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Progressive Air Systems Inc., 5907 Dasher Ct., Port Richey, is among the 30th Annual Telly Awards winners. Founded in 1979, the Telly Awards is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest film and video productions, and ground-breaking web commercials, videos and films.

Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world.

Progressive Air Systems specializes in new construction, air conditioner replacement, service and maintenance plans. Its television commercial consists of an animated air conditioning system communicating how much money Progress Air has saved its homeowner in utilities. To view the commercial, visit For information, call (727) 847-3898.

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Leadership Pasco, a development program that explores critical issues through a series of seminars and hands-on activities, is accepting applications for the class of 2011.

The program is open to people interested in community involvement and perpetuating the prosperity of Pasco County.

The program includes such topics as leadership skills, the history of Pasco County, education, health care/social services, law enforcement/criminal justice, economic and business development, government and infrastructure.

For an application, call Leadership Pasco toll-free at 1-866-783-1122 or (727) 844-5247.

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Two local dealerships — David Council's Suncoast Ford of New Port Richey and Jarrett Ford of Dade City — will make a $100 donation to Standing Tall for Veterans for each new vehicle sold through May 31.

The customer must mention Standing Tall for Veterans' fallen soldier scholarship fund or present a certificate at the time of purchase. To obtain a certificate, visit and download the form.

Customers who purchase a vehicle during this time will receive a pair of Tampa Bay Rays baseball tickets plus a Standing Tall for Veterans lapel pin and window static cling. Customers can also register to win a framed piece of military artwork.

Standing Tall for Veterans will award two $500 scholarships to Junior ROTC cadets in memory of soldiers from Pasco County fallen in Iraq and Afghanistan.

To apply for a scholarship, students must write a 300- to 500-word essay on the topic "Wearing the Uniform" and be enrolled in a four-year college, with the intention of serving in the military upon graduation.

Standing Tall for Veterans is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Call Chuck Bennett at (352) 238-3148.

Who's news

Carol L. Kinnard, commercial associate, has been named top producer for the first quarter at Commercial Asset Partners Realty, 2511 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity.

Kinnard specializes in the sale and leasing of commercial medical properties in Pasco, Hernando, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties, as well as the liquidation of distressed commercial properties.

Call (727) 376-4900.

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Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son, 9020 Rancho Del Rio Drive, New Port Richey, lists its April awards:

Realtor Lynette Krull won the "Top Listing Associate by Units" and the "Top Listing Associate by Volume" awards.

Realtor Susanna Vizzari won the "Top Selling Associate by Units," the "Top Producing Agent by Units" and the "Top Producing Agent by Volume" awards.

Realtor Renee Parks won the "Top Selling Associate by Volume" award.

Call Kelly Parker-Powell, office manager, at (727) 375-5700.

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Denise L. Sanderson is the new managing director of business development at Dais Analytic, 11552 Prosperous Drive, Odessa.

Sanderson will be responsible for market development of Dais' growing portfolio of advanced water and energy nanotechnology applications and overseeing special growth oriented projects facilitating the company's growth.

Prior to joining Dais, Sanderson served as business retention and expansion manager for Pasco Economic Development Council.

Contact Amy Maguire at (727) 656-8413.


The New Port Richey Professional Network group has moved its weekly networking luncheon meeting location. The meeting will be from 12:30 to 2 p.m. every Monday at the Lobster Cove at the Ramada Inn Bayside, 5015 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Members and guests can order from the menu.

In addition to the new location, the group is adding a new element to the weekly gathering — educational programs. This week's speaker is Caitlin Baker with the Tampa Bay Business Journal in Marketing Sales.

The network comprises a broad membership of businesses representing event planning, public relations, communications and merchandising, among others. Contact Rhonda Cantu at (727) 243-8765.

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

Banyan Senior Apartments, 11391 US 19, Port Richey, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Contact Paula Kendrick at (727) 835-0880.

Crack'd Pot Ceramics, 10720 State Road 54, Suite 104, Trinity, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. For information, contact Tina Hatch at (727) 372-2999.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "Smart Start Your Business," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

Dick Hall, a veteran SCORE counselor, will present the seminar. No registration is required. For information, call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638 or the library at (727) 861-3049.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its After 5 Mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Banyan Senior Apartments, 11390 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Hors d'oeuvres and libations will be served.

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

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The newly formed Pasco Hernando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly business mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Hernando County Chamber of Commerce office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, Brooksville.

There will be a $5 contribution collected at the time of the meeting for non-members, and a $3 contribution for members of either Chamber of Commerce.

Contact Scarlet Torres at (347) 671-2575 or

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The BNI Revenue Source, a referral-based networking group, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Visitors welcome. The meeting cost, which includes breakfast, is $10. Call David Randall, president, at (727) 842-7744.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives, Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439, will offer a free seminar, "How to Write a Grant Proposal," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

Niki Hinton, SCORE counselor and author of hundreds of grants, will explain the grant proposal process and why grants are not free. She will highlight who is eligible for grants, the sources for funding, where grant proposals fail and, more important, why they do. The Corporate Directory Users Guide, as well as a Grant Proposal Score Sheet, will also be addressed.

For information or to register, contact the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Trinity Positive Business Network will have its Spring Network Mixer from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hilton Homewood Suites, 11115 U.S. 19 North, Port Richey.

The speaker will be Meloney Washington, CEO and president of Business Owners Social Society LLC, who will discuss successessful marketing.

The event is a great opportunity to network (bring lots of business cards). The cost is $5 which includes appetizers and light beverages. There will be a cash bar and door prizes. Contact Ashok at (813) 333-1622.

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The West Pasco Young Professionals Group, the West Pasco Young Lawyers and the Young CPA Group, will co-host an open social at 5 p.m. Thursday at Juan's Black Bean Cafe (also known as La Tropicana del Sol II), 5706 Main St., New Port Richey.

The event is presented by the West Pasco Young Professionals Group; Derek Pontlitz, financial adviser, and Sallie Skipper for Pasco County School Board.

RSVP to the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (727) 842-7651 by Wednesday. Complimentary premium hors d'oeuvres and up to two drinks will be offered to guests. The event is a great opportunity to network (bring lots of business cards).

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BNI Eagles will hold a networking event at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Palm Room at Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd. (off Little Road, north of State Road 54) in New Port Richey. RSVP at (727) 967-1418.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Applebee's Networking Group will have its Business Card and Brochure Exchange from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Applebee's, 8537 Little Road, New Port Richey.

The event is sponsored by Tampa Bay Property Management.

The cost is $12 per person. To RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Wednesday.

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The Zephyrhills Student Citizens Annual Banquet will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday at Zephyr Palms Event Centre, 4645 Airport Road, Zephyrhills.

The annual event, hosted by the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, honors the year's student citizens of the month from area schools and their accomplishments in their academic and community endeavors.

The event is sponsored by Zephyr Palms Events Centre, Whitfield's Funeral Home and Maine-ly New England. For information, call (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 or fax them to (727) 869-6233. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Pasco business briefs 05/07/10 [Last modified: Friday, May 7, 2010 7:30pm]
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