CareerSource Pasco Hernando honored for Leading Workforce Challenge: CareerSource Pasco Hernando accomplished both goals set by a challenge Gov. Rick Scott and CareerSource Florida issued to all 24 Florida workforce boards to double employer penetration rates for the 2013-14 program year.
The goals emphasized doubling employer outreach in each region and doubling level 1 services provided to employers within their region.
CareerSource Pasco Hernando reached both goals before the end of Scott's workforce challenge and was awarded $121,333.
The award accepted by CareerSource Pasco Hernando is among the highest awards received by a Florida workforce board.
HCA on Computerworld's Best 100 Places to Work in IT list: HCA, for the sixth time, has earned national recognition as one of the best workplaces for information technology professionals, according to Computerworld.
HCA, which has 165 hospitals, including Medical Center of Trinity and Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, ranked No. 42 on the 2014 "Best Places to Work in Information Technology" list of 100 companies.
Longtime employee retires: Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano recently announced the retirement of longtime employee Louise Larsen, who has worked at the New Port Richey office in the West Pasco Government Center since 1999. During a farewell ceremony on June 13, Larsen was presented with a plaque commemorating her career.
New Port Richey resident named vice president of sales and marketing: Tom Berger of New Port Richey was recently named vice president of sales and marketing in North America for Panda Security, a cloud security company.
Berger has over 20 years of experience in developing channel strategies and channel sales. His priority will be to lead efforts in strengthening the company's channel distribution, including partnership program enhancements and marketing campaigns. As vice president, he will be responsible for setting the company's overall strategy for sales and marketing for the U.S. and Canada.
SMARTstart New Port Richey Incubator welcomes first member: Brilliant Factory, a woman-owned, tech-enabled startup providing a social network for entrepreneurs, is the first to officially move into the SMARTstart New Port Richey Incubator. As an onsite member, the company has 24/7 access to the facility, which includes free Wi-Fi, parking, co-working space, a mail box, and conference and meeting rooms.
Brilliant Factory enables entrepreneurs to quickly find resources for their new businesses using a proprietary interface. The company anticipates an official launch in the fall.
"We're excited to be with Pasco (Economic Development Council) and the city of New Port Richey. This area has always had a lot of potential, and now, with the incubator, that potential is about to be realized," said Ann Clark, founder of Brilliant Factory.
Managed by the Pasco EDC, SMARTstart is the first program of its kind in Pasco County. For more information, visit SmartStartPasco.com.
Center for Independence CEO to retire: Emile Laurino, CEO of the Center for Independence, a local nonprofit that has served individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities for nearly 50 years, retired Monday.
Laurino began his career at the center and was hired as executive director for the Arc of Florida in November 1978. Under his leadership and direction, the single facility and handful of staff he began with grew to become a $2 million agency with two main facilities and three assisted living facilities that provide a variety of services.
Laurino plans to spend his retirement with his wife, Marie, their four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The center's board has concluded that the best way to honor his services is by naming the newest and largest group home after him: the Emile Laurino Center.
FREE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide, has partnered with the Small Business Administration and Counselors to America's Small Business to offer free counseling to startups and established businesses. More than 26 former business owners and corporate executives are available to help Pasco and Hernando county individuals. For more information, visit Score439.org or call (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, 38550 Fifth Ave.
For information or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-888-929-2221.
EAST PASCO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers, especially in east 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."
PHSC Encore Academy presents boot camp and job skills workshops: The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando State College will have its Back to School Boot Camp and Job Seekers workshops for students 50 and older. Workshops will be held from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. through July and August at its Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill.
The program addresses the major obstacles facing those 50 or older who want to return to the classroom or improve job outlook. Students may enroll for the entire series or select individual workshops of interest.
• Intro to Computers, Tuesday.
• Job Seeking Skills, Thursday. Free.
• Computer Maintenance, July 15.
• Applying for Jobs Online, July 17. Free.
• Computer Security, July 22.
• Resume Writing, July 24. Free.
• Intro to Microsoft Word, July 29.
• Networking for Success, July 31. Free.
• Intro to File Management, Aug. 5.
• Interviewing Skills, Aug. 7. Free.
Registration deadline is three days before workshop start date. Workshops are $12 each unless otherwise stated. Call (727) 816-3439 or visit phsc.edu/encore.
Educating entrepreneurs: SCORE Chapter 439 will present the free business seminar "How to Apply for Non-Profit Grants" July 14 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
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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