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Pasco business digest for June 6

Business digest


Chamber scholarships: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce recently presented eight $500 scholarships to Zephyrhills High School graduates in recognition of their community service and scholastic achievements and in support of their future educational goals.

Scholarship recipients were: Emily Burgess, Charity Cangro, Gregory Nobles, Jasmine Canty, Kaitlin Greenough, Molly Verrill, Rebecca Wilcox and Zachary Winters.

Credit Union awards scholarships: San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union recently awarded two $2,500 scholarships to Pasco High School seniors Madison Johnson and Sarah Piersall. The two were chosen from applications representing five area high schools.

Saint Leo University's sport business program recognized: Saint Leo University recently announced that its sports business program, with undergraduate and graduate offerings, has been named a Program of Distinction at the university in recognition of its exemplary success for more than 10 years.

Prior to the designation, the program had been the flagship program within the university's Donald R. Tapia School of Business since 2003. During the last several years, the program marked new milestones including being the first to be accredited by the Commission on Sport Management Accreditation and, in the case of the M.B.A., being ranked twice as one of the top graduate programs in the world by SportBusiness International.

Who's news

PHSC names new provosts:Pasco-Hernando State College recently named Bonnie Clark, as vice president of instruction/provost, West Campus in New Port Richey, replacing retiring administrator Burt Harres.

Clark, former provost of the Spring Hill Campus, has held administrative positions at PHSC, including associate provost at the Spring Hill Campus from 2010-14, and dean of arts and sciences from 2006-10.

Dr. Amy Anderson was named provost, Spring Hill Campus. Prior to her appointment, Anderson was dean of health, wellness and sports technologies at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa since 2007.

Building skills

Educating entrepreneurs: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting free business seminars. Upcoming seminars include:

• "How to Really Start Your Business," noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, New Port Richey SMARTstart, the new business incubator center in the city-owned former post office building, 6345 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.

• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:25 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• "The Art of Sales Communication," noon to 3 p.m. Friday, New Port Richey SMARTstart, the new business incubator center in the city-owned former post office building, 6345 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.

To register, visit and click on the "Local Workshops" tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

If you have business announcements you would like to share, mail the details to Jean Hayes, 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. Monday at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Tony Nalli at (727) 858-7907.

BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. The cost is $8 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 847-3898.

East Pasco Networking Group: 8 a.m. Tuesday at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491.

Business Development Council: 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at Cracker Barrel, 5341 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. The networking group promotes individual business members. It meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call Crystal Menzie Olson at (727) 376-1030.

West Pasco Business Association: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The group is composed of professionals who promote one another's businesses. Visit westpasco

Pasco Business Connections: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Broken Yolk, 3350 Grand Blvd., Holiday. The group meets on Wednesdays. Email

Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cantina Laredo restaurant, 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.

West Pasco Business Network: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Blue Dolphin, 8825 State Road 52, Hudson. For more information, visit or call Joanne Grassi at (727) 856-9595.

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday 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. Thursday at Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant, 22948 State Road 54, Lutz. Call Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.

Trinity/West Pasco Chapter of NPI: 7:45 a.m. Thursday at IHOP, 10740 State Road 54, New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

Pasco business digest for June 6 06/03/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 6:29pm]
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