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Pasco Business Digest for Nov. 3

Briefly

PASCO HERNANDO SCORE WINS AWARD: Pasco Hernando SCORE recently announced it received the Platinum Chapter Award during the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore.

It is the third year in a row that Pasco Hernando SCORE received the award for exceeding the goals set by SCORE National.

The chapter offers free and confidential business mentoring, workshops and seminars throughout the year at local libraries. Seminars focus on critical issues, from planning to funding to marketing. For information or to register for a seminar, visit pascohernando.score.org.

HOSPITAL EARNS AWARD: The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County recently presented Florida Hospital Zephyrhills with the Baby Steps to Baby Friendly award.

The Baby Steps to Baby Friendly project is a Healthiest Weight Florida initiative that encourages and recognizes hospitals that offer optimal promotion and support for breastfeeding.

Florida Hospital Zephyrhills received the award for enhancing its maternity care practices in support of breastfeeding, following guidelines set in place by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a global program launched by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Children's Fund and the Florida Breastfeeding Coalition.

Who's news

MEDICAL CENTER WELCOMES DOCTOR: Dr. John Forcella Jr., who is board certified and specializes in cardiac catheterization, interventional cardiology and internal medicine, has joined Gulf Coast Medical Center, 11528 U.S. 19, Port Richey.

Events

AMBASSADORS LUNCHEON: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly Ambassador Luncheon at noon Nov. 7 at the chamber office, 38550 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. The event is sponsored by Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Call (813) 782-1913.

COMMON GROUNDS STARTUP PRESENTATION: SMARTstart Pasco will host a Common Grounds Pitch Breakfast from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 8 at the SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., Dade City. Each month, two individuals are chosen to present a five-minute pitch and introduce their business ideas to the entrepreneurial community. To RSVP, visit smartstartpasco.com/events/details/common-grounds-pitch-presentations.

MORNING COFFEE WITH SCORE: Join Pasco Hernando SCORE to discuss cash flow from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Nov. 10 at the SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., Dade City. The speaker will be Jim Hammond. Each month, Pasco Hernando SCORE hosts a casual gathering to discuss a different business topic. Coffee and doughnuts will be served. To RSVP, visit smartstartpasco.com/events/details/morning-coffee-with-score-taxes.

Building skills

SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars:

• How to Apply for a Business Loan, 5 to 6:55 p.m. Nov. 7, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill

• Pricing for Profit, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.

• Let's Talk About Internet Marketing, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• Introduction to QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• Legal Structure for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

To register and for information, visit pascohernando.score.org 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 Hamilton, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. You may also email items to jhamilton@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. Call (352) 848-1438.

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Networking and mixers

•?Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Mondays at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Tony Nalli at (727) 858-7907.

•?Women's Connection of New Port Richey: 11:30 a.m. the second Monday of each month (September through May) at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $15 and includes lunch and a speaker. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Anita at (727) 863-2126.

•?BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 815-7744.

•?Suncoast Women in Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Beef'O'Brady's, 5546 Main St., New Port Richey. Suncoast WIN is a group of professional businesswomen. Membership is $10 per year. Call Myrtle at (727) 934-9993.

•?Rotary Club of Lutz: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Heritage Harbor Golf and Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Cost is $12, includes lunch and speaker. Call (813) 857-7089 or visit lutzrotary.org.

•?West Pasco Business Association Monday Chapter: noon Mondays, IHOP, 10740 State Road 54, Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other's businesses. Visit wpba.biz.

•?West Pasco Business Association Tuesday Chapter: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the WPBA office, 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other's businesses. Visit wpba.biz.

•?West Pasco Business Association Friday Chapter: 8:30 a.m. Fridays at the Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other's businesses. Visit wpba.biz.

•?Trinity Business Association: 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m. Guests welcome. Cost is $12. Call Ginny Pierce at (727) 433-4073.

•?BNI Platinum: 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Call Bob Nixon at (813) 263-5632.

•?Pasco Business Connections: 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Broken Yolk, 3350 Grand Blvd., Holiday. Email noworries@tampabay.rr.com.

•?Wednesday Morning Networking Group: 7:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of each month at Hungry Harry's Family Bar-B-Que, 3116 Land O'Lakes Blvd. A short networking presentation will be followed by a chance 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.

•?Keep It Local-Trinity Chapter: 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Havana Dreamers Cafe, 3104 Town Ave., Trinity. (813) 405-7815.

•?Pasco Aging Network: 8 to 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Location changes each month. For information or to RSVP, visit pascoagingnetwork.org. PAN is a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco.

•?Keep It Local-Wesley Chapel Chapter: 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Lexington Oaks Golf & Country Club, 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (813) 405-7815.

•?Keep It Local-Christian Women's Network Chapter: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Direction Connection, 2632 U.S. 19, Holiday. (813) 405-7815.

•?Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays 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 at (813) 929-6816.

•?Keep It Local-New Port Richey Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Direction Connection, 2632 U.S. 19, Holiday. (813) 405-7815.

•?Keep It Local-Odessa/Trinity Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., Trinity. (813) 405-7815.

•?West Pasco Business Network: noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Denny's, 12105 U.S. 19, Hudson. Call Pete Petrignani at (727) 967-3106.

•?BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursdays 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. Thursdays at Vallarta's Mexican Restaurant, 22948 State Road 54, Lutz. Call Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.

•?Christian Business Connections of Central Pasco: 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Thursdays at Quail Hollow Golf Club, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. Cost of $9 per meeting, includes breakfast and beverages. Annual membership dues are $100. Call Rene Van Hout at (813) 300-7511.

•?Trinity/West Pasco Chapter of NPI: 7:45 a.m. Thursdays at IHOP, 10740 State Road 54, New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.

•?Networking For Your Success: 8 a.m. Thursdays at Lexington Oaks Country Club, 2615 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Cost is $5 and includes a continental breakfast. Annual membership is $79. Call Matt at (813) 782-1777.

•?Women-n-Charge: 11:30 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa. Cost is $15 for members in advance, $18 for guests and at the door. Call Judy at (813) 600-9848.

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