Pasco Business Digest for Feb. 16

Published February 13
Updated February 19

Briefly

LOCAL DEALERSHIP RECOGNIZED: Sun Toyota, 3001 U.S. 19, Holiday, was recently awarded DealerRater’s 2018 Dealer of the Year award for Toyota dealerships in Florida, as well as the 2018 Customer Satisfaction award. The awards recognized the dealership for its exemplary customer service based on reviews of sales and service operations as posted on DealerRater.com in 2017.

Who’s news

HOSPITAL NAMES NEW CEO: Registered nurse Sharon D. Hayes was named chief executive officer for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, a level II trauma center in Hudson. Hayes, who starts Feb. 19, replaces Shayne George, who transitioned to another HCA hospital executive role outside of Florida. Hayes brings more than 35 years of experience in numerous healthcare management settings. Prior to RMCBP, she served as CEO at Palms of Pasadena Hospital.

HOSPITAL APPOINTS DIRECTOR: Registered nurse Susan Cooper was recently appointed director of the surgical intensive care unit and the trauma stepdown unit at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson. Cooper returns to RMCBP from her position as vice president of cardiac services at Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill. She has been with HCA for 18 years and served as a nurse for 25 years.

Events

ROUNDTABLES: Join Pasco Hernando SCORE for a casual gathering to discuss different business topics each month. The free monthly gatherings, for new or existing businesses, are where business owners can discuss how they approach, overcome and strategize around particular business issues and problems. The next Roundtable will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Feb. 21 at SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., Suite 309, Dade City. Topic: Let’s Talk Franchises. To RSVP, visit pascohernando.score.org. For information, call (727) 842-4638.

CO.STARTERS: The Pasco Economic Development Council will sponsor the next session of Co.Starters, a national program that helps entrepreneurs turn an idea into a new business in nine weeks, beginning March 13 and running through May 8. The program will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Pasco Economic Development Council, 16506 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 101, Lutz. The cost is $295. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. March 5. To register, visit smartstartpasco.com/costarters. Call Becky Martin at (813) 926-0827, ext. 221.

SPONSORS NEEDED FOR NETWORKING FESTIVAL: The Pasco Economic Development Council is looking for sponsors for its annual NetFest networking festival, 5 to 8 p.m. April 5 at Epperson (Lagoon Community), 7851 Curley Road, Wesley Chapel. The event, with a new Caribbean cowboy theme, provides companies an opportunity to support economic development and get exposure to hundreds of business and community leaders. Tickets are $30 for Pasco County staff; $40 for Pasco EDC investors and guests, and $50 for others. Sponsorships levels include: Caribbean Cowboy for $500, Lagoon Trail Boss for $1,000, Pirate for $1,500 and Coconut Cattle Baron for $2,000. Sponsors may assemble a team to participate in the sponsors-only chili cook-off. For information, contact Suzanne at (813) 926-0829 or [email protected]

Building skills

SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small-business seminars:

• Getting Started with Etsy, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21, South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday.

• Tax Implications for Small Businesses, 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 22, SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., Suite 309, Dade City.

• How to Apply for a 501c(3), 5 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• Legal Structures for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22, New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.

• Learn How to Start a New Business Successfully, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27, Land O’Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’Lakes.

• How to Apply for a Business Loan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday.

To register or to get more information, visit pascohernando.score.org and click on the local workshops tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

If you have business announcements you would like to share, mail the details to Jean Hamilton, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also email items to [email protected] or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Submitted items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned. Call (352) 848-1438.

Networking and mixers

•?Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Mondays at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Tony Nalli at (727) 858-7907.

•?Women’s Connection of New Port Richey: 11:30 a.m. the second Monday of each month (September through May) at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $15 and includes lunch and a speaker. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Anita at (727) 863-2126.

•?BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 815-7744.

•?Suncoast Women in Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Beef’O’Brady’s, 5546 Main St., New Port Richey. Suncoast WIN is a group of professional businesswomen. Membership is $10 per year. Call Myrtle at (727) 934-9993.

•?Rotary Club of Lutz: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Heritage Harbor Golf and Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Cost is $12, includes lunch and speaker. Call (813) 857-7089 or visit lutzrotary.org.

•?Hispanic Business Leaders: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the White Room Bar & Lounge, 6472 Land O’Lakes Blvd., Land O’Lakes. The event is free and includes free refreshments, drink specials, Latin music and relaxed networking. For information, call the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (813) 909-2722.

•?West Pasco Business Association Monday Chapter: 11:45 a.m. Mondays, Brass Tap - Trinity, 10700 State Road 54, Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other’s businesses. Visit wpba.biz.

•?West Pasco Business Association Tuesday Chapter: 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the WPBA office, 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other’s businesses. Visit wpba.biz.

•?West Pasco Business Association Friday Chapter: 8:15 a.m. Fridays at the Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other’s businesses. Visit wpba.biz.

•?Trinity Business Association: 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m. Guests welcome. Cost is $12. Call Ginny Pierce at (727) 433-4073.

•?BNI Platinum: 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Call Bob Nixon at (813) 263-5632.

•?Pasco Business Connections: 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Broken Yolk, 3350 Grand Blvd., Holiday. Email [email protected]

•?Wednesday Morning Networking Group: 7:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Hungry Harry’s Family Bar-B-Que, 3116 Land O’Lakes Blvd. A short networking presentation will be followed by a chance for all attendees to do a 30-second commercial. Cost is $7 in advance for members, $10 for guests, and includes breakfast. Call the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (813) 909-2722.

•?Keep It Local-Trinity Chapter: 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Havana Dreamers Cafe, 3104 Town Ave., Trinity. (813) 405-7815.

•?Pasco Aging Network: 8 to 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Location changes each month. For information or to RSVP, visit pascoagingnetwork.org. PAN is a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco.

•?Keep It Local-Wesley Chapel Chapter: 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Lexington Oaks Golf & Country Club, 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (813) 405-7815.

•?Keep It Local-Christian Women’s Network Chapter: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Direction Connection, 2632 U.S. 19, Holiday. (813) 405-7815.

•?Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Cantina Laredo, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass). Attendees pay for their own lunch. Call Martine Duncan at (813) 929-6816.

•?Keep It Local-New Port Richey Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Direction Connection, 2632 U.S. 19, Holiday. (813) 405-7815.

•?Keep It Local-Odessa/Trinity Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., Trinity. (813) 405-7815.

•?West Pasco Business Network: noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Denny’s, 12105 U.S. 19, Hudson. Call Pete Petrignani at (727) 967-3106.

•?BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursdays at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Clay Henderson at (727) 534-5191.

•?BNI Referral Connection: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursdays at Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant, 22948 State Road 54, Lutz. Call Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.

•?Christian Business Connections of Central Pasco: 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Thursdays at Quail Hollow Golf Club, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. Cost of $9 per meeting, includes breakfast and beverages. Annual membership dues are $100. Call Rene Van Hout at (813) 300-7511.

•?Trinity/West Pasco Chapter of NPI: 7:45 a.m. Thursdays at The Grand Plaza Café, 4040 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

•?Networking For Your Success: 8 a.m. Thursdays at Lexington Oaks Country Club, 2615 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Cost is $5 and includes a continental breakfast. Annual membership is $79. Call Matt at (813) 782-1777.

•?Women-n-Charge: 11:30 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa. Cost is $15 for members in advance, $18 for guests and at the door. Call Judy at (813) 600-9848.

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