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CHAMBER HOLDS LIGHTING CONTEST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce invites residents, businesses, park clubhouses and assisted living facilities to participate in its 2013 Holiday Lighting Contest.

Entry forms must be returned to the chamber by Monday. Judging will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday through Dec. 15. Winners will be announced Dec. 17 at the chamber office. For contest rules, and to receive an entry form, call (813) 782-1913.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers to put their business skills to work helping local businesses. SCORE mentors donate their time and talent to small businesses. For details, visit and click on "Volunteer."

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DOCTOR RETURNS FROM WASHINGTON: Dr. David Kimmel from the Florida Center for Laser Dentistry in Bayonet Point, recently taught in Seattle a 2-day course to more than 20 doctors on the proper placement of Botox and facial fillers for facial esthetics. He also taught a separate course in the use of Botox for the treatment of migraine headaches.

Kimmel has been practicing in Bayonet Point for 23 years and has been utilizing laser dentistry for 10 years. For information, call (727) 862-8513.

AMBASSADOR OF THE MONTH: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce announced that Vicky Jones was named Ambassador of the Month for December. She regularly attends monthly Ambassador meetings, ribbon-cuttings, mixers, monthly breakfasts and special events. Most recently, Jones helped out at the concession stand during the 9 Mile War: Pasco vs Zephyrhills game.

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SMALL-BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: Free consultations for small businesses and entrepreneurs are available by appointment from 9 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce conference room, 38550 Fifth Ave.

The chamber offers the confidential sessions in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at University of South Florida. For information, or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-888-929-2221.


CHRISTMAS MUSIC PROGRAM: The Women's Connection of New Port Richey will present a Christmas music program by Lynn Andrews from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The program will be followed at noon by guest speaker Kaye Gruden, who will discuss "Surviving Life's Roller Coaster." The cost is $15 and includes the program, luncheon and speaker. To reserve a spot, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 by Saturday .

CHAMBER RIBBON-CUTTINGS: The West Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have two ribbon-cutting ceremonies this week:

• T-Mobile, 9409 U.S. 19, Suite 483, Port Richey, at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Call Nicholas Coppley, (727) 816-9507.

• Topper's Hair & Nail Design, 6919 State Road 54, New Port Richey, at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Call Heidi Gerrity, (727) 845-0899.

CHILI'S SUPPORTS EAST PASCO MEALS ON WHEELS: Chili's Grill & Bar, 7643 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, will host the Give Back Event, a fundraiser to benefit East Pasco Meals on Wheels from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

Chili's will donate 10 percent of that day's sales to the organization. Those participating must present a copy of the flier to their server before ordering. A flier can be printed off the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce newsletter. Visit

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PIGZ IN Z'HILLS BBQ & BLUES: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce's fourth annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues is Jan. 18 at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave. Visit

Sponsorships are available. 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 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 and mixers

Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, in Regency Shopping Center, New Port Richey. Call Tony Nalli at (727) 858-7907.

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.

Catholic Business Network: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Tuesday at Our Lady of the Rosary, 2348 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. All Christians welcome to network. Call Mary Ann Whallen at (813) 833-4737 or visit

Business Development Council: 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at Cracker Barrel, 5341 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. The networking group, hosted by Cadence Bank, promotes individual business members. It meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call Crystal Menzie Olson at (727) 376-1030.

East Pasco Networking Group: 8:30 a.m. Tuesday at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month. Call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491.

West Pasco Business Association: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. Professional group that promotes members' businesses.

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.

Pasco Business Connections: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Broken Yolk, 3350 Grand Blvd., Holiday. Email

Pasco Aging Network: 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Bear Creek and Royal Oak Nursing Center, 8041 State Road 52, Hudson. Jerry Cowling, author/storyteller, will give a holiday story. Breakfast will be free. To RSVP, visit PAN is a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco.

Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce's 'Join Us for Java': Quarterly membership meeting from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the chamber office, 38550 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Program: Krista Covey, PEDC — SmartStart Business incubator services; Carolyn Sentelik, chamber president — the Value of Membership; and Vonnie Mikkelsen, Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce — It's Your Chamber. To RSVP, call (813) 782-1913.

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 Blue Dolphin, 8825 State Road 52, Hudson. For more information, visit or call Bill Pearce at (727) 277-2617.

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Costs $10, 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.

Trinity/West Pasco Chapter of NPI: 7:45 a.m. Thursday at IHOP, 10740 State Road 54, New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

Pasco County business news and notes 12/05/13 [Last modified: Friday, December 6, 2013 1:07pm]
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