FREE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed across the nation, has partnered with the Small Business Administration and Counselors to America's Small Business to offer free counseling to both start-up and established businesses.
More than 26 former business owners and corporate executives are available to offer assistance to Hernando and Pasco county individuals. For 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, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, to provide access to all of the center's services. To schedule a session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
DOCTOR JOINS CRITICAL CARE PROGRAM: Dr. Sava D. Nenic was recently appointed to the new critical care intensivist team at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill.
Nenic is board-certified in critical care and internal medicine. He was trained in critical care medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
HOSPITAL STARS: Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill has announced its "stars" — associates of the month — for February. They are Gabriel Barreto, Michelle Gulizio and Shawn Kernz.
Barreto, a radiology technician, joined the radiology department in 2009.
Gulizio, a critical care educator, has been with HCA since 1999. She was recently promoted to the new critical care program.
Kernz, a registered nurse, works in the hospital's cardiovascular intensive care unit.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon-cuttings this week:
• Special Olympics Florida Hernando County, 9611 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Christine Hogan, (352) 263-7656.
• Kanaar Financial Life Summit Brokerage Services, 14269 Powell Road, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Kevin Kanaar, (352) 650-3909.
• Sears Outlet, 19490 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, noon Friday. Patrick Analore, (352) 799-6498.
WINE AND CHEESE RECEPTION: The Sterling House Spring Hill assisted living facility will host a wine and cheese reception to welcome Aaron Stover, the facility's new sales manager, and Rebecca Paulsen, the new health and wellness director, from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at 10440 Palmgren Lane, Spring Hill.
To RSVP, call (352) 684-7400.
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 information, visit parade ofhomesnaturecoast.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 information, email Dawn Badami at the chamber at dawn@hernando chamber.com.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars. Upcoming seminars include:
• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway.
• "How to Really Start Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 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.
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