Business Briefs, Third week of January 2017

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Business Briefs, Third week of January 2017

January 14, 2017 - 12:27

compiled by Sue Quigley

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

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 ( )

Workshop offered: Advancing your mission
“Through financial management”

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce invites all non-profit organizations to attend this no cost workshop on Thursday, February 2, 2017, from 8:00-10:0am, at the chamber office located at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville.
Advancing your mission “through financial management“ will discuss quickbooks for non-profits-fund accounting, grant management, expense allocation and so much more! Register now at www.Hernandochamber.Com
Guest Speakers are Nick Sisto, CPA, Suncoast CPA Group and Randy Woodruff, CPA, Suncoast CPA Group.
For more information contact the Chamber at (352) 796-0697.

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. For application forms and 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, Visit

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