Pasco Business digest for March 4

Published March 2 2016
Updated March 2 2016

Business digest

Who's news

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.


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 [email protected]

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 [email protected] or call (727) 847-8194. The deadline to RSVP is Tuesday. To RSVP, visit

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

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 [email protected]

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 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 [email protected] 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.