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Pasco Business digest for July 1

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PARTNER RECOGNITION AWARD: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was recently presented with a partner recognition award from Practice Greenhealth, the nation's leading health care community dedicated to transforming health care so that it reduces its environmental footprint.

The award is given to health care facilities that have begun to work on environmental improvements, have achieved some progress, and have at least a 10 percent recycling rate for their total waste stream.

BEST JOB MARKET: According to WalletHub, Wesley Chapel is tops when it comes to the Florida job market. The financial review website looked at 130 Florida cities, ranking Wesley Chapel first on its list of Best Florida Cities by Job Market. Lutz is ranked 16th, followed by Land O'Lakes at 17th.

WalletHub considered several factors for its rankings, including the number of job opportunities, employment growth, starting salaries and unemployment rate.

When taking socioeconomic factors into consideration, such as average workday and commute time, WalletHub ranked Wesley Chapel fourth in the overall rankings for Best Florida Cities for Finding a Job. Lutz and Land O'Lakes are ranked 11th and 46th, respectively, on the overall list.

Of the 130 cities included in the study, WalletHub also ranked Wesley Chapel as second for Most Affordable Housing and third for Lowest Unemployment Rate for High School Graduates.

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Who's news

GEAR SPINNERS CELEBRATES NEW LOCATION WITH OPEN HOUSE: Members of the Greater Dade City and Greater Wesley Chapel chambers of commerce gathered recently to celebrate the success of SMARTstart Pasco Business Incubators member Thomas Giella of Gear Spinners with a ribbon-cutting and open house at its new location, 25344 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Suite 104, Lutz.

Giella launched his business in September 2014 with help from the Pasco Economic Development Council's SMARTstart entrepreneur programs when he became a member of SMARTstart's Dade City incubator.

During his time as an on-site member of the incubator, Giella received access to office space as well as mentorship and coaching to help accelerate his growth. Giella plans to continue with the SMARTstart program as an off-site member of the Dade City incubator and is hoping to expand into Land O'Lakes and New Port Richey.

DOCTOR LECTURES IN BOSTON: Dr. Michael A. Pikos, a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the founder of Coastal Jaw Surgery, spoke about cone beam CT technology, bone grafting and dental implants at the 12th International Symposium on Periodontics & Restorative Dentistry in Boston, June 16 to 19.

Pikos' offices are at 2711 Tampa Road, Palm Harbor; 8845 Hawbuck St., Trinity, and 4372 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

NEW FUNERAL DIRECTOR: Laura Holland of Loyless Funeral Home, 5310 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes, has completed her mandatory one-year internship and has passed her state board exam to become a fully licensed funeral director.

Holland, who is also a certified celebrant, began her internship with Loyless in 2013 while attending St. Petersburg College. She graduated in 2015.


CHAMBER BUSINESS BREAKFAST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Business Breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. July 7 in Classroom 108 of Medical Plaza I at Bayfront Health Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road, Dade City.

The speaker will be Shauna McKinnon, Bayfront Health Dade City CEO. The cost is $8 for chamber members and $10 for non-members. To RSVP, call (813) 782-1913.

COTTAGE INDUSTRY EXPO: The University of Florida/IFAS Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas county extension offices will host the first Tampa Bay Cottage Industry Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel. The expo will offer practical education sessions taught by farmers, cooperative extension office experts and industry representatives. The goal is to provide attendees with information they can apply to improve their small or beginning agriculture operations. Sessions will cover agriculture production, legal and regulatory considerations and marketing. Topics will include fruits and veggies, hydroponics and livestock. The expo will also feature a trade show. Food trucks will be available. The cost is $30 per person. Pre-registration is required. To register online, visit and click on July, then scroll down to the expo. For information, call (352) 518-0156.

Save the date

APPRECIATION BANQUET: The Pasco Economic Development Council will have its annual appreciation banquet on Sept. 8 at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel. The 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 growing and strengthening 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

GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER: Wells Fargo Advisors of Trinity will host its third annual golf tournament to benefit Gulfside Hospice at 11 a.m. Oct. 24 at Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd., Tarpon Springs, with a shotgun start at 1 p.m.

Registration for the four-person scramble is $125 for individual golfers and $500 per foursome, which includes lunch and dinner. Hole-in-one, longest-drive and closest-to-the-pin prizes will be awarded. There will be beat the pro contests, as well as an auction. To register online, visit or call Carla Armstrong toll-free 1-800-561-4883. Sponsorships are available, starting at $200.

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: 8 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 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 July 1 06/29/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 29, 2016 5:04pm]
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