ORGANIZERS LAUNCH GREEN COMMERCE ASSOCIATION: The Green Commerce Association was launched during a public gathering at the New Port Richey Public Library on June 16. The program included the mission and focus of the association and featured presentations by the steering committee members, including Travis Morehead, Rose Mohr, Audrey Voss and Dell deChant.
The association welcomes business and individuals who want to make a sincere commitment to substainability in their everyday activities, long-term planning and community endeavors. Special emphasis will be placed on the promotion of local businesses committed to ecological stewardship, support and further development of local sources for sustainably produced goods and services, and educational endeavors addressing the relationship of economic sustainability to ecological stewardship.
The association will have a mini-expo and mixer at 6:30 p.m. July 23 at Suncaost Toyota, 3001 U.S. 19, Holiday. For information, call Travis Morehead, (727) 271-2333.
FLORIDA SBDC AT USF EMPLOYEE WINS STATE AWARD: Stacey Pierce of Plant City, marketing and communications officer for the Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida, was recently named Employee of the Year for the Florida SBDC Network.
Pierce's efforts in supporting the region's consultants in 2014 led the organization and clients to gain more exposure in the community. The USF region was able to publish 44 client feature stories, doubling the previous highest level of output.
Pierce travels throughout the 10-county region the organization serves, including Pasco and Hernando counties, to meet with key stakeholders and partners, chambers of commerce, business groups and potential new media partners, which has helped her establish a network of contacts that push out content, business information and event notifications.
NEW DIRECTOR APPOINTED AT SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY: Matthew A. Tapie has been appointed director of the Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies at Saint Leo University, effective July 16. He succeeds Michael Anthony Novak, who has served as interim director for the last year.
Tapie comes to Saint Leo from the Catholic University of America, where he was a visiting professor of theology and religious studies and a research fellow at the school's Institute of Interreligious Study and Dialogue.
In addition to directing the center, Tapie will be an assistant professor of theology.
HEALTH INFORMATION DIRECTOR NAMED: Cristoval Jimenez was recently appointed health information systems director at Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care.
Jimenez will be responsible for privacy, security and integrity of electronic patient data; tools and training used for electronic medical records, and all aspects of informatics and health information management.
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TOURISM MANAGER APPOINTED: Visit Pasco tourism manager Ed Caum was recently appointed to serve on Visit Florida's marketing council steering committee. The purpose of the committee is to maximize strategic input from the Florida tourism industry toward fulfilling Visit Florida's commitment to being industry-led.
Committee members are volunteers. Caum has been serving as Pasco County tourism manager for two years and was previously Visit Pasco's communications and marketing specialist.
CHAMBER MIXER: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly chamber mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 6816 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The event is hosted by Pinchasers. The event includes networking and refreshments.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free seminars.
• "Intro to Microsoft Excel," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 14, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• "Bankers' Delight Business Plan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. July 16, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
• "Pasco Hernando SCORE QuickBook Users Club," noon to 1 p.m. July 20, SCORE Chapter 439 office, 6014 U.S. 19, Suite 302, New Port Richey.
• "Intro to Microsoft Excel," 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 24, Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
To register and for information, visit pascohernando.score.org and click on the Local Workshops tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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