PASCO EDC HELPING SMALL BUSINESSES: The owners of Element 54, a new full-service hair and nail salon in Lutz, were recently approved for a Pasco Economic Development Council Microloan to help the business expand and open Pasco County's first Blow Dry Bar.
Located at 21776 State Road 54, Element 54 is the ninth small business to benefit from the Microloan program. The program helps those who have trouble getting traditional financing and is designed to help foster the entrepreneurial spirit and create jobs in Pasco County.
The new salon is owned by four partners: husband and wife Sam and Rose Baker, their daughter, Shanda Baker, and family friend Trisha Jordan. In addition to the Blow Dry Bar, the salon will incorporate a grooming experience for men that includes the nostalgia of an old-time hot lather shave and cut by a licensed barber. The company has hired eight new employees and launched a website at element54salon.com.
For more information on the Pasco EDC, visit pascoedc.com.
HOSPITAL HONORS: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson received an A Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The score is based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Visit hospitalsafetyscore.org to learn more.
Dr. Lawrence Hochman, board-certified radiation oncologist and radiation services director for Florida Cancer Affiliates, is the first U.S. physician to receive recognition from the American Board of Radiology Focused Pratice Recognition in brachytherapy program. The program is a new initiative from the ABR that allows its diplomates the opportunity to earn an additional credential and acknowledgment of advanced brachytherapy skills, expertise and practice focus above and beyond standard ABR certification. Dr. Hochman dedicated much of his professional life to learning and practicing the therapy. He was the first physician to bring high dose rate brachytherapy to Pasco County several years ago, and now uses it to treat many of his patients.
CEO FORUM: GrowFL, in collaboration with the Pasco Economic Development Council, will host the CEO Forum, a program series that brings together leaders of established growth-stage businesses in a confidential setting to meet and learn from CEO peers who have grown their companies into more advanced stages of business development. The event will be Monday at the Residence Inn by Marriott Northpointe, 2101 Northpointe Parkway, Lutz. Registration and networking begin at 6 p.m. The program and questions and answers begin at 6:30.
Visit pascoceoforum.event brite.com to register.
COMMUNITY GIVEBACK PROGRAM: Ruby Tuesday recently selected the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind as the recipient of its Community GiveBack Program. In recognition of Helen Keller's birthday, participating Ruby Tuesday restaurants will donate 20 percent of all meal purchases to the Lighthouse on Thursday, when diners present the event flier.
Participating Ruby Tuesday restaurants: 8512 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, (727) 843-8809; 7909 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, (813) 783-1115; 13095 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill, (352) 592-4435.
Fliers can be found and printed from the Lighthouse website, lvib.org/events, or picked up at the Lighthouse, 8610 Galen Wilson Blvd., Port Richey, or 6492 California St., Brooksville.
BUILDING BLOCKS FOR BUSINESS: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Ambassadors Club and Young Professionals Group will co-host the second annual Invasion to Business Success event from July 11-25.
The Treasure to Success Business Expo and Mixer will begin at 5 p.m. July 25 at the Verizon Wireless Expo Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey.
Expo sponsorships are available in Black Pearl, Jolly Roger, Flying Dutchman, Black Beard and Scalawag levels. For discount table reservations, make a reservation before July 15.
For more information, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651.
• The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Thursday at Florida Wellness & Rehab, 6751 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Call (813) 715-2935 or visit the chamber's website at zephyrhillschamber.org.
• The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at 5 p.m. Thursday at Rooms & Relics, 5110 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Call (813) 909-2722.
SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINAR: SCORE Chapter 439 will present "How to Really Start Your Own Business," a free business seminar, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
For registration and additional information, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
MANUFACTURING SKILLS: Pasco-Hernando Community College's corporate training department will host a Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician training program from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through July 31 at PHCC's Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.
The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council is an industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation's production workers. The course fee is $1,100 per person and includes all instructional materials and certifications. Employers may qualify for up to 50 percent reimbursement for training costs through the Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board.
For registration or information, call (727) 816-3123.
LEADER DEVELOPMENT: Pasco-Hernando Community College's corporate training department will host a Leadership Certificate Program designed to develop midlevel professionals for greater leadership roles within their organizations from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesdays from July 9 until Aug. 27 at PHCC's East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road, Dade City.
The 32-hour, eight-week, noncredit program will be presented by Lori Bainum, PHCC director of corporate training. The cost is $599 for chamber members and $799 for nonmembers.
Applications are available at phcc.edu/leadership. For information, call (727) 816-3123.
SMALL-BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: Free consultations for small businesses and entrepreneurs are available by appointment from 9 to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce conference room at 38550 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. The chamber offers the free and confidential consultations in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida. To get information or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-888-929-2221.
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