Business Briefs Jan. 2- 6, 2017

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Business Briefs Jan. 2- 6, 2017

December 30, 2016 - 15:42

compiled by Sue Quigley

Hernando Weight loss challenge begins January

The Great Hernando Weight Loss Challenge will take place from Jan. 14 until March 25. The goal of the community initiative is for 1,000 residents and visitors, working in teams of 10, to each lose 10 pounds in 10 weeks, for a collective community weight loss of 10,000 pounds. The kickoff event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Hernando County Mining Association Enrichment Center at 800 John Gary Grubbs Blvd., Brooksville, a different location than previously announced. A $500 award will be given to the participant who loses the most weight. Awards will also be given to the team that loses the most weight and to the team with the most creative name. The Awards Celebration Party will take place at the Anderson Snow Park Pavilion on Saturday, April 8, 2017. The cost to participate is $10 per person. For more information, call Rich Linkul at (352) 597-6383 ( or Ann-Gayl Ellis at (352) 540-6817 ( )

Hernando County Utilities Water Awareness

Hernando County residents are invited to attend “Save Water! Save Money!” on Friday, January 20, 2017, at 10am – 12 noon at the new Hernando County Utilities Administration Building, 15365 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34613.
Learn water conservation tips for your home from Josh Madden, Environmental Scientist, Southwest Florida Water Management District. Also, Ivana Kajtezovic of Tampa Bay Water will present how the Tampa Bay area supplies water to their residents. Call 352-754-4705 to register for the free class, or register on-line at

$50 Investment Club set to meet Jan. 4

The $50 Investment Club, a partnership of members who pool as little as $50 each month to buy blue-chip and other highly rated, dividend-paying stocks, will meet at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
For more information, call John Spoerl, president, at (352) 597-7830 or Patrick Judd, treasurer, at (352) 397-3388.

PHSC offers new ED2GO online courses

Pasco-Hernando State College (PHSC) in partnership with Ed2Go is offering new instructor-led individual and bundled series online courses geared specifically for lifelong learning students. The bundled courses are comprehensive programs that combine similar classes at a reduced price. Students receive expert instruction and the opportunity to interact with fellow participants in an online classroom format. The six-week lifelong learning courses begin Dec.14, 2016 To view a complete list of all PHSC Ed2Go courses or to register for these and many more noncredit, online courses, visit For more information, call 727-816-3123 or email

Networking for Chickens

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s Networking for Chickens Group will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 am. The group provides information about how to become an active networker. The group will be meeting at Chick-fil-A located at 13143 Cortez Blvd. Brooksville.

Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce: Downtown Brooksville NOW

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s Downtown Brooksville NOW will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 11, at 8:00 am. The group meets to discuss growth in the downtown Brooksville area, as well as connect and build business relationship throughout the community. The meeting will be held at the Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville. Register online at Breakfast available for purchase. Contact Duane Chichester at (352) 540-3858.

Chamber of Commerce Diplomat Committee

The Diplomat Committee will be meeting Thursday, Jan. 12, at 4:00pm at the Chamber of Commerce offices located at 15588 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604. To learn more about becoming a Diplomat, please contact Jean Harberts, Membership Representative, at (352) 796-0697 or visit

Chamber Welcome Committee Meeting

Chamber of Commerce’s Welcome Committee will meet on Thursday, Jan. 12, at 3pm. The committee is a group of dedicated volunteers and chamber members who mentor new chamber members as they learn how to effectively network, market and brand their business to Hernando County and beyond. The meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce offices located at 15588 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604.
Contact Jean Harberts, Membership Representative, at (352) 796-0697 or visit

Young Professionals Committee Meeting

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Committee is looking for business professionals that are movers and shakers. People that are looking to help members connect to programs and people that will help them achieve their professional goals.
The Young Professionals Committee will meet on Friday, Jan. 13 at 1:30pm. The meeting will be held at Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville.
For more information, please contact one of the Committee Co-Chairs: Lindsey Hack, Spherion Staffing - (352) 796-6000 / Phil Undestad , Killingsworth Insurance - (352) 796-1451 / Eric Vanderham, Grow Financial Credit Union - (800) 839-6328, ext. 4001 or visit,

Chamber January Membership Meeting

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is having the JANUARY Monthly Membership Meeting at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane, Brooksville on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, at 7:15 am. Network with local businesses and meet your next customer. Sponsor for this event is Big Brothers Big Sisters. Guest Speaker will be U.S. Congressman Richard Nugent. Cost to attend the Membership Meeting is $15 for members / $20 nonmembers at the door. Pre-registration is strongly suggested. Contact the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce at 352-796-0697 or register online

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.

Chamber Technology Committee Meeting

Technology drives industry in today’s business markets. If you have a passion for technology, and want to foster growth in the technology industry in Hernando County, then join the Technology Committee.
The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce’s Technology Committee will meet on Friday, Jan. 13, at 9am.
The meeting will be held at the Chamber of Commerce offices located at 15588 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville, FL 34604
If you would like more information about the Technology Committee, please contact Rocco Maglio, Committee Chair (321) 987-0168, or visit

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

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. 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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