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Pasco Business Digest for Oct. 23

RESTAURANT HOLDS RIBBON-CUTTING: Rose Mohr and Jerry Kuss, co-owners of Rose’s Bistro Off Main, formerly Market Off Main, at 6238 Grand Blvd. in downtown New Port Richey, recently had a ribbon-cutting with the Green Commerce Association. The bistro offers both indoor and outdoor seating. With the support of Friendship Farms & Fare, the Nature Coast Real Food Project and the Green Commerce Association, it will use local organic vegetables in its meals.

Courtesy of Marilynn deChant

RESTAURANT HOLDS RIBBON-CUTTING: Rose Mohr and Jerry Kuss, co-owners of Rose’s Bistro Off Main, formerly Market Off Main, at 6238 Grand Blvd. in downtown New Port Richey, recently had a ribbon-cutting with the Green Commerce Association. The bistro offers both indoor and outdoor seating. With the support of Friendship Farms & Fare, the Nature Coast Real Food Project and the Green Commerce Association, it will use local organic vegetables in its meals.

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SCORE NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: The Pasco Hernando Chapter of SCORE, which provides counseling services to small businesses, is looking for volunteers.

The chapter has been helping local small businesses since 1979. The group conducts more than 2,500 free and confidential mentoring sessions annually and provides more than 60 training and educational seminars.

Currently, volunteers with simple computer experience, bookkeeping experience, database management experience or a working knowledge of Excel are needed.

For information or to volunteer, call (727) 842-4638.

LOCAL RESTAURANT MAKES TOP 100 TAMPA BAY LIST: Caposey's Whole Works Restaurant, 5250 Green Key Road, New Port Richey, was recently listed No. 37 on Yelp's Top 100 Restaurants in Tampa Bay.

"We work hard here to provide quality food at reasonable prices and stellar service, so it's really nice to have that recognized," said owners Nancy and John Caposey.

The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays. For information, call (727) 842-4307.

LOCAL CHIROPRACTIC PRACTICE MARKS ANNIVERSARY: Kehoe Family Chiropractic, 7212 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey, recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.

Drs. Brian and Denise Kehoe offer a form of chiropractic care called the Gonstead System. Brian Kehoe is a fourth-generation Floridian whose ancestors were among the first to settle in New Port Richey. For information, visit

Who's news

CHAMBER GETS NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Rod Mayhew is the new executive director of the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce.

Mayhew, 61, is an entrepreneur, having founded both a mortgage company and a publishing company. He received an associate's degree from Anne Arundel Community College, a bachelor's degree from Towson State University and a master's degree from the University of Miami.

Mayhew will fill the position vacated in July by Vonnie Mikkelsen, who relocated to Oregon.


ALL ABOUT LAWYERS: Samantha L. Dammer, the managing attorney and founder of Tampa Law Advocates, will present a free seminar, "All About Lawyers: How to Choose, Hire and Get the Most from an Attorney," at noon today at SMARTstart New Port Richey, 6345 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.

The seminar will provide information to start-up businesses regarding how attorneys practice and what to expect from an attorney. The seminar is open to the public. To RSVP, call Becky Martin at (727) 478-0670.

GRAND OPENING: Ragazzi's Ristorante and Pizzeria, 7119 State Road 54, New Port Richey, will present live music by Corey Cottrell, plus samples of its Sicilian fare, at a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. Tuesday. The event also will feature appearances by Tampa Bay Storm players James Harrell and Craig Peterson, and the team's head coach, who will sign autographs, give out merchandise and host a raffle.

For information, call (727) 816-9733 or visit

JOB FAIR: State Rep. Amanda Murphy, in partnership with the Connections Job Development Program, will host a job fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey.

Various local businesses will be in attendance, including Bayonet Point Health & Rehab, Jefferson Bank, Smart USA, Primerica, United Way, Knight Pest Control, Spherion Staffing, Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind, Good Samaritan Health Clinic and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

For information, call (727) 848-5885.

MARKETING MANIA: The public is invited to join American House Zephyrhills and Senior Helpers for its East & West Pasco Marketing Mania at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Commons on Pretty Pond, 38130 Pretty Pond Road, Zephyrhills.

Janet Chubinsky from the Children's Outreach Program Effort will speak. A continental breakfast will be served. The event is free and open to the public. To RSVP, call (813) 400-2263 by Tuesday.

Building skills

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

• Risk Management, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• Using the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

• Legal Choices for Small Businesses, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 30, Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

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

REGISTER NOW FOR SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is hosting two small business seminars Thursday at the New Port Richey Campus of Rasmussen College, 8661 Citizens Drive, third floor, Room 302, New Port Richey.

• How to Apply for a 501(c)(3), from 10 a.m. to noon, will be presented by Barbara Sweinburg. The cost is $15.

• Understanding a Franchise Business, from 1 to 3 p.m., will be presented by Jack Grise. The cost is $15.

Registration and payment is required in advance at

Save the date

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, free 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 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Vendor spaces are available. The event will include 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.

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.

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.

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