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May 16: Hernando business digest

Business digest

Briefly

Open all year: Liberty Tax Service, 5476 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, is now open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, all year long. In addition to tax services, the business offers bookkeeping and payroll services to small business owners.

For information, call (352) 835-7186.

HBA Spike Club presents scholarship: The Hernando Builders Association announced that Lori Palaio of Spring Hill is the recipient of the 2014 HBA Spike Club scholarship worth $1,000. Palaio, a senior at Springstead High School, will be recognized at the Builders Appreciation Dinner on June 23.

Hospital earns award: Oak Hill Hospital was recently presented the American Heart Association's Fit-Friendly Worksite Gold Achievement Award.

The award is presented to workplaces recognized by the heart association for meeting criteria for employee wellness.

Who's news

Chamber diplomats: Leisa Shelton of Tuffy Tire & Auto Service, John Winans of the Alzheimer's Family Organization and Judi Schriener of Judi's Creations and Travel were named the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Diplomats of the Month for March.

Events

Hernando County Food Truck Fiesta: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present its first Hernando County Food Truck Fiesta from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Weeki Wachee High School, 12150 Vespa Way, north of Weeki Wachee.

The event is being billed as a "family date night," open to the public and designed for families to spend the evening together enjoying foods from area food truck vendors. There will be a free movie on the school lawn.

The event will also feature local vendors, nonprofit organizations and a children's activity area with games, prizes and other activities. Guests are invited to bring lawn chairs.

For information, call (352) 796-0697.

Chamber ribbon-cuttings: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:

• Ameri-Life & Health Services of Hernando County, 2705 Forest Road, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Michelle Bravo, (352) 596-8336.

• The Un-Stoppers, 824 E Jefferson St., Brooksville, noon Wednesday. Call Scott Riddle, (352) 797-8009.

• Purple Pineapple Fitness, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Thursday. Call Suzanne Boutot, (352) 658-1191.

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.

During this month's event, trade show secrets that work will be discussed. The free informational meeting, which is open to existing and new members, new employees of existing members and potential members, is designed to show chamber members how they can maximize their membership benefits. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call (352) 796-0697.

Business Briefs: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present a training seminar, "Business Briefs," from 9 to 9:30 a.m. May 28 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Brooksville, immediately following the monthly chamber breakfast meeting. The event will be hosted by Royce Decker. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events.

Building skills

Educating entrepreneurs: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting an ongoing series of free business seminars. Upcoming seminars include:

• "How to Prepare a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

• "How to Apply for a 501c3," 5:35 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

• "How to Apply for a 501c3," 5:35 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

To register, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

If you have business announcements you would like 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 items to [email protected] 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.

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