VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to mentor small businesses. For information, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer".
Registered nurse Tammy Fincher of Horizon Homecare was recently named Employee of the Month for June. Fincher, who has been with Horizon for eight years, leads the ALF team and is responsible for providing clinical services to residents.
Horizon Homecare has offices at 2977 Landover Blvd., Spring Hill, and 7505 Rottingham Road, Port Richey. For information, call (352) 684-3550.
Ken Burdzinski, vice president of administration and finance at Pasco-Hernando Community College, was appointed to the National Association of College and University Business Officers Community Colleges Council. His term runs from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2014, and is renewable up to three years.
Burdzinski has worked at PHCC for 16 years in the administration and finance division.
Charles Wilson, president and chief operations officer at Wilson Technology Group in Brooksville, spoke recently to members of the Nature Coast Chapter of Professional Association of Health Care Office Managers on the topic of being "Net Safe." Wilson discussed safe Internet practices, how to protect against cyber attacks and how to protect a company's network and computers.
Julie Bozek was recently certified as Jazzercise instructor. She will begin offering classes at the Jazzercise Spring Hill Fitness Center, 7257 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.
To earn certification, instructors must complete a three-day workshop and perform an audition. For information, call (352) 442-8595 or visit jazzercise.com.
Oak Hill Hospital recently celebrated National EMS Week by recognizing emergency medical services workers. David Hramika was presented the hospital's customer service award. Other nominees included Derek Cechile and Kyle Brisco.
Hramika, a captain with Hernando County Fire Rescue, is the project manager for the department's recent change in patient care and the fire reporting system. In an effort to improve service, he and his crew spent numerous hours installing computer and antenna systems in rescue vehicles and fire engines. He also provides training to the area's hospitals.
Tim Porter was presented the clinical excellence award. Other nominees included Zach Lyons and Joe Depiero. Porter has a strong clinical understanding and his assessment skills help him provide exceptional care to patients.
Dr. Amy Ackley has joined the staff of the Ackley Dental Group in Spring Hill. Ackley received a bachelor's degree in nutritional science at the University of Florida and a doctor of dental medicine degree from Nova Southeastern University. She is a member of the American Dental Association, Florida Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry.
Ackley can be reached at (352) 683-7668.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings this week:
• WestCoast Painting & Restoration, 11171-A Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, at noon Tuesday. Call Ryan Brown, (352) 688-9444.
• RX Care Pharmacy (formerly Brooksville Drugs), 80 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Brooksville, at noon Thursday. Call Jamie Kristofik, (352) 796-4975.
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 through Aug. 11 will receive a free stack of buttermilk pancakes. IHOPE Charities stands for Helping Others Prosper Everyday.
During the week of Aug. 12, 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/.
LEADERCAST SERIES: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present its Leadercast Leadership Lunch 'n Learn summer workshops, 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 workshops are from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, Friday and continuing on Aug. 2, 9 and 16.
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; and the major sponsor is Hartland Homes Corp.
A portion 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. Prizes include 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 get 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.
READY-4-SUCCESS: The Hernando Youth Initiative workforce transition team invites individuals ages 18 to 25 to register for "Ready-4-Success," a three-day workshop to help prepare people for the workplace.
The event begins at 8 a.m. Aug. 9, 10 and 16 at Career Central, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. It will end at various times in the afternoon.
Topics include self-awareness, career exploration, goal setting, communication skills, customer service, resume creation, interviewing skills, professional dress and grooming, how to make and manage money and steps to success.
Only 30 seats are available. To RSVP, send email to Dawn Easter at [email protected] with name and phone number. Those who sign up will receive a response with a detailed agenda and instructions to mail a $10 registration fee for processing. For information, contact Easter, the workforce transition team chairwoman, at (352) 200-3034.
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