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.
Information about all SBDC services and consultations are available at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
Nina Kizer was recently appointed as supply chain director at Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill.
Kizer brings more than 20 years experience in material management and held the title of director of materials management in her last position.
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Dr. Bryan Reynolds, board-certified in family medicine and osteopathic medicine, has added a new location to his practice.
Reynolds is seeing patients at 3480 Deltona Blvd. in Spring Hill, in addition to his previous office at 675 Harvard St., Brooksville. For information, call (352) 352-544-0610.
Kicks Karate and the Spring Hill Jazzercise Fitness Center will co-host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the fitness center, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
The event is free and open to the public. Kicks Karate will offer a women's personal protection class for adults and an anti-bullying class for youth. The center will offer Jazzercise classes. Local health, fitness and wellness businesses will also offer information. Those attending should dress to exercise.
For information, call (727) 645-8749.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Hogan Law Firm, 20 S Broad St., Brooksville, noon Tuesday. Call Diana Bohman, (352) 799-8423.
• Carolyn's Cleaning Service, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Wednesday. Call Milzy Patel, (352) 666-1853.
• Pay It Forward Farm, 16625 Laura Lee Drive, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Christine Collins, (813) 966-7448.
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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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Beef 'O' Brady's at 7601 Horse Lake Road, Brooksville, will host Hernando High School Spirit Night from 4 p.m. to closing Wednesday.
Ten percent of customers' bills will benefit the school's track team. For information, call (352) 797-9464.
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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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Women Building Women will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday in the grand lounge on the second floor at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill.
The monthly informal spotlight will be presented by Tracy Ramirez of the Toner & Ramirez law firm, who will speak about personal injury protection regulations.
The cost is $3 and includes a continental breakfast.
Meetings are the second Thursday of each month. To RSVP, call (352) 345-3597 no later than Monday.
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The Grande, 725 DeSoto Ave., Brooksville, will have a "Grande Expansion Opening Party" beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday.
The event includes tours of the expanded assisted and independent living community, as well as entertainment, refreshments, a martini bar and a cigar lounge. Those who attend may register to win a television.
For information, call (352) 544-0944.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Networking Group will host a social from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Friday at Karma Spirits & Cafe, 10511 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451.
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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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Griffonwood Alpaca will host a Hoofin' for Health fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society Relay for Life from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 at 4063 Baseball Pond Road, east of Brooksville.
The event includes musical entertainment, a dove release, ballroom dancing, face painting, a kickboxing demonstration and other activities. There will be a 50/50 drawing and raffles. Visitors may feed or pet an alpaca by hand for $5.
For information or to RSVP, call (352) 544-0337.
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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 "Marketing Your Business," from 2 to 5 p.m. March 20 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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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is presenting a new leadership program, the "Disney on Leadership" series.
The series, presented by sheriff's Lt. Col. Royce M. Decker, reviews past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services. The goal is to provide a solid foundation for customer service, loyalty and satisfaction.
• 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 workshops 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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Body Fitness, at 5181 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will be the site of a Relay for Life Zumbathon/yoga party from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 23.
Guests should dress to work out. Proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society's Brooksville Relay for Life. The cost to participate is $10 per person.
Vendor tables are available for $30. For information or to donate, call (352) 686-4660.
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The annual Hernando Marketplace: Live, Shop and Play, presented by the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department, will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 30 at Anderson Snow Park, 1360 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill.
The family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public, is designed to showcase Hernando County businesses and services. The event will include an Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to noon, as well as radio broadcasts, music and food vendors.
Chamber members and nonmembers are invited to participate. The vendor booth fee is $50 for chamber members and $75 for nonmembers.
Child-oriented businesses are invited to participate in the Kids Zone, which will include face painting, games, balloon art and other surprises. For those who provide an activity, demonstration or giveaway for children, the registration fee will be waived.
For information about the event, contact Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697, ext. 5, or [email protected] For information about the Kids Zone, call Kim Poppke at (352) 754-4061.
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The fifth annual Hogan Law Firm Charity Fishing Tournament to benefit HPH Hospice will be April 27, casting off from Bayport Park.
The event begins at 7 a.m., with fishing ending at 3 p.m. An awards banquet and silent auction will follow.
Registration fee is $100 per angler for individuals with their own boat, bait and tackle. Anyone who registers by March 15 will receive a $25 discount. Anglers receive a gift bag, tournament shirt and three meals for the day.
For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, call the Hogan Law Firm at (352) 799-8423 or visit HLF-FishingTournament.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present the fourth annual Chick-fil-A Leadercast event from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 10 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
The event is broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of sites throughout the nation.
Speakers will include Jack Welch, Andy Stanley, Mike Krzyzewski, John Maxwell, Dr. Henry Cloud, Lt. Cmdr. Rorke Denver, Sanya Richards-Ross, David Allen and Condolezza Rice.
The event is open to the public. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets purchased before Feb. 28 are $49. Tickets purchased later will be $69 for chamber members, $79 for nonmembers and $59 for nonprofit organizations. Group discounts are available.
The event includes all materials, as well as breakfast and lunch. Corporate sponsorships are available. For information, call (352) 796-0697.
To purchase tickets online, go to hernandochamber.com.
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