MEOPTA U.S.A. CHOOSES PASCO: The Pasco Economic Development Council and Pasco County worked together to recruit Meopta U.S.A. to open a new facility in west Pasco. Meopta plans on using the county's job creation incentive program in hiring for 47 new manufacturing positions. Meopta has been headquartered in Hauppauge, N.Y., for 20 years. It specializes in the manufacture and distribution of precision optics, including binoculars and spotting and rifle scopes. The company also manufacturers prisms, optical mirrors and assemblies for the aerospace and medical industries, as well as periscopes for tanks. The company is updating a formerly vacant building at 7826 Photonics Drive in the Trinity area. The new jobs exceed the average Pasco County wage at around 125 percent, or roughly $49,000 per year. "Pasco County has a long history in the photonics industry, and our experienced and talented workforce makes Pasco County an attractive location for companies like Meopta, said Bill Cronin, president/CEO of the Pasco EDC.
WEST PASCO HABITAT ReSTORE OPENS: West Pasco Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, at 4131 Madison St. in New Port Richey, is now open. The facility, with hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, offers items needed for home repair to home furnishings, including household goods and workshop supplies. The ReStore also takes in items that west Pasco residents no longer need or use. Drop-offs are accepted during normal business hours, or call to make arrangements for a pickup of larger items. For information, call (727) 843-8786.
FINANCIAL ADVISER ATTENDS FORUM: Linda McFarland, a financial adviser at SagePoint Financial, was recently invited to attend a forum presented by American Funds in Los Angeles. Seventy-seven advisers from all over the country participated in the two-day event. Participants had the opportunity to meet and interact with senior members of American Funds' business development and training team and learn ideas to help grow their business. McFarland, a Hudson resident since 1997, works with Frank Santo & Associates in Spring Hill.
HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Jeffrey Visag, lead X-ray technologist on the first shift, was recently named Employee of the Month for August at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. Visag was recognized as someone who leads by example in the areas of customer service, optimal imaging and promoting the patient experience. He received a pin, a blanket gift, a reception with refreshments for his colleagues, a front-row parking spot for one month and a $50 gift card. Each Employee of the Month is placed in nomination for the hospital's Employee of the Year.
PASCO EDC NAMES EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE: The Pasco Economic Development Council recently announced the members of its board of directors' executive committee for 2017-18, which began on Oct. 1. Keith Appenzeller will serve as chairman, Danielle Ruiz as vice chairman, Mike Lawson as secretary/treasurer and Jimmy Adock as immediate past chairman. Two new at-large members, Staceyann Sinclair and Heidi Tuttle-Beisner, will serve on the board of directors for fiscal year 2017-18. Pasco EDC's board of directors is responsible for governing the organization and providing guidance in the execution of its strategy.
ENTREPRENEUR ROUNDTABLE: The SMARTstart Pasco Economic Development Council will have its monthly Entrepreneur Roundtable from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Oct. 26 at the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, 6013 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. The meeting brings small business owners and early-stage venture founders from diverse industries together to exchange information, challenges and insights. Roundtables are held on the fourth Thursday of each month. For information or to register, visit smartstartpasco.com/events/details/ entrepreneur-roundtable2, or call John Walsh at (813) 926-0827, ext. 223.
PHSC SEEKS EMPLOYERS FOR JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR: Pasco-Hernando State College and CareerSource Pasco Hernando are seeking employers interested in participating in a job and internship fair from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 26 at PHSC's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, Room R151, New Port Richey. Local employers interested in promoting open positions and future opportunities will meet and greet job-seekers from the community and PHSC students seeking employment and internships. For information, contact Jackie Eden, assistant director, at (727) 816-3334 or email [email protected] The fair is open to anyone looking for full-time, part-time or internship positions. Job-seekers interested in attending must pre-register at jobandinternshipjobfairoctober26.eventbrite.com/.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars:
• Focused Selling Skills, 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 13, SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., Dade City.
• How to Use the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• Commercial Insurance for Small Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.
• Building a Business Plan for a Successful Business, 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 25, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
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.
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