Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Business

Pasco business digest

Briefly

Leadership Pasco, a development program that explores issues through a series of seminars and hands-on activities, is accepting applications for its class of 2013.

The program is open to people interested in community involvement and supporting the prosperity of Pasco County.

Topics include leadership skills, the history of Pasco County, education, health care/social services, law enforcement/criminal justice, economic and business development, government and infrastructure.

Applications are due by June 1, and may be submitted at leadershippasco.com .

For an application, send an email request to Cindy Ewald, Leadership Pasco's recruitment chairwoman, at [email protected]

Who's news

Allen S. Crumbley is the newest member of Gulfside Regional Hospice's board of directors. Gulfside is governed by a volunteer board whose members give their energy and expertise to guiding policy for the nonprofit health care organization.

Crumbley is co-owner of Capstone Tropical Holdings, which is comprised of Prudential Tropical Realty, Capstone Home Mortgage, Capstone Title, and Prudential Commercial Real Estate FL, and is president of Prudential Commercial Real Estate FL. He specializes in the marketing of commercial and investment properties, with his primary emphasis in the Tampa Bay area.

Crumbley received his bachelor's degree in commerce and business administration/marketing from the University of Alabama on a football scholarship, where he played under the leadership of Coach Paul "Bear" Bryant and was part of the 1978 team that won the national championship.

Crumbley also serves as a board member for the Suncoast West Pasco Family YMCA and is a charter officer for the Rotary Club of Seven Springs. He is past president of the West Pasco Board of Realtors, past vice president of the Florida Association of Realtors, district six, and president of the Florida Gulf Coast Commercial Association of Realtors.

Call Gulfside Regional Hospice at (727) 845-5707 or visit www.GRHospice.org.

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Morton Plant North Bay Hospital announces that four new members have joined the 2012 Board of Trustees, including Dr. Christos Pitarys, Marsha Starkey, Pam Coulter and Michael Cox.

Marc Bowman, who served as last year's vice chairman of the board, will serve as chairman for the current year. Bowman is a sales associate for the Krauss Organization, a commercial real estate firm.

Pitarys, cardiologist, received his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He did his residency at Case Western Reserve University and his fellowship at Vanderbilt University.

Starkey is a long-time Pasco County resident and local philanthropist. The Starkey Medical Tower at the hospital is named after her family for their generous donation to support the hospital's renovations and expansion.

Coulter holds a master's degree in speech pathology and audiology from Ball State University. In addition to working as a certified speech pathologist, she is also a licensed real estate broker.

Cox is a New Port Richey resident who is an associate vice president and assistant branch manager at Wells Fargo Advisors.

For information, call Denise Moore at (727) 461-8538.

Events

Connections Job Development will have a Birthday Bash and Silent Auction to celebrate its 20th anniversary from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at the Quality Inn and Suites, 5316 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

Connections is a nonprofit agency helping area residents gain employment. Services are free. The event includes wine, cheese, chocolate and fine hors d'oeuvres.

Tickets are $25 per person, or $40 per couple. All proceeds from the event benefit Connections. For information, call (727) 849-4724.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars:

• "How to Market in this Economy," 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. Thursday, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.

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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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon cuttings during this coming week:

Florida Wellness and Rehab, 1820 Wellness Lane, Building 4, Trinity, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Lighthouse Opportunity Center, 5944 Pine Hill Road, Port Richey, 11:30 a.m. Friday. In addition, the center will host an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

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A joint ribbon cutting ceremony marking the completion of the Main Street project (between Rowan Road and Congress Street) will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The Main Street project is a jointly funded Penny for Pasco project between Pasco County and New Port Richey. Parking for the ceremony will be at the 7-Eleven at Main Street and Rowan Road; and in a parking area across the street from the 7-Eleven. There will be a flagman directing attendees to the parking area on the south side of Main Street. Parking spaces are limited.

