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Pasco Business Digest for Sept.

Briefly

UC SYNERGETIC EXPANDS OFFICE IN PASCO: The Pasco Economic Development Council assisted UC Synergetic in expanding its regional operations in ComPark 75 in the Wesley Chapel area. The engineering company expects to create 25 new jobs in addition to the 80 current employees in the new 19,000-square-foot office. UC Synergetic, headquartered in Fort Mill, S.C., specializes in engineering and project management services in all areas of the electric and communications utility industries. UC Synergetic is a subsidiary of the Pike Corp.

PASCO EDC ANNOUNCES AWARDS AND TRADE SHOW WINNERS: At the recent Pasco Economic Development Council's 31st annual Awards and Trade Show, local companies and all 24 nominees were honored. The awards committee announced that seven winners were chosen. Nominees were scored based on company growth, leadership in current business issues, and corporate citizenship. Winners included:

• Business of the Year-Start-Up: Florida Hospital Center Ice.

• Business of the Year-Small Business: Express Employment Professionals.

• Business of the Year-Medium Business: FACTS Engineering.

• Business of the Year-Large Business: TRU Simulation and Training.

• Special Contribution: North Tampa Behavioral Health.

• Special Recognition: Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point.

• Leadership Award: the late James "Don" Porter.

Who's news

NEW SAINT LEO DIRECTOR: Julia Ruddock has joined Saint Leo University as director of employer development and experiential learning. Ruddock has 10 years of professional experience in the defense, banking, and higher education industries. In her new position, Ruddock will develop and coordinate programs to enhance student learning and increase career placement and will work with Tampa Bay area businesses, organizations and community partners to secure internships and job placements.

Events

WESLEY CHAPEL JOB FAIR: Pasco-Hernando State College, CareerSource Pasco Hernando and the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce are seeking employers to participate in the Congressman Gus Bilirakis Job Fair (manufacturing and health care emphasis) from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 26 at PHSC's Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, Building B, conference center, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Local health care, manufacturing and other employers interested in promoting open positions and future opportunities will meet and greet job-seekers from the community and PHSC students seeking employment. Employers interested in participating in the job fair, or for information, may call Eric Theodore at (352) 527-6725. The job fair is open to anyone looking for a job. Professional dress and updated resumes are encouraged. Those interested in attending must pre-register at gusbilirakisjobfairphscpc2017.eventbrite.com/.

APPRECIATION AND AWARDS BANQUET: The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its 56th annual Membership Appreciation and Community Awards Banquet from 6 to 9 p.m. Sept. 28 at the St. Joseph's Parish Center, 38750 5th Ave., Zephyrhills. Tickets are $50 per person. Sponsorships include: $350 for six-top table, $500 for an eight-top and $600 for a 10-top. For information, visit zephyrhillschamber.org.

ENTREPRENEUR ROUNDTABLE: SMARTstart Pasco Economic Development Council will have its monthly Entrepreneur Roundtable from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Sept. 28 at the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce, 6013 Wesley Grove Blvd., Wesley Chapel. The meeting brings small business owners and early-stage venture founders from diverse industries together to exchange information, challenges and insights. Roundtables are held on the fourth Thursday of each month. For information or to register, visit smartstartpasco.com/events/details/ entrepreneur-roundtable2, or call John Walsh at (813) 926-0827, ext. 223.

ECONOMIC SUMMIT: The Zephyrhills Economic Development Coalition will host the inaugural Zephyrhills Economic Summit from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Scotland Yards Golf & Country Club, 9424 U.S. 301, Dade City. Registration is $8, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. RSVP to Melonie, (813) 782-1913.

Building skills

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

• Commercial Insurance for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, Centennial Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• Learn How to Start a New Business Successfully, 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 20, SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., Dade City.

• Legal Structures for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26, Land O'Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes.

• How to Apply for Nonprofit Grants, 5 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Dr., Spring Hill.

• Marketing in 360, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27, 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. Sept. 28, New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel.

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.

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 jhamilton@tampabay.com 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. Call (352) 848-1438.

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.

• East Pasco Networking Group: 7:30 a.m. the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month (except August) at Village Inn, 5214 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills. Call Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491.

• 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.

• West Pasco Business Association Monday Chapter: noon Mondays, IHOP, 10740 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: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the WPBA office, 2150 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: 8:30 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 noworries@tampabay.rr.com.

• Wednesday Morning Networking Group: 7:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays 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. The event sponsor is Proly, Laporte & Mulligan P.A. Cost is $7 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 IHOP, 10740 State Road 54, 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.

Pasco Business Digest for Sept. 09/13/17 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 13, 2017 5:58pm]
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