Pasco business digest, Sept. 1 and upcoming

Business digest

Briefly

Progressive Air Systems recently announced that it has partnered with the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired & Blind to help generate more donations.

Progressive Air Systems will donate 5 percent of each sale up to $2,000 spent per customer in support of the Lighthouse.

Sales include all tuneups, repairs, indoor air quality products and new installations. Customers need to mention the promotion to have a donation made in their name to the Lighthouse.

Progressive Air Systems is a full-service, a 27-year-old air-conditioning company in Pasco County, covers residential, light commercial and new construction projects in Brooksville south to Sarasota. For information, call (727) 847-3898.

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The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is accepting nominations and sponsorships for its 2012 National Philanthropy Day awards.

Philanthropists from the Tampa Bay area will be recognized for their dedication to community service and giving at the National Philanthropy Day event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 13 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.

The event, sponsored by the Nature Coast chapter and the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, along with media sponsor the Tampa Bay Times, will honor community leaders in six categories: Philanthropist of the Year, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year, Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year, Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy and Youth in Philanthropy.

The nominating process is open and all nonprofit agencies are encouraged to participate by completing a nomination form at afp-naturecoast.org. The deadline is Sept. 4.

For sponsorship or ticket information, email Becky Bennett, Healthy Families Pasco-Hernando program manager, at bbennetthfpasco@aol.com or call (727) 967-7509.

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Sponsors are needed for the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce's third-annual Pigz in Z'Hills event, a backyard and professional barbecue cookoff competition and blues festival set for Oct. 27 at the Charles B. Krusen Memorial Field, 4626 Krusen Field Road, near 20th Street and Alston Avenue in Zephyrhills.

For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913 or visit zephyrhillschamber.org.

Events

The Central Pasco, Dade City, Wesley Chapel, West Pasco and Zephyrhills chambers of commerce will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day.

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its Ambassadors Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the chamber office, 38550 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills.

The event, sponsored by CF Industries, is free for ambassadors and $10 for guests. For information, call (813) 782-1913 or email news@zephyr hillschamber.org.

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Business Breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blve., Zephyrhills.

The guest speaker is Dr. Raul Olivera from Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, the event sponsor. The cost is $7 for chamber members and $5 for Ambassadors. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

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Carrabba's Italian Grill at 10110 U.S. 19, Port Richey, will host a fundraising luncheon to benefit CARES beginning at noon Thursday.

Celebrity waiters will serve patrons during the event. Proceeds will help refurbish the new Elfers CARES Center that is slated to open this fall.

CARES (Community Aging and Retirement Services) is a charitable, nonprofit corporation that provides quality and caring services to meet the needs of older persons and their families in west-central Florida. CARES is a Medicare/Medicaid certified home health agency.

For information, call Judy Parker at (727) 457-8987.

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Women's Connection of New Port Richey will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 10 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.

The guest speaker will be Jan Tombow, who will speak on the topic "Stolen But Not Lost." The program will feature a fashion show by Beall's Department Store.

The cost is $15 and includes the program, speaker and luncheon. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Dianna at (727) 514-1383 by Sept. 8.

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SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free business seminars:

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Lykes Memorial Library, main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

• "Using the Internet In Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 11 at New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• "How To Write A Grant Proposal," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at Crescent Community Clinic, 5244 Commercial Way, Spring Hill.

• "How To Market In This Economy," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

To register, visit score439.org and click on the Local Workshops tab, or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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Business and Professional Women of Calusa will host its annual Luncheon and Fashion Show fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 15 at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey.

Fashions for the event will be presented by Macy's. The event will include silent and live auctions, as well as door prizes. Proceeds will benefit the BPW/Calusa's scholarship program and local charities the group supports, and the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

BPW/Calusa is an alliance of local business, professional and retired men and women dedicated to improving the professional, personal and economic outlook for the business community and the community at large.

Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door. To RSVP, call Joanne Grassi at (727) 856-9595 by Sept. 12.

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Member Appreciation and Awards Banquet, "Survivor Zephyrhills — Explore, Navigate and Grow," from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 20 at Scotland Yards Golf Club, 8900 Wire Road, Dade City.

Reservations required. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

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 jhayes@tampabay.com 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 opportunities

BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. Speakers will be Jamie Clark with Total Title Solutions and Debbie Cooley with Innovative Mortgages. The cost is $8 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 847-3898.

Pasco Hernando NPI Networking Group: 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

Trinity Business Association: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Email info@trinitybusiness

association.com.

West Pasco Business Association: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The association is made up of professionals who work together to promote

one another's businesses.

Visit westpascobusiness

association.com.

BNI Revenue Source Chapter: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Visitors welcome. Cost with breakfast is $10. Call David Randall at (727) 842-7744.

Free Networking International: 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). Attendees pay for their own lunch. Call Martine Duncan at (813) 929-6816.

Wednesday Morning Networking Group: 7:45 a.m. Wednesday at Hungry Harry's Family Bar-B-Que, 3116 Land O'Lakes Blvd. (in the Lakehouse). The event sponsor is A.L. Saland Insurance Solutions. The cost is $5 and includes breakfast. For information, call the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (813) 909-2722.

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. For more information, call Sheryl Ryan at (352) 556-7711.

BNI Referral Connection: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Los Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant, 22948 State Road 54, Lutz. Call Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.

Women Helping Women: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Cost for luncheon is $11. Meets the first Thursday of each month. No charge to join. For information or to RSVP, call Gigi D. Evans at (727) 945-9669.

Pasco business digest, Sept. 1 and upcoming 08/31/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 31, 2012 5:30am]

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