BUSINESS CHALLENGE: The city of New Port Richey, in conjunction with the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, will host the West Pasco Business Challenge as part of the 23rd annual Business Development Week activities from 3 to 5 p.m. Jan. 27 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.
"The business challenge will be a competition intended to highlight local talent and innovators of new products and services, similar to the television show Shark Tank," said Mario Iezzoni, the city's economic development director.
Idea submissions for the challenge will be reviewed by a committee of experts who will choose 10 semifinalists to participate in an elimination round the week of Jan. 18. Four finalists will be chosen to be vetted, on stage, Jan. 27. Finalists will have five minutes to convince the "sharks" — a panel of West Pasco business leaders — that their idea is the winning one.
The "sharks" will follow with questions to determine the winner. Winners will be announced at a reception immediately after the challenge at Dulcet Restaurant & Lounge.
All West Pasco Business Challenge ideas must be submitted in writing to Mario Iezzoni, 5919 Main St., New Port Richey, FL 34652, or via email at [email protected] no later than Jan. 17.
For information, contact Joyce Haasnoot at (727) 853-1248 or [email protected], or visit citynpr.org.
NEW PRACTICE OPENS: Gulf Coast Medical Center recently announced the opening of its new medical practice at 13740 Office Park Court, Suite F, Hudson, near Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.
Gulf Coast also has two locations in Port Richey and one in Spring Hill. For information, visit gcmc1.com or call (727) 868-2151.
CHAPTERS HEALTH ACCREDITATION: Chapters Health System affiliates recently received accreditation from the National Institute for Jewish Hospice. HPH Hospice was awarded its first accreditation, while LifePath Hospice and Good Shepherd Hospice were reaccredited for the eighth straight year.
Established in 1985, the institute makes health care providers aware of the many unique needs of terminally ill patients of the Jewish faith.
Founded in 1983, the nonprofit Chapters Health System provides choices, education and guidance for those affected by advancing age or advancing illness through its managed affiliates: Good Shepherd Hospice, HPH Hospice, LifePath Hospice and Chapters Health Palliative Care, located in Citrus, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Pasco and Polk counties.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTING: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting for Southern Sweetheart, 38424 5th Ave., Zephyrhills, at 10 a.m. Saturday. For information, call (813) 782-1913.
TRINITY MARKETPLACE: Local small businesses will gather to showcase and sell their products from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Jan. 2 at the Trinity Marketplace at the Trinity Meeting Center, 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 106, in the Trinity Commons Plaza, New Port Richey.
The event will take place on the first Saturday of the month through March. Admission is free and open to the public. For information, call (727) 375-9700 or send email to [email protected]
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 zephyrhillschamber.org.
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