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Pasco Business digest for Nov. 27

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NEW BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU MEMBER: SMARTstart Dade City Business Incubator member Access Computer Training has met the accreditation standard required for membership by the Better Business Bureau.

The business provides hands-on, comprehensive computer training to people of all ages and skill levels. The company sought BBB accreditation to let potential students know that Access adheres to high ethical standards and has made a commitment to live up to BBB principles, according to owner/president Kristin Pelletier.

Visit or call (855) 953-2764 for information.

RUNNERS, SPONSORS AND VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR RACE: The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is looking for sponsors for the Suncoast Credit Union's 22nd annual Flapjack 5K and 1-Mile Fun Run at 8 a.m. Dec. 13 at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

The race will honor the memory of the event's longtime director, Kris Keppel. Registration on the day of the race will be at 7:30 a.m. There will be free flapjacks for every runner; $5 for non-runners. Santa will attend and photo opportunities will be available. Students who participate can give credit to their school when they register; the school with the most entries will win a trophy.

To preregister for the 5K, the cost is $25 for adults or $17 for students. To preregister for the Fun Run, the cost is $15 for everyone. On the day of the day of the race, the cost for both races is $30. To register in advance, visit or

CHAMBER 2015 LIGHTING CONTEST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce invites residents, businesses, park clubhouses and assisted-living facilities to participate in the annual 2015 Holiday Lighting Contest.

Judging will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 to 13. Those participating should have their lights on during the specified hours to be eligible for judging. Winners will be announced and recognized at 9 a.m. Dec. 15 at the chamber's office.

The deadline to enter is Dec. 7. Entries are limited to the areas bound by Morris Bridge Road on the west, Kossick & Otis Allen on the north, U.S. 98 on the east and Crystal Springs on the south. Entry forms are available on the chamber's website at

Who's news

DOCTOR RECOGNIZED FOR PATIENT-CENTERED CARE: Access Health Care Physicians has announced that Dr. Jennifer Laman has received Patient-Centered Medical Home Level 2 recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance for using evidence-based, patient-centered processes that focus on coordinated care and long-term, participative relationships.

Laman's office is at 13235 State Road 52, Hudson.

EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Registered nurse Anna VanZyl, who works in the pre-admission testing area, was named Employee of the Month for September at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.


CHRISTMAS MIXER: The East Pasco Networking Group will have its Christmas mixer at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Blackstones Reef and Grill, 38361 County Road 54 East, Zephyrhills.

A 50/50 raffle will benefit Resurrection House Mission and Farmworkers Self-Help in Dade City. For information or to RSVP, call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491.

CHAMBER BUSINESS BREAKFAST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its December Business Breakfast, hosted by Zephyrhills Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills.

TRINITY MARKETPLACE: Local small businesses will gather to showcase and sell their products at the Trinity Marketplace from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Trinity Meeting Center, 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 106, in the Trinity Commons Plaza, New Port Richey.

The free event will take place on the first Saturday of the month through March. For information, call (727) 375-9700 or send email to

BODY LANGUAGE SECRETS: The Pasco Economic Development Council's SMARTstart program will present "Secrets of Body Language to Improve Success" from 10 to 11 a.m. Dec. 9 at SMARTstart New Port Richey, 6345 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.

The event is free, and will be presented by Jacqueline Eden of Pasco-Hernando State College. To RSVP, call (727) 478-0670 or (352) 437-4861, or visit

Save the date

BBQ & BLUES FESTIVAL: The sixth annual Pigz in Z'Hill BBQ & Blues Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Zephyr­hills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave., Zephyrhills.

The event features a barbecue competition and blues music. Visitors will be able to sample culinary creations by professional and backyard competitors.

There will also be concessions, vendors, childrens rides, classic cars and plenty of barbecue.

Though the event is free, parking is $10. The music will start at 11 a.m., with a lineup including Coldiron, Wendy Rich & the Soulshakers, the RJ Howson Band and Damon Fowler.

Visit for sponsorships and vendor information.

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 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 Rose's Cafe, 38426 Fifth Ave., 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: 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other's businesses. Visit

• Trinity Business Association: 6-7:30 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

• 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 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 Nov. 27 11/26/15 [Last modified: Thursday, November 26, 2015 4:25pm]
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