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Hernando Business Digest for Jan. 12

Published Jan. 9, 2018

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GRANT HELPS FEED THOSE IN NEED: The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by the Dunkin' Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, recently awarded a $100,000 grant to Feeding Tampa Bay. Feeding Tampa Bay serves 10 counties in West Central Florida. The donation will help support efforts, which include 55 agency partners in Pasco and Hernando counties, such as soup kitchens, emergency food programs, church pantries and shelters that have programs that directly feed those in need. Feeding Tampa Bay also holds direct distributions, via mobile pantries, in the counties. Last year alone, Feeding Tampa Bay distributed 6,461,352 pounds of food, which equates to 5,384,460 meals, in Pasco and Hernando counties. For information, visit dunkinbrands.com/foundation.

Events

YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE TO MEET: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Young Professionals Committee will meet at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. New members are welcome. For details, call Lindsey Hack at (352) 796-6000.

CHAMBER'S TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE TO MEET: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Technology Committee will meet at 8 a.m. Jan. 12 at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. The committee is for those who have a passion for technology and wish to foster growth in the technology industry in Hernando County. For information, call Rocco Maglio at (321) 987-0168 or visit hernandochamber.com.

CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings during the coming week:

• Carepoint Rx Pharmacy, 7347 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, noon Jan. 16. Tanya Felix, (352) 631-0561.

• First Response Tax Service, 15120 County Line Road, Spring Hill, noon Jan. 17. Gisele Dunn, (352) 797-2461.

OPERATION OUTREACH COMMITTEE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Operation Outreach Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 16 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

The committee is a group of volunteers and chamber members who mentor new chamber members. For information, call Dawn Badami at (352) 796-0697, ext. 5, or Jean Harberts at (352) 796-0697, ext. 3.

OFF THE CLOCK CONNECTIONS MIXER: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's monthly Off the Clock Connections Mixer will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 18 at 15120 County Line Road, Suite 100, Spring Hill. The January mixer is sponsored by Nature Coast Wealth Management. There is no cost to attend. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com. For information, call (352) 796-0697.

DIPLOMAT COMMITTEE TO MEET: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce's Diplomat Committee will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Diplomats support and promote the chamber and its membership. For information, call Jean Harberts at (352) 796-0697.

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LOCAL BUSINESS INPUT SOUGHT: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Committee Region 1 will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 19 at Papa Joe's Italian Restaurant, 6244 Spring Lake Highway, east of Brooksville. The group would like to hear from local businesses in Hernando County. Participants will learn how the committee is structured to serve local businesses. The guest speaker will be Hernando County Commissioner Steve Champion. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com or call (352) 796-0697.

Building skills

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

• Creating a Successful Business Plan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• How to Use Internet Marketing in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

To register or to get more information, visit pascohernando.score.org 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. Jan. 12, IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Guests are welcome. Those attending may order from the menu. Call Dana Cutlip, (352) 293-4317.

• Connect B2B (Business to Business) Networking: 7 a.m. Jan. 15 , Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Free for chamber members, $5 for non-members. To register, visit hernandochamber.com or call (352) 796-0697.

• Connect B2B (Business to Business) Networking, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 15, Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Free for chamber members, $5 for non-members. To register, visit hernandochamber.com or call (352) 796-0697.

• BNI Winning Edge: 7:15 a.m. Jan. 16, 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. Jan. 17, Spring Hill Diner, 3426 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. 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. Jan. 18, Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. No cost for first time visitors. Call Chris Dyer, (352) 849-5353.

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hamilton, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also email items to jhamilton@tampabay.com or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Call (352) 848-1438.