The New Port Richey Public Works Department apologizes for any inconvenience this project has caused. For information, call Sherman Applegate, Public Works director, at (727) 841-4536.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will offer a networking class, "Practical Networking Skills for Professional and Business Success" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at SunTrust Bank, 6128 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

The class, conducted by Vince Vanni, will offer practical, hands-on tips and is especially useful for those who have always been uncomfortable talking to strangers. The cost is $20 for chamber members/$50 for nonmembers. To register, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

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State-licensed contractors are invited to the general monthly meeting of the Tri-County Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. The Tri-County chapter covers Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough counties.

Networking begins at 6:30 p.m., and dinner at 7 p.m. Guest speaker will be Tim Moore, chief building official.

The cost is $20 and includes dinner. To RSVP, email [email protected] by Monday. Cancellations must be received in writing no later than 5 p.m. Monday. All reservations not cancelled by the cancellation date will be billed.

For information, call Marlene Ballester, Tri-County PHCC state director, at (727) 667-1442.

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The Shops at Wiregrass will present its "Swing into Spring" event from 6 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday this month at 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel.

The event, a perfect family night out with shopping, dining, live music, children's activities and special guest appearances by former major league baseball players, is a fundraiser to benefit the Jason Ackerman Foundation.

For a $10 donation, guests (must be 21 or older and show valid ID) receive beer and food samplings from participating restaurants. Guests will receive a commemorative beer mug and "score card," allowing them a beer and food tasting at each location on Piazza Avenue.

The Jason Ackerman Foundation provides college assistance to children who have suffered a hardship.

For information, call (813) 994-2242 or visit www.theshopsatwiregrass.com.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its Chamber Breakfast from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday at the Golden Corral, 8929 U.S. 19, Port Richey.

The event is sponsored by Career Central. Guest speaker Cpl. Alan Wilkett with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office will discuss crime prevention.

The cost is $10 and includes a full breakfast. To RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

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A free seminar, "Success … It's in the Bag," designed for individuals who own direct sales or small businesses or for those looking to start one, will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. April 28 at Toast restaurant, 7121 State Road 54 in the Bealls Shopping Center, New Port Richey.

Kim Washington, an independent senior executive director for Thirty-One Gifts, will share her business secrets that helped build her direct sales team into a nearly half-a-million dollar enterprise.

Attendees who bring a gently used purse for the "Dress for Success" nonprofit organization will be entered into a raffle for free gifts. To RSVP, email Kim at [email protected] or call Diane at (727) 992-6928.

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A Spring Fair Expo Fundraiser, hosted by Painting with a Twist, will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 28, at 8351 State Road 54, Suite 112, Trinity. The event will benefit the Tampabay Cat Alliance, a rescue and adoption organization.

The event will include many products and service vendors, food vendors and music. There will be a three-hour painting session. Attendees are welcome to paint their pet's portrait or a Van Gogh scene. All proceeds from the painting session will benefit Tampabay Cat Alliance's Secure a Shelter fund.

For information, call (727) 859-2208.

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The Tri County and Pinellas County Chapters of the PHCC (Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors) Association will offer a New Code Update workshop from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. May 4 in the training room at RACCA, 1920 E Sligh Ave., Tampa.

State licensed contractors will receive updates on new building, mechanical, fuel gas and energy code requirements. Attendees receive eight hours of continuing education units (CEUs).

Seven of the eight hours of the event are sponsored by the Florida Department of Business & Professional Regulation at no cost. Each participant will receive a handout detailing the code changes.

The cost is $75 per person and includes one CEU, lunch and three breaks. Checks, made payable to TriCounty PHCC, should be mailed to 466 94th Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33702.

Call (727) 209-0890 or email [email protected]

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Zephyrhills Noon will offer the seventh annual Zephyrhills Golf Scramble on May 4 at Silverado Golf and Country Club, 36841 Clubhouse Drive, Zephyrhills.

Registration begins at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Proceeds benefit local youth and education programs through community service projects operated by both organizations.

