Business Digest 10/03/2018

Networking Group features Mike Wells Jr.
Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Wells Jr., will be the featured speaker at the East Pasco Networking Group breakfast meeting Oct. 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. The group meets at IHOP Dade City, at 13100 US 301 in Dade City. For more information, contact Nils Lenz, at (813) 782-9491 or moc.l1560786875iamg@1560786875znels1560786875lin1560786875.

Hispanic Heritage celebration
ViVa North Tampa Bay will celebrate Hispanic Heritage on Oct. 9 from noon to 2 p.m., at Pasco-Hernando Porter Campus at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. The cost is $25. A panel discussion is planned featuring Jay Rasario, owner of Wesley Chapel Nissan; Janet Cruz, of the Florida House of Representatives; Roberto Seaz, the owner/principal, Design & Construction Innovations; and Margarita Romo, executive director, Farmworkers Self-Help Inc.

Tax implications for small businesses
There will be a seminar to discuss federal and Florida business entities, and how to create them, on Oct. 11 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. It also will cover other state and local licensing requirements, federal and state employment taxes, federal income taxes and other issues. To register for the free seminar, go to

Downtown Avalon Park West groundbreaking
The development and management team from Avalon Park West will kickstart the beginning of the community’s downtown by answering questions regarding its first commercial building, charter school, and future commercial and mixed-use space in the downtown area. The event will be Oct. 11 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Avalon Park West is at 33613 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel.

Dade City Chamber breakfast
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce will have a breakfast meeting Oct. 16 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at 13100 Fort King Road in Dade City, Education Room 108. The meeting will feature Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez who will share a “State of the City” report. Anyone wishing to attend must RSVP by calling the chamber at (352) 567-3769. The cost is $10 for members and $15 for nonmembers.

Two-part financial series
Learn simple monthly budgeting, how to reduce debt and increase saving in this two-part financial series on Oct. 19 and Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The courses will be at CREATION Health & Wellness, 38233 Daughtery Road in Zephyrhills.

Reservations are required by calling (813) 779-6476.

Succeeding in business: From theory to practice
A session is planned on Oct. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., aimed at helping companies make smart decisions about their financial future. Representatives from BB&T will address such issues as personal banking, cash flow, borrowing solutions, insurance, employees and other issues. The seminar will be at the Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., No. 309, in Dade City. This is a first in a series of eight free sessions. Other sessions will cover marketing, aligning to your company’s core, identifying customers, taking the guesswork out of leasing, human resources, legal issues and planning.

RSVP for the banking session at

Second annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit
The second annual Zephyrhills Economic Summit is set for Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at New City Hall, 5335 Eighth St., in Zephyrhills. The program includes these topics: The City of Zephyrhills: Ready for Growth; State and local representatives: Education; Local: Zephyrhills High School Career Academies; and, Hear it first: Business BizWalk Results.

The event costs $10. RSVP by calling (813) 782-1913.

North Tampa Bay Chamber nominations
Nominations are being accepted for the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce’s annual Excellence in Business awards.

Winners are selected by an independent panel of judges, according to a news release from the chamber.

Here are the categories:

  • Excellence in Business, small business (up to 49 employees): These businesses and the people who provide leadership for them have a profound effect on the business environment and economy of North Tampa Bay.
  • Excellence in Business, large business (50 employees or more): These businesses and the people who provide leadership for them have a profound effect on the business environment and economy of North Tampa Bay.
  • Volunteer of the year: Recognizing a community leader who donates his or her time to chamber activities and events.
  • Business leader of the year: Must be the founder, owner, CEO or president who best exemplifies generously giving time, money, staff and/or facilities for community benefit.
  • New business of the year: This award recognizes a local company that has been in business for fewer than three years, which is financially viable and potentially scalable.
  • Dorothy Mitchell Legacy Award: Lifetime achievement award given to a community leader who has had a lasting positive impact on our community.

Nominations are due by Oct. 12. Finalists will be announced the week of Oct. 29.

The awards ceremony will be on the evening of Nov. 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the Hyatt Place Wesley Chapel.

For more information, call the chamber at (813) 994-8534.

Co.Starters East Pasco
Co.Starters will offer a nine-week program on Oct. 23, with sessions running from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at the SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., No. 309, in Dade City. Registration is required by Oct. 17. Go to to register.

Larkin & Larkin Title Services open house
Larkin & Larkin Title Services will host an open house on Oct. 25 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at their office in The Larkin Building, 14130 Seventh St., in Dade City. Join them for Lite Bites, Libations & Conversations.

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