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Small-business seminars and professional networking events in Pasco County

Briefly

Leadership Pasco, a development program that explores critical issues through a series of seminars and hands-on activities, is accepting applications for its Class of 2012.

The program is open to people interested in community involvement and perpetuating the prosperity of Pasco County.

Topics include leadership skills, the history of Pasco County, education, health care-social services, law enforcement-criminal justice, economic and business development, government and infrastructure.

Applications are due by June 1 and may be submitted at LeadershipPasco.com. For an application, call Leadership Pasco toll-free at 1-866-783-1122 or (727) 844-5247.

Who's news

Local business leader Raj M. Ravi was recently selected for Tampa Bay Partnership's 2011 CEO Direct program. The goal of the program is to ensure local business leaders are active participants in the Tampa Bay area's economic development initiatives.

Participants learn about the critical issues affecting economic development in the Tampa Bay region and are challenged to help find solutions through problem solving, regional collaboration and strategic thinking.

Ravi, who is the managing director for Prudential Commercial Real Estate, is already very involved in economic development in Pasco County. He serves on the board of directors of the Pasco Economic Development Council, where he serves as secretary/treasurer.

Participation in the CEO Direct program is by invitation only and is limited to 25 participants each year. For information, call Betsy Scheuer at (813) 926-0827, ext. 225.

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Marcy Nolan, a member of the West Pasco Legal Support Association, was presented the Florida Association of Legal Support Specialists 2010-11 DANKE (Directors Award for Notable Kindness and Enthusiasm) award at its annual meeting. Each year the state association bestows the DANKE award to a member who goes above and beyond, and exemplifies the meaning of the title of the award. Nolan and her husband, Jim, live in New Port Richey. In 2002 she joined the law firm of Blaesing & Diaz, PA in New Port Richey after a 30-year career in education, and shortly thereafter was encouraged to become a member of the association.

Events

The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon today at Big Time Sports Tavern, 6126 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The event will be Kentucky Derby style — ladies, wear your hats. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "Using the Internet in your Marketing Plans," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

Jim Karam, a SCORE counselor, will walk participants through an eight-step process to quickly fit a website into almost any business operation.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (727) 861-3049 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce will have its Ambassadors breakfast meeting, for Ambassadors only, at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Hyundai of Wesley Chapel, 27000 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Wesley Chapel. The event is sponsored by Bagelicious and More. For information, call (813) 994-5399.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small-business seminar, "Effective Business Planning," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

Bill Brydia, a SCORE counselor, will cover the basics of writing a plan that answers the key questions of what data is required, what are the techniques used to acquire it, and how to use this input to determine realistic goals and objectives to assure profitable and organized business growth.

The two-hour seminar will highlight the importance of good research, show examples of the types and styles of an effective business plan, and the format and content acceptable to the SBA and local banks.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (727) 861-3049 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar on working part-time from home from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

Dick Bendtzen, a veteran SCORE counselor, will answer questions. Bendtzen will teach terms and the easiest way to start making money on the Internet.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (727) 842-4638 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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Service Corps of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando Chapter 439 will present a free small business seminar, "An Introduction to QuickBooks," from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.

Mike Kouremetis, a veteran SCORE counselor, will highlight how to install the QuickBooks automated record-keeping system, including opening entries, entering deposits, writing checks, setting up checking, entering vendors and more.

No registration is required. For information, call the library at (727) 861-3049 or the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.

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The Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will host the Zephyrhills High School Scholarship Awards Night at 7 p.m. Thursday in the school's auditorium, 6335 12th St., Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 794-6100.

If you have business announcements you would like to share with our readers, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also e-mail items to jhayes@sptimes.com or fax them to (727) 869-6233. Photos are published as space permits; they will not be returned.

Networking

Women's Connection of New Port Richey: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Speaker will be Jill Jackson. Feature presentation by Carla Fox. Cost $15 includes lunch. RSVP by today to Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Ruth at (727) 375-9873.

Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Monday at Panera Bread, 3234 Little Road in the Mitchell Ranch Plaza, Trinity. Meets every Monday. Call Ashok Visuvasam at (813) 333-1622.

Pasco Hernando NPI Networking Group: 11:45 a.m. Tuesday at Boulevard Beef & Ale, 6236 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

West Pasco Business Association: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The association is a pool of professionals who work together to promote each others' businesses. Meets every Tuesday. For information, visit www.westpasco

businessassociation.com.

Pasco Aging Network: 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at various member locations. PAN is a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco County. The group meets the second Tuesday of each month. Call Lori Felber, president, at (727) 863-5808 for location information.

BNI Revenue Source: 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Heritage Springs Country Club, 11345 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Visitors are welcome. Cost, including breakfast, is $10. Call David Randall at (727) 842-7744.

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). Individuals pay for their own lunch. Call group director Martine Duncan, co-owner of the Theater Doctor, at (813) 929-6816.

Neighborhood Networks: 11:45 a.m. Wednesday at Whiskey River Saltwater Grill, 5245 Limestone Drive, Port Richey. Meets every Wednesday. Call Josh Green at (727) 457-2393.

BNI Referral Connections: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursday at Los Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant, 22948 State Road 54, Lutz. Call Capt. Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.

BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. The cost is $10 (includes breakfast). RSVP at (727) 967-1418.

Community Service Council: 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost for the luncheon is $12 per person. The group meets on the second Thursday of each month. For information, call (727) 863-7866.

Trinity Positive Business Network: Spring Network Mixer at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Whiskey River Saltwater Grill, 5245 Limestone Drive, New Port Richey. Speed networking, door prizes. Cost is $5 and includes appetizers and light beverages. A cash bar will be available. Call Ashok Visuvasam, (813) 333-1622.

West Pasco Young Professionals: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Fox Hollow Golf & Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, Trinity. Meetings are $11 per person. Checks should be made out to the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce. RSVP by Wednesday. The group meets the second Thursday of each month. For information, call Julie Rogers at (727) 243-3578.

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