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Pasco's Business digest for Oct. 10

Business digest


SUB-COMMUNITIES AT CONCORD STATION: Lennar recently opened two new sub-communities and started construction of three new model homes at Concord Station, the master-planned community on Mentmore Boulevard off State Road 54 in Land O'Lakes. For information, call Francine Miller, director of sales operations, at (813) 574-5671.

LOCAL COMPANY RECEIVES MICROLOAN: The Busy Buddy, a company that spends its time helping other companies streamline operations by providing support services, is getting a little help of its own, thanks to the Pasco Economic Development Council's microloan program.

The Busy Buddy, located in the SMARTstart Dade City Incubator, the 15th company to be awarded a microloan, will use the funds for business operations, training and marketing. The company was started by Kellye Dash as a part-time business in 2009, and by 2012 it had grown into a full-time enterprise. For information, call Summer Martin at (813) 926-0827 or email

Who's news

HOSPITAL COO EARNS TOP CREDENTIAL: Kenneth West, chief operating officer at Medical Center of Trinity, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation's leading professional society for health care leaders.

Fellow status represents achievement of the highest standard of professional development. West is now privileged to use the FACHE registered trademark credential, which signifies board certification in health care management and ACHE fellow status. In addition, West was also honored by Becker's Hospital Review as one of the top 25 health care leaders younger than 40 in the nation. Each year, Becker's Hospital Review honors the 25 men and women who have demonstrated excellence in their organizations and professional lives before turning 40.

CHAMBER NAMES PHSC PROVOST BUSINESS LEADER OF THE YEAR: Stanley Giannet, provost of Pasco-Hernando State College's Porter Campus, was recently awarded the prestigious honor of 2014-15 Business Leader of the Year and Honorary Mayor at the 2014 Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce banquet. Each year, the chamber celebrates the extraordinary accomplishments of local community members, businesses and organizations. The Business Leaders of the Year and Honorary Mayor is awarded to a business owner or manager who best exemplifies generosity in giving for community benefit.


CAREER WORKSHOPS AT PHSC: Pasco-Hernando State College will host career workshops at its West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The career-focused workshops are free and open to students and the public.

• "Job Seeking/Applying Online," 9:30-10:30 a.m. today in M-101.

• "Successful Networking," 9:30-10:30 a.m. Oct. 24 in R-151.

For information, call (727) 816-3334 or email Jacqueline Eden at

RACE TO WORK: CareerSource Pasco-Hernando will host free re-employment community events from 9 a.m. to noon during October to promote efforts in reducing the community's unemployment rate.

• Wednesday at Rasmussen College, 8661 Citizen Drive, Suite 300, New Port Richey.

• Oct. 22 at American Legion Post 15, 37745 Church Ave., Dade City.

For information, contact Joyce Headrick at (352) 200-3050 or

CHAMBER MIXER: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its monthly chamber mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Free & Accepted Masons, Masonic Lodge 198, 5950 12th St., Zephyrhills. For information, email info@zeph­

BUSINESS AND CAREER EXPO: The Pasco Hernando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will have its fourth annual Business and Career Expo from 3 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at Wesley Chapel Toyota, 5300 Eagleston Blvd., Wesley Chapel.

The theme will be "Integrating Business With Technology." The event will feature innovation in technology, inventions and creations by local entrepreneurs, as well as prizes donated by Microsoft and other businesses. At least four business mentors will be available for those needing direction or assistance in starting, exporting, operating or developing a business or product. The free one-day expo is sponsored by Wesley Chapel Toyota. To register, attend or join the PHHCC, visit or call (813) 435-1499.

Building skills

EDUCATING ENTREPRENEURS: SCORE Chapter 439 is presenting an ongoing series of free business seminars. Upcoming seminars include:

• "Using Excel Software," 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, SMARTstart New Port Richey, 6345 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey.

• "Advanced Selling Skills," 1-3 p.m. Tuesday, SMARTstart Dade City, 15000 Citrus County Drive, Suite 103 in the Dade City Business Center.

• "Building a Plan for a Successful Business," 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

• "Focused Selling Skills," 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• "How to Really Start Your Own Business," Oct. 21, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.

• "Introduction to QuickBooks," 5:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 28, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

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

Save the date

HARVEST FESTIVAL BUSINESS EXPO: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will host the 2014 Harvest Festival Business Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 1 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. Proceeds will benefit the Samaritan Project of Zephyrhills. The free event will feature entertainment, food, games, giveaways and exhibits from churches, businesses and nonprofit organizations. For more information, call (813) 782-1913 or visit zephyr­

BUSINESS EXPO: The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and Saint Leo University will have a 2014 Community and Business Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at Dan Cannon Auditorium on the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. The expo is presented by the Greater Dade City Chamber, Saint Leo University, the Tampa Bay Times and CenterState Bank. The free event is open to the public. For information, call the chamber at (352) 567-3769.

If you have business announcements to share, mail the details to Jean Hayes, Business Digest, Pasco Times, 11321 U.S. 19, Port Richey, FL 34668. Or 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.