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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon cuttings this week:

- Great Florida Insurance, 1240 S Broad St., Brooksville, 11:30 a.m. today. For information, contact Jamie J. Crawford at 797-4788.

- John's Office Cleaning LLC, at the chamber's office, 4044 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. For information, contact John Gemmiti at 200-8305.

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Business Networking International will meet from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Course Lane, Spring Hill.

Bring your business cards and network with other area business professionals. Cost is $8, which includes a continental breakfast.

For information, contact Kathleen Richardson at 592-2225.

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The Continuing Education Academy and the Hernando Builders Association will offer several construction- and business-related seminars and courses to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at HBA headquarters, 7391 Sunshine Grove Road, Spring Hill.

Construction business management seminars and courses offered Tuesday include: Labor and Liability Challenges of Today's Contractors (three hours); Business Planning for the Future (one hour); Understanding Workers Compensation (one hour); Advanced 2004 FBC Summary (one hour), and Worksite Safety (one hour).

Tools and techniques of business management seminars and courses offered Wednesday include: Construction Business Management (five hours), and Asset Protection for Contractors (two hours).

The cost is $125 for HBA members and $150 for nonmembers. The price includes lunch and course materials. Cancellations must be received 48 hours in advance to receive a refund.

For information, call instructor Steve Saladino at (727) 536-1881 or visit the Continuing Education Academy online at

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Connie Wonsik, a mortgage consultant for more than 35 years, will conduct a free workshop for home buyers at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave., Spring Hill.

The workshop is open to the public. Topics to be discussed include down-payment assistance, reviewing and understanding a credit report, and knowing whether you ready to buy.

A light dinner will be served. Free babysitting available on site. For reservations or information, call 596-6658.

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The Spring Hill Professionals Chapter of Ali Lassen's Leads Club will meet at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Silverthorn Country Club, 4450 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill.

The club offers members each week the opportunity to give brief business presentations and exchange leads collected during the previous week. Membership fees are required, and a separate payment is required each week for the luncheon.

The club offers noncompete business classifications to avoid conflict of interest.

For information, call Lois Bleicher at 200-4809.

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Coldwell Banker Schraut & Associates will present a grant-writing workshop fundraiser to benefit the Education Foundation of Hernando County from 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the Jerome Brown Center, 99 Jerome Brown Place off Darby Lane, Brooksville.

Barbara Sweinburg, who has written and secured grants for schools and nonprofit agencies in Florida, will conduct the workshop.

To register, call Rose Atkins at 346-6545. Seating is limited to 60 participants. The fee is a tax-deductible contribution of $30 that will benefit the Hernando County Education Foundation.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Networking at Noon luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Friday at Coney Island Drive Inn, 1112 E Jefferson St., Brooksville.

People attending can order and pay at the counter. RSVP to 796-0697, ext. 18, by Wednesday.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives, Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will offer a seminar on starting up a new business from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Career Central Spring Hill, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill.

Jim Waters, of SCORE Chapter 439, will present the seminar. Topics will include filing an application for an occupational license, registering a fictitious company name with the Florida State Revenue Service and filing for a federal employer identification number.

Participants will review small business accounting principles and practices.

The course fee is $20 and a handbook will be provided to each participant. Preregistration is not required. For information, contact the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638 or Stu May at 688-6903.

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The 12th annual Hernando County Job Fair "Opportunity 2007" will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Sept. 20 at Heffernan Hall, St. Anthony Church, 20428 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

The event features employers from Hernando County. Exhibit space is available for $99 per table. Space is limited.

In addition to exhibit space, sponsorships are available to help support the event and promote local employment.

For information on sponsorships, registration or attendance, call Denise at 544-5206.

If you have 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 e-mail items to or fax them to 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.