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Pasco Business digest for Aug. 26

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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.


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 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

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

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

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

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 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 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.

• Women's Connection of New Port Richey: 11:30 a.m. the second Monday of each month (September through May) at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $15 and includes lunch and a speaker. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Anita at (727) 863-2126.

• 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: 7:30 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.

• 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 begins 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

• 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. Cost of $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, Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Dr., 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 Aug. 26 08/24/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 5:56pm]
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