Business Digest 10/10/2018

Halloween candy needed
The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is collecting Halloween candy for the Pasco County Recreational Complex’s Halloween Party. Please drop donations off by Oct. 17 at the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce Office, at 1930 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Suite 16, in Lutz. Or, call the chamber at (813) 909-2722 to arrange a pickup.

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.

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.

NFIB Summit
The National Federation of Independent Businesses is having a summit on Oct. 15 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The organization advocates for small businesses regarding public policy issues at the local, state and federal levels, which affect small businesses. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., with the program starting at 6 p.m. Admission is free and all are welcome.

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.

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