FREE SMALL BUSINESS MENTORING: SCORE, a nonprofit association, is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the success of small businesses nationwide. The Pasco-Hernando Chapter of SCORE has been helping small businesses since 1979 and annually conducts more than 2,500 free and confidential individual mentoring sessions and more than 60 training and educational seminars for small business owners.
For information, visit pascohernando.score.org or call (727) 842-4638.
DOCTOR LECTURES IN ARIZONA: Dr. Michael A. Pikos, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the founder of Coastal Jaw Surgery, recently lectured on cone beam CT technology, guided surgery, dental implants and bone grafting at the Osteogenics Global Symposium in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Pikos' offices are at 2711 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor; 8845 Hawbuck St., Trinity, and 4372 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.
TOP REALTORS: Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, has announced its top Realtors for March.
Lynette Krull received the award for Top Listing Agent by Units. Diane Laoudis was honored with the Top Listing Agent by Volume award. Hellen Lima received the Top Selling Agent by Units award, and Rebecca Duffy and Kristin Mizgorski were honored as Top Selling Agents by Volume. Sean Riordan was named the Top Producing Agent by Units, and Carolyn Hill the Top Producing Agent by Volume.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT HPH HOSPICE NAMED: Patrick Allen has been named executive director at HPH Hospice, an affiliate of Chapters Health System. Allen will manage operations and strategic business development for the 32-year-old hospice organization.
Allen has a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of West Florida and a master's degree in social work from Texas State University.
CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST: Robin McMahan, a licensed Realtor and broker with Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential in New Port Richey, was recently awarded the certified residential specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialist.
Realtors who receive the designation have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate.
HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Registered nurse Kelly Karoftis, charge nurse and clinical coordinator of the Neuro Spine Center, was named Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's Employee of the Month for February.
Karoftis received a pin, a selected blanket gift, a reception with refreshments for her colleagues, a $50 gift card and a front-row parking spot for one month.
NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER: Allison Maughn is Gulfside Hospice's new chief financial officer.
Maughn has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Stetson University and a master's degree in business administration from Webster University. Before joining Gulfside, she spent more than 14 years in the hospice and home care industry with providers in Florida, New York and New Jersey.
5:01 FRIDAY: A laid-back meet-up with other business owners and community members will be at 5:01 p.m. Friday at the SMARTstart Dade City business incubator, 15000 Citrus County Drive, Suite 103. For information, call (352) 437-4861.
BUSINESS EXPO: The Trinity Positive Business Network will host a business expo from 5 to 7 p.m. April 27 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey.
Proceeds will benefit Investigation Station, a traveling children's museum in Pasco County, to help fund a splash pad at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. The expo is free and open to the public. The group will also be collecting nonperishable food items for the Volunteer Way.
The Trinity Positive Business Network is a group that believes in helping others grow their businesses by developing relationships. For information, visit trinitypositivebusiness.net.
STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING: The Zephyrhills Economic Development Council will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 38550 5th Ave., Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 782-1913.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT: Each year, the Pasco Economic Development Council recognizes outstanding companies for their contributions to the local economy. Companies are recognized for job creation, increased capital investment and for contributions to the community through civic involvement.
The 2016 Pasco EDC Industry of the Year awards will be presented at the annual appreciation banquet. Nominees are being sought for for-profit services, manufacturing or technology industries operating in Pasco County (municipalities or affiliates are excluded).
The deadline to nominate a company is April 29. For information, call Devon Barnett, economic development manager, at (813) 926-0827, ext. 227.
SPONSORS NEEDED FOR BizGROW2.0: The BizGrow2.0 conference and entrepreneur exchange will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College's Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Hosted by the Pasco Economic Development Council, the event is an opportunity to connect with Tampa Bay businesses and entrepreneurs.
Three levels of sponsorships are available: presenting sponsor ($1,000), one available; keynote lunch sponsor ($500), five available, and sponsor 2.0 ($300), 10 available. For information, contact Suzanne Renczkowski at (813) 926-0827 by Friday .
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco-Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.
• Introduction to QuickBooks, 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, Building A, Room 204, New Port Richey.
• Internet Marketing, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• Introduction to QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
To register and for information, visit pascohernando.score.org and click on the Local Workshops tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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