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Hernando County business news and notes for Jan. 19

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WOMEN-N-CHARGE GRANT PROGRAM: Women-n-Charge, whose mission, in part, is to support and assist professional women in managing their businesses more effectively, is offering two $1,000 grants this spring. The business advancement grant is for business-related equipment or services; the career advancement grant is for continuing education.

Learn more about the grant opportunities at women-n-charge.com/Grants.html. Applications are available online and are due March 15. For information, contact Judy Nicolosi, president, at (813) 600-9848 or info@women-n-charge.com.

BAYFRONT HEALTH: The names of two Hernando County hospitals changed recently, and the new parent company, Bayfront Health, has launched a multimedia campaign to let residents know about the benefits of having access to a new health care network comprised of seven hospitals and more than 6,000 professionals serving the central gulf coast.

Bayfront Health St. Petersburg (previously Bayfront Medical Center) is the flagship hospital for the new network. The other hospitals include:

•Bayfront Health Brooksville (previously Brooksville Regional Hospital)

•Bayfront Health Dade City (previously Pasco Regional Medical Center)

•Bayfront Health Port Charlotte (previously Peace River Regional Medical Center)

•Bayfront Health Punta Gorda (previously Charlotte Regional Medical Center)

•Bayfront Health Spring Hill (previously Spring Hill Regional Hospital)

•Venice Regional Bayfront Health (previously Venice Regional Medical Center)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to mentor small businesses. For information, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."

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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 session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

Events

CHAMBER 411: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its Chamber 411 event at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The free informational meeting, which is open to existing and new members, new employees of existing members and potential members, will demonstrate how to maximize chamber membership benefits. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events.

CHAMBER RIBBON CUTTING: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson, at noon Tuesday. Call Jennifer Mara, (352) 688-3390.

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SOUGHT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Committee meets at 11:30 a.m. Friday at Beef 'O' Brady's, 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Individuals interested in becoming part of the group are invited. For information, call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451 or Lindsey Hack at (352) 796-6000.

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 will present its "How to Really Start Your Own Business" seminar from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pasco-Hernando Community College, 10230 Ridge Road, Room 151, New Port Richey. The seminar is free. To register and receive additional information, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

If you have business announcements to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also email jhayes@tampabay.com or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Networking and mixers

BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Membership Meeting: 7:15 a.m. Wednesday, Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, south of Brooksville. This month's sponsor is Oak Hill Hospital. Guest speaker: Hernando superintendent of schools Lori Romano. Cost: $15 if prepaid online or $20 at the door; includes breakfast. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call (352) 796-0697.

BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast; the cost is waived for first-time visitors. Call Marianne Zirk at (352) 340-4456.

Nature Coast Business Professionals: 8 a.m. Friday, IHOP restaurant, 3636 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Attendees may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.

Hernando County business news and notes for Jan. 19 01/15/14 [Last modified: Friday, January 17, 2014 1:31pm]
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