GRAND OPENING: The developer Housing Trust Group celebrated the grand opening of Park at Wellington, a $37.9 million affordable housing community in Holiday, March 13. The community, at 4205 Jordana Way, creates 220 affordable apartments for families and individuals earning at or below 60 percent and 40 percent of the area median income. The community will offer residents a supervised and structured after-school program for children, as well as free employment-assistance workshops. The project team included architect Fugleberg Koch, civil engineer High Point Engineering and general contractor Hennessy Construction.
BANK OPENS NEW BRANCH: On March 10, First National Bank of Pasco celebrated the opening of its newest branch at 23613 State Road 54 in Lutz, and kicked off its Kids First Initiative. The event offered free food, piggy banks and a bounce house for kids, and was the public grand opening of its new 3,000-square-foot branch designed to show how the bank plans to put “kids first” in the community. With each new account, the bank will donate $25 to the school of the customer’s choice to help serve children in need. The branch lobby is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.
NURSING UNIT RECOGNIZED: Medical Center of Trinity’s 2 West Nursing Unit was recognized as the highest-performing medical/surgical unit in HCA. The unit is under the direction of registered nurse Emy Santos, nurse director, and registered nurse Greg Kennedy, nurse manager. The Unit of Distinction award recognizes and celebrates the individual departments defining excellence in medical-surgical nursing.
ASSOCIATE CHIEF NURSING OFFICER APPOINTED: Certified emergency nurse Cathy Lowe recently was appointed associate chief nursing officer at Medical Center of Trinity. Lowe comes to the hospital from the HealthTrust Transitional Leadership program, where she served as interim director of emergency services at multiple HCA sites for the past three years. She has 17 years of nursing experience.
HEALTH TRAINING BUSINESS OPENS: Red White Blue CPR, a new training company serving Pasco, Hillsborough, Orange, Osceola, Pinellas, Polk, Manatee, Sumter and Hernando counties, recently opened at 37837 Meridian Ave., Suite 309, Dade City. Aprile Snyder, owner/instructor, participates in Pasco Economic Development Council’s SMARTstart program. Snyder offers CPR, first aid, automated external defibrillator, and bloodborne pathogens training at her facility and offers mobile training at your location. For information, visit redwhitebluecpr.com or call (813) 453-3692.
CHAMBER BUSINESS BREAKFAST: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its April Business Breakfast at 7 a.m. April 5 at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. The cost is $8 for chamber members, $10 for visitors. The event, sponsored by Rosecastle assisted living and memory care, will feature guest speaker Allen Altman, Pasco County School Board member. For information, call (813) 782-1913.
JOB AND INTERNSHIP FAIR: Employers looking for qualified employees are invited to register to participate in the CareerSouce Pasco Hernando Job and Internship Fair from 9 a.m. to noon April 5 at Pasco-Hernando State College’s Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court, Spring Hill. To register, call Steve Wilson at (352) 200-3027. For information, email email@example.com.
SPONSORS NEEDED FOR NETWORKING FESTIVAL: The Pasco Economic Development Council is looking for sponsors for its annual NetFest networking festival, 5 to 8 p.m. April 5 at Epperson (Lagoon Community), 7851 Curley Road, Wesley Chapel. The event, with a new Caribbean cowboy theme, provides companies an opportunity to support economic development and get exposure to hundreds of business and community leaders.
Tickets are $30 for Pasco County staff; $40 for Pasco EDC investors and guests, and $50 for others. Sponsorship levels include: Caribbean Cowboy for $500, Lagoon Trail Boss for $1,000, Pirate for $1,500 and Coconut Cattle Baron for $2,000. Sponsors may assemble a team to participate in the sponsors-only chili cook-off. For information or to register, contact Suzanne at (813) 926-0829 or Suzanne@pascoedc.com.
CO.STARTERS: The Pasco Economic Development Council will sponsor the next session of Co.Starters, a national program that helps entrepreneurs turn an idea into a new business in nine weeks, beginning April 19 and running through June 14. The program will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays at SMARTstart Dade City Entreprenueur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., Dade City. The cost is $295. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. April 16. To register, visit smartstartpasco.com/costarters. Call Becky Martin at (813) 926-0827, ext. 221.
SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small-business seminars:
• Learn How to Start a New Business Successfully, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 3, Centennial Park Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
• How to Use the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 5, SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19, New Port Richey.
