PHSC PARTNERS TO IMPLEMENT NATIONAL EMERGENCY GRANT: Pasco-Hernando State College, as part of the Florida TRADE Grant program, will work with Career Source Pasco Hernando to implement a $54,000 National Emergency Grant awarded to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity by the U.S. Department of Labor.
The grant focuses on training for advanced manufacturing and expands the use of training to meet the needs of dislocated workers. Priority is given to the long-term unemployed, unemployment insurance recipients nearing benefit exhaustion, and veterans and returning military service members.
Participants will enroll in a 12-week course that will lead to the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council's certified production technician certificate. Classes will be offered through PHSC's corporate training department.
The grant provides money for course tuition and the on-the-job training salaries for approximately 12 individuals. The course is scheduled to begin Feb. 26. For information, contact Margie Burnham, PHSC Florida TRADE Grant project manager, at (727) 816-3227.
WOMEN-N-CHARGE GRANT PROGRAM: Women-n-Charge, whose mission in part is to support and assist professional women in managing their businesses more effectively, is offering two $1,000 grants this spring. The business advancement grant is for business-related equipment or services; the career advancement grant is for continuing education.
Learn more at women-n-charge.com/Grants.html. Applications are available online and are due March 15. For information, contact Judy Nicolosi, president, at (813) 600-9848 or [email protected]
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers, especially those who live on the east side of Pasco County, to mentor small businesses. For information, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."
FREE BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: The Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida and the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce provide free consultations to small businesses and entrepreneurs in the county.
A business consultant is available at the chamber office to provide access to all of the center's services. The center's Hernando office is at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. To schedule a session, call Jerry Karp at (352) 796-0697.
NURSE PROMOTED: Registered nurse Elizabeth "Liz" Jennings was recently promoted to charge nurse of Oak Hill Hospital's recovery room.
Jennings joined the hospital in 1991 while still working at the Hernando County Health Department. She has worked in a variety of capacities in her 40 years of nursing, including medical/surgical nursing, OB/GYN, the post-anesthesia care unit, intensive care and the emergency department.
VASCULAR ACCESS CERTIFICATION: Stacey Satterfield, a member of Oak Hill Hospital's vascular access team, recently met criteria and passed an examination offered by the Vascular Access Certification Corp. to become vascular access board certified.
DOCTOR CONDUCTS PROGRAM ON PAIN MEDICATIONS: Dr. Maulik Bhalani, board certified in interventional pain medicine, recently conducted an internal in-service program on pain medications for Access Healthcare physicians.
The objective of the program was for physicians to become acquainted with the latest updates regarding pain medications.
Bhalani is also board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the American Board of Medical Specialties. The program was arranged by Access Healthcare's compliance department.
HPH HOSPICE APPOINTS NEW MEDICAL DIRECTOR: Dr. Clifford D. Colin has been named medical director for HPH Hospice after serving as assistant medical director for the past few months.
Colin brings eight years of hospice experience to the job. He was an HPH physician from 2002 to 2004. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Cardiology as well as for the American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and the American Board of Internal Medicine. He is also a retired Army captain.
SENIOR ACCOUNTANT JOINS CPA FIRM: Ruth Cashara has joined Campbell & Co. certified public accountants as a senior accountant. Cashara has been doing taxes in Hernando County since 2002. She has more than 40 years experience.
Campbell & Co., 7211 Hiawatha Parkway, Spring Hill, is a full-service certified public accounting and financial consulting firm.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cuttings this week:
• Auro Community Gardens, 4095 Broad St., Brooksville, noon, Tuesday. Call Angel Galbraith, (352) 238-9091.
• Capstone Roofing, at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon, Wednesday. Call Cory Walsh, (352) 346-6580.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 will present a series of free business seminars.
• "How to Apply for Non-Profit Grants," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road.
• "Creating a Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.
MANAGING YOUR TIME BUSINESS SEMINAR: HR Compliance 101, in partnership with the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, will offer a seminar, "Managing Your Most Precious Commodity — Your Time," from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Participants should bring their to-do lists to gain the most from the seminar. Paula Mathews will present the workshop. The cost is $10 per person. For information or to register, visit hernandochamber.com/events.
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