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HOSPITAL HONORS: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson received the Get With the Guidelines — Stroke Gold Quality Achievement award from the American Heart Association. The recognition signifies the hospital's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted guidelines. It was the sixth time the hospital received the award.

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During its annual awards and installation banquet, the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 38th year promoting business and the Central Pasco/Northern Hillsborough areas. The chamber recognized Kris Keppel for his service to the chamber and community through the Flapjack 5K, a fitness event that will celebrate its 20th anniversary in December.

Retiring board members Lorraine Lane of Lane Business Consulting and Donna Piscitelli of First American Mortgage Group also were commended for their service. Retiring president Gary Loman received a plaque and gavel of appreciation.

The Board of Directors for 2013-14 was installed. Officers include Dennis Esber, Point To Point Printing, president; Charlene Ierna, Ierna's Heating & Cooling, president-elect; Mary Lynn Gorsline, Copperstone Executive Suites & Office Space, secretary; and Robin Perez, MidFlorida Credit Union, treasurer.

Three "Notable" awards also were presented. Cheryl Herman of Lifevantage received the Helping Hand award, and April Saland of A.L. Saland Insurance Solutions received the Pit Bull and the Happy Camper awards.

Other awards presented included: Ambassador of the Year, Rene Van Hout, LOL Transport and Moving; Large Business of the Year, Pizza Villa; Small Business of the Year, Copperstone Executive Suites & Office Space; New Business of the Year, Christian Brothers Automotive; and Nonprofit of the Year, Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers.

President's awards were given to Carla Collier, All Smiles Tampa Bay, and Rocky Contreras, KnowledgePoints Tutoring. Rene Van Hout received the Chamber Member of the Year award.

Events

OPEN HOUSE: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce is holding an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Edwinola Retirement Community, 14235 Edwinola Way, Dade City. Call (352) 567-6500.

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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 at 38550 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills.

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

Who's news

FRIST HUMANITARIAN AWARDS: Medical Center of Trinity presented its Frist Humanitarian awards recently. Ann Kukla, lab assistant, received the employee award; Dr. Abdur Rahim received the physician award; and Tony Mario received the volunteer award.

The Frist Humanitarian Award honors outstanding individuals for humanitarian and volunteer services, and was named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., founder of HCA.

TOP AGENTS: Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, has announced its top Realtors for June:

Lynette Krull received the Top Selling Agent by Volume and the Top Selling Agent by Units awards.

Team Maceda, whose members include Joseph P. Maceda Jr., Kristin Mizgorski, Rebecca Duffy and Tricia Shade, received the Top Listing Agents by Volume and the Top Listing Agents by Units awards.

Carolyn Hill received the Top Producing Agent by Volume award.

Randall Jenkins received the Top Producing Agent by Units award.

For information, call office manager Kelly Parker-Powell at (727) 495-2424.

Building skills

MANUFACTURING SKILLS: Pasco-Hernando Community College's corporate training department will host a Manufacturing Skills Standards Council Certified Production Technician training program from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through July 31 at PHCC's Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court.

The Manufacturing Skills Standards Council is an industry-led training, assessment and certification system focused on the core skills and knowledge needed by the nation's production workers. The course fee is $1,100 per person and includes all instructional materials and certifications. Employers may qualify for up to 50 percent reimbursement for training costs through the Pasco-Hernando Workforce Board.

For registration or information, call (727) 816-3123.

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 and mixers

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.

Business Development Council: 8:15 a.m. Tuesday at Cracker Barrel, 5341 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. The business networking group, hosted by Cadence Bank, promotes individual business members. The group 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 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.

Pasco Aging Network: 8 to 10 a.m. Wednesday at the CARES Rao Musunuru M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Speaker: Ralph Loffredo of the Center for Retirement Security. Breakfast will be provided free. For a reservation, call Teri Nichols at (352) 796-6000. PAN is a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco.

Pasco Business Connections: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Broken Yolk restaurant, 3350 Grand Blvd., Holiday. The group meets every Wednesday. Email noworries@tampabay.rr.com.

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. Speakers: Vonnie Mikkelsen and Ana Segovia. 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 Restaurant, 8825 State Road 52, Hudson. The network is made up of West Pasco business leaders committed to helping each other grow and develop their businesses. Visit westpascobusiness.org or call Bill Pearce at (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.

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.

Applebee's Networking Group: Business card and brochure exchange from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday at Applebee's, 8537 Little Road, New Port Richey. The event is sponsored by Synergy Ad Specialties. Cost is $12. For reservations, call the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (727) 842-7651 by Wednesday.

Pasco County business news 07/06/13 [Last modified: Friday, July 5, 2013 4:50pm]

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