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]omen-n-charge.com.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers, especially those who reside on the east side of Pasco, 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.
HOSPITAL APPOINTS NEW NEURO/TELE UNIT DIRECTOR: Susan Cooper was recently appointed to Oak Hill Hospital's nursing leadership team as director of its neuro/tele unit and its newly formed clinical decision unit.
The neuro/tele unit is a specialty unit for stroke/telemetry patients; the clinical decision unit includes 16 beds where it is determined whether to admit or discharge a patient.
Prior to joining Oak Hill, Cooper was the cardiovascular intensive care unit manager at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will have three ribbon-cuttings this week:
• Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Tuesday. Call Maureen Soliman, (352) 650-9006.
• HR Compliance 101, at the chamber's office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville, noon Wednesday. Call Maureen Soliman, (352) 650-9006.
• Soft Sensations Spa & Salon, 3270 Commercial Way, Spring Hill, noon Thursday. Call Taro, (352) 515-6959.
WILSON TECHNOLOGY GROUP CELEBRATES 10 YEARS: Wilson Technology Group, 24332 Dorsey Smith Road, east of Brooksville, will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an open house from noon to 4 p.m. Wednesday.
Founder Chuck Wilson is a registered communications distribution designer. Refreshments will be served. To RSVP, call (352) 796-9891 or send email to [email protected]
LUNCH BUNCH EXCHANGE: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch Bunch Exchange at noon Friday at Southern Hills Plantation Club, 4200 Summit View Drive, Brooksville. Ann-Gayl Ellis of the Hernando County Health Department will discuss health care. The cost is $13 for members who preregister or $15 for nonmembers and those who pay at the door.
To RSVP, visit hernando chamber.com/events.
CHAMBER LUNCH AND LEARN: The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce will present "Financing Your Business," a lunch and learn workshop from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
Participants will learn the six C's of credit and how credit scores affect a business. They will learn how to plan and manage business finances, zero in on the right funding choices and avoid money scams.
Registration is $10. The seminar will be presented by Jerry Karp, certified business analyst with the Small Business Development Center. To RSVP, visit hernandochamber.com/events.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 will present a series of free business seminars.
• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road.
• "How to Apply for a 501c3," 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive.
• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• "Focused Selling Skills," 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway.
• "How to Apply for Non-Profit Grants," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 18, 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.
If you have business announcements to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Hernando Times, 15365 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville, FL 34613-6174. You may also email them to [email protected] or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.