• The lifecycle of a nonprofit: Birth to midlife

    Nonprofits usually begin with great focus, energy and a statement of goals. Mission and purpose are clearly defined. Volunteer enthusiasm becomes the springboard which launches the organization into the public view. During this period, volunteer leaders seek public attention for the new organization. Once the governing body — that is, the board — is established, they begin to recruit additional volunteers to help support the mission. 

  • The future of high-skilled work, right in your backyard

    By Laura Byrnes

    Often, getting a job or changing careers is right for right now. Other times, it may seem that there is nothing out there that’s a good fit — you either can’t get excited about career opportunities or a lack of experience or skills stands in the way. 

    If it’s hard to see the forest of possibility through the trees of uncertainty, it may be time to cut through the thicket of misconceptions and consider a career in manufacturing.

  • Business learns how to grow on the Gulf

    River Safaris & Gulf Charters puts out the welcome mat for a variety of customers.

    Located on the water in Old Homosassa, the family-owned business has evolved and become an attraction in itself, with products and services for visitors and residents.

    It has also sought out assistance for improving its overall performance.

  • With SCORE, learn how to nurture a new business

    Several years ago, the worst recession in modern economic times was wreaking havoc on small businesses. SCORE national, wanting to reach out to small-business owners, coined the phrase, “For the Life of Your Business.” The strategy was meant to appeal to those who needed help from SCORE’s corps of certified business mentors.

  • Dealing with identity theft is no treat

    Halloween may be over, but do you know what’s really scary? I’m talking so spooky it’ll keep you up at night in a cold sweat.

    Identity theft.

    Opening my mail recently, I ran across an official-looking letter from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity addressed to one of my sons — who doesn’t live with us, by the way, and hasn’t for more than a decade. 

  • Nonprofit disclosure matters, Part 5

    IRS requires charitable nonprofits to operate within the scope of certain parameters based on the particular IRS tax code for which the nonprofit originally applied. Nonprofits receive tremendous benefits with respect to income and sales tax exemptions. Coincidentally, public inspection of certain documents is required by IRS. However, at the same time, there are defined limitations on which documents and when and how they can be inspected by the public.

  • Nonprofit governance & practice, Part 4

    While the IRS may not mandate particular management structures, operational or administrative practices, it does expect 501(c)3 public charities to advance thoughtful governance practices. The IRS also expects nonprofits to set appropriate policies and conform to required tax law. What IRS does want is sound management and observance of tax laws that impact to profits. 

  • In Homosassa, growth is the word

    By Rochelle Kaiser


    The landscape in Homosassa is changing as a number of new businesses opening continues to grow by leaps and bounds. The majority of these new businesses are located within a five-mile radius of each other and each one is either already open or plans to open before the end of the year.  

  • When opportunity introduces itself, say hello and smile

    Talk about a missed opportunity. For Renee Wilson, now global chief client officer for the MSLGROUP, it came years ago when she was a gung-ho intern with more awards already under her belt than most folks amass in a lifetime.

    She fully expected her exceptional talent, dedication, work ethic and enthusiasm to land her a dream job at the Manhattan firm where she had been slogging away for six months. 

  • Doctor's vision going strong 25 years later

    By Megan Carella
    For the Chronicle

    When Dr. John Rowda purchased the land for his ophthalmology practice, Lecanto Highway consisted of rolling hills and farmland. None of the health care agencies and clinics that cover today’s “medical corridor” yet existed. Citrus Memorial Health System’s Allen Ridge Medical Center was still in the planning stages — the hospital would purchase the land adjacent to Rowda’s three days later.