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Pasco's Business digest for Sept. 5

Published Sep. 3, 2014

Business digest


LOCAL DETOX TREATMENT CENTER MAKES AMERICA'S TOP 5,000 LIST: Novus Medical Detox Center, 9270 Royal Palm Ave., Port Richey, was ranked as one of America's top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies for the second straight year by Inc. magazine.

The list represents a comprehensive look at an important segment of the economy: America's independent entrepreneurs.

The company, which ranked 2,936, received accreditation from the Joint Commission and officially met the criteria to be considered eligible for Inc.'s award.

For information, call (727) 232-8356.

Who's news

LAND O'LAKES RESIDENT NAMED SENIOR VP AT GULFSHORE BANK: Jordan L. German of Land O'Lakes recently was selected as senior vice president, credit officer at GulfShore Bank, headquartered in Tampa.

With a deep history in commercial lending, German's most recent experience was in consulting and auditing, which is how he originally connected with the bank.

GULFSIDE HOSPICE APPOINTS NEW COO AND SENIOR VP: Kathleen Postiglione recently was appointed the new chief operations officer and senior vice president of business development of Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care.

In the role, Postiglione oversees the clinical operations for patients of Gulfside, which serves Pasco County residents exclusively. She began at Gulfside in 2004 as the director of nursing.

She also served as both vice president of operations and COO before being promoted to her current position.

DOCTOR JOINS FLORIDA CANCER AFFILIATES: Dr. Ayman Barakat recently joined the Florida Cancer Affiliates team and has begun seeing patients at the New Port Richey and Brooksville offices, at 5500 Little Road, and 11373 Cortez Blvd., Suite 200, respectively.

Barakat comes to FCA from his private practice at the Tulsa Cancer Institute in Tulsa, Okla. He is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine. For information, call (352) 597-4998.

ZEPHYRHILLS AIRPORT MANAGER RECEIVES TOP HONORS: Mike Handrahan, Zephyrhills Municipal Airport manager, recently was named the Federal Aviation Administration's General Aviation Airport Manager of the Year for the Southern Region Airports Division. It was the second time since 2010 that Handrahan received the recognition.

Major accomplishments that contributed to Handrahan's recognition include the completion of more than $5 million in airport improvements and recruitment of two new key businesses to the airport.

Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, centrally located adjacent to I-4 and I-75, is the only publicly owned and operated airport in Pasco County.

Building skills

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

• "How to Really Start your own Business," 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, at the Spring Hill Branch/Harrold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.

• "Focused Selling Skills," 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.

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• "Advanced QuickBooks," 5:35-7:30 p.m. Wednesday at South Holiday Branch Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Drive, Holiday.

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


EPNG EARLY FALL MIXER: East Pasco Networking Group will have its Early Fall Mixer at 6 p.m. Sept. 16 at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills.

Family members are invited. The event will be Dutch-treat. Keynote speaker: Paula O'Neil, Pasco clerk and comptroller.

The event includes door prizes and a 50-50 raffle to benefit the Atonement Lutheran Church. RSVP to Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491 by Monday.

AN EVENING OF COUNTRY CHIC: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its Annual Member Appreciation and Awards Banquet, dubbed "An Evening of Country Chic," 6-9 p.m. Sept. 18 at Southport Springs Golf Club, 3509 Southport Springs Parkway, Zephyrhills.

Tickets are $50 per person. The event will include a social hour, cash bar, silent auction, door prizes, dinner and awards program. For information, call (813) 782-1913.

JOINT CHAMBER MIXER: A Joint Chamber Mixer will be hosted by the Central Pasco, Greater Hernando County, Tarpon Springs, Trinity-Odessa and West Pasco chambers of commerce 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sept. 18 at Catches Waterfront Grille, 7811 Bayview St., Port Richey.

The event includes complimentary appetizers and a cash bar.

To RSVP, visit by Sept. 15.

BUSINESS EXPO: The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and Saint Leo University will have its 2014 Community and Business Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Dan Cannon Auditorium of 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 event is free and open to the public. For information, call the chamber at (352) 567-3769.

If you have business announcements you would like to share, mail the details to Jean Hayes, 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.