The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida is offering counseling to individuals who own or are interested in starting a small business. The center will hold the free sessions from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. Topics to be discussed include: business start-ups, purchasing a franchise or existing business, financing, loan packages, marketing, accounting, record keeping, budgets, pricing strategies and business plan development. Appointments are required. To schedule an appointment, call 796-2420.
Three HCA Oak Hill Hospital critical-care nurses recently received certification from the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. Carolyn LaRosa, Tracy McKeag and Shirley White may now display the initials CCRN after their names, showing successful completion of the examination process and criteria. The purpose of certification is to provide a process for validating a registered nurse's qualifications and knowledge for practice as a critical-care nurse.