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Pasco Business digest for March 4

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CHAMBER'S NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Melonie Monson of Zephyrhills is the new executive director of the Greater Zephyr­hills Chamber of Commerce.

Monson, 54, has been working as assistant city clerk for the city of Zephyrhills. She has more than 30 years of business experience as a business owner. Prior to working for the city, she served at the chamber as membership services coordinator under former executive director Vonnie Mikkelsen.

HOME INSPECTOR ANNIVERSARY: Mark Flanzbaum of National Property Inspections, based in New Port Richey, was recently honored by the American Society of Home Inspectors for five years of membership. Flanzbaum has been a member of the society since 2011.

The society is the oldest and largest international professional organization of independent home inspectors in North America. Flanzbaum conducts existing and new construction pre-purchase, pre-listing and maintenance inspections in west Pasco. For information, call (727) 359-9161.

NEW DOCTOR FOR GULFSIDE HOSPICE: Dr. Leslie Stevens recently joined the interdisciplinary team of experts at Gulfside Hospice.

Stevens will be visiting patients throughout Pasco both in the community and at the Gulfside Centers for Hospice Care. Most recently, she held the position of senior medical director at Community Hospice of Northeast Florida in Jacksonville.

Events

TRINITY MARKETPLACE: Local small businesses will gather to showcase and sell their products from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Trinity Marketplace at the Trinity Meeting Center, 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 106, in the Trinity Commons Plaza, New Port Richey.

Admission is free and open to the public. For information, call (727) 375-9700 or send email to events@TrinityMeetingCenter.com.

BIDDING ON CONTRACTS WITH THE COUNTY: In an effort to generate more local vendor participation, the Pasco Board of County Government Purchasing Department will hold a workshop, "Doing Business with Pasco County," from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday at the West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizen Drive, New Port Richey.

The workshop is also meant as a chance for vendors to provide feedback on ways Pasco County government can better address the needs of local vendors. For information, contact Megan Ellerin at mellerin@pascocountyfl.net or call (727) 847-8194. The deadline to RSVP is Tuesday. To RSVP, visit pascocountyfl.net/Index.aspx?NID=236.

GASPARILLA INTERACTIVE CONFERENCE: The Gasparilla Interactive Conference speaker series and expo will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. March 10 and from 9:10 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. March 11 at Hillsborough Community College's Ybor City Campus, 2112 N 15th St., Tampa.

The conference will feature presentations and forums that include some of the brightest minds in emerging technology, interactive media and disruptive entrepreneurialism. There also will be networking events hosted by industry leaders.

Registration is $200. For information, visit gasparillainteractive.org/#tile_registration_anchor.

Save the date

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.

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.

• Introduction to QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Hudson Branch Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

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

• Understanding a Franchise Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.

• Using the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 15, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

• How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 15, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

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.

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 jhamilton@tampabay.com 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.

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

• 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.

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

• Suncoast Women in Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Golden Corral Restaurant, 8928 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Suncoast WIN is a group of professional businesswomen. Membership is $5 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 westpascobusinessassociation.com.

• 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 noworries@tampabay.rr.com.

• 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: 8-10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Location changes each month. For information or to RSVP, visit pascoagingnetwork.org. 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: 7:15-9 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: 7:45-9:15 a.m. Thursdays at Quail Hollow Golf Club, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. $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 (except June and July when date will be second Friday of the month), Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive, 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 March 4 03/02/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 2, 2016 5:59pm]
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