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Pasco's Business digest for Aug. 1

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NEW OB/GYN OFFICE: Dr. Lisa L. Vendeland, board-certified obstetrician, recently moved her 11-year practice, Gynecology and Gynecologic Surgery, from Palm Harbor to Trinity. The new office, at 2160 Duck Slough Blvd., Suite 103, is in the Trinity Professional Park.

Vendeland is a past department chairwoman of OB/GYN at Community Hospital New Port Richey and is on staff at Countryside Mease Hospital. For information, call (727) 789-9006.

BUSINESS EXPANSION: Windsong Charters & Boat Rentals at 5015 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, recently expanded. Capt. Wendy Longman, owner and sole employee since 2002, announced that she has added 14 captains and crew members to accommodate demand during the height of the season.

Longman is planning a chamber ribbon-cutting and after-hours mixer to celebrate her business expansion to take place in early fall. The business was recently awarded the Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor.

For information, visit or call (727) 326-7391.

Who's news

REALTOR IS TOP RE/MAX PRODUCER FOR 2013: Realtor Susanna Vizzari with Re/Max Sunset Realty, 7031 State Road 52, Bayonet Point, was presented the office's Top Producer award for 2013. Broker and owner David Longspough made the presentation during a recent luncheon. Since Vizzari joined the office in February 2013, she earned the distinction in just 10 months. Re/Max Sunset Realty is one of the top five single offices in west Pasco.

HERITAGE PINES NAMES CLUB MANAGER: Charles "Chuck" R. Eade was recently named club manager at Heritage Pines, a 55+ active adult community in north Hudson. Eade will oversee all golf, food and beverage operations, security, and facilities and common grounds maintenance in the community.

Prior to joining Heritage Pines, Eade was general manager and director of golf at the Belleview Biltmore in Belleair.

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FREE BUSINESS ASSISTANCE: SCORE, a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow and succeed nationwide, has partnered with the Small Business Administration and Counselors to America's Small Business to offer free counseling to startups and established businesses. More than 26 former business owners and corporate executives are available to help individuals in Pasco and Hernando counties. For more information, visit or call (727) 842-4638.

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., Zephyrhills.

For information or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-888-929-2221.

EAST PASCO VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers, especially in east Pasco, to help local businesses. For details, visit and click on "Volunteer."


GRAND REOPENING AND RIBBON-CUTTING: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting for Walmart, at 7631 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, at 8 a.m. today. The event will include a grand re-opening ceremony. Call the chamber, (813) 782-1913.

PHSC ENCORE ACADEMY PRESENTS BOOT CAMP AND JOB SKILLS WORKSHOP: The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando State College will have a Back to School Boot Camp and Job Seekers workshops for students 50 and older. Workshops will be held through July and August at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill.

The program addresses the major obstacles facing people age 50 and older who want to return to the classroom or improve their job outlook. Students may enroll for the entire series or select individual workshops of interest. Workshops are from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

• Intro to File Management, Tuesday.

• Interviewing Skills, Thursday. Free.

Registration deadline is three days before workshop start date. Workshops are $12 each unless otherwise stated. Call (727) 816-3439 or visit

AMBASSADOR'S LUNCHEON: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Ambassador's Luncheon at noon Tuesday at the chamber office, 38550 5th Ave., Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by CF Industries. Contact Pat at (813) 782-1913.

OPEN HOUSE: An open house for Dr. Danielle L. Albritton, board-certified in family practice and osteopathic manipulative medicine, will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at 10410 21st St., Dade City. Call Pam, (813) 782-1913.

PAN TO HOST BOOTS AND BLING: The third annual Pasco Aging Network Boots and Bling fundraiser will be from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. A Texas Hold'Em Tournament along with other games, dancing, food, auction and more are planned. All proceeds help support senior services in Pasco County.

Tickets are $25 per person, two for $40, five for $90 or 10 for $175 if purchased before the event. Tickets at the door are $35 per person. Tickets include 1,000 gaming bling bucks and hot/cold hors d'oeuvres.

For information, call Terry Weaver at (352) 796-9891.

VOLUNTEERS AND SPONSORS NEEDED FOR DANCING WITH OUR STARS 2014: The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its annual Dancing With Our Stars event Oct. 18 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road, Wesley Chapel.

The chamber has partnered with local dance professionals who are paired with local community personalities, leaders and celebrities — our "stars," who have agreed to help raise funds while bringing guests a night of entertainment.

Each volunteer star dancer will compete, some with a professional dancer and some on their own. Performers will be judged by a panel of judges and several awards will be given, however the overall winner is the dancer who raises the most funds.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the art of dance in the community as well as the chamber. For information, call (813) 909-2722 or email office

VENDORS AND SPONSORS NEEDED FOR BUSINESS EXPO: The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and Saint Leo University will offer businesses the opportunity to showcase their services and products to area consumers and other businesses during the 2014 Community and Business Expo 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Dan Cannon Auditorium of the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City.

The expo is presented by the Greater Dade City Chamber, Saint Leo University, the Tampa Bay Times and CenterState Bank. This year's event is open to all chamber members at a special rate, and features a "bundle rate" for potential members offering annual membership and booth space combined. Area residents and visitors are welcome. There is no charge to the public to attend.

For information, call the chamber at (352) 567-3769.

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, New Port Richey. Call Tony Nalli at (727) 858-7907.

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.

West Pasco Business Association: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other's businesses. Visit

Trinity Business Association: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway. Networking at 5:30 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m. Guests welcome. Cost is $12. Call Ginny Pierce at (727) 433-4073.

BNI Platinum: 7:15 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Call Bob Nixon, (813) 263-5632.

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

Wednesday Morning Networking Group: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hungry Harry's Family Bar-B-Que, 3116 Land O'Lakes Blvd. A short networking presentation will be followed by a chance for all attendees to do a 30-second commercial. The event sponsor is Proly, Laporte & Mulligan, P.A. Cost is $7 and includes breakfast. Call the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (813) 909-2722.

Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cantina Laredo, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass). Attendees pay for their own lunch. Call Martine Duncan, (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 Joanne Grassi at (727) 856-9595.

Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce monthly chamber breakfast: 7 to 8:30 a.m. Thursday at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Call Pat, (813) 782-1913.

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.

Networking For Your Success: 8 a.m. Thursday at Lexington Oaks Country Club, 2615 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Cost is $5 and includes a continental breakfast. Annual membership is $79. For information, call Matt at (813) 782-1777.

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