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Hernando Business Digest


DEFENSE CONTRACTOR BUYS SHOP: Chasco, a large machine shop based in Brooksville, recently was purchased by ICTC, a defense manufacturing contractor, also based in Brooksville. ICTC is a manufacturer of custom wire harnesses, cable assemblies, printed circuit-board assemblies and electronic box builds.

The acquisition of the struggling Chasco, which has been in business for more than 30 years, helped to save 25 jobs. In November of 2018, ICTC paid $500,000 for Chasco's assets and spent an additional $200,000 to relocate the machines and build out its new location. A $750,000 line of credit was provided by Seacoast Bank to ensure the reworked business would have the necessary liquidity to stabilize itself and prepare for future growth.

The newly-combined companies, now known as ICTC Precision Machining, have integrated and blended their sales teams,as well as global customer and prospect lists.

COMMUNITY BAG PROGRAM: Operation Kindness for Hernando County Animal Services has been selected as the July beneficiary of the Winn Dixie Community Bag Program at the Winn Dixie at 2240 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Operation Kindness will receive $1 for each purchase of the $2.50 community reusable bag, unless otherwise directed by the customer. Funds raised will help Operation Kindness, a nonprofit organization, fulfill its mission of enriching the lives of the animals at the Hernando County Animal Services shelter. For information, visit or For further information on the Community Bag Program, visit


LET'S DO LUNCH: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce invites people to take their lunch break with them at noon on July 19, at Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen, 12280 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Celebrate Friday with the chamber and chat with its Chamber Education Training Association board chairman Matt Goldrick. Call the chamber office at (352) 796-0697.

CHAMBER MONTHLY MEMBERSHIP: The monthly membership meeting of the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will be at 7:15 a.m. July 24 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Spring Hill. The speaker is State Sen. Wilton Simpson, R-Trilby. The cost is $15 for chamber members, $20 for nonmembers, payable at the door. Preregistration is required by 4:30 p.m. July 22. RSVP to (352) 796-0697 or

RIBBON CUTTING: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. July 20 at Once Upon a Vine, 13185 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Lori Stover, (352) 515-1642.

Building skills

SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small-business seminars:

• How to Use the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 22, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• How to Use the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

• Basic QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 12, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• Creating a Successful Business Plan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 13, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• Tax Implications for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 20, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• How to Apply for a 501c3, 5 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

To register or for more information, visit and click on the local workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

Networking opportunities • Nature Coast Business Professionals: 7:30 a.m. Fridays, IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Those attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip, (352) 293-4317. • Brooksville B2B (Business to Business) Networking, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free for Chamber members, $5 for non-members. To register, visit or call (352) 796-0697. • BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 a.m. Tuesdays, Northcliffe Baptist Church, 10515 Northcliffe Blvd., Spring Hill. The cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Dan Brown, (262) 676-2776. • Keep It Local — Spring Hill/Brooksville Chapter: 7:45 a.m. Wednesdays, Great Life Church, 14494 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Call Melanie Grossi, (352) 263-7749. • Keep It Local — Hernando Business Professionals Chapter: 11:15 a.m., second, third and fourth Wednesday of each month, Beef 'O' Brady's, 14387 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Call Lauren Jolly, (352) 610-3435. • BNI Leaders by Design: 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Thursdays, Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. No cost for first-time visitors. Call Chris Dyer, (352) 849-5353.

Contact Phyllis Day at or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.