Business digest

Published March 12, 2007


Florida Liberty Tax Service, 11047 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, will reward volunteers who work with nonprofit groups and charities by offering free tax preparation during the week of March 19-25.

People who work with scouting and youth organizations, health nonprofits, food banks and other charities are eligible.

For information, call Linda at 666-1116 .


The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon-cuttings this week:

- Whiting Agency, Inc., Nationwide, 11270 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. For information, contact Donald R. Whiting at 686-2891.

- Shelby's Sweets and Treats, 12977 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, 11:30 a.m. Friday. For information, contact Kerrie Theis at 592-5118.

- Eminent Mortgage Group, Inc., 18056 Macy Road, Brooksville, 5:30 p.m. Friday. For information, contact Lisa Hunsucker at 727 542-8384.

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Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union will open a branch in Hernando County at 3037 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, today.

The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday. ATM service is available.

For information, contact Danielle Mattioli at (813) 961-8388.

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Business Networking International meets from 7:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Evergreen Woods, 7030 Evergreen Woods Trail, Spring Hill. Bring business cards to network with other area business professionals. Cost is $7, which includes a continental breakfast. For information, call Kathleen Richardson at 592-2225.

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Contours Express, the all-women circuit training gym featuring customized weight-bearing workouts, will hold the grand opening for its club at 31087 Cortez Blvd., Ridge Manor, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. today through Friday.

The club is offering free trial workouts to area women. For information, contact Janet Carr or Tracey L. Pager, co-owners, at 835-9605.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Hill Hospital, 11775 Cortez Blvd., fourth floor, Spring Hill. The topic of the meeting will be care plan oversight. The guest speaker will be Sandra Ebert. Interested practice managers are invited. Call Marge Hildreth, president, at 688-5544.

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Today is the deadline to register for the annual Tally Ho to Tallahassee Trip, coordinated by the Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce, Hernando County Government and the City of Brooksville. The trip is scheduled for Thursday.

A charter bus will leave Hernando County at 6:30 a.m. from the Hardee's Restaurant at Cortez Boulevard and Commercial Way in Spring Hill. The bus will travel to Crystal River to meet with the Citrus County contingent and arrive in Tallahassee about 1 p.m. The bus will return to Hernando County about 7 p.m.

Seats are still available on the bus for county residents. The cost of the trip is $45 and includes the round-trip bus ride to Tallahassee, a continental breakfast, lunch at the Capitol building and boxed dinner on the ride home.

For information or to register, call Heather at 796-0697, ext. 18.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly after-hours business mixer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at 12082 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville.

Food and beverages will be available.

For information, contact Heather Lauro at 796-0697.

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Spring Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 7251 Grove Road, Brooksville, will have an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

Tours, food and door prizes will be available. Spring Oaks offers standard assisted living, limited nursing services, as well as Memory Lane, a secured unit.

For information, call 592-1150.

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Mrs. B's Daycare will have voluntary prekindergarten registration from 4 to 6 p.m. March 20. Children must be legal Florida residents and will be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1.

For information, call Lisa at 688-4792.

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The Home Based Women's Network, a group of women who own home-based businesses, will meet for a breakfast meeting from 8:30 to 10 a.m. March 21, at the IHOP restaurant, 3660 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

There is a one-time sign up fee of $45. New members welcome. For information, call 346-7055.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives, Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439, will offer a 4-hour hands-on workshop for planning a business startup, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 24 at the SCORE office in the Bank of America building, 6014 U.S. 19, suite 302, New Port Richey.

The hands-on workshop fee is $30. Advance registration is not required.

For information, call the SCORE office at (727) 842-2638 or Stu May at 688-6903.

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Forest Oaks Assisted Living Facility, 8055 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill, will have its re-opening festivities from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., March 24.

The public is invited to tour the facility. Refreshments will be served and live entertainment provided by Cover To Cover, featuring Louie Fortunato, Mikie D and Susan Falcone, as well as music by the Casinos.

A bounce house will be available for the kids. Bring a lawn chair.

For information, call 683-3323.

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The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will offer a public speaking course, from 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, beginning March 26 and continuing until April 30, in the Capital City Bank conference room, 14203 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

The five-weekly sessions will be conducted by Vince Vanni, who has provided public speaking training to business professionals and public officials.

Topics to be covered include dealing with fear, projecting confidence, preparing and delivering the speech and more. The course will also cover how to properly use visual aids, especially PowerPoint.

The course fee is $60 for chamber members, $75 for non-members. For information or to register, call 796-0697, ext. 18.

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Belk's Department Store in the Coastal Way Shopping Center, 13151 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, will hold its "Sharing Never Goes Out of Style" charity days event, March 30 and 31.

Belk customers will receive a merchandise discount in return for a $5 donation to their favorite participating local charity or nonprofit during the event.

Participating nonprofit community groups will be selling $5 tickets in advance of the shopping event. Tickets will be sold in Belk stores March 23-31. Representatives of the participating groups will also sell tickets in the stores March 30 and 31.

People buying tickets will receive a two-day shopping pass giving them a 20 percent discount on regular and sale items in most areas of the store except the home department, where a 15 percent discount will apply. Limited exclusions will apply.

In addition, ticket holders will receive an early bird offer entitling them to receive $5 off any purchase of $5 or more, from 8 to 11 a.m. March 31, with no exclusions.

Each participating nonprofit organization will receive the entire $5 for each ticket sold in advance of the event.

All charities and nonprofits signing up for the event will also be entered into a drawing for one of four $1,000 donations that will be awarded by Belk. Belk shoppers can also register to win one of four $1,000 Belk shopping sprees during the two-day event.

For information, contact Chris at 592-1515, ext. 201.

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