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KANGAROO EXPRESS EXPANDS HOURS: Kangaroo Express, 999 N Broad St., Brooksville, is now open 24 hours, seven days a week. The store offers food, including hot and cold beverages, snacks and fresh foods, as well as gasoline and an assortment of merchandise and services.

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

Who's news

Linda McKenna, territory manager at Horizon Homecare, 2977 Landover Blvd., Spring Hill, was recently presented an award of appreciation from the Hernando/Citrus Chapter of the Florida Assisted Living Association. The award was presented during a recent fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer's Family Organization.

McKenna is a founding chapter member and serves on the board. She recently attended "A Fight to Remember," an event benefiting the Alzheimer's Research Foundation, representing Horizon Homecare's corporate sponsorship.

Events

CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings this week:

• GIME (Garcia Institute of Modern Excellence) Fitness, 19832 County Line Road, Spring Hill, at noon Tuesday. Call Kim Garcia, (352) 428-6368.

• Always Listen Services, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Thursday. Call Cindy Eldredge, (352) 684-6680.

JOIN THE YOUNG PROFESSIONALS: Individuals interested in becoming part of the young professional committee of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce are invited to meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Call Phil Undestad, (352) 796-1451.

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/.

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. the weeks of Aug. 12 to 16 and Aug. 19 to 23. For information, visit springhilllanes.net.

Building skills

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 Aug. 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. 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. 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.

Bulletin board

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. Friday, Saturday and Aug. 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 deaster@careercentral.jobs 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.

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 opportunities

BNI Winning Edge: 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.

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Eastside Business Networking Group: 8:15 a.m. Wednesday at Sherman Hills Golf and Country Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive, Ridge Manor West. Call Dawn Badami, (352) 796-0697.

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Networking Group: 8 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. The speaker will be Kym McGee of Junior Achievement. Call Phil Undestad, (352) 796-1451.

BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 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.

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Networking at Noon luncheon at noon Friday at Rookies Sports Bar & Grill, 3095 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill. The cost is $15 per member. Reservations are required by Wednesday. Receive a $2 discount if registering online. RSVP online at hernandochamber.com/events. Call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697.

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

Hernando County business news and notes 08/01/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 1, 2013 4:57pm]
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