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Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 07:54 PM

Ribbon cuttings

Jan. 5, noon, LifeCycle Fitness Studio, 4664 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, Christina Ryman (352) 540-5299

Jan. 8, noon, Zifero's Pizza & Diner, Inc., 34508 Cortez Boulevard, Ridge Manor, Allen Zifero (352) 608-4888

Jan. 9, noon, The UPS Store, 5519, 14391 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, Greg Murray (352) 683-3636

Jan. 10, noon, Pool Care of Tampa Bay, Inc. at the Chamber, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville, Dawn Thompson (352) 796-3459

Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m., Evom Lounge, 14251 Powell Road, Spring Hill, Wayne Thornton (352) 796-9463

Jan. 16, noon, The Ruppe Law Firm, 31 South Main Street, Brooksville, Kristie Ruppe (352) 650-3657

Jan. 17, noon, Davis Family Hearing, 10045 Cortez Boulevard, Suite 137, Brooksville, Dr. Joanie Davis (352) 666-8910

Jan. 18, noon, Monster Transmission & Performance (10th anniversary of ribbon cutting), 19370 Oliver Street, Brooksville, Nancy Holley (800) 708-0087

Jan. 24, noon, Firearm Training Services, Inc., 4110 Lamson Avenue, Spring Hill, Brian Argutto (352) 442-0735

Jan. 26, 11 a.m., Oak Hill Hospital Grand Opening of North Tower, 11375 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville, Richard Linkul (352) 597-6383

Jan. 29, noon, Kiwanis Club of Weeki Wachee at the Chamber, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville, Dana Cutlip (352) 428-4714

Jan. 30, noon, Merchant Network Group at the Chamber, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville, Rosy Alba (866) 268-1918

Jan. 31, noon, Varajao Law, 5367 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill, Nelson Varajao (352) 556-5296

Chamber events

Eastside Business Networking Group to meet from 8:15 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. Jan. 2 at Sherman Hills Golf and Country Club, 31200 Eagle Falls Drive, Brooksville. For more information, call (352) 544-0990.

Young Professionals Networking Group to meet from 8 to 9 a.m. Jan. 3 at The Arc Nature Coast, 6495 Mariner Boulevard in Spring Hill. For more information call Phil Undestad, (352) 796-1451.

Brochure exchange will be held at noon, Jan. 4 at the Southern Hills Plantation, 4200 Summit View Drive in Brooksville. RSVP by Jan. 3, cost $13 per-person; $15 at the door and for potential new members. Lunch is included. Business attire, no jeans. For more information, call Lauren Jolly (352) 796-0697 or online at www.hernandochamber.com.

Networking At Noon will be held at noon, Jan. 11 at Country Kitchen, 20133 Cortez Boulevard in Brooksville. RSVP by Jan 9. Cost is $13 with RSVP, $15 at the door and for potential new members. RSVP to (352) 796-0697. Accepting MC, Visa, Discover. To prevent being invoiced, cancellations are needed 24 hours in advance.

Young Professionals Social will be held 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 11 at EVOM, 14251 Powell Road in Spring Hill. For more information call Phil Undestad, (352) 796-1451.

After Hours Mixer will be held at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 17 sponsored by Nature Coast Wealth Management, 15120 County Line Road, Suite 100 in Spring Hill. Call Bill Koenig (352) 666-8668 for more information. Please make your reservation online at hernandochamber.com/events.

Monthly Membership meeting will be held at 7 :15 a.m. Jan. 23 located at Silverthorn Country Club, 4550 Golf Club Lane in Brooksville. Sponsored by Grow Financial Federal Credit Union. Reservations required, please call (352) 796-0697 or register online at hernandochamber.com. The cost is $15 for members and $20 at the door and for potential new members.

SBDC at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at the University of South Florida (USF) has partnered with the Chamber of Commerce to provide FREE business consultation to small businesses and entrepreneurs in Hernando County (open to the public) and is available at the Chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Dr., Brooksville to provide consultation and access to all SBDC services.

To schedule a consulting session or for more information about the SBDC at USF, please visit www.sbdctampabay.com or call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.

