Ready to work
CareerSource Pasco-Hernando can help job seekers show off their skills through the Florida Ready to Work program.
Earn a work credential by taking supervised assessments in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information.
Enrollment is free. Each placement test in the process takes about 15 minutes and can be taken at any time from any computer, anywhere. Online Courseware is available to help improve scores and job skills, if needed.
Once the tests are taken, a proctor will complete approximately one-hour assessments on each test. With a score of at least three on each assessment, participants will receive a Florida Ready to Work Credential, signed by the Governor.
CareerSource Pasco-Hernando also can help with research on potential careers, and provide additional assistance in building job skills.
For information, visit CareerSourcePascoHernando.com.
Business Link will have its monthly networking breakfast on Jan. 11 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., in the board room of the Student Community Center at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo.
The monthly gathering, held at various locations, provides networking and an information-sharing platform for the small business community.
A complimentary breakfast will be provided.
RSVP to Rebecca Gaddis at (352) 588-2732, ext. 1237.
Sevelius Wealth Management of Raymond James will have a ribbon cutting on Jan. 12 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 29145 Chapel Park Drive in Wesley Chapel.
The event is free.
The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will host a business seminar on Jan. 18 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., at its office on 6013 Wesley Grove Blvd., Suite 105, Don Porter Boardroom, in Wesley Chapel.
Founder of Business Success Training Steve Black will explain How to Have the Best Year Ever in 2017.
The event is free but space is limited, so RSVP.
Economic forecast luncheon
The Pasco Economic Development Corporation has scheduled its 2017 Economic Forecast Luncheon on Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Florida Hospital Center Ice in Wesley Chapel.
The luncheon will feature Mark Vitner, senior economist at Wells Fargo, who will give a presentation of the regional economy and his forecast for the year.
Vitner regularly meets with business leaders throughout the country, as well as overseas. He is expected to discuss potential impacts on Pasco County and Florida — from changes in local and national leadership.
For information, visit PascoEDC.com.
Pasco County libraries are partnering with Lynda.com – an online platform owned by Linkedin – to provide full access to the company’s video library.
More than 4,000 video courses, taught by industry experts, are available. The courses explain Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel and Publisher; and, the Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Acrobat. Also available are courses on computer programming, photography skills, online marketing, business management and more.
Lynda.com offers various paid subscriptions, but Pasco library patrons can access the courses for free by going online and using their library cards to create a profile.
To sign up, visit Lynda.com/portal/sip?=pascolibraries.org.
For information, also visit PascoLibraries.org.
Pasco-Hernando SCORE seeks volunteers
The Pasco-Hernando chapter of SCORE, which is short for Service Corps of Retired Executives, is seeking volunteers to help guide local entrepreneurs start and manage new businesses.
The organization specifically is seeking individuals with expertise in these fields:
- Commercial Lender: A retired banker with experience in business loans, equipment loans, lines of credit, working capital loans and SBA (U.S. Small Business Administration) guidelines.
- Social Media Coordinator: Someone who demonstrates a strong working knowledge of social media and website optimization.
- Nonprofit Mentor: Someone with prior nonprofit expertise with existing and start-up organizations.
SCORE — founded in 1964 — is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, and has 300-plus chapters with more than 13,000 volunteers throughout the United States.
Paramount Lebanese Kitchen will have a ribbon cutting on Jan. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 18089 Highwood Preserve Parkway in New Tampa.
The chain restaurant offers “farm to table” casual dining and Mediterranean cuisine, according to its website – ParamountFineFoodsUsa.com.
A free seminar on How to Develop an Internship Program will be presented on Jan. 19 at 9 a.m., by Able Trust at Pasco-Hernando State College, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel.
Registration and breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. The seminar begins at 9 a.m.
For information, call The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce at (813) 994-8534, email , or visit AbleTrust.org.
Chase Bank will have a ribbon cutting on Jan. 19 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at 28470 State Road 54, in Wesley Chapel.
The event is free.