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Pasco business digest, Aug. 18

Business digest


Here We Go Again, formerly of 7508 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey, has relocated to 5635 State Road 54, New Port Richey.

The pre-owned furniture and home decor business, owned by Hector Aponte, needed a larger facility to accommodate its inventory. Aponte is also working on becoming a quality local auction house.

Summer hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and by appointment only Sundays and Mondays. For information, call (727) 645-6954.

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Pasco Economic Development Council recently announced the nominees for its 2012 Industry of the Year awards to be presented at the Pasco EDC 26th annual banquet, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 5 at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel.

Each year, Pasco EDC evaluates and nominates top companies in Pasco County for their technology, innovation, job creation, growth and capital investment in the area.

Nominees include the following companies: Absolute Air Systems, Anaseed EMR Consulting Group, Artix Entertainment, Asphalt Paving Systems, Condominium Associates, Copperstone Executive Suites & Business Center, CTG Power Solutions, Hampton Inn & Suites Wesley Chapel, Hampton Inn & Suites Dade City-Zephyrhills, Hyundai of New Port Richey, Medical Center of Trinity, Morgan Auto Group, Pall Aeropower Corp., Pasco Iron & Metal, RAB Foundation Repair, RJ Kielty Plumbing, Heating and Cooling, SCORE Chapter 439, Seaway Plastics Engineering, Sign-A-Rama of New Tampa and SureCrete Design Products.

Tickets for the banquet are $75 per person, and are available at For information, call Suzanne Renczkowski at (813) 926-0827.

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The West Pasco Legal Support Association was recently presented the Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists' Founders' award. The award recognizes the overall most exceptional program FALSS presented this year. The award was presented at FALSS's 14th annual meeting, hosted by the WPLSA, aboard Royal Caribbean's Monarch of the Seas cruise ship.

Seminars were held during the three-night cruise to the Bahamas. Local attorney James D. Thaler presented the two-part seminar "Successful Lawyering in a Diverse Society." Attorney Sallie D. Skipper presented the two-part seminar "Overview of the Court System and Changes for Surviving Spouses, Advanced Directives and Durable Power of Attorney."

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is accepting nominations and sponsorships for its 2012 National Philanthropy Day awards.

Philanthropists from the Tampa Bay area will be recognized for their dedication to community service and giving at the National Philanthropy Day event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.

The event, sponsored by the Nature Coast chapter and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, along with media sponsor the Tampa Bay Times, will honor community leaders in six categories, including Philanthropist of the Year, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year, Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year, Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy and Youth in Philanthropy.

The nominating process is open and all nonprofit agencies are encouraged to participate by completing a nomination form at The deadline is Sept. 4.

For sponsorship or ticket information, email Becky Bennett, Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando program manager, at or call (727) 967-7509.

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Allstate Homes, Tampa's largest on-your-site home builder, has joined the Network, an innovative online system that provides home shoppers with free video tours of hundreds of model homes throughout central Florida.

For information, contact John Heagney at (727) 942-2718 or visit

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Sponsors are needed for the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce's third-annual Pigz in Z'Hills event, a backyard and professional barbecue cookoff competition and blues festival set for Oct. 27 at the Charles B. Krusen Memorial Field, 4626 Krusen Field Road, near 20th Street and Alston Avenue in Zephyrhills.

For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913 or visit

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H&R Block is collecting school supplies for the foster children program until Tuesday. Needed items include notebook paper, wide-ruled paper, three-prong pocket folders, No. 2 pencils, glue sticks, correction fluid, highlighters, Fiskars scissors, index cards and hygiene items such as deodorant, shampoo and conditioner.

Items may be dropped off at the Embassy Crossing office at 9680 U.S. 19 in Port Richey, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays; and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Items can be dropped off from 1 to 5 p.m. on Fridays at the office at 9037 U.S. 19 in Port Richey.

For information, call (727) 859-1040 or (727) 849-1040.

