PHYSICIANS FROM CANCER CARE CENTERS OF FLORIDA JOIN FLORIDA CANCER AFFILIATES: Florida Cancer Affiliates, a practice in the US Oncology Network, and Cancer Care Centers of Florida recently announced that physicians from CCCF will join FCA, expanding and enhancing patient services in Tampa and adding treatment locations to the FCA practice in Hudson, Brooksville and New Port Richey.
The three radiation oncologists and six urologists of CCCF will join FCA's group of 10 medical oncologists and one radiation oncologist. The combination will allow the practice to offer urology services and extend radiation services to the Hudson and Brooksville communities.
FREE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide, has partnered with the Small Business Administration and Counselors to America's Small Business to offer free counseling to new start-up as well as established businesses.
More than 26 former business owners and corporate executives are available to offer assistance to Hernando and Pasco county individuals. For more 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 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.
NEW SALES MANAGER: Aaron Stover has joined the staff at Sterling House of Spring Hill, an assisted living facility at 10440 Palmgren Lane, as its new sales manager.
Stover, who has almost five years of marketing experience in the assisted living community, was previously a licensed financial specialist in the banking industry. For more information, call toll-free 1-877-713-1874.
HPH HOSPICE NAMES SENIOR VP: Elizabeth Meins, a registered nurse, has been named the senior vice president of clinical affairs for HPH Hospice, serving Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties.
Meins has seven years of senior management experience at hospices in Massachusetts and California. Most recently, she was employed as a case manager for Humana in St. Petersburg.
CHAMBER DIPLOMAT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce announced recently that Ralph Vitola, owner of the Vitola Law Group, was Diplomat of the Month for January.
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 First Baptist Church Garden Grove, 18131 Stromberg Ave., Brooksville, at noon Tuesday. Call Dolores Newsome, (352) 796-2209.
LUNCH BUNCH: The Hernando Builders Association Lunch Club, open to all HBA members and any business interested in the association, will meet from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Rookies Sports Bar and Grill, 3095 Anderson Snow Road, Spring Hill.
Those attending pay for their own lunch. To RSVP, visit HernandoBuilders.com and click on the events tab, then on the calendar date. For details, call the HBA office at (352) 596-1114.
PARADE OF HOMES OF THE NATURE COAST: Bayfront Health and the Hernando Builders Association will present the 2014 Parade of Homes of the Nature Coast from March 29 through April 13. Model homes will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The self-guided tour is an opportunity to see the newest homes being offered by the local building industry, showcasing the latest in home design, innovative products, decor, technology, energy efficiency and comfort.
For more information, visit ParadeOfHomesNatureCoast.com.
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 begins at 7:30 a.m., breakfast is at 8 a.m. and the program will be 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.
This year's theme is "Beyond You." The event is open to the public. Tickets are $49 if purchased before April 1. 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 more information, contact Dawn Badami at the chamber at Dawn@HernandoChamber.com.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 will present a series of free business seminars:
• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 5:25 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 25, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
• "How to Really Start Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 27, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.
To register, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIES: The Small Business Development Center at USF, in partnership with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, will offer a business seminar, "Social Media Strategies," from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Learn how to use social media tools to help customers find your business and how to use social media to promote your business. Stacey Pierce will present the seminar. The cost is $25 per person. To register, visit hernandochamber.com/events.
EMPLOYEE HANDBOOK SEMINAR: HR Compliance 101, in partnership with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, will offer a business seminar, "Employee Handbooks — Required or Best Practice," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
To gain the most from the seminar, bring your current to-do list. The cost is $10 per person. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events.
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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.
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; no cost for first-time visitors. Call Marianne Zirk at (352) 340-4456.
Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce After Hours Mixer: March's After Hours Mixer will be at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 6483 Oregon Jay Road, Weeki Wachee. The event, sponsored by Select Physical Therapy, Spherion Staffing and Regal Oaks Development Group, is free and open to the public.
For more information, call Greg Carpenter at (352) 597-7659. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events.
Nature Coast Business Professionals: 8 a.m. Friday, 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.