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Business Briefs 12/19 - 12/22/16

December 16, 2016 - 12:15

Compiled by Sue Quigley

Book Drive to benefit People Helping People

UUCIP Is conducting a Book Drive to support People Helping People from Jan. 1 through March 31, 2017.
The Unitarian Universalist Church in the Pines in Weeki Wachee is asking for your unwanted books to help People Helping People (PHP) better serve the under-employed and homeless of Hernando County.
The PHP constituents who are taking PHP job-training classes would appreciate practical and reference books such as how to compose a business letter, various computer skills for dummies (Word, spreadsheets, PageMaker, PowerPoint, Excel, etc), cookbooks, and textbooks at any level in math and English. All donations are tax-deductible.
If you have such books lying around (or you find something similar on your travels), please set them aside for this project which runs from January 1 through March 31. For more information or to schedule a pick-up call 352-600-9555.

Business To Business Networking Meetings

Start your week with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s Business To Business Networking. The group will meet every Monday morning, beginning at 7:00am to 9:30am. The group provides continental breakfast and networking opportunities.
Meeting will take place at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville. Cost to attend is $5 for nonmembers, members are free. Register online at or contact the chamber at (352) 796-0697 for more information.

Suncoast Credit Union to award scholarships

The Suncoast Credit Union is awarding three $2,000 scholarship awards to high school seniors in Hernando County through the Hernando County Education Foundation. Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2017. To download application forms and to view the list of minimum requirements visit

Access Health Care Expands

Access Health Care, LLC announces that it has grown to over 130 providers and 915 employees in 110 locations throughout Florida. Its healthcare professionals provide a wide range of services in primary care as well as a myriad of specialties and subspecialties, recently including medical oncology, radiation oncology, and hematology services.
Access Health Care Physicians, LLC main office is located at 5350 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, Florida 34606. For more information call 352-688-8116 or go to

United Way VITA Training Classes

Become IRS certified for tax season! Volunteers hear these stories and experience first-hand how they are making a difference every time they volunteer. Greeters, processors, tax preparers and quality review volunteers appreciate how their specific role contributes to these families’ financial stability.
Volunteers receive free training conducted by the IRS. Fill out a Volunteer Application today. Specify that you are interested in VITA and you will be contacted by a representative with more information.
Classes are held at Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) - Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Ct., Spring Hill, FL 34606. Visit

Volunteers sought for Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters serving Hernando County is seeking Hernando County residents 55 and older to become volunteers. Our biggest challenge right now is recruiting Bigs to mentor children in elementary school from Kindergarten through Fourth grade. In both our community-based program and our school-based program the need for male mentors is critical. Please consider volunteering yourself, or please pass this message along to someone who may be interested in this opportunity. Help us to make a difference in the life of a child! For more information, please contact Darlene Carlson, or Sheri Chancey,

State of Florida launches new recruitment website

The State of Florida is moving to a new and improved People First recruitment site. The proposed implementation date is January 2017. The new recruitment site is designed to attract high-level talent to Florida’s government positions in an effort to cultivate a high-performing and strong workforce. Applicants interested in working for the state will be able to search and apply for employment opportunities in an improved, streamlined platform.
Improved functionality includes the following: Applying with your resume instead of a State of Florida employment application; Applying using your LinkedIn profile; Immediately saving attachments that are automatically sent with each submission; and Improved search and notification features.
The current recruiting site will no longer be available after December 31, 2016. Call the People First Service Center at 877-562-7287 for more details. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

Free items for women undergoing chemo

Boutique of Hope has intimate items for women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation and wish to have hats, bras, scarves, forms or wigs. If you have no more than $1,970 a month income and have a diagnosis of breast cancer you qualify for these items. Stop in at the clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill and pick up an application and while you are there, visit our Boutique of Hope.
Volunteers staff the Boutique of Hope Tuesdays and Wednesdays and can qualify you between 10 am and 2 pm. with proof of income, photo ID and then you can chose the items you wish.
We are also seeking new volunteers at the boutique, For more information call (352) 438-4143.

Sponsorships sought for Upcoming Fundraiser

Crescent Community Clinic is offering sponsorship opportunities for its upcoming fundraiser, the “Nearly” Real Housewives of Hernando County, which will be performed on Sat, Feb. 4, 2017 at the Vineyard Christian Church, 375 South Broad Street, Brooksville, Florida 34601, and on Saturday, February 11, at the Town Square Theater, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, Florida 34607.  Both performances begin at 7 pm and doors open at 6:30 for dessert and coffee. Written by local playwright Jerry Cowling and directed by Vince Vanni, the “Nearly” Real Housewives of Hernando County features the talents of Patricia Augustyniak, Valerie Ciaccio, Carla Hayes, Barbara Manuel, Sandra Roth, and Richard Sanvenero, Jr. Several sponsorship levels are available. For more information, email Maureen Soliman at or call 352-650-9006.

Volunteers sought for Animal Services

Volunteers are needed to help socialize the dogs and cats, transport and assist with offsite adoption events, help with bathing/grooming, walk dogs and most of all love and play with the animals.
A volunteer application form can be found on at Contact Shannon Finch, Shelter Coordinator, at (352) 540-6286 or email for more information.

Hernando Youth Orchestra has instruments for loan

HYO has some instruments to loan to young musicians ages 6 to 21. HYO’s low-cost music lessons are a perfect way to develop your musical skills before joining the orchestra.
If your kids already know how to play They’re welcome too. We have fun, work hard, and present several concerts each year.
Where: The Heather Community Center, 9100 Nakoma Way, Weeki Wachee FL, most Sunday afternoons, 3:30-5:00 For more information, go to our website,, or email .

Access Health Care opens new blood drawing stations

Access Health Care announces that it has now established a number of blood drawing stations at various locations in Hernando County. The blood draw is performed by an Access Health Care phlebotomist. No appointment is necessary. Simply stop at the draw station located closest to your home or workplace from Monday to Friday.
The draw stations locations are:
· 14690 Spring Hill Drive, Suite 300, Spring Hill, FL 34609 (M-F 7:30 am to noon)
· 7271 Spring Hill Drive, Suite B, Spring Hill, FL 34606 (M-F 7:30 am to noon)
· 11373 Cortez Blvd, Suite 302, Brooksville, FL 34613 (M-F 8:00 am to 3:00 pm)
· 1194 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34609 (M-F 7:30 am to 4:30 pm)
· 920 W. Jefferson St, Brooksville, FL 34601 (M-F 7:30 am to 4:30 pm)
For more information call 352-688-8116 or go to

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