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Pasco Business digest for April 15



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CUSTOMER SERVICE AWARD: The Johnson Consulting Group of Scottsdale, Ariz., presented Michels & Lundquist Funeral Home of New Port Richey with the Excellence in Customer Service award for achieving the highest levels of customer satisfaction in 2015.

Johnson is a nationally acclaimed funeral home consulting firm that developed and implemented a method of measuring a family's level of satisfaction with their funeral home provider. The awards were presented to Johnson client funeral homes that achieved the highest overall performance scores.

SEAL OF APPROVAL: Medical Center of Trinity has earned the Joint Commission's gold seal of approval for total hips and total knees certification.

The center underwent a rigorous on-site review in January, and Joint Commission experts evaluated compliance with national disease-specific care standards as well as with specific total knees and total hips requirements.

FUCCILLO KIA GIVES AWAY CAR: On March 31, Fuccillo Automotive Group celebrated the conclusion of its March Hugeness promotion with a half-court shot promotion at Wesley Chapel High School for Fuccillo Kia of Wesley Chapel customers.

During the event, owner Billy Fuccillo gave more than 200 customers the opportunity to take one half-court basketball shot for the chance to have their previously purchased or leased new Kia paid off. To be eligible, participants had to purchase or lease a new Kia at Fuccillo during the month of March.

Of the eligible participants, Michael Simcox of Plant City was the only one to make the shot and will have his car paid off.

In addition, individuals who purchased or leased a new Kia in March received a check for $1,000 and a cruise for two on Royal Caribbean's Brilliance of the Seas.

BLUE DISTINCTION CENTER+ DESIGNATION: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was designated by Florida Blue as a Blue Distinction Center+ in the Blue Distinction Centers for Cardiac Care program, part of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association's Blue Distinction Specialty Care program.

To receive the designation, a hospital must demonstrate expertise in delivering safe and effective cardiac care. A hospital must also have earned national accreditation at the facility level and must demonstrate better cost-efficiency compared to its peers.

GOLF PARTNERSHIP: Seven Springs Golf and Country Club in Trinity and Arnold Palmer Golf Management have announced a partnership at the member-owned country club.

Arnold Palmer Golf Management is one of the most experienced companies in the club management industry and manages private clubs and golf courses throughout the United States. Seven Springs members will now be entitled to participate in a network of clubs through Palmer Advantage, which includes travel benefits that provide concierge services and special privileges at private clubs, resorts and golf courses throughout the United States and internationally.

Who's news

DOCTOR JOINS ACCESS HEALTH CARE: Dr. Pal Durai has joined the medical staff at Access Health Care and is currently seeking patients in Port Richey. Durai comes to Access after a 30-plus-year career in private practice in the area. For information, call (727) 495-5190.

REALTOR RECOGNIZED: Lynette Krull, a Realtor with Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son in New Port Richey for the past 12 years, was recently presented with the 2015 Top Producer of the Year award. For information, call (727) 271-3391.

REALTOR COMPLETES TRAINING COURSE: Michael Webb, of Re/Max Advantage Realty in Trinity, recently completed a luxury home marketing training course offered by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing and provided through Re/Max University.

The training course is the first step toward earning the certified luxury home marketing specialist designation. Webb has been in real estate since 1999 and specializes in the Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando market. For information, call (727) 845-4321.

MAIN STREET COORDINATOR NAMED: The Main Street Zephyrhills board of directors has announced Amanda Clark as the new Main Street coordinator.

Gail K. Hamilton, Main Street board president, stated: "Amanda was born and raised in our area, received her psychology degree from the University of South Florida and has spent the last seven years in sales and marketing across the state of Florida. The board is excited to have Amanda join our team in making a difference in downtown Zephyrhills."


CO.STARTERS CLASS TO START: The Pasco Economic Development Council will begin its next session of Co.Starters, a national program that helps entrepreneurs turn an idea into a new business in just 10 weeks, at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room at American Consulting Engineers in Wesley Chapel.

Participants work with a small, supportive group of like-minded people who are all trying to start their own businesses. Entrepreneurs interested in participating should register online at The registration fee of $295 covers 10 weeks of instruction and all supporting materials. The deadline to register is Friday.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Humana's Zephyrhills Guidance Center, 7920 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, will have a 25th anniversary celebration from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 21. To RSVP or for information, call (813) 780-7300.

BUSINESS EXPO: The Trinity Positive Business Network will host a business expo from 5 to 7 p.m. April 27 at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey.

Proceeds will benefit Investigation Station, a traveling children's museum in Pasco County, to help fund a splash pad at Veterans Memorial Park in Hudson. The expo is free and open to the public. The group will also be collecting nonperishable food items for the Volunteer Way.

The Trinity Positive Business Network is a group that believes in helping others grow their businesses by developing relationships. For information, visit

NOMINATIONS SOUGHT: Each year, the Pasco Economic Development Council recognizes outstanding companies for their contributions to the local economy. Companies are recognized for job creation, increased capital investment and for contributions to the community through civic involvement.

The 2016 Pasco EDC Industry of the Year awards will be presented at the annual appreciation banquet. Nominees are being sought for for-profit services, manufacturing or technology industries operating in Pasco County (municipalities or affiliates are excluded).

The deadline to nominate a company is April 29. For information, call Devon Barnett, economic development manager, at (813) 926-0827, ext. 227.

SPONSORS NEEDED FOR BizGROW2.0: The BizGrow2.0 conference and entrepreneur exchange will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 12 at Pasco-Hernando State College's Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Hosted by the Pasco Economic Development Council, the event is an opportunity to connect with Tampa Bay businesses and entrepreneurs.

Three levels of sponsorships are available: presenting sponsor ($1,000), one available; keynote lunch sponsor ($500), five available, and sponsor 2.0 ($300), 10 available. For information, contact Suzanne Renczkowski at (813) 926-0827 by Friday.

Building skills

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

• Introduction to QuickBooks, 10 a.m. to noon, April 22, Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, Building A, Room 204, New Port Richey.

• Internet Marketing, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 26, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• Introduction to QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., April 27, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

To register and for information, visit 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.

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.

• 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.

• East Pasco Networking Group: 8 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Fresh Country Cafe, 5518 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491.

• Business Development Council: 8:15 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at Cracker Barrel, 5341 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. The networking group promotes individual business members. Call Crystal Menzie Olson at (727) 376-1030.

• Suncoast Women in Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Royal Super Buffet, 9550 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Suncoast WIN is a group of professional businesswomen. Membership is $10 per year. Call Myrtle at (727) 934-9993.

• West Pasco Business Association: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other's businesses. Visit

• 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 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 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 Hibachi Buffet, 10421 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Call Joanne Grassi at (727) 856-9595.

• 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. $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 (except June and July when date will be second Friday of the month), Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive, 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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