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Pasco's Business digest for July 25

Business digest

Briefly

Law firm opens office in Wesley Chapel: Rogers Towers, P.A., a century-old law firm headquartered in Jacksonville, opened its eighth statewide office at 29152 Chapel Park Drive, Wesley Chapel, as part of the firm's expansion to Tampa Bay.

Shareholders and litigators L. Javan Grant and Gregory F. Lunny will lead the firm's newest office.

Grant will lead expansion efforts in the Tampa Bay region. He has experience representing local, statewide and national clients in complex commercial and premises liability litigator.

Lunny, who joins Grant in leading the expansion, is a commercial litigator with more than 20 years experience representing regional, national and international clients in complex commercial, intellectual property, governmental and product liability litigation.

Who's news

Allstate agent recognized for outstanding volunteerism: Allstate agency owner Mo Ward recently received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to helping others in the New Port Richey community. With the award came a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation to the Pasco Kids First organization, where Ward volunteers.

The award celebrates the Allstate spirt of service. "With support from the Allstate Foundation, Mo Ward and the Pasco Kids First organization are making our hometowns a better, safer place to live," said Sara Crowley, field vice president.

Doctor joins Florida Cancer Affiliates: Dr. Ayman Barakat has joined Florida Cancer Affiliates, a community-based radiation oncology, medical oncology, hematology, and urology practice, and has begun seeing patients at 5500 Little Road, New Port Richey. Barakat comes to Florida Cancer Affiliates from his private practice at the Tulsa Cancer Institute in Tulsa, Okla.

Events

Grand opening and ribbon-cutting: Nana Jo's Cafe will have its grand opening celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 14748 U.S. 98 Bypass, Dade City. The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The event will include music by DC Country. A barbecue chicken dinner will be available for $8 for adults and $6 for children. For information, call (352) 518-0995.

PHSC Encore Academy presents boot camp and job skills workshops: 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 Microsoft Word, Tuesday.

• Networking for Success, Thursday. 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.

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

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 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.

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.

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.

Pasco's Business digest for July 25 07/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, July 24, 2014 4:01pm]
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