SMARTstart New Port Richey Incubator welcomes new member: SMBsocial.com, which provides business owners with digital presence solutions, social media marketing, branding and management solutions, has joined the SMARTstart New Port Richey Incubator at 6345 Grand Blvd., the site of the former post office.
SMB provides solutions, powered by WordPress, that empower small and medium businesses to intelligently identify, attract, engage and acquire top talent. As an onsite member, the company has 24/7 access to the facility, which includes free Wi-Fi, free parking, co-working space, a mail box, and conference and meeting rooms.
Managed by the Pasco Economic Development Council, SMARTstart is the first program of its kind in Pasco County. For more information, visit SmartStartPasco.com.
Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce receives tourism grant: Visit Florida, the state's official source for travel planning, has awarded an advertising grant to the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce for the 2014-15 fiscal year, which began July 1.
"The purpose of the grant is to help nonprofit entities and local governments stretch their tourism marketing dollars in an effort to expand cultural, heritage, rural and nature tourism activities in Florida," said Will Seccombe, president and CEO of Visit Florida.
The $2,500 award will be used for the promotion of the 2015 Annual Kumquat Festival, which is scheduled for Jan. 31.
New dental office opens in Wesley Chapel: Drs. Johella Liguori and Sarina Bhole recently announced the opening of their new dental office, Wiregrass Family Dental Care, at 2066 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., Wesley Chapel.
The full-service, state of the art family dental practice opened July 3. For more information, call (813) 528-8797 or visit WiregrassFamilyDentalCare.com.
Fire Rescue Station 30 ribbon-cutting: Pasco County Fire Rescue will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at 9 a.m. for its newest Fire Rescue Station 30 at 7951 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Call (727) 815-7177.
PHSC Encore Academy presents boot camp and job skills workshops: The Encore Academy at Pasco-Hernando State College will have its Back to School Boot Camp and Job Seekers workshops for students 50 and older. Workshops will be held through July and August at its Spring Hill campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill.
The program addresses the major obstacles facing people age 50 or 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.
• Computer Security, Tuesday.
• Resume Writing, Thursday. Free.
• Intro to Microsoft Word, July 29.
• Networking for Success, July 31. Free.
• Intro to File Management, Aug. 5.
• Interviewing Skills, Aug. 7. Free.
Registration deadline is three days before workshop start date. Workshops are $12 each unless otherwise stated. Call (727) 816-3439 or visit phsc.edu/encore.
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 on Nov. 13 from 4 to 7 p.m. 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 bothannual membership and booth space. 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.
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