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Gulf Coast Medical Center recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of its family-owned business. The medical center has expanded throughout the past three decades, and now has two locations serving west Pasco and one serving Hernando County.

In 1982, Dr. Steven Strobbe banded together with a group of physicians and opened the first walk-in clinic in New Port Richey.

For information, call (727) 868-2151.

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Ed Morse Auto Plaza, 10133 U.S. 19, Port Richey, will collect canned goods and nonperishable food from Nov. 5 through Nov. 16 to benefit Feeding America.

Feeding America provides low-income individuals and families with the fuel to survive and even thrive.

As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, Feeding America's network members supply food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors.

For information, visit feeding or call toll-free 1-888-469-2912.

Who's news

Ted and Tim Ferguson have opened Trident Behavioral Healthcare, a nonprofit outpatient counseling clinic offering mental health counseling to U.S. veterans for post-traumatic stress disorder as well as counseling for other mental health issues, including depression, stress management, anger management, marriage and relationships and bipolar disorders.

Mental health counselors will also provide counseling to patients in nursing homes in the Tampa Bay area, including Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

The clinic is at 6133 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 842-6900.

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Dr. Nicholas Strobbe, board eligible in internal medicine, is the fourth Strobbe to join the Gulf Coast Medical Center practice.

Strobbe recently completed residency at Largo Medical Center and his undergraduate training at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Strobbe will see patients from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For information or to schedule an appointment, call (727) 849-8491.


The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its third annual Pigz in Z'Hills event, a backyard and professional barbecue cookoff competition and blues festival, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the Charles B. Krusen Memorial Field, 4626 Krusen Field Road, near 20th Street and Alston Avenue in Zephyrhills.

The live Blues Stage begins at 11 a.m. with solo artist Ed Wright. Cold Iron returns for the third year beginning at 1 p.m. and Julie Black "Angel for Blues" begins at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., teams gather around the Sonny's Real Pit BBQ Swine Terrace for a trophy ceremony as the judging team announces the results of the barbecue competition.

The event also includes arts and crafts, children's activities, classic car and motorcycle show and a Skydive City skydiving show.

The cost is $5 per person; kids younger than 12 are free. Lawn chairs welcome. No pets are allowed. For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913 or visit

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Great Rooms, at 9029 Little Road, New Port Richey, will have its grand opening from noon to 5 p.m. today.

The rent-to-own and sales business offers furniture, appliances, computers and electronics. Have your picture taken with Captain Fear, the Buccaneers mascot, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The event will also include food, drinks, raffles, face painting and a bounce house for the kids.

For information, call (727) 869-1122.

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly chamber breakfast at 7 a.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyr-hills. The event is sponsored by the Tampa Bay Times. For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.

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Pasco-Hernando Community College Corporate Training Department in partnership with the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will offer the last segment of a brown bag lunch and learn three-part series on Practical Leadership from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Hampton Inn & Suites, 2740 Cypress Ridge Blvd., Wesley Chapel.

The last class, "Are you leaving a legacy?" offers listening skills and communication techniques. The program will be facilitated by Lori Bainum, PHCC director of corporate training. Lunch will be provided. The cost is $15 per person, per class. For information or to RSVP, call (813) 994-8534.

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Homewood Suites at 11115 U.S. 19 in Port Richey will be the site of the fourth annual Wine Tasting and Auction to benefit the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services of Florida.

The event will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and will include hors d'oeuvres and wine from Time to Wine. Celebrity pourers include Keith Wann, ASL comedian and actor; Pasco Clerk of Court Paula O'Neil and Bay News 9 Pasco County reporter Cait McVey.

Drawings of baskets donated from the community will be held. Tickets are $30 per person or $50 per couple. All proceeds benefit the programs and services of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Pasco and Hernando counties. Dress is business casual.

For information or tickets, call (727) 853-1010, email or visit deafhhs

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The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will host the 2012 Harvest Festival Business Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 3 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. The expo is sponsored by the Zephyrhills/Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.

Proceeds benefit the Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills and the Zephyrhills/Wesley Chapel Ministerial Association. The family- and faith-friendly event is free, and will feature entertainment, food, games, giveaways and exhibits from churches, businesses and nonprofit organizations.

For additional information, call (813) 782-1913 or visit zephyr

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The Pasco Economic Development Council presents the BizGROW2.0 conference and entrepreneur exchange from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 in the conference center of Pasco-Hernando Community College's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey.

The one-day conference will include informative and inspiring speakers and a special entrepreneur exchange for small businesses and entrepreneurs to learn about valuable resources to help grow business.

Speakers include John Morrow, Matt Brosious, Marcus Price, Charles Puccini, Anthony Gaeto, Kyle Mastronardo, Mike Froning, Rosie Paulsen, Chad Carter and Vicki Forster.

The cost is $35 per person. For information, visit

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Women's Connection of New Port Richey will present "A Country Fair" program from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 12 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey.

The fair, which begins at 10:30 a.m., will be followed by a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Maria Goodsell will speak on the topic, "If Freedom is Priceless, Why Did it Cost So Much?"

The cost is $15 and includes the fair and luncheon. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Carol at (727) 863-2605 by Nov. 10.

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

• "Using the Internet in your business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• "Starting a home-based business 101," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14 at Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• "How to apply for a business loan," 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "Advanced Quickbooks," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 20 at Lykes Memorial Library, main branch, 238 Howell Ave., Brooksville.

• "Using the Internet in your business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 27 at Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.

• "Advanced Quickbooks," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Nov. 29 at Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

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

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 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 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.

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 one another's businesses. Visit

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.

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

Women-N-Charge: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive, Tampa. Speaker: Sandra Mineria, cancer survivor and author. The cost is $15 online (at if reservations made by Tuesday. Late RSVP is $18.

Pasco business news and notes 10/26/12 [Last modified: Friday, October 26, 2012 5:57pm]
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