• Learn How to Start a New Business Successfully, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 10, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• How to Use the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 11, South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday.
• Creating a Successful Business Plan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 11, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• Basic QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 16, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
• How to Apply for Nonprofit Grants, 5 to 7 p.m. April 17, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• Results-Based Marketing for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 18, Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• Creating a Successful Business Plan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills.
To register or to get more 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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Networking and mixers
•?Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Mondays at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Tony Nalli at (727) 858-7907.
•?Women’s Connection of New Port Richey: 11:30 a.m. the second Monday of each month (September through May) at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $15 and includes lunch and a speaker. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Anita at (727) 863-2126.
•?BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 815-7744.
•?Suncoast Women in Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Beef’O’Brady’s, 5546 Main St., New Port Richey. Suncoast WIN is a group of professional businesswomen. Membership is $10 per year. Call Myrtle at (727) 934-9993.
•?Rotary Club of Lutz: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Heritage Harbor Golf and Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Cost is $12, includes lunch and speaker. Call (813) 857-7089 or visit lutzrotary.org.
•?Hispanic Business Leaders: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the White Room Bar & Lounge, 6472 Land O’Lakes Blvd., Land O’Lakes. The event is free and includes free refreshments, drink specials, Latin music and relaxed networking. For information, call the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (813) 909-2722.
•?West Pasco Business Association Monday Chapter: 11:45 a.m. Mondays, Brass Tap – Trinity, 10700 State Road 54, Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other’s businesses. Visit wpba.biz.
•?West Pasco Business Association Tuesday Chapter: 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the Stadium restaurant and bar, 2349 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other’s businesses. Visit wpba.biz.
•?West Pasco Business Association Friday Chapter: 8:15 a.m. Fridays at the Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other’s businesses. Visit wpba.biz.
•?Trinity Business Association: 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m. Guests welcome. Cost is $12. Call Ginny Pierce at (727) 433-4073.
•?BNI Platinum: 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Call Bob Nixon at (813) 263-5632.
•?Pasco Business Connections: 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Broken Yolk, 3350 Grand Blvd., Holiday. Email email@example.com.
•?Wednesday Morning Networking Group: 7:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Hungry Harry’s Family Bar-B-Que, 3116 Land O’Lakes Blvd. A short networking presentation will be followed by a chance for all attendees to do a 30-second commercial. Cost is $7 in advance for members, $10 for guests, and includes breakfast. Call the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (813) 909-2722.
•?Keep It Local-Trinity Chapter: 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Havana Dreamers Cafe, 3104 Town Ave., Trinity. (813) 405-7815.
•?Pasco Aging Network: 8 to 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Location changes each month. For information or to RSVP, visit pascoagingnetwork.org. PAN is a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco.
•?Keep It Local-Wesley Chapel Chapter: 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Lexington Oaks Golf & Country Club, 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (813) 405-7815.
•?Keep It Local-Christian Women’s Network Chapter: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Direction Connection, 2632 U.S. 19, Holiday. (813) 405-7815.
•?Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Cantina Laredo, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass). Attendees pay for their own lunch. Call Martine Duncan at (813) 929-6816.
•?Keep It Local-New Port Richey Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Direction Connection, 2632 U.S. 19, Holiday. (813) 405-7815.
•?Keep It Local-Odessa/Trinity Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., Trinity. (813) 405-7815.
•?West Pasco Business Network: noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Denny’s, 12105 U.S. 19, Hudson. Call Pete Petrignani at (727) 967-3106.
•?BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursdays at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Clay Henderson at (727) 534-5191.
•?BNI Referral Connection: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursdays at Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant, 22948 State Road 54, Lutz. Call Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.
•?Christian Business Connections of Central Pasco: 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Thursdays at Quail Hollow Golf Club, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. Cost of $9 per meeting, includes breakfast and beverages. Annual membership dues are $100. Call Rene Van Hout at (813) 300-7511.
•?Trinity/West Pasco Chapter of NPI: 7:45 a.m. Thursdays at The Grand Plaza Café, 4040 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.
•?Networking For Your Success: 8 a.m. Thursdays at Lexington Oaks Country Club, 2615 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Cost is $5 and includes a continental breakfast. Annual membership is $79. Call Matt at (813) 782-1777.
•?Women-n-Charge: 11:30 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa. Cost is $15 for members in advance, $18 for guests and at the door. Call Judy at (813) 600-9848.