DEADLINE EXTENDED FOR SMARTstart CHALLENGE: The application deadline to participate in the Pasco Economic Development Council's second annual SMARTstart Challenge business pitch competition has been extended to today. During the competition, which will be Feb. 25 in conjunction with Saint Leo University's student business plan competition, local entrepreneurs will compete for a cash prize and a six-month, on-site membership in one of the SMARTstart Pasco business incubators. For an application, visit pascoedc.com/incubator/smartstart-challenge/ no later than 5 p.m. today.
U-HAUL NEIGHBORHOOD DEALER OPENS: Sunray Auto Sales, 2610 U.S. 19, Holiday, has signed on as a U-Haul neighborhood dealer to serve the Holiday community.
According to Sunray owner Ara Vizoyan, the business will offer U-Haul trucks, towing equipment, support rental items and in-store pickup for boxes. Hours of operation for rentals are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (727) 493-3989.
PULTE HOMES COMING TO STARKEY RANCH: Pulte Homes has announced it will build consumer-inspired luxury homes in the master-planned Starkey Ranch community starting in early 2017. Starkey Ranch is on State Road 54 at Heart Pine Avenue, 4 miles west of the Suncoast Parkway. Pulte will offer 13 one- and two-story home designs, with two- and three-car garages. Three model homes will be ready in early 2017. For information, call toll-free 1-877-752-0173.
NEW SENIOR ACCOUNTANT: Brandi M. Kovacs, a licensed certified public accountant, has joined Tampa Bay Tax Pros, 5328 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey.
For information, call (727) 848-8950.
TOP REALTORS: Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, has announced its top Realtors for December. Randal Jenkins received the awards for Top Listing Agent by Units and Volume. Michael Bundy was honored with the Top Selling Agent by Volume award. Tom Wibirt received the Top Selling Agent by Units award. Carolyn Hill received the award for Top Producing Agent by Volume. Team Maceda, whose members include Joseph Maceda, Kristin Mizgorski and Rebecca Duffy, received the Top Producing Agent by Units award.
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT WEEK: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its 23rd annual Business Development Week from Jan. 25 to 29 at various locations in the county.
Activities will include informational programs, workshops and a business expo for anyone learning about business, starting a business or expanding a business. Many of the events are free and open to the public.
The event begins with a kickoff luncheon from 11:30 to 1 p.m. Jan. 25 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The keynote speaker will be Elizabeth McCormick, a Blackhawk pilot, who will present "Soar 2 Success." Tickets are $35. To register, visit pascoedc.com. For information, call (727) 842-7651 or visit westpasco.com.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.
• Customer Service Workshop, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• How to Apply for a Business Loan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
• How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.
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.
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