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Pasco Business digest for April 22

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FREE SMALL BUSINESS MENTORING: SCORE, a nonprofit association, is dedicated to entrepreneur education and the success of small businesses nationwide. The Pasco-Hernando Chapter of SCORE has been helping small businesses since 1979 and annually conducts more than 2,500 free and confidential individual mentoring sessions and more than 60 training and educational seminars for small business owners.

For information, visit pascohernando.score.org or call (727) 842-4638.

Who's news

DOCTOR LECTURES IN ARIZONA: Dr. Michael A. Pikos, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the founder of Coastal Jaw Surgery, recently lectured on cone beam CT technology, guided surgery, dental implants and bone grafting at the Osteogenics Global Symposium in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Pikos' offices are at 2711 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor; 8845 Hawbuck St., Trinity, and 4372 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

TOP REALTORS: Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, has announced its top Realtors for March.

Lynette Krull received the award for Top Listing Agent by Units. Diane Laoudis was honored with the Top Listing Agent by Volume award. Hellen Lima received the Top Selling Agent by Units award, and Rebecca Duffy and Kristin Mizgorski were honored as Top Selling Agents by Volume. Sean Riordan was named the Top Producing Agent by Units, and Carolyn Hill the Top Producing Agent by Volume.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT HPH HOSPICE NAMED: Patrick Allen has been named executive director at HPH Hospice, an affiliate of Chapters Health System. Allen will manage operations and strategic business development for the 32-year-old hospice organization.

Allen has a bachelor's degree in social work from the University of West Florida and a master's degree in social work from Texas State University.

CERTIFIED RESIDENTIAL SPECIALIST: Robin McMahan, a licensed Realtor and broker with Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential in New Port Richey, was recently awarded the certified residential specialist designation by the Council of Residential Specialist.

Realtors who receive the designation have completed advanced professional training and demonstrated outstanding professional achievement in residential real estate.

HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Registered nurse Kelly Karoftis, charge nurse and clinical coordinator of the Neuro Spine Center, was named Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's Employee of the Month for February.

Karoftis received a pin, a selected blanket gift, a reception with refreshments for her colleagues, a $50 gift card and a front-row parking spot for one month.

NEW CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER: Allison Maughn is Gulfside Hospice's new chief financial officer.

Maughn has a bachelor's degree in business administration from Stetson University and a master's degree in business administration from Webster University. Before joining Gulfside, she spent more than 14 years in the hospice and home care industry with providers in Florida, New York and New Jersey.

Events

5:01 FRIDAY: A laid-back meet-up with other business owners and community members will be at 5:01 p.m. Friday at the SMARTstart Dade City business incubator, 15000 Citrus County Drive, Suite 103. For information, call (352) 437-4861.

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 trinitypositivebusiness.net.

STEERING COMMITTEE MEETING: The Zephyrhills Economic Development Council will meet at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 38550 5th Ave., Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

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, Friday, 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., Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

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

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 jhamilton@tampabay.com 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 westpascobusinessassociation.com.

• 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 noworries@tampabay.rr.com.

• 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 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.

Pasco Business digest for April 22 04/20/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 5:30pm]
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