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.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be closed Tuesday in observance of the New Year's holiday.
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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 two local Jazzercise Fitness Centers will offer free introductory classes from Wednesday to Jan. 8.
Participants are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class and be dressed to exercise. The two locations are 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, and 422 S Broad St., Brooksville.
For information, call Becky at (352) 442-8595 or Tracie at (352) 796-4796, or visit jazzercise.com.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Networking Group will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Thursday 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 January brochure exchange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, Brooksville.
The January power group is nonprofit/charitable organizations and related industries. Those attending should wear proper business attire — no jeans.
The cost for chamber members is $13 with RSVP or $15 at the door, and $20 for nonmembers. The event includes lunch. RSVP required by Wednesday. Register online at hernando.chamber.com/events. For information, call Lauren Jolly at (352) 796-0697.
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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association will have its professional development luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club, 505 E Hartford St., Hernando. The cost is $15 for association members and $18 for nonmembers.
The Nature Coast Chapter meets for lunch on the first Friday of each month. To RSVP, contact Katie Mehl at [email protected] or (352) 344-6501.
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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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Career Central and the Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee have teamed up with the Hernando Youth Initiative Workforce Transition Team to offer a free Workplace Options Expo for teens and young adults from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 19 at the Suncoast Dance and Party Center, 13383 County Line Road, west of Masaryktown.
Local businesses, organizations and institutions will offer information for young people on how become successful in the world of work. Speakers, businesses and vendors are invited to share their knowledge, expertise and services at the event. Teens and young adults will meet with potential employers and learn about alternative opportunities such as entrepreneurship, post-secondary education, the armed forces, volunteering and other adventures.
The event will include door prize drawings, food and beverages for sale. The mission of the Hernando Youth Initiative education committee is to promote and address the needs of children to assure the educational and economic success of Hernando County's future workforce. For information about the initiative, contact Tracy Echols at (352) 277-3322 or visit [email protected] For information about the event, contact Dawn Easter, the Workforce Transition Team chairwoman, at (352) 200-3034. To RSVP, send email to [email protected]
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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 8, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
• "Creating a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.
• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 12, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Jan. 15, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• "Starting a Home Based Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, 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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