Business Digest

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 8, 2008


Dr. James P. Gills, founder and director of St. Luke's Cataract & Laser Institute in Tarpon Springs, received the 2008 Philip M. Corby Award for Distinguished Service to Ophthalmology in January at the Royal Hawaiian Eye meeting on the island of Hawaii. The award is given to leaders in ophthalmology who have devoted a lifetime of exceptional skills in clinical work, teaching, research and publication.

In addition to the main office at 43309 U.S. 19 N, Gills sees patients in St. Petersburg, Bayonet Point and Spring Hill. Call (727) 938-2020 or visit www.stlukeseye.com.


Mark S. Klein, broker/owner of Klein & Heuchan Realtors, has received the Henry Blanton Lifetime Achievement Award. The award is given each year by the Florida Gulfcoast Commercial Association of Realtors for outstanding service to the association.

He received the award at the annual installation of officers in January in Tampa. He is a founding director of the association, served as its president in 2005 and was its 2006 Broker of the Year. He is a past director of the Greater Clearwater Association of Realtors and was its 1992 Realtor of the Year.

Klein started the business in 1983 with D.F. "Buz" Heuchan Jr., who is now retired. He has a staff of 20 who specialize in commercial brokerage, real estate acquisition, real estate investment and landlord-tenant representation.

The company at 1744 N Belcher Road, Clearwater, is ranked as the 12th largest commercial real estate company in the Tampa Bay area. Call (727) 441-1951 or visit www.kleinandheuchan.com.

New partner joins Palm Harbor law firm

Marjorie Chalfant, a personal injury trial lawyer with more than 26 years combined medical and legal experience, has joined Jeffrey Hensley as a partner. The practice has been renamed Hensley/Chalfant, P.A.

Before graduating from law school in 1991, Chalfant worked as a critical care nurse in hospitals in Florida and the Seattle area and keeps her nursing license current. In her law practice, she specializes in wrongful death, medical negligence and serious injury cases.

Hensley has been representing accident victims, injured workers and the disabled since 1986. The firm is at 2600 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor. For more information, call (727) 781-3433 or visit www.hensleylaw.com.

Business seminars, classes, assistance

-A free workshop on "Ten Steps to Start a Successful Small Business" will meet from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Clearwater Main Library, 100 Osceola Ave. The session will be conducted by members of Pinellas Chapter 115 of the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE).

SCORE is sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration and has more than 10,500 members and volunteer advisers throughout the country.

To make a reservation to attend the workshop, call (727) 562-4970.

-Business Assistance Center at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave. Hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. every Tuesday and from 5 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. For an appointment, call Trevor Davis at the Greater Palm Harbor Area Chamber of Commerce at (727) 784-4287.

The center provides information on starting and growing a business in Pinellas County. Assistance includes business plan development, permitting, zoning, government-regulations information and more. The business assistance specialist also provides information to assist local companies looking to export their products and foreign companies wanting to establish operations in Pinellas County.

-Pinellas County Business Development Center, 13805 58th St. N, Suite 1-200, in the Icot Business Center near Largo. Programs are free and meet from noon to 2 p.m. To speak with a business counselor or register for classes and seminars, call (727) 453-7200.

How to Start a Business meets every Wednesday. The introductory workshop offers information on how to conduct feasibility studies and develop business plans, how to obtain licenses and permits to be a legal business in Pinellas County and more.

Understanding Entrepreneurship meets the first Thursday of each month. Find out if you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur and discover the challenges and rewards of owning your own business. Evaluate your business acumen.

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