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The Hampton Inn Dade City/Zephyrhills recently received the Connie Award, recognizing it as one of the top hotels in the Hampton Hotels chain.

The Connie Award, named after company founder Conrad N. Hilton, is bestowed annually upon the top hotels within each brand in the Hilton Worldwide portfolio and is based on high product and service scores, as judged by guests, as well as top ratings on quality assurance inspections conducted by the company.

Located at 13215 U.S. 301 in Dade City, the 64-room hotel has been open since 2007. The property is owned by Piyush and Nayana Mulji of Small Street Hotels DC, and David E. Loomis is the hotel's general manager.

For information, call (352) 567-5277 or visit dadecityzephyrhills.hamptoninn.com.

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Colliers International Tampa Bay announces that River Walk shopping center, a Publix-anchored center in New Port Richey, recently sold for $8.45 million to Fairway-River Walk (Fairway Investments).

Alabama-based Fairway Investments, a real estate investment company with a large portfolio of grocery-anchored retail centers in Florida, has been actively pursuing grocery-anchored shopping centers in the Tampa Bay area. In addition to River Walk, Fairway Investments owns four retail centers in Tampa Bay and nine in Florida.

The 69,083-square-foot shopping center is at 11332 and 11400 Ridge Road, New Port Richey (at Moon Lake and DeCubellis roads). It sits on 9.15 acres. For information, contact Kyle Park at (727) 895-4030, ext. 101.

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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 and social services, law enforcement and criminal justice, economic and business development, government and infrastructure.

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

For an application, send an email request to Cindy Ewald, Leadership Pasco recruitment chairwoman, at cindy.j.ewald@suntrust.com.

Who's news

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently elected new board of trustee members, including Dr. Rao Musunuru and Bruce Mills.

Musunuru, a nationally recognized cardiologist, was re-elected to serve on the board for his continued commitment to the medical center and the community at large by advancing the scope of local medical services to the national standards. He previously served on the board from 1990 to 2004, including serving as chairman.

Mills, who is the chairman of the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, was elected to the hospital board to represent the needs of the community that the medical center serves.

The hospital is located at 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. For information, visit RMCHealth.com.

Events

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 additional information about the event, call (813) 782-1913 or email news@zephyrhillschamber.org.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 5723 Main St., New Port Richey. The event is hosted by Scott M. McPherson, PA. Light hors d'oeuvres and libations will be available. Call (727) 842-7651.

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Small Business Development Center/Donald Tapia School of Business at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A grand opening will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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The Knowledgeable Network of Women, sponsored by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, will have its March lunch meeting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Scotland Yards Golf Club, 8900 Wire Road, Dade City.

Guest speaker will be clothing designer Tracy Negoshian.

KNOW is a personal and professional development program for women in the greater Zephyrhills area. The cost is $15 for chamber members/$20 for nonmembers. Call the chamber at (813) 782-1913. To RSVP, call (813) 782-1913 or email news@zephyrhillschamber.org.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Heart & Vascular Institute of Florida, 6633 Forest Ave., Suite 300, New Port Richey. A Grand Opening will be held from 5 to 7 p.m.

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

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Chamber Breakfast from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

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The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host the Business Expo & Taste of the Town from 4 to 7 p.m. March 15 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 16 at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

The event is free and open to the public. Vendor booths and sponsorships available. For information, visit CentralPascoChamber.com.

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The 28th annual Chasco Coronation Ball will begin at 6 p.m. April 5 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The event is hosted by the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind.

The ball, a black tie event and the kickoff to the Chasco Fiesta, is held to recognize local philanthropy and to crown a King Pithla and Queen Chasco, two community leaders who give of their time and talents to the many nonprofit organizations in the community. Proceeds from the event benefit the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind. Tickets are $100 per person. For information or to RSVP, contact Tina Shelton at (727) 439-0516 or tinashelton@tampabay.rr.com.

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its Chamber Connections "Join Us for Java" quarterly membership meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. April 10 at the chamber office, 38550 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills.

The event includes networking and speakers. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

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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.

BNI Business by Referral: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Heritage Church, 1854 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz. Call Alyssa Kaplan toll-free at 1-888-202-4614, ext. 806.

BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesday at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. The cost is $8 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 847-3898.

Trinity Business Association: 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m. Guests welcome. The cost is $12. Call Ginny Pierce at (727) 433-4073.

West Pasco Chapter of NPI: 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 promote one another's businesses. Visit westpascobusinessassociation.com.

BNI Revenue Source: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Call Alyssa Kaplan toll-free at 1-888-202-4614, ext. 806.

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.

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.

West Pasco Business Network: noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant, 8825 State Road 52, Hudson. The network is made up of West Pasco businesspeople committed to helping each other grow and develop their business. Visit westpascobusiness.org or call Bill Pearce, (727) 277-2617.

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday 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 to 9 a.m. Thursday at 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 Golf and 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 03/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, March 1, 2013 8:15pm]

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