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Business digest: Youth Leadership Pasco taking applications; seminars; networking opportunities

HEART WALK SPONSORSHIP: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point kicked off its American Heart Association Heart Walk efforts with a $5,000 sponsorship on Aug. 2. Last year, with the hospital’s efforts, the team raised $20,170 for AHA. AHA representative Amanda Leber, holding check on left, accepts the check from Shayne George, RMCBP chief executive officer, along with members of the hospital’s 2013 Heart Walk committee.
Published Aug. 22, 2013

Business digest


YOUTH LEADERSHIP PASCO: Applications for Youth Leadership Pasco Class of 2014 are now being accepted. The program is designed to identify youth who have leadership potential and to develop their leadership skills. In addition, the program builds awareness of volunteerism along with promoting a greater understanding of issues through interaction with peers and community leaders.

Youth Leadership participants take part in program days including criminal justice, health care, economic development, media, education, career development and other team-building exercises.

All Pasco County students who are enrolled as sophomores or juniors during the 2013-14 academic year are eligible to apply. Applications are available at The deadline to apply is Sept. 6. For information, call Barbara De Simone at (727) 847-8103 or Rob Aguis at (813) 794-2204.

HELP DESIGN LOGO: The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce and the Land O'Lakes High School cross country team are seeking contestants to design a T-shirt logo for the 20th Annual Flapjack 5K and 1-Mile Family Fun Run to be held Dec. 15.

Entries for the logo design can be in black and white or color (limit of four colors). Entries can be submitted via email to; faxed to (813) 909-0827; or dropped off at the chamber office, 2810 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. Photos must be a minimum of 300 dpi.

The winner will receive a free race entry and two free T-shirts. The deadline to submit a design is Aug. 30. The chamber and cross country team have partnered for the past 19 years to bring this family fitness oriented race to the area. The 5K race begins at 8 a.m. and the fun run starts at 8:45 Dec. 15 at the Land O'Lakes Recreation Center, 3032 Collier Parkway.

For information, visit central or contact Kris Keppel, race director, at

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: SCORE Chapter 439 is looking for volunteers. Put your business skills to work helping local businesses by volunteering. SCORE mentors donate their time and talent to small businesses. For information, visit and click on "Volunteer."


WOMEN'S FINANCIAL SEMINAR: Gulfside Regional Hospice has teamed up with Cooper Financial Services to provide a women's financial seminar at 11 a.m. Monday at Gulfside's Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 1930 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Lutz. RSVP to Jen Chianella at (727) 992-8984 by Monday.

BUSINESS ADVANTAGE ROUNDTABLE: Career Central will host an open roundtable from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday at its Spring Hill office, 7361 Forest Oaks Blvd. Members of Pasco and Hernando's business community are invited. Steve Wilson will moderate, and the topic will be "Assessing Your Business Needs." To RSVP, call (352) 200-3027, (813) 377-1300 ext. 3027, (727) 484-3400 ext. 3027, or (352) 293-1123.


• The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Express Shipping & Business Solutions, 4710 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Suite 17, Land O'Lakes. A grand opening celebration will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m.

• The Dade City Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon-cutting at noon Saturday at Sparkling Stacey's, 14123 Seventh St., Dade City. A grand opening celebration will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

OUTREACH CENTER OPEN HOUSE: Gulfside Regional Hospice will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 5 to rededicate its Bereavement and Community Outreach Center. The center is at 6224-6230 Lafayette St., New Port Richey.

Visitors can view the updates to both the former Hospice House and the Bereavement Center.

PEDC BANQUET: The Pasco Economic Development Council will have its 27th Annual Banquet from 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 4 at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel.

The event has become the premier opportunity to recognize businesses that keep the Pasco County economy growing and strong.

A cocktail reception and trade show will be from 5 to 7 p.m. The program begins at 7 and includes dinner and the industry awards ceremony, followed by a brief report on the county's economic development progress. Tickets are $75.

For sponsorship information or to RSVP, visit ion-banquet.

Building skills

FREE SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting a series of free seminars:

• "Marketing to Grow Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

• "Using the Internet in Your Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5730 Moog Road, Holiday.

• "How to Apply for a 501c3," 5 to 6:45 p.m. Sept. 10, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 24, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "E-Marketing Concepts," 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

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

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SMALL-BUSINESS CONSULTATIONS: Free consultations for small businesses and entrepreneurs are available by appointment from 9 to 11 a.m. on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month in the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce conference room at 38550 Fifth Ave.

The chamber offers the free and confidential consultations in partnership with the Small Business Development Center at the University of South Florida.

To get information or to schedule an appointment, call toll-free 1-888-929-2221.

Save the date

CHAMBER RECOGNITIONS: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its Annual Member Appreciation and Community Awards Banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Scotland Yard Golf Club, 9424 U.S. 301, Dade City. Tickets are $50. For information, call the chamber at (813) 782-1913.

PIGZ IN Z'HILLS BBQ & BLUES: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce announces its fourth annual Pigz in Z'Hills BBQ & Blues will be Jan. 18 at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave. Visit

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