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Pasco Business digest for Sept. 16


EMERGENCY BRIDGE LOAN PROGRAM ACTIVATED BY GOVERNOR: Gov. Rick Scott has activated Florida's Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program to support small businesses impacted by Hurricane Hermine. The program, managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will provide short-term, interest-free loans to small businesses that experienced physical or economic damage during the storm and recovery efforts. The application period runs through Oct. 31. The DEO is currently surveying businesses in the affected counties. To access the business survey, visit and select "Hurricane Hermine" from the drop-down menu. The loans help bridge the gap between the time damage is incurred and when a business secures other financial resources, including payment of insurance claims or longer-term loans. Up to $10 million has been allocated for the program. For information, visit or call (850) 898-3489.

BECOME A PASCO HERNANDO SCORE VOLUNTEER: Pasco Hernando SCORE is looking for volunteers with the following expertise:

• Commercial banker with experience in business loans, working capital and SBA guidelines.

• Social media coordinator with strong working knowledge of social media and website optimization.

• Nonprofit mentor with prior nonprofit expertise with existing and start-up organizations.

SCORE's volunteers — retired or currently employed — help small business owners succeed. For information, visit

WATERFRONT HOME SELLS FOR RECORD $1.1 MILLION: Paul and Denise Virgadamo with Team Virgadomo of Keller Williams Realty recently sold a home at 5321 Westshore Drive, in the west Pasco County waterfront community of Gulf Harbors, for $1.1 million. The sale price was the highest waterfront residential sale in Gulf Harbors in the past 29 months and was the only sale of more than $1 million in that time period. The home was listed in July for $1.2 million after being on the market for 420 days with another brokerage. The sale was for cash and closed on Aug. 30.

CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC OPENS: Intrinsic Wellness Clinic, 2808 Windguard Circle, Suite 101, Wesley Chapel, recently opened. The primary focus of Dr. Cathy Di Leo, a chiropractic physician, is functional medicine, chiropractic work, genetic cancer testing and gluten sensitivity.

Di Leo combines chiropractic manipulation, diet, nutrition, supplementation and other techniques to address the patient as a whole rather than just treating one complaint. For information, call (973) 460-7890.

EXPANSION PROJECT BEGINS: On Aug. 15, representatives of the Pasco Economic Development Council and the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce gathered with representatives of North Tampa Behavioral Health for a ground-breaking celebration marking the start of construction for a 27,500-square--foot expansion project at the Wesley Chapel facility. The project is expected to bring $10 million in investment and 50 jobs to Pasco County. The PEDC assisted the company in obtaining expedited permitting. North Tampa Behavioral Health is a private, inpatient mental health and substance abuse treatment center. Construction on the site began on Aug. 22 and is expected to be complete in approximately nine months.

Who's news

DENTIST TEACHES INJECTABLES COURSE: Dr. David Kimmel of the Florida Center for Laser Dentistry recently taught a master's-level injectables course to dentists and nurse practitioners on the advanced intricacies of the use of Botox and fillers beyond the basic applications. Kimmel has been teaching and traveling with the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics for six years. His office is at 12124 Cobble Stone Drive, Bayonet Point.

TOP REALTORS: Coldwell Banker F.I. Grey & Son Residential, 6330 U.S. 19, New Port Richey, has announced its top Realtors for August. Randal Jenkins received the Top Listing Agent by Units and Volume awards; Jeanine Affetto was awarded the Top Selling Agent by Units and Volume, and Tim Diesel received the Top Producing Agent by Units and Volume awards.

NEW CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AT SAINT LEO: Vijay Sonty was recently named chief information officer at Saint Leo University. Sonty will be responsible for the leadership and management of the University Technology Services operations.

PHSC'S NURSING DIRECTOR TO SERVE ON EDITORIAL BOARDS: Daryle Wane, director for the bachelor of science in nursing degree program at Pasco-Hernando State College, recently accepted an invitation to become a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Nursing. The nursing profession's premier journal promotes excellence in nursing and health care through the dissemination of evidence-based, peer-reviewed clinical information and original research. Wane is a board-certified family nurse practitioner who developed the college's BSN program, launched in 2014, and spearheaded the recent accreditation effort that resulted in a five-year full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Wane was also appointed to the editorial review board of the Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, a peer-reviewed international scientific journal that promotes a high standard of clinically related scholarship supporting the practice and education of nursing and the international exchange of ideas and cultural experiences that impact the field.


SECRETS OF BODY LANGUAGE: SMARTstart Pasco Incubators will host "The Secrets of Body Language" from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the SMARTstart Dade City business incubator, 15000 Citrus County Drive, Suite 103, Dade City. The event is free. The instructor will be Jackie Eden of Pasco-Hernando State College. To register, visit

MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION BANQUET: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its 55th annual Membership Appreciation & Community Awards Banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Parish Center, 38750 5th Ave., Zephyrhills. The event will honor and recognize leadership in the community and business community. Honorees and members will be treated to an evening of music and dinner. The premier sponsor is Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

Building skills

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

• How to Apply for a 501(c)(3), from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• Internet Marketing, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

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.