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Hernando Business Digest for Feb. 16

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CHAMBER ANNIVERSARY RECOGNITIONS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce recently recognized members on their February anniversaries, including Bon Worth (1 year), Marsha Reiniers Insurance Services (15 years) and Special Olympics Florida-Hernando County (5 years).

Who’s news

HOSPITAL WELCOMES DOCTOR TO STAFF: Dr. Jon Chadwick recently joined the medical staff at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. Dr. Chadwick is a board eligible otolaryngologist. He sees patients at Suncoast ENT Surgical Specialists, 4655 Keysville Ave., Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 688-0800.

Events

VOLUNTEER RALLY: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have a Volunteer Rally from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 16 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. The event is an opportunity for chamber members to connect with the community in a fun-filled way by volunteering with the chamber. A light lunch will be provided. To RSVP, email Lindsay@hernandochamber.com or call (352) 796-0697.

DRAG QUEEN BINGO: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s Education Training Association will host the inaugural Drag Queen Bingo event from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Feb. 17 at Salishan Gracious Retirement Living, 191 Astaire Lane, Spring Hill. A night of sidesplitting and uproarious entertainment featuring Divas N Dudes Dame Crystal and Vanessa DelRay calling game numbers and entertaining along with singers Riki B, Ty Austin and Rockell Blu. Vacation prize packages awarded. Tickets are $20-30, depending on drink choice, and include heavy hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit local community educational grants and scholarships. Bring your own ink dauber. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com.

OPERATION OUTREACH COMMITTEE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s Operation Outreach Committee will meet at 8:30 a.m. Feb. 20 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 or visit hernandochamber.com.

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

• Smart Touch Wireless, 2392 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Feb. 20. Call Jeremy Gumz, (352) 606-3787.

• Royal Dalton House, 5445 W Oak Park Blvd., Homosassa, 4:30 p.m. Feb. 22. The event includes an open house from 5 to 6 p.m. Tours will be available. Call Robyn Patz, (352) 765-3259.

OPEN HOUSE/MEET AND GREET: Access Health Care Physicians and Dr. Jude A. Pierre will host an open house/meet and greet for Pierre’s new associate, Dr. Janice M. Rodriguez, from 9 to 11 a.m. Feb. 23 at their practice, 5290 Applegate Drive, Spring Hill. Dr. Rodriguez has been practicing primary care for more than a decade and earned experience in the field of wound care in Puerto Rico. For information, call (352) 686-1913.

CHAMBER MEMBERSHIP MEETING: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly membership meeting at 7:15 a.m. Feb. 28 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, south of Brooksville. The breakfast is sponsored by Spherion Staffing Services. The kickoff breakfast for the chamber’s Keys to Success business development series will feature keynote speaker Leonard Sossamon, Hernando County Administrator. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events. For information, call (352) 796-0697.

KEYS TO SUCCESS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its fourth annual Keys to Success business development series from Feb. 27 to March 2. The week-long series, presented by partners Spherion Staffing and Hits 106 WGHR–FM, will include a variety of speakers, workshops and luncheons. Many are free and open to the public. Events include:

e_SBlt Unlock Success in Networking, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 27 at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. Free.

Maintaining Your Connections, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 27 at the chamber office. Free.

• Out of the Box — Cross Referrals, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at the chamber office. Free.

• Economic Development in Hernando County (chamber membership breakfast), 7:15 to 9 a.m. Feb. 28 at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, south of Brooksville. Advance tickets are $15; $20 at the door.

Advocacy Through Influence: Who Me?, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Feb. 28 at Silverthorn Country Club. Free.

• Advocacy 101 — My Story (featuring Shirley Anderson, Hernando County Supervisor of Elections), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 28 at Silverthorn Country Club. $15 prepay online, $20 at the door.

• Hear Ye! Hear Ye! What’s in it for You?, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Feb. 28 at the chamber office. Free.

• The Future of Work: Implications for Employers & Employees, 9 to 10:30 a.m. March 1 at the chamber office. Free.

• Start to Finish: How to Build an Onboarding Plan for New Employees, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 1 at the chamber office. Free.

• QuickBooks: Beyond the Basics, 1:30 to 3 p.m. March 1 at the chamber office. Free.

• Excel Intermediate, 3:30 to 5 p.m. March 1 at the chamber office. Free.

• Focus! Focus! Focus! Building Your Marketing Toolkit, 8:30 to 10 a.m. March 2 at Pasco-Hernando State College Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. Free.

• Share This: Social Media Everyday, 10 to 11 a.m. March 2 at PHSC’s Spring Hill Campus. Free.

• Knowing Your Customer (series finale featuring Julie Weintraub), 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 2 at PHSC’s Spring Hill Campus. Advance tickets are $20; $25 at the door.

To RSVP or for information, 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:

• Getting Started with Etsy, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday.

• Tax Implications for Small Businesses, 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 22, SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., Suite 309, Dade City.

• How to Apply for a 501c(3), 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Feb. 22, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• Legal Structures for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.

• Learn How to Start a New Business Successfully, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Land O’Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes.

• How to Apply for a Business Loan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday.

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. Feb. 16, 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. Feb. 19 , 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. Feb. 19, 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. Feb. 20, 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. Feb. 21, 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. Feb. 22, 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.

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