PASCO EDC HONORS GROWING BUSINESSES: More than 600 community and business leaders met recently for the Pasco Economic Development Council's 30th annual Banquet and Industry of the Year Awards. Eight companies that demonstrated significant growth over the past year were honored. Honorees included: Ortho Technology, New Business; Crestmark Pharmacy Services, Manufacturing Industry of the Year (1-25 employees); Leggett & Platt Adjustable Bed Group, Manufacturing Industry of the Year (more than 25 employees); Optimum Plumbing, Service/Distribution Industry of the Year (1-25 employees); Bayonet Plumbing, Heating and Air Conditioning, Service/Distribution Industry of the Year (more than 25 employees); Global Electronics Testing Services, Technology; Bayfront Health Dade City, Special Recognition, and Marjorie's Hope, Special Contribution.
RESIDENT CELEBRATES WORK ANNIVERSARY: Zephyrhills resident Tom Jones was recently recognized for his long-standing position at Suburban Propane. Jones, who reached his 30-year milestone with the company, started with Suburban Propane at its Tampa office in 1986.
SMARTSTART CO. STARTERS: SMARTstart Pasco Incubators will host its next 10-week SMARTstart CO.STARTERS session from 6 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday, beginning Oct. 11, at the SMARTstart Pasco Business Incubator, 37837 Meridian Ave., Dade City. The deadline to register is Oct. 7. Led by a trained coach in a small, supportive group setting, attendees will gain insights, relationships and tools needed to turn business ideas into action. The event, co-sponsored by the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, is ideal for established business owners wanting to take their company to the next level or aspiring entrepreneurs looking to launch their first business. The cost is $295 and includes 10 weeks of instruction and materials. To register, visit smartstartpasco.com.
GOLF TOURNAMENT BENEFITS GULFSIDE HOSPICE: Wells Fargo Advisors of Trinity will host its third annual golf tournament to benefit Gulfside Hospice on Oct. 24. The four-person scramble will be at Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd., Tarpon Springs. Lunch and registration begin at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The cost is $125 for individual golfers and $500 per foursome, which includes lunch, dinner, auction and golf. There will be a hole-in-one prize and contests for longest drive, closest to the pin and beat the pro. Pre-registration is available at firstgiving.com/GulfHospice/golf2016 or call Carla Armstrong toll-free 1-800-561-4883. Tournament sponsorships start at $200.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINAR: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.
• How to Apply for a 501(c)(3), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• Internet Marketing, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday 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.
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