Business news for April 16, 2011

The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 8 at the new Sweet Tomatoes, 10156 U.S. 19, Port Richey. The restaurant presented a check for $8,335 to representatives of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross. The money was raised at the restaurant’s preview fundraiser in March, where more than 1,500 guests attended an all-you-can-eat experience for $5. The entire proceeds were donated. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. For information, visit www.sweettomatoes.com.

TRACY MARKS | Special to the Times

The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 8 at the new Sweet Tomatoes, 10156 U.S. 19, Port Richey. The restaurant presented a check for $8,335 to representatives of the Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross. The money was raised at the restaurant’s preview fundraiser in March, where more than 1,500 guests attended an all-you-can-eat experience for $5. The entire proceeds were donated. The restaurant is open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. For information, visit www.sweettomatoes.com.

Briefly

Dr. Stephen A. Ballistrea, chiropractor, has opened Ballistrea Family Chiropractic at 7236 State Road 52, Suite 3, Bayonet Point.

Ballistrea is a 2000 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa. He also received a bachelor's degree in microbiology at the University of South Florida in 1996. Ballistrea served as a student extern for Dr. E.L. Crowder and also participated in a clinic trip serving the people of the Navajo Indian reservation in northern Arizona.

Ballistrea can be reached at (727) 868-4444.

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In honor of National Healthcare Decisions Day, the Hook Law Group in New Port Richey will distribute free living wills from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. today during the Ride for Hospice charity event at Diamond B Ranch, 21309 Kettering Road, Dade City.

Staff members plan to hand out the living wills (or advance directives) from a booth during the event and will explain how to complete them properly. Living wills can eliminate unnecessary confusion, pain and suffering for the patient and family members at the end of life.

For information, call (727) 842-1001.

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The Pasco Economic Development Council is accepting nominations for its 2011 Industry of the Year awards.

Each year, the council recognizes outstanding companies for their contribution to the local economy. Companies are recognized for job creation, increased capital investment and for contributions to the community through civic involvement.

To make a nomination, call (813) 926-0827. Nominations must be received by April 29.

Who's news

Real estate agents Kathy Nelson, Tim Hanavan and Dee Smith, all of Re/Max Premier Group, 27219 State Road 56, Wesley Chapel, have completed extensive training to earn the professional Certified Distressed Property Expert certification.

The certification gives agents the specialized training needed to help home buyers and sellers in short sale and foreclosure transactions.

For information, call (813) 929-7600.

Events

Belk Department Store, 2111 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes, will have a Charity Day sale from 6 to 10 a.m. today to benefit Spay Pasco.

In return for each $5 ticket sold, customers can redeem the ticket for $5 off their first purchase of $5 or more at Belk on the sale date. The $5 ticket price will go directly to Spay Pasco.

Proceeds will help support the shelter's low-income spay/neuter assistance program and help qualifying low-income households have their pets spayed or neutered at a discounted price.

For information on Spay Pasco, call Carol Comer, vice president, at (352) 585-6205. For information on the Charity Day sale, call Belk at (813) 948-8555.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Crazy Eddie's Benchwarmers Sports Bar & Grill, 6431 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

The event is sponsored by Advanced Restoration. The menu includes Cobb salad, 10 chicken wings, Buffalo chicken sandwich or chicken quesadilla. The cost is $10 and includes tax and gratuity.

For information, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

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The West Pasco Legal Support Association will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Jeannie's Restaurant, 7507 Little Road, New Port Richey. It's a dutch-treat dinner. Supervisor of Elections Brian S. Corley will discuss districting. Attorneys, judicial assistants, paralegals, legal office staff members and individuals interested in the legal field are invited. The association meets on the third Monday of each month. For information or to RSVP, call Marcy Nolan at (727) 271-6777.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have the following ribbon-cuttings this week:

Joseppi's Market & Deli, 9721 U.S. 19, Port Richey, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Joe Kelly, (727) 857-6020.

Wayne Allen Building Contractor, 7211 Kapp Court, New Port Richey, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Rich Allen, (727) 842-6100.

For information or to schedule a ribbon cutting, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

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The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting and grand re-opening at Joint Connections, A Focus on Fitness & Star's Organic Spa, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2136 Ashley Oaks Circle, Suite 101 in the Seven Oaks Professional Plaza, Wesley Chapel.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce of Commerce will have its quarterly chamber dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Seven Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey.

The social hour will be from 5:30 to 6 p.m. with a cash bar. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. The county's community development director, George Romagnoli, will discuss the importance of homeownership, stopping the decline of neighborhoods and the future of housing in west Pasco.

The cost is $15 per person and includes tax and gratuity. For information or to RSVP, call (727) 842-7651.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small-business seminar, "How to Market in this Economy," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

Bill Brydia, a SCORE counselor, will present an analysis of the factors affecting growth and expansion with emphasis on conducting a growth audit on planning, marketing and human resource availability.

