Premier Community HealthCare Group will open a new dental center in the Mike Fasano Regional Hurricane Shelter at 11611 Denton Ave., Hudson.
Premier Community Healthcare Group received initial state funding through the efforts of Sen. Mike Fasano for $1.25 million. The $7.7 million hurricane shelter opened about one year ago with only construction costs covered. The Pasco Health Department provides primary care services at the center. It will continue to share space with Premier.
The center will employ about 10 people. The $1.25 million in state funding will underwrite salaries and equipment.
For information, call Susan Hutson at (352) 518-2000, ext. 9012.
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The Microtel Inn & Suites at 7839 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, announced that it has been named the 2010 Microtel Hotel of the Year by Microtel Inns and Suites. The award-winning hotel was cumulatively ranked the top hotel among all Microtel's more than 310 hotels. The winner was selected based on several performance criteria, including guest satisfaction ratings and property evaluation scores over the previous 12 months.
The hotel is managed by SKY Hospitality, the recipient of more awards for guest satisfaction, quality and unit performance than any other third party operator in the history of the Microtel brand. For information, call Marian Goodman, SKY Hospitality, at (727) 415-5625.
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Lennar's Central Florida Division and Treats for Troops have teamed up to collect snacks and toiletries to send to U.S. troops overseas. Collection boxes are in the Welcome Homes Centers in each of Lennar's 22 communities to accept donations.
Pasco locations include:
• The Verandahs Lakeside (villas and homes) in Hudson
• Eiland Park Town Homes, Zephyrhills
• Concord Station in Land O'Lakes
• Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club in San Antonio
Donations will be accepted through Sunday.
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Dr. Todd Bodanza of Conforti's Crossroads Chiropractic Center, 1811 Health Care Drive, New Port Richey, will have a food drive until Nov. 23 to collect nonperishable Thanksgiving items.
The items will benefit the Salvation Army's food pantry. New patients who bring a few items will receive a free computerized exam, X-rays and report of findings, valued at $295. Established patients who bring in items will receive a free office visit. For information, call (727) 376-9611.
Astrid Bailey, a regional vice president with Primerica, has expanded her office and moved to 19408 Shumard Oak Drive, Suite 101, Land O'Lakes, from Duluth, Ga. Bailey has been with Primerica for 16 years. Primerica is the largest independent financial services marketing company in North America.
For information on Primerica or to contact Bailey, call (727) 495-0886.
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Lorrie McGovern has joined Saint Leo University as head of graduate programs in the School of Business.
McGovern joins Saint Leo as the university is in the midst of the construction of a building for the School of Business, which will be named for Donald R. Tapia, the lead donor for the building.
Before joining the university, McGovern served as dean of the School of Business at King College in Bristol, Tenn. She joined that institution in 2002 as a member of the business faculty, teaching marketing and management. During her time there she was involved with local and regional business groups, including the Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Tennessee Industrial Development Board.
McGovern earned her doctorate in marketing from Argosy University. She holds a master's degree in organizational management from Tusculum College of Tennessee, and a bachelor's degree in organizational management from Virginia Intermont College.
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Nancy Surak, broker-associate with Eshenbaugh Land Co., based in Tampa, was awarded the certified commercial investment member designation by the CCIM Institute. The designation was recently awarded during the institute's awards ceremony in Orlando.
Surak, who lives in Land O'Lakes, also holds an accredited land consultant designation from the National Realtors Land Institute in addition to her master's degree from the University of Florida and an undergraduate business degree from Louisiana State University.
Surak served on the Pasco County Economic Development Council board of directors from 2007-09 and is on the Leadership Tampa Bay board of directors, where she is director of recruitment and board development.
Surak can be reached at (813) 299-2587.
The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will hold its inaugural Pigz in Z'Hills event, a backyard and professional barbecue cookoff competition and blues festival, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. today at Krusen Field, 4626 Krusen Field Road at 20th Street and Alston Avenue, Zephyrhills.
Admission will be $3 for adults; children 12 and younger will get in free. The event will include barbecued food, live blues music, an antique car show, children's activities and games, vendors and more. For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.
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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at Hobby Lobby, 8615 Little Road, New Port Richey, at 9 a.m. Monday. Call Kari Andrews at (727) 848-7049.
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The Business Development Council, hosted by Superior Bank, will meet at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at Bob Evans Restaurant, 9115 U.S. 19, Port Richey, just south of Gulf View Square Mall.
The business networking group works to promote individual business members. The group is working on a website that will enable linking to members' websites.
The group meets the first Tuesday of each month. Call Marla Brooks at (727) 376-1030.
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The Pasco Hernando NPI Networking Group will meet at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.
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The BNI Revenue Source, a referral-based networking group, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.
Visitors are welcome. The cost of the meeting, which includes breakfast, is $10. Call David Randall, president, at (727) 842-7744.
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The new Free Networking International group will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cantina Laredo restaurant, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass).
The group's corporate sponsor is the Theater Doctor, and its host is Cantina Laredo. The group's director is Martine Duncan, co-owner of the Theater Doctor.
There is no fee to join this networking group. The meeting is structured using the FNI format. Attendees can order lunch off the menu at their own cost. Call Duncan at (813) 929-6816.
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BNI Eagles will have a networking event at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Palm Room at Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey, off Little Road, north of State Road 54. RSVP at (727) 967-1418.
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