YOUTH LEADERSHIP PASCO: Applications for Youth Leadership Pasco Class of 2014 are now being accepted. The program is designed to identify youth who have leadership potential and to develop their leadership skills. In addition, the program builds awareness of volunteerism along with promoting a greater understanding of issues through interaction with peers and community leaders.
Youth Leadership participants take part in program days including criminal justice, health care, economic development, media, education, career development and other team-building exercises.
All Pasco County students who are enrolled as sophomores or juniors during the 2013-14 academic year are eligible to apply. Applications are available at leadershippasco.com. The deadline to apply is Sept. 6. For information, call Barbara De Simone at (727) 847-8103 or Rob Aguis at (813) 794-2204.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers. Put your business skills to work helping local businesses by volunteering. SCORE mentors donate their time and talent to small businesses. For information, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."
NEW PRACTICE OPENS: Dr. Mark Gottlieb has joined Access Health Care Physicians and has opened his practice at 1807 Short Branch Drive, Trinity. Gottlieb, who is board-certified in family practice, has 30 years of clinical, academic and management experience. He sees patients from preadolescence through geriatrics. For information, call (727) 372-6200.
EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR: Gulfside Regional Hospice recently named Peggy Hess as Outstanding Employee of the Year. The recognition was made during a Wizard of Oz themed-luncheon at the Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club on Aug. 16.
Hess, the crisis intervention specialist for the organization, began at Gulfside in November 2006. In her current position, which she began in July, she works closely with Gulfside's psychosocial staff to help with higher-risk patients and their families.
Employees nominated co-workers for the award, and a committee of Gulfside executives, board members and volunteers selected the winners. During the luncheon, 37 employees from the previous fiscal year were highlighted with a reason they were nominated. Hess received $1,000 and a plaque.
Other awards were presented during the luncheon. Registered nurse Evelyn Adler received the Stewardship award; Hospice aide Charlene Gill received the Hospice Hero award; RN Brandie Story received the Heart of Hospice award; and Laura Toth, manager of Inpatient Care, received the Leadership award.
Also at the luncheon, employees with one, five and 10 years of service received a special pin and recognition. Laurette Penton received roses for her 10 years of service. She is currently the receptionist during the lunch hour at the West Pasco administrative office during the fall through September.
DOCTOR LECTURES IN TAIWAN: Dr. Michael A. Pikos recently lectured on cone beam CT scan technology, dental implants and bone grafting at the Taiwan Academy of Osseointegration in Taipei, Taiwan.
Pikos is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and founder of Coastal Jaw Surgery. His offices are at 2711 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor; 8845 Hawbuck St., Trinity, and 4372 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. For information, call (727) 786-1631, (727) 375-0469 or (352) 596-6804.
AMBASSADOR LUNCHEON: The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce's Ambassador Luncheon will be from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office at 38550 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by CF Industries.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTING: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Gulfside Regional Hospice's Bereavement and Community Outreach Center, 6230 Lafayette St., New Port Richey. There will be an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visitors can view the updates to both the former Hospice House and the Bereavement Center.
PEDC BANQUET: The Pasco Economic Development Council will have its 27th annual banquet from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel.
The event has become the premier opportunity to recognize businesses that keep the Pasco County economy growing and strong.
A cocktail reception and trade show will be from 5 to 7 p.m. The program begins at 7 and includes dinner and the industry awards ceremony, followed by a brief report on the county's economic development progress. Tickets are $75. For sponsorship information or to RSVP, visit pascoedc.com/event/31/27th-annual-appreciation-banquet.
FREE SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars:
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5730 Moog Road, Holiday.
• "How to Apply for a 501(c)(3)," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 10, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
To register and for additional information, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
SMALL-BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: Free consultations for small businesses and entrepreneurs are available by appointment from 9 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce conference room at 38550 Fifth Ave.
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.
Save the date
CHAMBER RECOGNITIONS: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its Annual Member Appreciation and Community Awards Banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Scotland Yard Golf Club, 9424 U.S. 301, Dade City. Tickets are $50. For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.
PIGZ IN Z'HILLS BBQ & BLUES: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce announces its fourth annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues will be Jan. 18 at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave. Visit zephyrhillschamber.org.
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