A key area will be centered on determining marketing strategies that will provide the best return on investment. Instructional handouts will be provided.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (727) 861-3040 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The North Suncoast Chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday for a breakfast buffet at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. The chapter serves Pasco and Hernando agents. Caroline Alexander from Rogers Benefit Group will discuss the Patient Protection and Affordability Care Act and health care reform in Florida. The cost is $10. To RSVP, call Sue Nading at (727) 862-3519.

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The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will have its Business Mixer at 6 p.m. Thursday at Fifth Third Bank, 2022 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Networking and socializing opportunities available.

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The CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson, will have a Small Business Fair from 10 a.m. to noon April 30.

The event is for small business owners who are interested in setting up informational tables to inform the public about their mission and product. Applications for tables are required. Approved applicants will receive a contract to finalize the process.

The cost for a "for profit" businesses is $25 per table plus the donation of a door prize; the cost for a "nonprofit" is $20 per table plus the donation of a door prize. Only 20 tables are available.

For information call toll-free, at 1-866-505-0446, or e-mail a request to dk@insurancebrokersinc.com.

Corporate sporting

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will have its sixth annual Clay Shoot today at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff, Land O'Lakes. Registration-continental breakfast is at 8 a.m.; shotgun start is at 9 a.m.; an awards luncheon will follow the competition. Lunch for nonshooters is $10. Entry fees: $100 (individual) and $350 (four-person team). Sponsorships and shooters are still needed. The event also includes awards and a special drawing for a Benelli SuperNova 12-gauge pump-action shotgun, valued at $700. For information, call the chamber office at (813) 994-8534.

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The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Zephyrhills will present the sixth annual Zephyrhills Scramble at 1 p.m. May 6 at Silverado Golf and Country Club, 36841 Clubhouse Drive, Zephyrhills. Proceeds will benefit community services and programs of both organizations. The individual entry fee is $100. Sponsorships are available: hole sponsor ($150), team sponsor ($500) and corporate sponsor ($750). For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also e-mail items to jhayes@sptimes.com or fax them to (727) 869-6233. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Networking

Wesley Chapel Power Networking Lunch: 11:30 a.m. Monday at Santo's Pizza & Pasta, 27431 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Wesley Chapel. For information or to RSVP, e-mail Tiffanie Kellogg at tiffanie@threadartfl.com.

Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Panera Bread, 3234 Little Road in the Mitchell Ranch Plaza, Trinity. Meets every Monday. Call Ashok Visuvasam at (813) 333-1622.

Power Networking: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Pagelli's Italiano restaurant in the Shops of Wiregrass, 2001 Piazza Ave., Wesley Chapel. Meets the third Monday of each month. The cost is $10. To RSVP, call the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce at (813) 994-8534. Call Tiffanie Kellog of the Referral Institute at (813) 948-7243.

Wesley Chapel Networking Coffee: 8 a.m. Tuesday at A Cup of Organic Coffee, 1900 Oak Grove Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Join Capt. Rob for coffee and networking opportunities.

Wesley Chapel Networking on the Nines: 3 p.m. Tuesday at Lexington Oaks Golf Club, 26133 Lexington Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Bring a client or associate for a unique networking opportunity. Nine holes of "Best Ball" for $20 per person (includes greens fees/cart). For information, contact Rob Kellog at (813) 817-5655 or rob@threadartfl.com.

Suncoast Women in Networking: Breakfast meeting from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at IHOP, 4736 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Networking begins at 7:45 a.m. The speaker is Bunnie McCormack, a certified laughter leader with the World Laughter Tour. Suncoast WIN is a group of professional women who meet monthly to network and develop business relationships. (727) 863-6151.

Trinity Business Association: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month. For information, e-mail info@trinitybusinessassociation.com.

West Pasco Business Network: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Atria Windsor Woods, 13707 Dallas Drive, Hudson. Meets the third Tuesday of every month. To reserve a seat, call Abby Hamilton at (813) 817-1905.

Pasco Hernando NPI Networking Group: 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

Boulevard Beef & Ale Networking Group: Business card and brochure exchange from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. The event is sponsored by Pontlitz Asset Advisors. The cost is $10 per person. For information or to RSVP, call (727) 842-7651.

Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce: Wednesday Morning Networking Group, 7:45 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Hungry Harry's Famous Bar-B-Que, 3116 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. A full breakfast will be served at no charge. The group meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month. To RSVP, call the chamber at (813) 909-2722.

BNI Revenue Source: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Visitors are welcome. Cost, including breakfast, is $10. Call David Randall at (727) 842-7744.

Neighborhood Networks: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Chili's, 9600 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Meets every Wednesday. Call Josh Green at (727) 457-2393.

Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cantina Laredo restaurant, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass). Individuals pay for their own lunch. Call group director Martine Duncan, co-owner of the Theater Doctor, at (813) 929-6816.

BNI Referral Connections: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Los Vallartas Mexican Restaurant, 22948 State Road 54, Lutz. Call Capt. Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The cost is $10 (includes breakfast). RSVP at (727) 967-1418.

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