Monday, December 11, 2017
Business

Pasco Business Digest for Nov. 17

Briefly

EVENT VENUE OPENS: Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., Land O’Lakes, had a grand opening for its Wedding & Events Center on Nov. 16. The 4,000-square-foot center will accommodate up to 200 people and offers a large dance floor, a 1,120-square-foot covered patio overlooking the golf course and on-site catering. The facility is suitable for weddings and receptions, retirement parties, meetings and other events. For information, call (813) 996-4653 or visit plantationpalms.net.

SOLAR MODEL HOME OPENS: Arthur Rutenberg Homes/Lyons Heritage recently announced the opening of a new $1,599,000 model home at 10141 Milano Drive in Trinity’s Champion’s Club. The Veracruz model, in Vizcaya on a cul-de-sac home site with views of the Robert Trent Jones Sr. golf course, offers a 4,052-square-foot, four-bedroom with den, four-bathroom residence with an open floor plan. For information, visit ArthurRutenbergHomes.com or call (727) 376-2739.

HOSPITAL ONE OF AMERICAN’S BEST: For the second consecutive year, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills was named one of America’s Best Hospitals for 2018 by the Women’s Choice Award in the areas of heart care, orthopedics, patient safety and stroke care.

SOLAR MODEL HOME OPENS: Lennar announced recently that it is building 28 solar-powered homes in Bexley Courtyard, a new community of homes that is part of the Bexley master-planned development in Land O’Lakes. Bexley Courtyard will be Lennar’s first community with solar-powered homes in the Tampa Bay area. The community offers four floor plans, ranging from 1,888 square feet to 2,542 square feet, and the solar energy technology is included with the list price. All of the equipment comes pre-installed and ready for activation. Tours of the solar model home, at 17295 Brighton Lake Road, Land O’Lakes, are available. For information, visit lennar.com/new-homes/florida/tampa/land-o-lakes/bexley/bexley-courtyard.

Who’s news

INTERNATIONAL PERSON OF THE YEAR: The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Organization of Women in International Trade honored Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey as its 2017 International Person of the Year in recognition of her leadership in the promotion of international business, trade and education within the Tampa Bay community.

The organization was created to enhance the status and interests of women in the field of international business. Starkey was instrumental in getting the international program started at the Pasco Economic Development Council. She has served as chairwoman of the international committee since it was formed in July 2016. The committee develops strategies, alliances, resources and programs to increase export sales from Pasco County and to increase jobs from foreign direct investment. For information about the program, visit pascoedc.com.

(REALTORS ELECT VICE PRESIDENT: Alberto Baalbaki was recently elected vice president of the Central Pasco Association of Realtors. The board of directors is responsible for governing the organization and providing leadership to implement the bylaws, policies and strategic plan for the association.

LENNAR EXECUTIVE JOINS EDC BOARD: The Pasco Economic Development Council recently welcomed Mark Metheny, the Tampa division president of Lennar Homes, to its board of directors. Lennar recently joined the Pasco EDC as a corporate council-level investor. The council’s board of directors is responsible for governing the organization and providing guidance in the execution of its strategy. For information on becoming an investor, visit PascoEDC.com or call (813) 926-0827.

TOP REALTORS: Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, has announced its top Realtors for October. Lynette Krull received the awards for Top Listing Agent by Units and Volume. Sean Riordan was honored with the Top Selling Agent by Units and Volume awards. Kristy Thurber received the Top Producing Agent by Units and Volume awards.

Events

RIBBON-CUTTING CEREMONY: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting for Green Chasers Driving Range, 35378 State Road 54, Zephyrhills at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 25. A grand opening will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call (813) 389-8621.

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE will present a free small business seminar, "How to Apply for Nonprofit Grants," from 4:30 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Spring Hill Branch/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

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.

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.

•?West Pasco Business Association Monday Chapter: noon Mondays, IHOP, 10740 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: 5:30 to 6:30 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: 8:30 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 and third Wednesdays 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. The event sponsor is Proly, Laporte & Mulligan P.A. Cost is $7 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 IHOP, 10740 State Road 54, 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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