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Pasco Business Digest for Aug. 4

Published Aug. 2, 2017

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BANK DIRECTOR APPOINTED: Chris Black, owner of Lutz-based Chris Black Insurance, recently joined First National Bank of Pasco's board of directors. Black, born and raised in Pasco County, founded his insurance agency in 2008. He joins eight other members who help guide the expansion of Pasco County's oldest independent community bank.

HOSPITAL PRESENTS FRIST HUMANITARIAN AWARDS: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson recently announced this year's Frist Humanitarian Awards. Jonathan Hoehn received the Frist Employee Award. Hoehn, who works in the hospital's imaging department, is an exceptional employee who consistently goes above and beyond for his patients. A former Army sergeant, he currently volunteers as a scout leader for both Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts. Dr. Shaival Thakore, who received the Frist Physician Award, is a mentor to new physicians. The award was founded in 1971 and honors outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Named in honor of Dr. Thomas F. Frist Sr., a founder of HCA and renowned humanitarian, the award recognizes individuals whose daily dedication and care giving, epitomize the highest standards of quality and personal commitment. Hoehn received $250; and Dr. Thakore received a $500 donation to the charity of his choice.


PET ADOPTIONS AVAILABLE: SPCA Suncoast will have dogs and cats available for adoption during the Dog (and cat) Days of Summer clearance event 10 a.m. to noon Aug. 5 at Carolina Factory Outlet, 14627 U.S. 19, Hudson. The business will donate 10 percent of sales to the animal shelter. The event will include family-friendly fun and drawings.

COMMON GROUNDS STARTUP PRESENTATION: SMARTstart Pasco will host its monthly Common Grounds Pitch Breakfast 8:30 to 11 a.m. Aug. 9 at the SMARTstart Pasco Business Incubator, 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 in Pasco County. Each pitch will be followed by a question-and-answer/feedback opportunity. To RSVP, visit

Building skills

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

• How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• How to Apply for Nonprofit Grants, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• How to Use the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 23, South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

• Pricing for Profit, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Aug. 24, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

To register and for information, 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 Hamilton, 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. Call (352) 848-1438.


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  2. St. Petersburg-based Jabil said Tuesday it's projecting that the spread of the coronavirus will hurt its second-quarter performance. [Handout photo]
  3. The future site of Green Light Cinema at 221 Second Ave on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in St. Petersburg. The art house theater will be nestled between Pour Taproom and 2nd & Second. [MARTHA ASENCIO-RHINE  |  Times]
  4. Keesha Benson is director of Thrive By Five Pinellas for the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas. (Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas photo) [Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County]
  5. The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute purchased 775 acres in central Pasco County for a planned expansion. TIMES [VYCELLIX, A SWEDISH CANCER THERAPY RESEARCH COMPANY, IS SETTING UP ITS U.S. HEADQUARTERS NEAR THE H. LEE MOFFITT CANCER CENTER & RESEARCH INSTITUTE IN TAMPA. (TIMES FILES]
  6. Trader Gregory Rowe works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday. Stocks are opening sharply lower on Wall Street, pushing the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 700 points, as virus cases spread beyond China, threatening to disrupt the global economy. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) [RICHARD DREW  |  AP]
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  8. Tampa Bay Lightning owner Jeff Vinik  [Times staff]
  9. The empty property is home to cattle and egrets, but neighbors fear the new occupants — owners of 218 proposed town homes near Lake Thomas in Land O' Lakes. [C.T. BOWEN  |  Tampa Bay Times]
  10. A "for sale" sign beckons Friday along Sixth Avenue N in the Kenwood area of St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
  11. Florida is better positioned than before the Great Recession, economist says.
  12. A rendering of the new Ulta created by Hennon Group Architects and included in the permits for the building filed with the City of Tampa. [Hennon Group Architects]