Business Digest 02/06/2019

Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza now open
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza opened on Feb. 4 at 25456 Sierra Center Blvd., across the street from the Tampa Premium Outlets, in Cypress Creek Town Center. This is the restaurant chain’s first Tampa area location. It features fast, artisanal pizza.

The restaurant has an interactive open kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s personal signature pizzas – or create their own – all for around $8, according to a news release.

The 2,600-square-foot restaurant has indoor seating for 70 and outdoor patio seating for 40.

It is open from 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., daily.

The Lutz franchise location, owned and operated by the Millennial Restaurant Group, created 50 local jobs.

Zephyrhills Chamber breakfast
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its business breakfast, Feb. 7 a.m., from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills.

Financing opportunities with the SBA
Learn how to apply for a Small Business Administration loan and find out about other SBA programs at this free seminar presented by the Pasco Hernando SCORE chapter. The session will be on Feb. 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Hugh Embry Branch Library at 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City.

Employers wanted for job fair
Pasco-Hernando State College, Metro Development Group, CareerSource Pasco Hernando and the North Tampa Bay Chamber are seeking employers to take part in the third annual Metro Job Fair set for Feb. 26 from 9 1.m. to 1 p.m., at PHSC’s Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The job fair will be in the Building B conference center.

Employers from the public and private sectors, health care, hospitality, manufacturing and construction interested in promoting open and future positions will have the opportunity to meet with job seekers from the community and PHSC students seeking employment.

Priority will be provided to employers with open positions.

For employer participation information, contact Eric Theodore, PHSC coordinator of LIFE and career services, at (813) 527-6725 or ude.c1550393602shp@s1550393602ecivr1550393602esree1550393602rac1550393602.

The job fair is open to anyone looking for a job. Job seekers also may have opportunities for on-site interviews with potential employers. To attend, job seekers must pre-register for the event at tinyurl.com/yd2b2gps.

Jon’s Carports & Sheds now offers U-Hauls
Jon’s Carports & Sheds, at 3161 Gall Blvd., has signed on as a U-Haul® neighborhood dealer to serve the Zephyrhills community. The company will offer U-Haul trucks, trailers, towing equipment, moving supplies and in-store pick-up for boxes. Normal business hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday; and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday. Reserve U-Haul products by  calling (813) 377-2519 or visiting tinyurl.com/ycgbs27l.

FWC collecting comment
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has temporarily paused its aquatic herbicide treatment program throughout the state to gather public comment regarding the FWC’s aquatic plant management program. The agency will have several public meetings to gather community input about the program. Specific dates and locations of these meetings will be announced shortly. Comments can also be sent to moc.C1550393602WFyM@1550393602stnal1550393602pevis1550393602avnI1550393602.

East Pasco Networking Group
Supervisor of Elections Brian Corley will be the featured speaker at the Feb. 12 breakfast meeting of the East Pasco Networking Group. The meeting, which starts at 7:30 a.m., will be at IHOP, at 13100 U.S. 301 in Dade City.

Central Pasco Chamber
Rena Romano will be the featured speaker at the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s general membership meeting on Feb. 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. Romano will talk about “Accountability and Leadership Skills to Succeed in Business.”

The cost for the luncheon meeting is $20 for members who RSVP by the Thursday before the meeting, and $25 for non-members and members at the door.

For information, call the chamber at (813) 909-2722.

North Tampa Bay Chamber membership luncheon
Holly Lisle, director of development for Pepin Academies Foundation, will be the featured speaker at the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce’s monthly membership luncheon on Feb. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. The cost is $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

WOW-Too (Wow of Trinity and Odessa)
WOW-Too started as Women of Wesley Chapel and was so popular that it expanded into Trinity and Odessa. The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., at the Holiday Inn Express Trinity, 2125 Corporate Center Drive in Trinity.

Dade City Chamber breakfast meeting
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting will be on Feb. 19 at 7 a.m., at The Green Door on 8th, 14148 Eighth St., in Dade City. RSVP and pre-payment are required, and must be received no later than noon on Feb. 14. RSVPs are required for everyone, even those on a 12-month pre-pay offer. The speaker at this meeting will be Johnathan McKeen-Chaff, of McKeen-Chaff Music Inc. & Amelia Foundation. For more information, visit DadeCityChamber.org/chamber-breakfast.

Free business seminars
To find out about other free seminars and resources available through Pasco-Hernando Score, visit PascoHernando.score.org.

Who is your customer?
Learn how to identify your customer in this seminar, which is part of the Pasco Economic Development Council’s SMARTstart Entrepreneur Education Series. This session, called “Who is My Customer?” helps businesses identify the “right kind” of customers for their specific business model.

The free session will be on Feb. 27 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 7838 Meridian Ave., Suite No. 309, in Dade City.

To register, go to the events calendar on the PascoEDC.com website.

For more information about the entrepreneur center, call (352) 437-4861.

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