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Pasco Business Digest for Nov. 4

SUNTRUST SUPPORTS PASCO EDC: Skip Miller, right, SunTrust Bank senior vice president, recently presented Bill Cronin, Pasco Economic Development Council president/CEO, with a check for $5,000 to support the Pasco EDC’s Microloan Fund. “SunTrust has been an active supporter of Pasco EDC and the Microloan program for many years,” said Cronin. “We are fortunate to have strong community partners like SunTrust to help us achieve our mission to stimulate balanced and diversified business growth in Pasco County.”

Courtesy of Jennifer Lachtara

SUNTRUST SUPPORTS PASCO EDC: Skip Miller, right, SunTrust Bank senior vice president, recently presented Bill Cronin, Pasco Economic Development Council president/CEO, with a check for $5,000 to support the Pasco EDC’s Microloan Fund. “SunTrust has been an active supporter of Pasco EDC and the Microloan program for many years,” said Cronin. “We are fortunate to have strong community partners like SunTrust to help us achieve our mission to stimulate balanced and diversified business growth in Pasco County.”

Business digest

Briefly

TEA ROOM EXPANDS: The White Heron, 6228 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey, needed more room. In the meantime, next door, Karen and Ed LeGault, owners of Karen's Gifts, 6232 Grand Blvd., decided it was time to retire after 23 years. Kelly Hackman renamed her business White Heron Tea & Gifts and now occupies both spaces. "When they looked to retire, we were so honored that they would discuss options with us to help carry on their legacy," said Hackman. "It is so important to us to maintain the foundation that they have built, but also to add our little White Heron touch to things." The gift shop is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. The team room is open for reservations each day at noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. For information, visit thewhiteheronfl.com or call (727) 203-3504.

Who's news

CHAMBER INSTALLS 2017 OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS: The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce recently installed officers and directors for 2017. Members of the executive board include: Randy Surber, president; Shauna McKinnon, president-elect; Jason Sasser, vice president; Steve Hickman, treasurer; Kelly Sinn, secretary, and Randy Stovall, past president. Members of the board of directors include: Bob Larkin, Bobby Van Allen, Carolyn Hodges, Cliff Martin, Lisa Richardson, David West, Eric Weekes, Frank Notarianni, Jean Nathe, Jimmy Adcock, Krista Covey, Pete Odom, Sister Roberta Bailey and Todd Batchelor. The 2016 President's Award was presented to Mayor Camille Hernandez for her commitment to help advance the cause of Dade City and for her support of the chamber's work. The award was presented by Stovall, outgoing president.

PASCO EDC NAMES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: The Pasco Economic Development Council recently announced the members of its board of directors executive committee for the 2016-17 fiscal year, which began Oct. 1. Committee members include: Jimmy Adcock, chairman; Keith Appenzeller, vice chairman; Kristi Cheatham Pettit, secretary/treasurer, and Barbara Wilhite, immediate past chairman. New at-large board members include: Steve Hickman and Ken West. For information,, visit PascoEDC.com or call (813) 926-0827.

Events

JOB SEARCH WORKSHOPS: Pasco-Hernando State College will host a series of job search strategy workshops from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. on Mondays during November in Room A205 at the West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The series is free and open to the public and is designed to help job-seekers overcome the challenges of finding employment and to refine interviewing skills.

• Job Search Strategies, Nov. 7.

• Resume Tips, Nov. 14.

• Interviewing Skills & Tips, Nov. 21.

For information, call Jacqueline Eden at (727) 816-3334.

HIRING FAIR FOR VETERANS: CareerSource Pasco Hernando will host its fourth annual Paychecks for Patriots, a special hiring fair for local veterans, at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at Pasco-Hernando State College, 420 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. For information, call (352) 277-6976.

COMMUNITY & BUSINESS EXPO: The Dade City Chamber of Commerce will host the Community & Business Expo, presented by Saint Leo University, from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 10 at Dan Cannon Auditorium at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. Participants are invited to promote their businesses or community groups. Information is available at dadecitychamber.org. The expo, which will feature more than 60 local exhibitors, entertainment, demonstrations, food samples and door prizes, is free and open to the community. For information, call the chamber at (352) 567-3769.

COUNTRY FAIR: Women's Connection of New Port Richey will present its annual Country Fair from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The fair will be followed by a luncheon. The event includes music, door prizes, baked goods, a dollar table, a silent auction and raffles. The speaker will be Barbara Hatterner. The cost is $15 and includes the fair and luncheon. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Anita at (727) 863-2126.

Building skills

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

• Marketing to Grow Your Business, 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at Zephyrhills Branch Library, 5347 8th St., Zephyrhills.

• Financial Tips for Your Small Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• Legal Issues for Small Business, 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 15 at Zephyrhills Branch Library, 5347 8th St., Zephyrhills.

• How to Apply for a Business Loan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

• Creating a Successful Business Plan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

• Introduction to QuickBooks, 5 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

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.

• Women's Connection of New Port Richey: 11:30 a.m. the second Monday of each month (September through May) at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $15 and includes lunch and a speaker. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Anita at (727) 863-2126.

• BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 815-7744.

• East Pasco Networking Group: 7:30 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.

• Suncoast Women in Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the Royal Super Buffet, 9550 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Suncoast WIN is a group of professional businesswomen. Membership is $10 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 begins 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 to 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 to 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 to 9:15 a.m. Thursdays at Quail Hollow Golf Club, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. Cost of $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, Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Dr., 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. 4 10/31/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 1:31pm]
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