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Pasco's business digest for July 18

Medical Center opens in Hudson: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently had a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Graduate Medical Education Center, 14108 Glacial Drive, on the hospital’s Hudson campus. The ceremony included a brief address by CEO Shayne George, a ribbon-cutting and a white coat ceremony of the first class of the American Osteopathic Association Internal Medicine Residency Program, presided over by Michael Strobbe, internal medicine program director. Pictured are members of the first residency class. From left: Drs. Woody Taves, James Shepard, Giles Roberts, David Otis and Jonathan Lind; second-year resident Katie Groff; Camille Alfonso; Strobbe; Joseph Pino, chief medical officer; and George.

Courtesy of Vince Vanni

Medical Center opens in Hudson: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point recently had a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Graduate Medical Education Center, 14108 Glacial Drive, on the hospital’s Hudson campus. The ceremony included a brief address by CEO Shayne George, a ribbon-cutting and a white coat ceremony of the first class of the American Osteopathic Association Internal Medicine Residency Program, presided over by Michael Strobbe, internal medicine program director. Pictured are members of the first residency class. From left: Drs. Woody Taves, James Shepard, Giles Roberts, David Otis and Jonathan Lind; second-year resident Katie Groff; Camille Alfonso; Strobbe; Joseph Pino, chief medical officer; and George.

Briefly

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.

Who's news

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.

Events

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.

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, 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.

East Pasco Networking Group: 8 a.m. Tuesday at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Speaker: Leja Apple, Miss Suncoast. 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 group is made up of professionals who promote each other's businesses. Visit westpascobusinessassociation.com.

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 noworries@tampabay.rr.com.

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 westpascobusiness.org or call Joanne Grassi at (727) 856-9595.

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.

Pasco's business digest for July 18 07/16/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 5:47pm]
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