VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to mentor small businesses. For information, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."
INTERNSHIP: Wilson Technology Group in Brooksville recently announced that Career Central intern Karl Neidhoffer has completed his internship and is now a computer technician at the company.
Neidhoffer spent three months under the supervision of company president Chuck Wilson and his information technology staff. The internship is a new program at Career Central, as well as at Wilson Technology Group.
FAVORITE VETERINARIAN: Dr. Carlos Campos of San Francis Veterinary Hospital, 18824 County Line Road, Spring Hill, has been named "America's Favorite Veterinarian" by the American Veterinary Medical Foundation.
Campos beat more than 1,100 nominees for the title. Clients nominated veterinarians by posting pictures and a short story on the foundation's Facebook page. Campos was nominated by Joan Spitrey, a client at San Francis, the companion animal clinic that Campos established in 2010.
Along with a trip to Chicago for an awards breakfast, Campos earned a named donation of $250 to the foundation and complimentary registration to its convention. Spitrey also received a trip to the awards breakfast and a $250 cash prize.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon-cuttings this week:
• Thunder Bay Builders, at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Call Joseph Cortes, (352) 345-1194.
• Barbara's Cupcakes and Sweets, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Thursday. Call Barbara Grasso, (727) 844-5549.
• Tangerine Cove, 307 Howell Ave., Brooksville, 5 p.m. Thursday. The event will be a ribbon-cutting and mixer combined. Call Patty Lima, (352) 796-3276.
SNEAKERS FOR STUDENTS: IHOP restaurants are teaming up with the Boys and Girls Club of Florida, under the IHOPE Charities umbrella, to provide students with new sneakers for the start of the school year. Individuals who bring in a pair of sneakers today (Aug. 11) will receive a free stack of buttermilk pancakes. IHOPE Charities stands for Helping Others Prosper Everyday.
This week, the Boys and Girls Club of Florida will distribute the sneakers to needy students, ages 5 to 16, around the state. Locally, IHOP is at 3636 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. For information, visit ihop.com.
FREE BOWLING: Spring Hill Lanes, 3447 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, will offer free bowling during its two-week customer appreciation event. Bowlers will receive free games from 1 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday and Aug. 19 to 23. For information, visit springhilllanes.net.
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS LUNCHEON: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce government affairs quarterly luncheon will be at noon Wednesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The speaker will be state Sen. Wilton Simpson. The cost is $20 per person. Lunch will be provided. Reservations are required. To register online, visit hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697.
REPUBLICAN BUSINESS LEADERS: 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.
LEADERCAST SERIES: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present its Leadercast Leadership Lunch 'n Learn summer workshop, designed to expand on the Chick-fil-A Leadercast experience.
Among the topics: making leadership simple, bringing order to chaos, focusing in a world of distraction, boundaries for leaders, simply leading from the heart and simply lead at all costs.
The free workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Bring your own lunch. To get information or to RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events.
FREE SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting two free seminars.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.
• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
To register and for additional information, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
SUMMER NIGHT CASH BASH: The Hernando Builders Association will host its annual Summer Night Cash Bash at 6 p.m. Aug. 24 at the Palace Grand, 275 Della Court, Spring Hill.
The event is open to the public. This year's presenting sponsor is Kilgroe, Frantzis & Associates-UBS Investments. The "Grab the Cash" machine sponsor is Senica Air Conditioning. The major sponsor is Hartland Homes Corp.
Part of the proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project. Tickets cost $75 per person and include dinner and one entry into the drawing, or $95 for two dinners and one entry into the drawing. There will be a grand prize of $10,000.
Dinner will be catered by the Palace Grand. A cash bar will be available with $2 beers and $3 drinks. Entertainment will be provided by Jason Pond DJ. The master of ceremonies will be retired Sheriff's Office Lt. Col. Royce Decker.
The deadline to purchase tickets is Aug. 16. Tickets are available at the HBA office on Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. Call the office at (352) 596-1114.
FREE BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the 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.
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