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Pasco Business digest for Aug. 26

Business digest

Briefly

REAL ESTATE FIRM BROKERS SALE: Carol Kinnard, a transaction specialist at Hold-Thyssen, a commercial real estate services firm, recently brokered the sale of the historic building at 5323 Main St. in New Port Richey. Kinnard represented the sellers, James H. Rinker and Audrey A. Rinker. Built in 1954, the freestanding building is 1,600 square feet. The buyer, Dr. Vivian Montemayor Robinson, paid $120,000 for the property and has plans to move her chiropractic office to the location.

NEW COMMUNITY VENUE GROUND-BREAKING: A ground-breaking ceremony was held recently for a 14-acre community event venue on the grounds of Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. Construction will include a permanent stage and vendor spaces equipped with electricity and water. Melonie Monson, Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce executive director, opened the ceremony standing in front of a banner representing the chamber's signature event, Pigz in Z'hills BBQ & Blues, which inspired the concept of building a local festival grounds. The site, at 5200 Airport Road, will feature a 20- by 40-foot stage and 50 vendor spaces, as well as additional space for freestanding vendors, business expos and children's activities. The inaugural event will be Jan. 21 — the seventh annual Pigz in Z'hills. The venue will be owned and operated by the city of Zephyrhills, which contributed $30,000 to its construction. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills donated $30,000 to build the stage. The city will install the water facilities, and local chamber businesses, including Martin Electric and Sunstate Aluminum, will install the electric fixtures and build the stage. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

Who's news

RESIDENT AND PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's Graduate Medical Education Program recently honored its first Faculty Physician of the Year and Resident of the Year. The Faculty Physician of the Year is Dr. Joseph Sennabaum; the Resident of the Year is Dr. James Sheppard. The two awards were announced at the hospital's first commencement ceremony.

Events

MEET-UP AT INCUBATOR: A laid-back meet-up of 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 or to RSVP, call (352) 437-4861.

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: Premier Community HealthCare Group, a community health center in Pasco County, will host an open house celebration in honor of Hudson Family Health Center's first anniversary, from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the center, 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature free health education and screenings, giveaways, refreshments and tours. For information, call Cheryl at (352) 518-2000, ext. 9012 or (813) 785-2221.

INTERNSHIP AND JOB FAIR: Pasco-Hernando State College's career and testing services and CareerSource Pasco Hernando will host a two-day internship and job fair at PHSC's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey, on Sept. 7 and 8. Participants can get resume and interviewing tips from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in Building M101. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with representatives of more than 40 for-profit, government and nonprofit organizations from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 8 in Building R151. Job seekers are encouraged to bring resumes and must register at jobandinternfair.eventbrite.com. The event is open to the public. For information, call (727) 816-3381.

APPRECIATION BANQUET SET: The Pasco Economic Development Council will have its annual appreciation banquet Sept. 8 at the Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel. A trade show will begin at 5 p.m.; the dinner and program will be at 7 p.m. Local business and community leaders will be recognized for their contributions to the local economy. The event will include an awards ceremony, an industry showcase and a brief report on the county's economic development progress.For information or to RSVP, contact Suzanne at (813) 926-0827, ext. 226, or [email protected]

SMARTSTART CO.STARTERS: SMARTstart Pasco Incubators will host its next 10-week SMARTstart CO.STARTERS session from 9 a.m. to noon every Saturday, beginning Sept. 10, at the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, 6013 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. The deadline to register is 4 p.m. Sept. 7. Led by a trained coach in a small, supportive group setting, attendees will gain insights, relationships and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. The event, co-sponsored by the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, is ideal for established business owners wanting to take their company to the next level or aspiring entrepreneurs looking to launch their first business. The cost is $295 and includes 10 weeks of instruction and materials. To register, visit pascoedc.com/incubator/events/co-starters/.

LUNCH AND LEARN: SMARTstart Pasco Incubators will host a free Lunch and Learn event on the topic of payroll and taxes from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the SMARTstart Dade City business incubator, 15000 Citrus County Drive, Suite 103, Dade City. The event will be presented by Confidex Payroll Solutions. Those attending should bring lunch. Drinks and dessert will be provided. To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/lunch-and-learn-tickets-26876429123.

SECRETS OF BODY LANGUAGE: SMARTstart Pasco Incubators will host "The Secrets of Body Language" from 2 to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 at the SMARTstart Dade City business incubator, 15000 Citrus County Drive, Suite 103, Dade City. The event is free. The instructor will be Jackie Eden of Pasco-Hernando State College. To register, visit eventbrite.com/e/secrets-of-body-language-to-improve-success-tickets-26881871401.

MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION BANQUET: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its 55th annual Membership Appreciation & Community Awards Banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 22 at St. Joseph's Parish Center, 38750 5th Ave., Zephyrhills. The event will honor and recognize leadership in the community and business community. Honorees and members will be treated to an evening of music and dinner. The premier sponsor is Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR: Pasco Hernando SCORE will be present a free small business seminar, Introduction to QuickBooks, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. 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 [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.

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