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Pasco's Business Digest for Aug. 29

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NOMINATIONS BEING ACCEPTED: The Nature Coast Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals will have its second annual National Philanthropy Day event at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 18 at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey.

The committee is accepting nominations for the banquet, during which philanthropists from Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties will be recognized for their dedication to community service and giving.

Nominations of community leaders are requested in six categories, including: Philanthropist of the Year, Philanthropic Corporation of the Year, Philanthropic Small Business of the Year, Philanthropic Service Organization of the Year, Volunteer of the Year in Philanthropy, and Youth in Philanthropy.

Nominations can be made at For more information, call Stefanie Pontlitz at (727) 514-5133.

GOLF COURSE RECOGNIZED FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE: Heritage Pines Golf Course has achieved designation as a "Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary" through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses.

Robert W. Zimmerman, a Heritage Pines resident and project coordinator, led the effort to obtain sanctuary designation on the property, and he is being recognized for Environmental Stewardship by Audubon International. Heritage Pines is the only golf course in Pasco County to have achieved the designation and one of only six in the Tampa Bay area.

CHAMBER RIBBON CUTTING HELD: The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in conjunction with Salon Suites by Underwood at 36813 State Road 52, Dade City. The salon features a number of local professionals in the salon stylist, nail tech and massage business, operating cooperatively in one location. For more information, call owner Keshe Underwood at (352) 523-2400.

FAMILY PRACTICE OPENS: Area chambers recently joined in celebrating the opening of the Family Practice of Lake Jovita at 14010 21st St., Dade City. In association with Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, the practice offers a full range of services. For more information, call (352) 567-3325.

Who's news

HOSPITAL EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH: Robert "Bob" South, a transporter with the lift team, was recently chosen as Employee of the Month for July at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

As employee of the month, South receives a pin, a selected blanket gift, a reception with refreshments for his colleagues, a coveted front-row parking spot for his use for one month and a $50 gift card.

RETIREMENT ANNOUNCED: Longtime employee Linda Storgaard, assistant manager of the Pasco Tax Collector's Office in the West Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey, has retired.

Storgaard was a pillar of the office for 15 years, well-known and well-liked by all.


PASCO EDC ANNUAL BANQUET & TRADE SHOW: The Pasco Economic Development Council will have its annual Banquet & Trade Show from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, 1 mile east of Interstate 75 at exit 279, Wesley Chapel. The event draws more than 650 key business and community leaders from Pasco County and the Tampa Bay region.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information, call (813) 926-0827 or visit

ADVANCE AUTO PARTS TO OPEN STORE: Advance Auto Parts will open its fourth store in New Port Richey at 4830 U.S. 19, near State Road 54, on Sept. 5.

Joe Impellizzieri is the new general manager and will work with 10 other team members at the new location. An eight-year veteran of the automotive and retail sales industries, Impellizzieri has been with the Advance Auto Parts team for two years.

Store hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sunday.

TRINITY MARKETPLACE: Small and local businesses will gather for the Trinity Marketplace to showcase and sell products from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Trinity Meeting Center, 7813 Mitchell Blvd., Suite 106, Trinity Commons Plaza in New Port Richey.

Local businesses participating will include Time for Wine, Scentsy, Origami Owl, Avon, Pampered Chef, Thirty-One Gifts and local artists and photographers.

Raffles and drawings will be held. For more information, call (727) 375-9700 or email

EXERCISE PROGRAM: Women's Connection of New Port Richey will present "Exercise — How About You?" at its regular monthly meeting, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 8 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Pat Clark will speak on the topic: "What do you do when your life unravels in 30 minutes or less?" The cost is $15 and includes the program, luncheon and speaker. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042.

CHAMBER APPRECIATION AND AWARDS BANQUET: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its Annual Member Appreciation and Awards Banquet "Country Chic Style," from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 18 at Southport Springs Golf & Country Club, 3509 Southport Springs Parkway, Zephyrhills.

To RSVP, call (813) 782-1913 by Friday.

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, but the overall winner will be 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 more information, call (813) 909-2722 or email the chamber at

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 from 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 more 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. Mondays 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. Tuesdays at Timber Greens Country Club, 6333 Timber Greens Blvd., New Port Richey. The cost is $8 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 847-3898.

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

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

• West Pasco Business Alliance: 11:30 a.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Atria Baypoint Village, 7927 State Road 52, Hudson. The cost is $7 and includes lunch. Call Abby Hamilton at (813) 817-1905.

• West Pasco Business Association: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays 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. on the first and third Tuesdays of each month 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. Wednesdays at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Call Bob Nixon at (813) 263-5632.

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

• Wednesday Morning Networking Group: 7:30 a.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month 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. Wednesdays 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 at (813) 929-6816.

• West Pasco Business Network: Noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Blue Dolphin, 8825 State Road 52, Hudson. For more information, visit or call Joanne Grassi at (727) 856-9595.

• BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursdays 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. Thursdays 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. Thursdays at IHOP, 10740 State Road 54, New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

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

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