Realtor of the Year award: The West Pasco Board of Realtors recently named Carol Kinnard of Hold-Thyssen Real Estate Services as its 2016 Realtor of the Year. The award was presented during the association's annual installation and awards cocktail party in New Port Richey. The award is presented to a real estate professional who exhibits outstanding dedication and support to the board. Kinnard has served on the board for more than nine years in various capacities, most recently as immediate past president and public policy chairwoman. In addition, she serves as director of the Florida Gulf Coast Commercial Association of Realtors and chairwoman of the Key Contact Subcommittee of the Florida Realtors Association, updating elected officials regarding real estate matters.
POLAREX SANTA IS OPEN: Children are invited to visit with Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves at no charge from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from now until Christmas at Polarex Santa, 8601 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Parents are welcome to take their own photos or purchase a 5-by-7 print for $12 (two for $20). For information, call (727) 494-6024.
SANTA AT GULF VIEW SQUARE: Kids can have their photos taken with Santa in center court at Gulf View Square mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey, until Dec. 24. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23, and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24.
For information and costs, call (727) 848-3600 or visit shopgulfviewsquare.com.
GET READY TO LAUNCH A BUSINESS: SMARTstart Pasco Business Incubator and the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce will co-host the next 10-week SMARTstart CO.STARTERS session from 6 to 9 p.m. every Thursday, beginning Jan. 19, at the chamber office, 16540 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 105, Lutz. The deadline to register is 4 p.m. Jan. 13. 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 sessions are 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 smartstartpasco.com.
BUSINESS AND HEALTH EXPO: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Gulf View Square mall will present Business and Health Expo 2017, to kick off Business Development Week, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at the mall, 9409 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Health fair vendors will be at the north end of the mall, and other vendors will be clustered in the center of the mall. The event will include business presentations, entertainment, drawings and sidewalk sales. The event is free and open to the public.
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