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Pasco County business digest for Oct. 24

Briefly

Vendors are needed for a Senior Home, Health & Wealth Business Expo to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 24 at West Winds Assisted Living facility, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills.

The event, open to all Pasco seniors age 55 and up, will feature 50 business vendors displaying information such as home improvement ideas, services such as air conditioning, heating, plumbing and electrical. Also represented will be golf carts, trees, shrubs and plants from a local nursery and more.

Health services featured will include representation from local hospitals and walk-in clinics as well as free health screenings for blood pressure, eyes, hearing, gait and balance along with local physicians and healthcare specialists.

Representatives from banks, savings and loans, financial planners, insurance agencies and more will also attend. Door prizes will be awarded every 12 minutes.

Admission and parking will be free. For vendor space and cost information, call Ann Yurgensen at (484) 363-0776.

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Dr. Todd Bodanza of Conforti's Crossroads Chiropractic Center, 1811 Health Care Drive, New Port Richey, will have a food drive until Nov. 23 to collect nonperishable items for Thanksgiving.

The items will benefit the Salvation Army's food pantry. New patients who bring a few items will receive a free computerized exam, X-rays and report of findings, valued at $295.

Established patients who bring in items will receive a free office visit. For information, call (727) 376-9611.

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Lennar's Central Florida Division and Treats for Troops have teamed up to collect snacks and toiletries to send to U.S. troops overseas.

Collection boxes are in the Welcome Homes Centers in each of Lennar's 22 communities to accept donations.

Pasco locations include:

• The Verandahs Lakeside (villas and homes) in Hudson

• Eiland Park Town Homes, Zephyrhills

• Concord Station in Land O'Lakes

• Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club in San Antonio

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UnitedHealthcare has opened a Medicare information and sales kiosk at the Gulf View Square Mall in Port Richey to help people eligible for Medicare get the knowledge to make informed decisions in time for the Medicare Annual Election Period, Nov. 15 through Dec. 31.

For millions of Medicare-eligible individuals, October marks the beginning of Medicare enrollment season, during which information about 2011 Medicare plan options become available. Representatives will be available to meet face-to-face with Medicare-eligible individuals and their families.

Licensed UnitedHealthcare insurance agents will be available at the kiosk from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, until Dec. 31. For general Medicare questions, visit www.MedicareMadeClear.com or call toll-free at 1-800-633-4227.

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Looking forward to the holiday season, the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce invites chamber members to begin their Christmas Card Lane displays.

The annual display around Orange Lake provides chamber businesses with an opportunity to promote their business while taking part in one of the community's favorite exhibits.

The Christmas Card Lane is a focal point during downtown's Holiday Festival & Parade. The cards go up in early December and remain around the lake until after the new year.

Cards are available for $100 each. All are individually lighted and each includes a sponsor nameplate. The deadline is Nov. 10.

For card reservation information, call Beth at the chamber office, at (727) 842-7651.

Who's news

Robin J. Knight, a Reiki master/teacher, has opened an office at the Pasco Professional Center, 5623 U.S. 19, Suite 307B, New Port Richey.

Knight offers free Reiki orientations (30-minute appointments) each Tuesday. Orientation is in workbook/exercise form, not lecture.

Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands."

For information or appointment, call (727) 848-5828.

Events

The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Hudson Networking Group will have its business card and brochure exchange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the IHOP restaurant, 12426 U.S. 19, Hudson.

The event is sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors and will feature financial advisor Derek Pontlitz. The cost is $10 per person.

For information or to RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Monday.

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

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "An Introduction to QuickBooks," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the New Port Richey Main Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

Mike Kouremetis, a veteran SCORE counselor, will highlight how to install QuickBooks automated record-keeping system, including opening entries, entering deposits and writing checks, setting up checking and other accounts, entering vendors and more.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (727) 853-1265 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Trinity Networking Group will have its business card and brochure exchange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.

The event is sponsored by ABCO Graphics & Printing. The cost is $10 per person. To RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Tuesday.

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The BNI Revenue Source, a referral-based networking group, will meet from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity.

Visitors are welcome. The cost of the meeting, which includes breakfast, is $10. Call David Randall, president, at (727) 842-7744.

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The new Free Networking International group will meet from 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).

The group's corporate sponsor is the Theater Doctor, and its host is Cantina Laredo. The group's director is Martine Duncan, co-owner of the Theater Doctor.

There is no fee to join this networking group. The meeting is structured using the FNI format. Attendees can order lunch off the menu at their own cost. Call Duncan at (813) 929-6816.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce's Whiskey River Networking Group will have its business card and brochure exchange from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Whiskey River Sports Grill, 5245 Limestone Drive, Port Richey.

The event is sponsored by Apollo Window Tinting & Graphics. The cost is $10. To RSVP, call the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Wednesday.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its After 5 Mixer from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Skip's Florist & Christmas House, 5324 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

Hors d'oeuvres and libations will be served. Call the chamber at (727) 842-7651.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "How to Market in this Economy," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

Bill Brydia, a SCORE counselor, will present an analysis of the factors affecting growth and expansion with emphasis on conducting a growth audit on planning, marketing and human resource availability.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (727) 842-4638 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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BNI Eagles will have a networking event at 7:30 a.m. Thursday in the Palm Room at Springs Golf and Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., New Port Richey, off Little Road, north of State Road 54. RSVP at (727) 967-1418.

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The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its October chamber breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday at the IHOP restaurant, 12426 U.S. 19, Hudson.

The event is hosted by Career Central. The guest speaker will be Jerry Karp, Pasco County counselor, General Business Assistance.

The cost is $10 per person and includes a full breakfast. RSVP to the chamber at (727) 842-7651 by Wednesday.

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The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will hold its inaugural Pigz in Z'Hills event, a backyard and professional barbecue cookoff competition and blues festival, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 30 at Krusen Field, 4626 Krusen Field Road at 20th Street and Alston Avenue, Zephyrhills.

Admission will be $3 for adults; children 12 and under will get in free. The event will include barbecued food, live blues music, an antique car show, children's activities and games, vendors and more.

The chamber is accepting community and business team cook off challengers for annual "braggin' rights." For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also e-mail items to pasco@sptimes.com or fax them to (727) 869-6233. Items may be edited for length and clarity. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Pasco County business digest for Oct. 24 10/22/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 22, 2010 6:38pm]

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