NEW CANCER TOOL DEBUTS: On July 6, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute, the largest independent medical oncology/hematology practice in the United States, previewed a new mobile cancer screening scanner that is the first of its kind in the Southeast, at its New Port Richey office, 8763 River Crossing Blvd. The Siemen Healthcare Biography Horizon PET/CT scanner is available on select mobile units. For information, visit flcancer.com/newportrichey.
LOCAL BUSINESS EARNS ACCREDITED MEMBERSHIP: For the second consecutive year, POV Home Watch of Hudson has earned accredited member status in the National Home Watch Association. The association was formed in 2009 to establish and maintain high industry standards for home watch and absentee homeowner services throughout the United States and Canada. POV Home Watch is owned by Brenda and Michael Martyniak of Hudson. The business serves western Pasco County, southern Hernando County and northern Pinellas County. For information, call Brenda at (727) 858-9648 or Mike at (727) 415-0952, or visit POVHomeWatch.com.
GULF VIEW SQUARE WELCOMES TWO NEW BUSINESSES: Gulf View Square mall in Port Richey has welcomed T&R Aquatics and Happy Times to its retail lineup. T&R Aquatics is a one-stop destination for marine aquarium supplies. The store specializes in custom saltwater, coral, reef, sumps, tanks, filters and lights. It also stocks a variety of fish and plants. The business is next to Starbucks in Center Court. Happy Times, which offers purses, wallets, backpacks and luggage, is across from Rainbow on the south end of the mall. For information, call (727) 848-3600 or visit shopgulfviewsquare.com.
GROUNDBREAKING: Dan Tang, president of Global Electronics Testing Services, broke ground recently on a 10,000-square-foot facility at the West Pasco Industrial Park in Odessa. The expansion for Global is the Pasco County company's first step toward becoming a Defense Logistics Agency-approved laboratory for testing electronic components. One of only a few independent electronic components testing companies in the global market, Global is at the forefront in the effort to eliminate counterfeit or substandard electronic components. The new facility will include a 5,000-square-foot, internationally accredited laboratory, giving the company the opportunity to expand its counterfeit components training program while growing its existing internship program with the University of South Florida.
HOSPITAL EARNS GOLD PLUS AWARD: Florida Hospital Zephyrhills was recently presented a Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures as outlined by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.Hospitals that receive the Gold Plus award have reached a goal of treating heart failure or stroke patients with an 85 percent or higher compliance to core standard levels for 24 consecutive months as established by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association.
AUTHORIZED UNIFORM VENDOR: Campus Gear in San Antonio is the new vendor for the uniform program at Academy at the Farm Charter School in Dade City. In addition to carrying student uniforms, Campus Gear will carry extended logo wear items for teachers, staff and parents, including caps, book bags, dress shirts, socks and other items. For information, visit campusgear.biz.
TOP REALTORS: Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, has announced its top Realtors for June. Tom Wibirt received the awards for Top Listing Agent by Units and Volume and Top Selling Agent by Volume. Randal Jenkins was honored as the Top Selling Agent by Units. Carolyn Hill was named the Top Producing Agent by Units and Volume.
CERTIFIED TEA SPECIALIST: Kelly Hackman, owner of the White Heron Tea & Gifts in downtown New Port Richey, recently completed coursework to become a certified tea specialist. Working through the World Tea Academy, Hackman completed classes over the past eight months to further her knowledge about tea. Hackman was recognized and received her certificate at a graduation ceremony at this year's World Tea Expo in Las Vegas.
CUTLER EXECUTIVE JOINS PASCO EDC BOARD: Kevin Glenn, vice president of business development with Cutler Associates, has joined the Pasco Economic Development Council's board of directors. Cutler Associates recently increased its investment in the Pasco EDC to the Corporate Council level ($10,000). Glenn is a veteran of marketing and business development in the architecture/engineering/construction industry.
EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE AWARD: Annie Lambert, resident medical assistant at Atria Windsor Woods in Hudson, was recently presented with the Exceptional Service Award plaque. The award recognized Lambert for her dedication and exceptional service. She has been an employee at Atria since October 2008.
CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTING: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. Monday at Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe, 36524 State Road 54, Zephyrhills, to show off the newly remodeled store. Cake and refreshments will be served.
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 pasco.ifas.ufl.edu/events_calendar.shtml and click on July, then scroll down to the expo. For information, call (352) 518-0156.
REGISTER NOW FOR CO.STARTERS SUMMER SESSION: Registration for the Pasco Economic Development Council's Summer 2016 session of CO.STARTERS, a national business development program, is open. The 10-week program, from 6 to 9 p.m. each Tuesday, beginning Aug. 2 at the Marchman Technical Education Center, 7825 Campus Drive, New Port Richey. The cost of the program is $295. The deadline for applications is July 29. For information, visit pascoedc.com/incubator/events/co-starters/.
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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 email@example.com.
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 firstgiving.com/GulfsideHospice/golf2016 or call Carla Armstrong toll-free 1-800-561-4883. Sponsorships are available, starting at $200.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.
• Using the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 9, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• Introduction to QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Aug. 11, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.
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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