INDUSTRY OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS WANTED: Each year, the Pasco Economic Development Council recognizes outstanding companies for their contributions to the local economy. Companies are recognized for job creation, increased capital investment and contributions to the community through civic involvement.
Industry awards are presented in four categories: manufacturing, service/distribution industry, technology industry, and entrepreneurship and/or exporting.
The Pasco EDC is seeking recommendations or nominations for potential award recipients. Call (813) 926-0827, ext. 227, no later than April 30.
GRANTS FOR WOMEN OFFERED: Women-n-Charge, whose mission, in part, is to support and assist professional women in managing their businesses more effectively, will offer two $1,000 grants this spring. The grant money can be used toward business-related equipment or services and continuing education.
For an application, visit women-n-charge.com. Applications are due by April 15. Winners will be honored at the group's May 6 meeting at Pebble Creek Country Club in Tampa. For information, contact Judy Nicolosi at (813) 600-9848 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Entrepreneur in Residence: The Pasco Economic Development Council recently named Dino Eliadis as the inaugural entrepreneur in residence for its SMARTstart Pasco Business Incubator program.
Eliadis, founder/president of DE and author of Business Growth Simplified: How to Rapidly Create a Self-Sustaining Business, will provide incubator members with business advice and guidance.
"For over a decade, DE has been helping business owners build companies that can thrive and provide ongoing cash flow, even when the owner is not present," said Eliadis.
"We are thrilled Dino has agreed to participate as our first entrepreneur in residence," said Krista Covey, SMARTstart's program director. "Our goal is to engage our local entrepreneurial community, grow new businesses and ultimately stimulate job growth in Pasco County."
MARKETING MANIA: The East & Central Pasco Marketing Mania, sponsored by American House Zephyrhills and Senior Helpers, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at 38130 Pretty Pond Road, Zephyrhills.
The guest speaker will be Craig Mayers, Alzheimer's Association community development coordinator. Tours will be available. To RSVP, call (813) 400-2263 by Monday.
WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS: Local female entrepreneurs will host a free educational seminar to empower other women to become their own bosses from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
The event will begin with a formal educational seminar led by financial expert Jeannie Holliday with Raymond James Financial Services. Those in attendance will then be able to direct questions to successful local female business owners and learn about possible business opportunities or partnerships.
Other speakers will include: Angie Carter, Jessica Fogarty, Beth Reed, Erin Green and Melanie Green.
For information, email Carter at email@example.com.
PUT YOUR EXPERIENCE TO WORK: Pasco Hernando SCORE will host a volunteer recruitment party from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Light refreshments will be served.
Volunteer SCORE mentors help small business owners succeed. Volunteers may be retired or currently employed, but should have a sincere commitment to help small businesses. To RSVP, call (727) 842-4638 by Tuesday. For information, visit pascohernando.score.org.
NETWORKING FESTIVAL: The Pasco Economic Development Council will host its 14th annual NetFest from 5 to 8 p.m. April 7 at Starkey Ranch, 12959 State Road 54, Odessa.
The networking event, with a Western theme, is a chance to wear blue jeans, plaid shirts and cowboy hats for a casual night of food, drink, music and networking.
Tickets are $35 for Pasco EDC investors and guests; $45 for others. Sponsorships levels include: Cowboy for $500, Trail Boss for $1,000 and Cattle Baron for $2,000.
Sponsors can assemble a team to participate in the sponsors-only chili cook-off. For information, contact Suzanne at (813) 926-0829 or Suzanne@pascoedc.com.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.
• Internet Marketing, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 1, Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.
• How to Apply for a Business Loan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 5, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.
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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