BNI RECOGNITION: Karen Dove, left, a member of the Winning Edge Chapter of BNI, was recently recognized for sponsoring 15 new chapter members. Tim Cornet, BNI area director, presented Dove with a BNI messenger bag. The chapter meets at 7:15 a.m. each Tuesday at VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill.
HOSPITAL WELCOMES NEW CEO: Thomas Patrias takes the reins as Bayfront Health Spring Hill's new chief executive officer on Monday. He replaces Patrick Maloney, who left in February to pursue another opportunity in Chicago.
Patrias previously served two years as chief operating officer at Heart of Florida Regional Medical Center, a sister facility, in Haines City. Prior to that, Patrias was chief operating officer at St. Cloud Regional Medical Center in St. Cloud, Minn., and associate administrator at East Georgia Regional Medical Center in Statesboro, Ga.
FREE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed across the nation, has partnered with the Small Business Administration and Counselors to America's Small Business to offer free counseling to both start-up and established businesses.
More than 26 former business owners and corporate executives are available to offer assistance to Hernando and Pasco county individuals. For information, visit score439.org or call (727) 842-4638.
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, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, to provide access to all of the center's services. To schedule a session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• FDR Financial Services Group, 5327 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Frank Rossetti, (352) 293-2972.
• Wendy's Restaurant, 14339 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 4 p.m. Tuesday. Call Kevin Zarcone, (813) 416-5476.
• Aaron's: Sales & Lease, 20108 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, noon May 5. Call Andrew Madrid, (352) 799-7337.
LEADER DEVELOPMENT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present its Leadercast event May 9 at Grace World Outreach Church, 20366 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.
Registration is at 7:30 a.m., breakfast is at 8 a.m. and the program is from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The event is broadcast live from Atlanta to hundreds of sites. Speakers will include Andy Stanley, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Malcolm Gladwell, Randall Wallace, Bill McDermott, Laura Schroff, Dr. Henry Cloud, Simon Sinek and Laura Bush.
The theme is "Beyond You." The event is open to the public. Tickets are $49 if purchased before Tuesday. Prices after the early-bird deadline are $69 for chamber members, $79 for nonmembers and $59 for nonprofits.
Groups of 10 receive a $10 discount per person.
Partnership opportunities are available: gold event partner, $1,000; silver partner, $500; and bronze partner, $300.
For information, email Dawn Badami at the chamber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HERNANDO COUNTY FOOD TRUCK FIESTA: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present its first Hernando County Food Truck Fiesta from 5 to 9 p.m. May 16 at Weeki Wachee High School, 12150 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee.
The event is being billed as a "family date night," open to the public and designed for families to spend the evening together enjoying foods from area food truck vendors. There will be a free movie on the school lawn.
The event will also feature local vendors, nonprofit organizations and a children's activity area with games, prizes and other activities. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs.
For information, call (352) 796-0697.
EDUCATING ENTREPRENEURS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting an ongoing series of free business seminars. Upcoming seminars include:
• "E-Marketing Concepts," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 6, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5 to 6:45 p.m. May 8 , Spring Hill Branch Library, 9200 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 8, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
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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Networking and mixers
Nature Coast Business Professionals: 8 a.m. May 2, Chicken Lickins Restaurant, 3019 Commercial Way, on the south side of Towne Square Mall, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Those attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip at (352) 293-4317.
BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Tuesday, VFW Post 10209, 14736 Edward R. Noll Drive, Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Lisa Cornett at (352) 345-1377.
Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Networking Group: 7:45 a.m. May 7, Sherman Hills Golf and Country Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive, Ridge Manor West. Call Tammy Heon at (352) 754-4405.
Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Networking Group: 8 to 9 a.m. May 7, chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Call Lindsey Hack at (352) 796-6000.
BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. May 8, Marine Corps League Detachment 708, 8405 Sunshine Grove Road, west of Brooksville. The cost is $9 and includes breakfast; no cost for first-time visitors. Call Marianne Zirk at (352) 340-4456.