MEDICAL CENTER RECEIVES GOLD SEAL OF APPROVAL: Gulf Coast Medical Center has once again earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval by demonstrating compliance with the organization's national standards for health care quality and safety.
By achieving the accreditation, the center proves its voluntary compliance with the state-of-the-art performance standards required for the Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program.
With two locations in Port Richey and one in Spring Hill, the center is a leader in outpatient multispecialty medical services. For information, visit gcmc1.com.
WATER CONSERVATION AWARD: The Florida Governmental Utility Authority and Pasco County Utilities' collaborative Water Awareness Poster Contest and Community Outreach Program was recently named "Best in Class" for the 2013 Water Conservation Awards for Excellence.
This top award, presented by the Florida Section of the American Water Works Association, recognizes innovative and outstanding achievements in water efficiency throughout Florida.
WOMEN-N-CHARGE GRANT PROGRAM: Women-n-Charge, whose mission, in part, is to support and assist professional women in managing their business more effectively, is offering two $1,000 grants this spring.
The business advancement grant is for business related equipment or services and the career advancement grant is for continuing education. Learn more about the grant opportunities 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]
EAST PASCO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers, especially those who reside on the east side of Pasco, to put their business skills to work helping local businesses. SCORE mentors donate their time and talent to small businesses. For details, visit score439.org and click on "Volunteer."
DOCTOR GOES TO TALLAHASSEE: Dr. Adel Eldin, a local cardiologist and internal medicine physician and the owner of Brooksville Cardiology of Wesley Chapel, recently returned from Tallahassee where he presented his low-coast quality healthcare program to the committee on Healthcare Innovation.
Eldin spoke about the health care crisis and presented information on his low-cost quality health care model, now in its third year.
Eldin's practice is at 2204 Ashley Oaks Circle, Suite 102, Wesley Chapel. For information, call (352) 592-4938.
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, 38550 Fifth Ave.
For information or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-888-929-2221.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT WEEK: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's 21st annual Business Development Week is Monday through Friday at various locations in the county. Five days of informative programs, workshops and a business expo for anyone learning about business, starting a business or expanding a business.
How to navigate Obamacare, the importance of a good first impression and how to apply for grants are just a few of the topics being discussed. The event begins with a kickoff luncheon from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Monday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.
The week ends Friday with a luncheon at Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club put on by the Pasco County Economic Development Council. The event begins at 11 a.m. with networking; lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.
This year's speaker is John Jung, executive director of BB&T Capital Markets. His topic is "Are the Economic Tides Finally Turning?"
Registration is $35. Register at pascoedc.com. For information, call (727) 842-7651 or visit westpasco.com.
FUNDRAISING PROFESSIONALS TO MEET: The Nature Coast chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will meet at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Pasco-Hernando Community College, 10230 Ridge Manor Road, Port Richey.
Guest speaker: Sara Leonard will present the program "Gearing Up Your Nonprofit to Meet the Challenges of 2014." Guests, including local nonprofit leaders, are welcome.
To RSVP, visit afp-naturecoast.org or contact Debra Golinski at (727) 834-5479.
GRAND OPENING: Zone Fitness Cubs at 1252 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey, will have its grand opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 6. Refreshments will be served and guests are invited to tour the 10,000-square-foot facility. For information, call Scott Scerbo at (727) 375-9663.
WALKING TRAIL RIBBON-CUTTING: Florida Hospital Zephyrhills will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newly repaved walking trail from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, on the hospital's front lawn, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. A short walk on the trail and then a light box lunch will follow. Call (813) 779-6455.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 will present a series of free business seminars.
• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
• "How to Apply for a Business Loan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Feb. 5, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• "How to Really Start Your Own business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 11, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "How to Apply for a 501c3," 5:15 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• "Focused Selling Skills," 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 15, 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.
To register, visit score439.org and click on the "Local Workshops" tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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