The Hernando Builders Association awarded its 2012 Builder of the Year award to Palmwood Construction. Chris Glover, chief executive of Palmwood Builders and HBA president, accepted the award during the association's annual awards and installation banquet. Other awards presented included the Remodeler of the Year award to Property Services General Contractors; the Associate of the Year award to Sunrise Propane; and the Volunteer of the Year award to James Linn of Universal Soil Solutions.
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Business owners are invited to promote their businesses while helping Communities in Schools of Hernando County, a national dropout prevention program, by participating in a new campaign, a Program of Hope.
There are two parts to the campaign. Businesses are invited to purchase ad space in the program's catalog to demonstrate their support for dropout prevention efforts in Hernando. Also, businesses can receive table space at the Program of Hope Holiday Extravaganza and Car Show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
For information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit cishernando.org.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Jericho Road Ministries' Operation Hope, is having a food drive.
Businesses, residents, students, clubs and schools are invited to participate by collecting specific food items for use at one of Jericho's five distribution sites.
Items needed include toilet paper, dry milk, peanut butter and jelly, rice, boxed mashed potatoes, canned vegetables and fruits, canned meats, canned soups, pasta, spaghetti sauce, boxed macaroni and cheese, and breakfast cereals.
Jericho representatives will collect the items at the chamber's monthly membership breakfast meeting 7 to 9 a.m. Nov. 14 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Gold Club Lane, south of Brooksville. For information, call the chamber at (352) 796-0697.
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Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, is seeking volunteer technicians who are licensed to perform ultrasound imaging for a new Women's Health and Wellness pilot program the clinic will soon start. Technicians will be needed on Saturdays once a month or once a quarter for a few hours. Volunteers have sovereign immunity under the Florida Department of Health. Individuals interested should call Barbara weekdays, except Thursdays, at (352) 610-9916.
The Business and Professional Women of Hernando County celebrated National Business Women's Week by recognizing the local contributions of working women and companies that have made strides toward improving working women's lives.
Oak Hill Hospital was named Employer of the Year for its support of women in the workplace.
Marsha Reiniers, a long-term care agent with Genworth Financial, was awarded the Woman of the Year award. Patricia Crowley, president of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, and Eva Krzewinski, co-founder of Pearls for Women, were presented the Woman of Achievement award.
Haley Greene, a student at Gulf Coast Academy in Spring Hill, was presented the Joan Lentini Community Service Award for a community service project she organized, raising more than $6,000 for the Dawn Center.
For more about BPW Hernando, visit bpwhernando.org or email email@example.com.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce has two ribbon cuttings this week:
• JBH Accounting & Tax, 4048 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Helen Marcum, (352) 684-8440.
• Joseph House Brooksville, 823 Josephine St., Brooksville, noon Wednesday. Call Joseph Hammett, (352) 600-8295.
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BNI Winning Edge will meet from 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.
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Monster Transmission and Performance of Brooksville will host a Cruise-In for Charity from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Chick-fil-A, 13143 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The event is free and open to the public. This month's event will benefit three charities: the SPCA of Hernando County, Love Your Neighbor and the American Red Cross. Nonperishable food for Love Your Neighbor's food pantry, dry cat or dog food for the SPCA, and monetary donations for the Red Cross' Hurricane Sandy relief effort will be accepted.
In addition to classic cars, the event will include music, games, prizes and valve cover racers.
For information, call Nancy Holley, community outreach coordinator for Monster Transmission, toll-free 1-800-708-0087, ext. 4491.
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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.
Guest speakers will include Morris Porton of Florida Traditions Bank and John Mitten of Chick-fil-A. The topic will be the chamber's Government Affairs Committee. For information, call Kevin Tenney at (352) 540-4521.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Networking Group will meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Arc Nature Coast, 6495 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. For information, call Phil Undestad at (352) 796-1451.
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The Nature Coast Human Resource Society, an affiliate of the Society for Human Resources Management, will meet from 7:30 to 9:15 a.m. Thursday at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Blvd., south of Brooksville.
The topic will be "What Now? A Post Election Discussion." John Mitten, owner of Chick-fil-A in Spring Hill, will speak.
To RSVP, contact Carla at (352) 754-9386 or send email to carla@ floridainsurancebrokers.com.
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Women Building Women will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday in the grand lounge on the second floor at the Residence at Timber Pines, 3140 Forest Road, Spring Hill. The speaker will be Steven Sheehan, community relations director at the Residence at Timber Pines.
The cost is $3 and includes a continental breakfast. Meetings are the second Thursday of each month. To RSVP, call (352) 345-3597 no later than Monday.
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BNI Leaders by Design will meet from 8 to 9 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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Green World Path, 1665 Donto Way, Brooksville, will offer a free educational program, "Kayaking through Florida," at 6 p.m. Thursday. For information, call (352) 799-0200.
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The Hernando County Office of Business Development, Hernando County Airport and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Plane Ol' BBQ and Business Appreciation Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Airport Industrial Park, 15800 Flight Path Drive, south of Brooksville.
The annual event includes barbecue, entertainment, music, networking and an aviation display. Tickets are $15 per person and may be ordered online at planeolbbq2012.evenbrite.com. The deadline for tickets is Tuesday. For information, call (352) 540-6400.
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Forest Oaks of Spring Hill, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will have its annual Festival in the Forest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event, free and open to the public, will offer crafts for sale, including holiday items. For additional information about the festival, call Mona or Raquel at (352) 683-3323.
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MGM Hair & Nail Studio, 4035 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, will host a Fun Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. Free refreshments will be served, and a bounce house will be available. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Love Your Neighbor. Individuals who bring a nonperishable food item may enter to win giveaways of salon services. For additional information, call (352) 688-1720.
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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, will present "Starting Your Business," from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 13 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The seminar will be presented by Jerry Karp, a certified business analyst with the SBDC. The cost is $25 per person. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events or call (352) 796-0697.
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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway.
• "Starting a Home-Based Business 101," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road.
• "Advanced Quickbooks," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 20, Lykes Memorial Library, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
• "Advanced Quickbooks," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 29, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
For more information, or to register, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab or call (727) 842-4638.
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