'Operation H.O.P.E.' food drive

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Jericho Road Ministries "Operation H.O.P.E." (Helping Other People Eat) is having a food drive during through December. Businesses, residents, students, club and schools are invited to participate by collecting specific food items for use at one of Jericho's five county distribution sites. The food drive is looking for the following items: toilet paper, dry milk, peanut butter and jelly, rice, boxed mashed potatoes, canned vegetables and fruits, canned meats including tuna and chicken, canned soups, pasta, spaghetti sauce, boxed macaroni and cheese, breakfast cereals. Please bring your food donation to the Chamber of Commerce's office located at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive in Brooksville. Your participation positively affects the hundreds of needy students, families, seniors and homeless throughout Hernando County who need our help. For more information, please call Dawn Badami (352) 796-0697 or email dawn@hernandochamber.com.

Chamber 4-1-1

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce would like to invite existing members, new employees of existing members, new members and potential members to "Chamber 411" on Jan. 15 at 5:15 p.m. at the Chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive in Brooksville. A free and informative meeting designed to show how you can maximize your Chamber Membership benefits, Learn more about the Chamber's partners, get involved as a volunteer for up coming events and learn how your company or business fits into the Chamber's initiatives in networking, advocacy, training and marketing. To RSVP, please go to www.hernandochamber.com/events or contact the Chamber (352) 796-0697.

Internet and business

Score Business seminars "Using the Internet in Your Business" held Jan. 15 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. at the Main Library branch located at 238 Howell Ave. in Brooksville. The seminar is designed to communicate how a website and creating an online storefront can benefit your business. Register online at www.score439.org, select local workshops. For more information call (727) 842-4638.

Financing your business

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in partnership SBDC at the USF presents "Financing your Business" on Jan. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Chamber office located at 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville. This seminar is presented by Jerry Karp, Certified Business Analyst from the SBDC. This workshop will help you zero in on the right funding choices for your business and avoid money scams. Cost to attend is $10. Please Register online at www.hernandochamber.com/events. For more information, please contact the Chamber at (352) 796-0697.

Leadership series

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present a new Leadership program entitled "Disney on Leadership Series". The leadership series, presented by Lt. Col. Royce M. Decker, will review past, present and future business practices that have made the Disney name synonymous with exemplary products and services. The goal of this training is to provide a solid foundation for astounding customer service, on going customer loyalty and stellar customer satisfaction. Mark your calendars for the following dates: Session 1, Jan. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. or Jan. 24 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Session 2, Feb. 21 from noon to 1 p.m. or Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Session 3, March 21 from noon to 1 p.m. or March 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; Session 4, April 18 from noon to 1 p.m. or April 25 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.Take your pick of sessions! We are offering each workshop either as a "lunch n learn" or "after work" session. All classes will be held at the Chamber office located at 15588 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville. Chamber members: $15 per class or $45 for the series of four. Non-Chamber members: $20 per class or $65 for the series of four. Please register online at www.hernandochamber.com/events. For more information, contact the Chamber at (352) 796-0697.

Online marketing seminar

The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the SBDC at the USF presents "Ignite your Online Marketing" on Jan. 30 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Chamber office located at 15588 Aviation Loop Dr, Brooksville. interactive, two-part seminar, serves as a comprehensive overview of what it takes to have a successful online presence. Part 1 introduces attendees to the vast opportunities for marketing on the web while Part 2 features an introduction to four Google resources that help you attract customers. You'll learn how to get local exposure with Google Places, increase productivity with Google Apps and measure success with Google Analytics. Attendees receive a Google Reference Guide and a complimentary $100 Gift Card toward a Google Adwords account. Cost to attend is $45. To attend, register online at www.hernandochamber.com/events. For more information, please contact the Chamber at (352) 796-0697.


Business Briefcase, compiled by Anna Lamy, is published every Wednesday. News releases must be received by the Wednesday before the desired publication date. Items of interest include employee promotions, company openings, closings, expansions and relocations, business celebrations, classes, lectures and special events. Send news to Hernando Today, 15299 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613; email ALamy@hernandotoday.com or fax to (352) 544-5246.
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