Monday, December 18, 2017
News Roundup

Trio of Pasco businesses among 2012 Florida Companies to Watch award

Countywide

Up-and-coming businesses given award

Three Pasco businesses, Facts Engineering LLC; Power Quality International (PQI) Inc. and The Launch Pad Inc. are among 50 companies receiving the 2012 Florida Companies to Watch award. In its second year, Florida Companies to Watch is an honor presented by the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) at the University of Central Florida. Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates small privately held growth companies headquartered in the state. To be eligible, applicants must employ between six and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow, based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths. Pasco County began recognizing the activity of "second stage" companies in Pasco this past year and took steps to support these firms. Second Stage companies are fast-growing firms that have moved beyond the start-up or first stage. Krista Hakes, economic development manager for Pasco Economic Development Council is one of six people in Florida to complete the "Economic Gardening Certification" through the Florida Economic Gardening Institute, a program that supports stage two companies.

LAND O'LAKES

Inmate causes damage to cell

A Land O'Lakes jail inmate was re-arrested Wednesday after, deputies say, he caused what little damage he could in his cell. Shawn McLaughlin, 27, broke the overhead fire sprinkler in his cell for the second time in a week, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. McLaughlin, who was already in jail on charges of aggravated assault, received two additional charges of preventing extinguishment of fire.

LUTZ

Get pet decked out for Oct. 27 contest

In celebration of Halloween, an East-West Animal Hospital pet costume contest is planned for 3-5 p.m. Oct. 27 at Seneca at Cypress Creek, 1810 Sweetbroom Circle, Lutz. There will also be raffles, treats for pets and treats for humans. More than $200 in prizes goes to the winning pets. Judging starts at 3:30 p.m. and costumes will be rated on originality, cute factor and costume quality. Half of the money raised from the raffles benefits the Florida Exotic Bird Sanctuary. All well-behaved pets of any shape, species and size are welcome. For information, visit eastwestanimalhospital.com.

No real estate list

The Pasco County Property Appraiser's Office did not provide real estate listings this week. The listings will return next Saturday.

COUNTYWIDE

Gulfside Regional Hospice offers bereavement seminars

Those dealing with the loss of loved ones during the holidays can get help. Gulfside Regional Hospice has planned special bereavement seminars called "Getting Through The Holidays."

Dates and locations are as follows: 1 p.m. Nov. 5 at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8320 Old County Road, New Port Richey; 12:30 p.m. Nov. 6 at Gulfside's Thrift Shoppe, 21780 State Road 54, Lutz; 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at West Winds Assisted Living Facility, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills; 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3 at Gulfside's Bereavement Center, 6224 Lafayette St., New Port Richey; 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at Gulfside's Thrift Shoppe, 21780 State Road 54, Lutz; and 5 p.m. Dec. 5 at West Winds Assisted Living Facility, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills. For information or to RSVP, call Shirley Bever at (727) 844-3946.

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