MECHANIC SHOP OPENS: German-MotorCare, 2433 Merchant Ave., Odessa, specializing in the service and repairs of Mercedes-Benz, Audi and BMW vehicles, had its grand opening in early May. Owned by Romana Guiteaud, 27; and Ivan J. Avila, 28, the shop is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call (813) 960-2288 or visit german-motorcare.com.
REALTOR AWARDED DESIGNATION: Adam R. Jonas, managing broker with Gulf Coast Executive Realty in New Port Richey, was awarded the accredited buyer's representative designation by the Real Estate Buyer's Agent Council of the National Association of Realtors. Jonas joins more than 30,000 real estate professionals in North America who have earned the designation.
5:01 FRIDAY: A laid-back meet-up with other business owners and community members will be at 5:01 p.m. June 24 at the SMARTstart Dade City business incubator, 15000 Citrus County Drive, Suite 103. For information or to RSVP, call (352) 437-4861.
COFFEE CONNECTION: Grow Financial Federal Credit Union will host a Coffee Connection from 8 to 9 a.m. June 29 at 6121 State Road 54, New Port Richey. Participants will have the opportunity to network with local professionals and learn how Grow Financial can help. Coffee and light breakfast snacks provided. The event is free, but registration is required by June 22. Call John Flores at (813) 480-4102.
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COTTAGE INDUSTRY EXPO: The University of Florida/IFAS Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas county extension offices will host the first Tampa Bay Cottage Industry Expo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at Wiregrass Ranch High School, 2909 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel.
The expo will offer practical education sessions taught by farmers, cooperative extension office experts and industry representatives. The goal is to provide attendees with information they can apply to improve their small or beginning agriculture operations. Sessions will cover agriculture production, legal and regulatory considerations and marketing. Topics will include fruits and veggies, hydroponics and livestock. The expo will also feature a trade show. Food trucks will be present. The cost is $30 per person. Pre-registration is required. To register online, visit pasco.ifas.ufl.edu/events_calendar.shtml and click on July, then scroll down to the Expo. For information, call (352) 518-0156.
APPRECIATION BANQUET: The Pasco Economic Development Council will have its annual appreciation banquet on Sept. 8 at Saddlebrook Resort, 5700 Saddlebrook Way, Wesley Chapel. The trade show will begin at 5 p.m.; the dinner and program will be at 7 p.m. Local business and community leaders will be recognized for their contributions to growing and strengthening the local economy. The event will include an awards ceremony, an industry showcase and a brief report on the county's economic development progress. For information or to RSVP, contact Suzanne at (813) 926-0827, ext. 226, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SMALL BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small business seminars.
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• How to Really Start Your Own Business, 5 to 7 p.m. June 14, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• Introduction to QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 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.
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