Saturday, May 19, 2018
Business

Pasco County business news

Business digest

Briefly

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.

• • •

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.

Bulletin board

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 [email protected] 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.

   
Comments
Camping without the hassle: New service rents you all the gear you need, plus the car

Camping without the hassle: New service rents you all the gear you need, plus the car

One day in April, I returned from a camping trip - a quick 24 out of the city - and ran a load of laundry. Whatís more telling is what I didnít do.I didnít hose down a muddy tent, I didnít soak a shoddily cleaned pot, and I categorically did not empt...
Published: 05/19/18
Romano: Save your money, sports betting wonít be in Florida anytime soon

Romano: Save your money, sports betting wonít be in Florida anytime soon

It is the middle of the day and the beginning of the off-season at Tampa Bay Downs. That means the action is limited to simulcast wagering, and that means the televisions outnumber the bettors.The parimutuel industry is long past its heyday in Americ...
Published: 05/19/18
Son of Crabby Billís founder leaves complex legacy of troubled projects and good deeds

Son of Crabby Billís founder leaves complex legacy of troubled projects and good deeds

SOUTH PASADENA ó Like his father, who founded the Crabby Billís seafood restaurant chain, John Loder Sr. had a larger-than-life personality. That was one reason he dived into the real estate business, becoming a well-known, if at times controversial ...
Published: 05/18/18
Updated: 05/19/18
Global Tampa Bay initiative seeks to grow direct foreign investment through expanded regional teamwork

Global Tampa Bay initiative seeks to grow direct foreign investment through expanded regional teamwork

TAMPA ó A decade ago, the Great Recession put Hillsborough and Pinellas countiesí efforts to grow their foreign exports on hold.But since then those efforts have returned, gained support and momentum, expanded the range of their ambition and are now ...
Published: 05/18/18
Florida unemployment holds at 3.9 percent, state adds 9,600 jobs

Florida unemployment holds at 3.9 percent, state adds 9,600 jobs

Floridaís economy appears to have plateaued with its unemployment rate holding at 3.9 percent for the seventh straight month, according to the April report released Friday.But some economists say it may be a good thing if the rate doesnít fall much m...
Published: 05/18/18
Lawsuit over Riverwalk Place tower in downtown Tampa settled

Lawsuit over Riverwalk Place tower in downtown Tampa settled

TAMPA ó A lawsuit over the mix of residences and offices in the planned $350 million Riverwalk Place tower has been dropped.Last August, Riverwalk Tower Investment-Intown LLC, which had been expected to be one of the developers in the project, filed ...
Published: 05/18/18
Orlandoís new attractions power jump in theme park attendance

Orlandoís new attractions power jump in theme park attendance

By MIKE SCHNEIDERORLANDO ó The arms race to build new theme park attractions in Orlando is paying dividends. A new report released this week shows theme park attendance at the largest parks in North America last year was up 2.3 percent, powered by ne...
Published: 05/18/18
How Mosaicís relocation could help Tampa International Airport land a flight to Brazil

How Mosaicís relocation could help Tampa International Airport land a flight to Brazil

Tampa International covets a nonstop flight to S„o Paulo, Brazil. Mosaic Co, which is moving its headquarters to Hillsborough County, has huge holdings in the country, including several mines. Could Mosaicís relocation help TIA realize its dream? It ...
Published: 05/18/18
Remember that upscale Guy Harvey RV resort near Tarpon Springs. Forget the Guy Harvey part

Remember that upscale Guy Harvey RV resort near Tarpon Springs. Forget the Guy Harvey part

HOLIDAY ó A year ago this month, Guy Harvey Outpost Resorts announced plans for its first-ever RV park, near Tarpon Springs where the Anclote River empties into the Gulf of Mexico.The $35 million resort, named after the popular Jamaican marine artist...
Published: 05/18/18
American Dream Miami to become largest mall in U.S. after final approval

American Dream Miami to become largest mall in U.S. after final approval

MIAMI ó A gigantic $4 billion retail and entertainment complex won government approval Thursday after years of debate, greenlighting what promises to be the largest mall in North America, just a few miles from the environmentally sensitive Everglades...
Published: 05/18/18