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Lennar's Central Florida division has opened Phase 3 at Concord Station on State Road 54, 2 miles east of the Suncoast Parkway in Land O'Lakes.

More than 100 home sites are available in the new phase for single-family homes. For information, call toll-free at 1-888-317-7489 or visit Lennar.com.

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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 2014.

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 Bob Memoli at bobmemoli@floridaluxury.com.

Who's news

Chad and Vaitsa Villers recently purchased Southwest and Tropical, a furniture and home decor store at 5641 State Road 54, New Port Richey.

Last year the business expanded and now offers pottery, fountains and garden decor, rustic furniture, home decor and wall art items.

Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and by appointment on Monday. For information visit southwestandtropical.com.

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Dr. David Kimmel of the Florida Center for Laser Dentistry, 12124 Cobblestone Drive, Bayonet Point, recently provided training sessions to physicians and dentists in Fort Lauderdale on the correct placement of Botox and fillers, with the support of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.

Kimmel has been practicing in Bayonet Point since 1990 and has been utilizing laser dentistry for more than eight years. Kimmel can be reached at (727) 862-8513.


The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host the last day of the Business Expo & Taste of the Town from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

For more information, visit CentralPascoChamber.com.

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly chamber mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at West Winds Assisted Living Facility, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills.

For information, call (813) 782-1913.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its Ambassadors Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Sassy O'Shea's Irish Pub, 5015 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

The event is sponsored by Bob Memoli, Florida Luxury Realty. The cost is $10 per person (cash only), and includes tax, gratuity and beverage. For information, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

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

Republican Party of Pasco, 12043 Cobblestone Drive, Hudson, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey, 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. The event will be combined with a ribbon-cutting for new chamber member Statewide Blinds, Digital Traffic Squad and Indoff.

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

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Calusa Business & Professional Women will have its monthly mixer from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at All Sports Arena, 7716 Rutilio Court, New Port Richey.

The event is free. Wine and light refreshments will be served. BPW Calusa members are asked to bring a bottle of wine to share.

For information, call Kelly Steen, (727) 376-1030.

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The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Sign-A-Rama, 1903 Passero Ave., Lutz at 6 p.m. Wednesday. An open house will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. For information, call Beatriz Cardona at (813) 994-0101 or visit www.sarcatalog.com.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly After Five:00 Mixer along with a ribbon-cutting for Trinity Positive Business Network from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday at Sassy O'Shea's Irish Pub, 5015 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

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

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Bayada Home Health Care and Cooper Financial Services will co-host the monthly Women's Financial Discussion Group from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday at Pappas Ranch, 11345 State Road 54, Odessa.

This month's topic, "Women and Investing," will be presented by Christine B. Cooper, retirement income planner. A light lunch will be provided courtesy of Bayada Home Health Care.

The event is free. Donations will be accepted to benefit Sunrise of Pasco County. To RSVP, call (813) 996-6100 or email Chris@Cooper-Financial.com.

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Pasco-Hernando Community College and Testing Services will co-host Interview and Resume Skills workshops to help job seekers at the West Campus of PHCC, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.

• Interview Tips will be from 11 a.m. to noon March 26 in room M-101, or April 2 in room R-151.

• Resume Tips will be from 4 to 5 p.m. April 16 in room M-101.

The workshops are free and open to the public. For information, call Jacqueline Eden at (727) 816-3334.

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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.

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

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.

Third Tuesday Coffee Social: 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Organic Life Coffeehouse & Bakery, 1900 Oak Grove Blvd., Lutz. Email Rene Van Hout at Rene@LOLMoving.com or visit


West Pasco Business Alliance: 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Atria Baypoint Village, 7927 State Road 52, Hudson. Meets the third Tuesday of every month. The cost is $7 and includes lunch. Abby Hamilton, (813) 817-1905.

Suncoast Women in Networking: March luncheon meeting, 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Royal Super Buffet, 9550 U.S. 19 (in the Chili's shopping center), Port Richey. Guest speaker is Carla Armstrong, fundraising manager for Gulfside Regional Hospice. The cost is $9 and includes buffet, beverage, tax and tip. For information or to RSVP, call Myrtle Masten, (727) 934-9993 or email ladykj33@yahoo.com.

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.

Networking on the Nines: 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Lexington Oaks Golf Club, 26133 Lexington Oaks Boulevard, Wesley Chapel. Cost of scramble game is $15 per person and includes 9 holes of golf and a golf cart. Call Susan Casey at (813) 435-6350 or visit WesleyChapelChamber.com.

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 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.

Pasco business digest 03/15/13 [Last modified: Saturday, March 16, 2013 4:23pm]
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