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Pasco Business digest for Nov. 6

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SIGNATURE HEALTHCARE HONORED: For the fourth time, Signature HealthCARE, parent company of local nursing and rehabilitation center Southern Pines HealthCARE in New Port Richey, was honored as one of Modern Healthcare magazine's "Best Places to Work in Healthcare." The list is based partly on an employer survey, which considers company policies and benefits offered to employees. But honorees are selected based largely on surveys completed by random employees.

For information, visit

CREDIT UNION SUPPORTS PASCO SHERIFF'S K-9 ASSOCIATION: San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union is hoping to raise $2,000 in 60 days to purchase a police dog protective vest for the Pasco Sheriff's K-9 Association.

SAC will match donations up to $1,000 through Nov. 30. Donate $60 and receive a SAC 60th Anniversary insulated cup and funglasses, while supplies last.

Donations will be accepted at SAC, 37925 Church Ave., Dade City, and at participating veterinary clinics. For information, visit

MEDICAL CENTER OF TRINITY HONORED: Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity, was recently designated as an American Institute of Minimally Invasive Surgery "Gynecological Surgical Center of Excellence." The accomplishment was achieved after passing a series of rigorous criteria established by the accrediting body AIMIS.

GULFSIDE EARNS SEAL OF APPROVAL: Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes, has earned the Joint Commission's "Gold Seal of Approval" accreditation by demonstrating continuous compliance with its performance standards.

The Gold Seal of Approval is a symbol of quality that reflects an organization's commitment to providing safe and effective care.

GULFSIDE WELCOMES NEW BOARD MEMBER: Leigh Massengill, who currently serves as the CEO of Medical Center of Trinity, has joined the board of directors that oversees operations of Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care.

Massengill has worked in the health care field for 40 years since earning her master's degree in business administration with certification in health care administration from the University of Miami.

PHSC EXPANDS CISCO CLASSES IN WESLEY CHAPEL: Pasco-Hernando State College will offer a new Cisco Academy course, "Networking Fundamentals" from 2 to 4:40 p.m. Thursdays at the Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch in the upcoming spring term. Three additional Cisco Academy courses will be added to the course list in academic year 2016.

Cisco courses are delivered in partnership with Cisco's Networking Academy, a global education program that helps students prepare for information and communication technology careers such as network security and administration, technical support, and health care IT, professional certification, and higher education in engineering, computer science and related fields.

Spring term open registration for current and newly accepted PHSC students begins Monday. Spring term begins Jan. 11, 2016. To apply and register, visit For information, visit

Who's news

SAINT LEO NAMES TWO TO PASCO EDC BOARD AND POLICY COUNCIL: The Pasco Economic Development Council recently announced that Saint Leo University's Eric Weekes has joined the Pasco EDC board of directors, and Dr. Michael Nastanski has joined the Policy Council. Saint Leo University has been a Policy Council-level investor (at least $25,000) in Pasco EDC since 2009.

Weekes will assume the position previously held by Dr. Nastanski. Dr. Nastanski is taking a position previously held by Dr. Arthur Kirk, who retired this year as president of Saint Leo University.

The Pasco EDC's board of directors is responsible for governing the organization and providing guidance in the execution of its strategy. Members of the Policy Council serve as key advisers for the Pasco EDC board.

Building skills

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

• Understanding a Franchise Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• Intro to Microsoft Excel, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• How to Finance Your Business, 5:35 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.

• Legal Choices for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

To register and for information, visit and click on the Local Workshops tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.


CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTING: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at Life's Treasures in Support of HPH, 4910 S Allen Road, Zephyrhills, at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

COMMUNITY AND BUSINESS EXPO: The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce will host the 2015 Community and Business Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Dan Cannon Auditorium at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City.

Exhibitors are welcome. Information is available at The expo, which will feature business exhibitors, entertainment, demonstrations, food samples and door prizes, is free. For information, call the chamber at (352) 567-3769.

HARVEST FESTIVAL BUSINESS EXPO: Local businesses, churches and community organizations will join together to celebrate the Christian faith 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Vendor spaces are available.

The event includes a business expo, community yard sale, live entertainment, food, a car show, a kids corner, crafts, exhibits, giveaways and health education. Free admission. Proceeds will benefit the Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 810-8670.

Save the date

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

For sponsorships and vendor information, visit

If you have business announcements you would like to share, mail the details to Jean Hayes, 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. 6 11/04/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 4, 2015 3:50pm]
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