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Pasco's business digest for June 27

Business digest


New Dade City business: Goin' Postal Dade City has opened at 14247 7th St. Owners Chris and Ailisa Starnes, former police officers, welcome help from daughter, Dakota Sanders, 20, and encouragement from their other children — Jakob Starnes, 16; Taylor Boyd, 14; Bailey Boyd, 14; Bryce Hall, 14; Tessa Starnes, 8; Joseph Starnes, 7, and Jessalyn Starnes, 6.

The business hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (352) 567-1400.

Who's news

Florida SBDC at USF names 2013 award winners: The Florida Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida recently announced its 2013 performance award winners.

Winners will be eligible for Florida SBDC Network state awards, to be announced at the FSBDC Network's Annual Conference.

Jim Parrish, an employee of the network for 19 years who provided more than 800 hours of consulting time during 2013, was named Certified Business Consultant of the Year.

Kris Manning, who recently earned her bachelor's degree in applied science from USF and is a USF Train associate, was named Employee of the Year.

Olga Pina, who has been volunteering for the FSBDC at USF's International Trade Certificate Program, was named Volunteer of the Year.

The Lakeland Area Chamber of Commerce was named Outstanding Resource Partner for its unwavering support of the Florida SBDC at USF in Polk County.

Hospital Employee of the Month: Cecelia "Fran" Hamblin, operator in telecommunications, was recently recognized as Employee of the Month for April at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson.

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

Each employee of the month recipient is placed in nomination for the hospital's employee of the year award.


Happy Cow Frozen Yogurt Grand Opening: Happy Cow Frozen Yogurt will open its newest store at 7936 Gall Blvd., in the Zephyr Commons Plaza today. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m.

The event will include discounts for the first 100 guests, T-shirts, key chains and stickers. Balloon artist will entertain from 6 to 9 p.m.

For information, call (813) 788-4242.

Building skills

Educating entrepreneurs: SCORE Chapter 439 will present the free business seminar "How to Apply for Non-Profit Grants," from 5 to 7 p.m. July 14 at the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce office, 15588 Aviation Loop Drive, south of Brooksville. 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.

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 one another's businesses. Visit

Trinity Business Association: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday 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.

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

Wednesday Morning Networking Group: 7:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hungry Harry's Family Bar-B-Que, 3116 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Short networking presentation followed by opportunity 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. 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 27 06/25/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 7:13pm]
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