A $100 entry fee per golfer includes 18 holes of golf, a catered dinner, goody bag and door prizes. In addition, players can visit the "Oasis Watering Hole" offering Bloody Marys and margaritas, as well as a snack and beverage cart while on the course. Sponsor packages are also available.

For sponsorship pricing or to register, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913 or visit zephyrhillschamber.org.

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 [email protected] or fax them to (352) 754-6133. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Networking opportunities

Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road in the Regency Shopping Center, New Port Richey. Call Ashok Visuvasam at (813) 333-1622.

East Pasco Networking Group: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Guest speaker is Joanne Hurley, who is seeking reelection to the Pasco County School Board in District 2. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491.

Hudson Networking Group: West Pasco Chamber's business card and brochure exchange is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the IHOP restaurant, 12426 U.S. 19, Hudson. The event is sponsored by Pontlitz Asset Advisors. The cost is $10 per person. To RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Monday.

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.

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 each other's businesses. Visit westpascobusinessassociation.com.

Trinity Networking Group: West Pasco Chamber's business card and brochure exchange is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. The event is sponsored by A+ Tax and Accounting Services. The cost is $11 per person. RSVP to the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

KNOW: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Scotland Yards Golf Club, 8900 Wire Road, Dade City. KNOW (Knowledgeable Network of Women, sponsored by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce) is a personal and professional development program for women in the greater Zephyrhills region. The speaker will be Katherine Johnson, president of Pasco-Hernando Community College. The cost is $15 for chamber members/$20 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.

BNI Revenue Source: 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.

Neighborhood Networks: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Trio's Restaurant at Quality Inn and Suites, 5316 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Call Maryann Wilkes at (813) 264-6108 or visit ourneighborhoodnetworks.com.

Benchwarmers at Whiskey River Networking Group: West Pasco Chamber's business card and brochure exchange is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Benchwarmers at Whiskey River, 5245 Limestone Drive, Port Richey. The cost is $10. RSVP to the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. For information or a reservation, 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.

Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at American Consulting Engineers, 2818 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Suite 200, Wesley Chapel. For information, call chamber chairman Jeff Miller at (813) 994-6795.

Networking opportunities

• Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road in the Regency Shopping Center, New Port Richey. Call Ashok Visuvasam at (813) 333-1622.

• East Pasco Networking Group: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Guest speaker is Joanne Hurley, who is seeking reelection to the Pasco County School Board in District 2. The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday of each month. Call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491.

• Hudson Networking Group: West Pasco Chamber's business card and brochure exchange is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the IHOP restaurant, 12426 U.S. 19, Hudson. The event is sponsored by Pontlitz Asset Advisors. The cost is $10 per person. To RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Monday.

• 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.

• 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 each other's businesses. Visit westpascobusinessassociation.com.

• Trinity Networking Group: West Pasco Chamber's business card and brochure exchange is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. The event is sponsored by A+ Tax and Accounting Services. The cost is $11 per person. RSVP to the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

• KNOW: 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Scotland Yards Golf Club, 8900 Wire Road, Dade City. KNOW (Knowledgeable Network of Women, sponsored by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce) is a personal and professional development program for women in the greater Zephyrhills region. The speaker will be Katherine Johnson, president of Pasco-Hernando Community College. The cost is $15 for chamber members/$20 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.

• BNI Revenue Source: 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.

• Neighborhood Networks: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Trio's Restaurant at Quality Inn and Suites, 5316 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. Call Maryann Wilkes at (813) 264-6108 or visit ourneighborhoodnetworks.com.

• Benchwarmers at Whiskey River Networking Group: West Pasco Chamber's business card and brochure exchange is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Benchwarmers at Whiskey River, 5245 Limestone Drive, Port Richey. The cost is $10. RSVP to the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

• BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. For information or a reservation, 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.

• Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at American Consulting Engineers, 2818 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Suite 200, Wesley Chapel. For information, call chamber chairman Jeff Miller at (813) 994-6795.

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