding media, key plug-ins and others.
The class will be presented by Carole Sanek of Social Butterfly Media Marketing. The cost is $20 per person. Advanced registration and payment are required. Call (352) 796-0697.
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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 or visit naturecoastbusinessprofessionals.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 and Pasco-Hernando Community College, is sponsoring a two-part seminar, "The Power of Email Marketing and Getting Started With Constant Contact," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. March 29 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
In Part 1, participants will learn best practices, tips and techniques for smart email marketing strategies. In Part 2, the email marketing system of Constant Contact will be discussed and demonstrated.
Pamela Starr with Constant Contact will present the seminar. The cost is $10 for the two sessions, with a break in between. Advance registration and payment are required. Call (352) 796-0697.
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The third annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at Pasco-Hernando Community College's Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill.
Chick-fil-A Leadercast, in partnership with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, is a one-day development event broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of sites throughout the nation.
Speakers for this year's event include: Soledad O'Brien, Tim Tebow, Patrick Lencioni, John Maxwell, Angela Ahrendts, Roland Fryer, Urban Meyer, Andy Stanley, Sheena Lyengar and Marcus Buckingham.
The event is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets are $69 for chamber members, $79 for nonmembers and $59 for nonprofit organizations. Discounts are available for groups of five or more. The event includes all materials as well as breakfast and lunch. Corporate sponsorships are available.
For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697. To purchase tickets online, go to hernandochamber.com.
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