Dr. Michael W. Higgins, who specializes in nonoperative and operative management of the spine and general orthopedic conditions at Hernando Orthopaedic & Spinal Surgery, 4055 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, recently attended the 53rd annual American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Postgraduate Seminar in Miami Beach, where he received updates on current techniques and controversies in orthopedics.
Specific aspects of orthopedic surgery within the specialties of shoulder and elbow, trauma, hand, sports, pediatrics, spine and adult reconstructive arthritis were discussed.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Rain Maker Mobile Marketing, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Call Eric Jackson, 1-800-592-0611.
• Great Florida Insurance, 1240 S Broad St., Brooksville, noon Wednesday. Call Melissa Freeman, (352) 797-4788.
• West Coast Classic, 17396 Nicasio Jay Ave., Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Shannon Rodriquez, (352) 597-5061.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its Chamber 411 event at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The free informational meeting, designed for new members, will demonstrate how to maximize chamber membership benefits. Existing members, new employees of existing members and potential new members are also invited.
To RSVP or for information, call (352) 796-0697 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Florida Small Business Development Center Network is bringing four experts to Hernando County to help serve the growing needs of business owners with free consulting until June 16 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Consulting about Internet marketing, accounting and taxes, health care practices, business planning, minority certifications, international trade and QuickBooks will be available.
To schedule a confidential consultation, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars:
• "Building the Plan for a Successful Business," 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Spring Hill Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 30, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.
To register, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
MANUFACTURING SKILLS: Pasco-Hernando Community College's corporate training department will host a Manufacturing Skills Standards Council certified production technician training program from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays beginning this Monday and running through July 31 at PHCC's Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.
The council provides an industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation's production workers. The course fee is $1,100 per person and includes all instructional materials and certifications. Employers may qualify for up to 50 percent in training reimbursement funds through the Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board.
To register or for information, call (727) 816-3123.
LEADERSHIP SKILLS: Pasco-Hernando Community College's corporate training department will host a leadership certificate program, designed to develop midlevel professionals for greater leadership roles within their organizations, from 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays beginning June 6 at PHCC's Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.
The 32-hour, eight-week, noncredit program will be presented by Lori Bainum, PHCC's director of corporate training. The cost for chamber members is $599; for nonmembers, $799.
Applications are available online at phcc.edu/leadership. For information, call (727) 816-3123.
LENDING HELP: In celebration of National Small Business Week, the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida in conjunction with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Administration will host a free business financing panel presentation, "Meet the Lenders," from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The presentation will provide small-business owners with information to assist them in growing their business. A panel of experts, from traditional to alternative lending organizations, will present financing options currently available to start-up and existing businesses.
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BNI Winning Edge: 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.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its May membership breakfast meeting Wednesday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. Networking and a business card exchange will begin at 7:15 a.m.; the program begins at 7:45 a.m. This month's sponsor is Key-Wireless, and the speaker will be state Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby. The cost is $15 if prepaid online and $20 at the door. Call Becky Russ at (352) 796-0697. RSVP at hernandochamber.com/events.
The Referral Institute and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce are partnering to offer the certified networker program from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday and continuing through July 24 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. The program, presented by Tiffanie Kellog, is a training system for building a referral-based marketing strategy. The cost is $1,197, which can be paid in three payments of $399. Participants may attend a single module for $99. To register, call Kellog toll-free 1-888-282-8649.
BNI Leaders by Design: 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.