Who's news

Dr. Christopher Chuong recently announced the grand opening of his practice Trinity Pediatric Dentistry at 8804 Hawbuck St., New Port Richey.

Dr. Chris, as he likes to be called, and his team strive to create an educational, laid-back environment that is fun and comfortable for both patients and parents.

Chuong is a graduate of Emory University with a doctorate from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. The high-tech office was personally designed by Chuong, complete with a surfing theme that includes a caricature of his own puppy, Frisco. Kids can relax during their check-up while they watch cartoons on flat screen televisions that hang from the ceiling.

For information, visit or call the office at (727) 478-3210.


The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Luncheon will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. The event is sponsored by Bob Memoli, Florida Luxury Realty.

The cost is $8 per person, and includes beverage, tax and gratuity. The menu is a pasta bar. To RSVP, call (727) 842-7651.

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The Student Activities Office of Pasco-Hernando Community College will host its Business Expo event at various PHCC campuses this month.

All events, which are free and held outdoors, will begin at 10 a.m. and end at 2 p.m.

• Monday at the Dade City Campus, at the ramp near the library.

• Tuesday at the Brooksville Campus, on the field.

• Wednesday at the Spring Hill Campus, in the center courtyard.

• Thursday at the New Port Richey Campus, outside the library.

PHCC will provide one 6-foot table and two chairs for each business. Electricity, if requested, may be available for displays. Tents (10- by 10-foot) also will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

To reserve a space for your business, RSVP at

For information, email Amber Watson at

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

West Pasco Habitat for Humanity, 4131 Madison St., New Port Richey, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Debt Relief Law Offices of Tampa Bay, at the chamber office, 5443 Main St., New Port Richey, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

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

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars:

• "How to Successfully Obtain a Business Loan," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road.

• "How to Market in this Economy," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

To register, visit and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The West Pasco Board of Realtors and the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce have teamed up to present the second annual Social at the Sunset Room from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at 5409 Sunset Road, New Port Richey.

The event is free for WPBOR and WPCC members, and includes appetizers and a cash bar. For information, contact Linda at (727) 848-8507.

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The Knowledgeable Network of Women, sponsored by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, will have its August Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Scotland Yards Golf Club, 8900 Wire Road, Dade City.

KNOW is a personal and professional development program for women in the greater Zephyrhills region. The guest speaker will be Pasco Clerk and Comptroller Paula O'Neil.

The cost is $15 for chamber members/$20 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at (813) 782-1913. To RSVP, call (813) 782-1913 or email

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its Business Leaders Roundtable from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills.

The event, sponsored by Jim Pittman of Edward Jones Investments, is free to chamber members. The Business Leaders Roundtable, a program of the chamber, is an opportunity for small-business owners and leaders to openly discuss issues and trends impacting local business.

The speaker will be Steve Van Gorden, Zephyrhills High School principal, who will discuss the challenges in local education and worker qualifications.

Lunch will be provided. RSVP to (813) 782-1913.

If you have business announcements you would like to share, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also email items to 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.

Networking opportunities

Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road in the Regency Shopping Center, New Port Richey. Call Ashok Visuvasam at (813) 333-1622.

BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. Speakers will be Cara Hacht of A Family Affair Chiropractic Center and Larry Hart of the Law Offices of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett. The cost is $8 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 847-3898.

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.

Trinity Business Association: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Email info@trinity

West Pasco Business Association: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The association is made up of professionals who work together to promote one another's businesses. Visit westpascobusiness

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

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). Attendees pay for their own lunch. Call Martine Duncan at (813) 929-6816.

Neighborhood Networks Meeting: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Trio's Restaurant at

Quality Inn and Suites, 5316 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Call Maryann Wilkes at (813) 264-6108 or visit ourneighborhood

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Sheryl Ryan at (352) 556-7711.

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

Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at American Consulting Engineers, 2818 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Suite 200, Wesley Chapel. For information, call chamber chairman Jeff Miller at (813) 994-6795.

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