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Pasco's Business digest for June 20


Happy Cow Frozen Yogurt store coming to Zephyrhills: Happy Cow Frozen Yogurt will open its newest store at 7936 Gall Blvd., in the Zephyr Commons Plaza on June 27. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m.

The store offers premium self-serve frozen yogurt, sorbet and soft-serve gelato. Flavors include caramel sea salt, white chocolate truffle, toasted coconut and cotton candy. The sorbet selection includes unique flavors like Mediterranean mojito and Sicilian blood orange. There are more than 60 toppings and sauces to choose from.

Restaurant earns TripAdvisor and Fido's Favorite awards: Caposey's Whole Works Restaurant at 5250 Green Key Road, New Port Richey, was recently presented a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award, as well as the Fido's Favorite "Perfect" Award from Recognition from the two international websites honoring hospitality excellence — one for humans and the other for pets — is only extended to qualifying businesses.

Restaurant owners John and Nancy Caposey recently celebrated their 10th year in business. Their small, cow-themed diner offers cooked-to-order homestyle food and quick, friendly service.

For more information, visit their Facebook page.

Clerk's Office receives distinguished budget presentation award: The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada recently announced the Office of Paula S. O'Neil, Ph.D., clerk and comptroller, Pasco County, received the GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for a third consecutive year.

The award, which reflects commitment to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting, recognized the specific efforts of O'Neil, Christine M. Mettler, director of budgets, and Ann W. Warchl, budget analyst.

Wantman Group wins contract: Wantman Group recently announced it was selected by Tampa Bay Water for a continuing survey services contract. Tampa Bay Water supplies wholesale drinking water to Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties.

Wantman Group, which has provided engineering and surveying services for public agencies throughout Florida during its more than 40 years in business, is excited to serve this new client.

Who's news

PHSC Foundation board members begin terms: The Foundation Board of Directors at Pasco-Hernando State College recently selected new officers to serve two-year volunteer terms.

Frank Rygiel, of Wesley Chapel, was appointed chairman of the board, and George "Skip" Miller, also of Wesley Chapel, was selected vice chairman.

Mickey Smith, chief operating officer for Oak Hill Hospital in Spring Hill, and Leonard Sossamon, county administrator for Hernando County, will each serve three-year terms as new directors.

Hospital awards Frist employee award: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point announced that the Rev. Jack Long received the Frist Employee Award for 2013.

Named in honor of the late Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., founder of HCA Healthcare and renowned humanitarian, the award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and caregiving epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment.


Grand opening and ribbon cutting: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will have a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new Graduate Medical Education Center at 14108 Glacial Drive, Hudson, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The ribbon cutting will be at 5:30 p.m., with a reception and tours to follow. The event will include a white coat ceremony for the inaugural class of residents. Dr. Michael Strobbe, the program director, will announce the residents and present them with their white lab coats from the program/hospital.

The public is welcome. To reserve a spot, call (727) 869-5505 no later than today.

Building skills

Educating entrepreneurs: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting an ongoing series of free business seminars. Upcoming seminars include:

• "How to Apply for a 501c3," 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville.

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• "Small Business Disaster Planning," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.

To register, visit and click on the "Local Workshops" tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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.

East Pasco Networking Group: 8 a.m. Tuesday at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Speakers: Tim and Allison Newlon and Amanda Colon. 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 composed of professionals who promote one another's businesses. Visit

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

Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at Cantina Laredo restaurant, 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. Wednesday 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. 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 June 20 06/18/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 18, 2014 5:07pm]
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