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North Pinellas business digest for Dec. 29

Published Dec. 27, 2013

Pinellas County-based FirstLight HomeCare, 2750 N McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater, has been awarded the "Best of Home Care" award for 2013 by Home Care Pulse, a company specializing in measuring and benchmarking client and employee satisfaction for private duty home care agencies.

After an evaluation of client and employee satisfaction in areas such as agency training, communication, overall quality of care, caregiver performance, caregiver morale, response to problems, recommendation of services and other key qualifiers, FirstLight HomeCare ranked number one in more than a dozen categories.

"Our goal is not necessarily to be the biggest, but instead to be the very best at what we do in the nonmedical home care space," said Steve Rattner, owner of FirstLight HomeCare of Pinellas County. "We are honored to receive this acknowledgement of the level of care we work so hard to provide every day."

Aaron Marcum, founder of Home Care Pulse, said, "We want to congratulate FirstLight HomeCare for winning the 'Best of Home Care' award and commend their commitment to placing high priority on client and employee satisfaction."

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Bargain Computers and Electronics, a computers and electronics remarketing company in Tampa, recently donated a number of professionally refurbished desktop computers as well as monitors, keyboards and mice to the Impact Zone, a nonprofit organization at 1950 Virginia Ave., Clearwater.

The Impact Zone, which opened in March 2013, provides a safe environment that offers at-risk youth a place to go after school and participate in activities including video games, billiards, pingpong, GED classes, tutoring, job skill training and now a computer lab thanks to the donation from Bargain. Programs are geared toward helping and equipping young people to be more productive members of society.

"We are very grateful to Bargain for their donation," said Joellen Waller, president of the Impact Zone. "One of the major activities we've wanted to offer is computer stations. These children have homework that requires access to a computer; in most cases they do not have one at home. Computers will aid in researching and studying for school, job searching and training. Today's world becomes more tech-centric every day and we are now in a position to help more kids succeed beyond the classroom."

"Organizations like the Impact Zone are not easy to build. You need help from the community to get the program going. Without support, it's hard for these organizations to focus on their mission," explained Tiffini Schwarzkopf, executive director of marketing for Bargain. "We are happy to donate certified pre-owned computers. Today's youth will be tomorrow's leaders."

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