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Pasco Business digest for Dec. 11



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NEW AIR CONDITIONER FOR CHRISTMAS: Balanced Air in Port Richey will install a new air-conditioning system to a deserving family in need this Christmas. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, and the winner will be announced Dec. 24. Individuals are invited to apply personally or nominate a friend or family member online at Applicants need to demonstrate a hardship that they have recently experienced. Terms and conditions of giveaway are listed on the website. For information, call (727) 842-2247.

NEW HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES OPENS: Holiday Inn Express & Suites opened at 2125 Coprorate Center Drive, Trinity, on Dec. 9, featuring the hotel's new "Formula Blue" boutique express prototype. An exclusive VIP opening preview was held Dec. 8. For information, call (727) 835-7820.

TWO LOCAL RESTAURANTS RECOGNIZED WITH GOLDEN SPOON AWARD: Florida's best places to dine were recently recognized with Florida Trend's 2015 Golden Spoon awards, and two Pasco restaurants — Pearl in the Grove near Dade City and Dulcet in New Port Richey — made the list. Golden Spoon winners appear in a 13-page special section in the December issue of Florida Trend magazine. The awards recognize individual achievement and distinctive contributions to the Florida restaurant scene. "Pasco County is gaining notoriety in the 'cuisine scene' because of creative chefs using the farm-to-table movement as the backbone of their kitchen operations," said Ed Caum, Pasco County Office of Tourism Development manager.

JMI RESOURCE EXPANDS SERVICES AND STAFF: JMI Resource of Lutz, a leading provider of contract and direct-placement professionals in Florida, has announced the expansion of its services through the establishment of JMI Resource Professionals Services, a woman-owned/disabled vet-certified company. Dedicated to helping businesses grow, the new company will include recruiting services for companies in the health care, technology, finance and business industries, among others. With the establishment of the Professional Services also came two new hires — Kim Malatesta, director, and Jo Dew, senior recruiter. Both Malatesta and Dew have more than 20 years of experience in the contract and direct-placement industry.

Who's news

ONCOLOGIST JOINS FLORIDA CANCER AFFILIATES TRINITY OFFICE: Oncologist Dr. Madhu K. Emani has joined the Florida Cancer Affiliates staff at its new Trinity treatment center at 3611 Little Road. Experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of cancers, Emani has extensive expertise in both medical oncology and internal medicine. For information, call (727) 372-9159.

TOP REALTORS: Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, has announced its top Realtors for November. Joshua Bremner received the award for Top Listing Agent by Volume. Sean Riordan was honored with the Top Listing Agent by Units, the Top Producing Agent by Volume and the Top Producing Agent by Units awards. Team Maceda, whose members include Joseph P. Maceda Jr., Rebecca Duffy and Kristin Mizgorski, received the Top Selling Agent by Volume award. Hellen Lima received the Top Selling Agent by Units award.


GRAND OPENING: Asturia, Pasco County's newest community, will host a free Winter Wonderland Grand Opening from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 14701 State Road 54, Odessa. The public is invited to visit six decorated model homes (Ashton Woods and David Weekley Homes) and visit with Santa Claus. The event will include carolers singing holiday favorites, hot cocoa and sweet treats, a bouncy house, holiday crafts and food trucks.

60TH CELEBRATION: San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union will have a 60th anniversary celebration at its main office, 12542 Curley St., San Antonio, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. The event will include drawings for prizes, Al's Food Truck, a chance to win in the Money Machine, live music with Weston Ward and classic cars. Santa Claus will make an appearance, with free photographs provided by a professional photographer. The credit union will also host a Community Shred-It Day that day, with free document shredding. The maximum is two boxes per person, no larger than 18- by 12- by 9 inches. For information, call (352) 588-2732.

Save the date

BBQ & BLUES FESTIVAL: The sixth annual Pigz in Z'Hill BBQ & Blues Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Zephyr­hills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave., Zephyrhills. As the name suggests, the event features a barbecue competition, along with blues music. Visitors will be able to sample culinary creations by both professional and backyard competitors. There will be concessions, vendors, kids rides, classic cars and plenty of barbecue. Admission is free; parking is $10. The music will start at 11 a.m., with a lineup including Coldiron, Wendy Rich & the Soulshakers, the RJ Howson Band and Damon Fowler. For sponsorships and vendor information, visit

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.

• BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. Cost is $8 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 847-3898.

• East Pasco Networking Group: 8 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month at Rose's Cafe, 38426 Fifth Ave., 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 Golden Corral Restaurant, 8928 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Suncoast WIN is a group of professional businesswomen. Membership is $5 per year. Call Myrtle at (727) 934-9993.

• West Pasco Business Association: 5:30-6:30 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: 6-7:30 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

• 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: 8-10 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: 7:15-9 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: 7:45-9:15 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 Dec. 11 12/08/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 7:05pm]
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