NOMINATIONS are BEING ACCEPTED: The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will have its second annual National Philanthropy Day event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. The committee is accepting nominations for the banquet, during which philanthropists from Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties will be recognized for their community service and giving.
Nominations of community leaders are requested in six categories: Philanthropist of the Year, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year, Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year, Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy, and Youth in Philanthropy.
Nominations may be made at afp-naturecoast.org/npd14. For information, call Stefanie Pontlitz at (727) 514-5133.
BUSINESS PRESIDENT SPEAKS AT TAMPA PAHCOM MEETING: Chuck Wilson, president and chief operating officer of Wilson Technology Group, 24332 Dorsey Smith Road, east of Brooksville, spoke on the subject of network security at a recent meeting of the Tampa Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management.
DOCTOR JOINS FLORIDA CANCER AFFILIATES: Dr. Ayman Barakat has joined Florida Cancer Affiliates and has begun seeing patients at both its Brooksville and New Port Richey offices, at 11373 Cortez Blvd., Suite 200, and at 5500 Little Road, respectively.
Barakat comes from his private practice at the Tulsa Cancer Institute in Tulsa, Okla. He is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:
• Comfort Keepers, at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, at noon Tuesday. Call Gailen Spinka, (352) 697-2288.
• Bayside Auto, 13743 Linden Drive, Spring Hill, at noon Wednesday. Call Frank Paonessa, (352) 293-5225.
CHAMBER SPONSORS RESIDENTS RECEPTION: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Hernando County Residents Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Sept. 12 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
People attending will have the opportunity to meet chamber members and representatives from the Hernando County Commission, the Sheriff's Office, other county offices and representatives of the School Board.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will include samples of signature dishes from local restaurants. For information, call (352) 796-0697 or visit hernandochamber.com.
JOINT CHAMBER MIXER: A joint chamber mixer will be hosted by the Central Pasco, Greater Hernando County, Tarpon Springs, Trinity-Odessa and West Pasco chambers of commerce from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Catches Waterfront Grille, 7811 Bayview St., Port Richey.
The event, presented by Duke Energy Florida, Catches Waterfront Grille, Rum River Bar & Grille, the Retreat at Trinity, Trinity Club and Trinity Exchange, will include complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.
To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events by Sept. 15.
PUBLIC SPEAKING COURSE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer its annual course in public speaking, "Learn to Speak So That Others Will Listen," from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Fridays, Sept. 19 through Oct. 24. The classes will be in the chamber's training room at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The course, conducted by Vince Vanni, will cover several topics, among them dealing with fear, projecting confidence and preparing and delivering the speech. The course will also cover how to use visual aids, questions and answers, and dealing with a hostile audience.
A certificate of completion will be awarded to those who attend at least four of the five classes. The fee is $60 for chamber members, $120 for nonmembers. To register, visit hernandochamber.com/events or call (352) 796-0697.
VISIT WITH THE CHAMBER: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
The public is invited to stop in for a few minutes or all day. The event, which is free, will include raffles, door prizes, food and beverages, meet-and-greets, networking and chamber information.
To RSVP, call (352) 796-0697 or visit hernandochamber.com/events.
EDUCATING ENTREPRENEURS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting an ongoing series of free business seminars. Upcoming seminars include:
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• "Focused Selling Skills," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:35 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
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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CHAMBER ANNOUNCES 2014 BEACH BASH: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Beach Bash from 5 to 11 p.m. Oct. 10 at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
This year's theme: "Zombies Invade Chamber Island." Tickets are $15 per person and include dinner and entertainment. A cash bar will be available. The event will include a zombie trail and identifier, plus other scary surprises.
For tickets, visit hernando- chamber.com/events or call (352) 796-0697.
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