Business Digest 11/27/2019

Annual chamber meeting
The North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce will have its annual meeting on Dec. 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at the Porter Campus of Pasco-Hernando State College, 2727 Mansfield Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The breakfast will recognize volunteer ambassadors, salute outgoing board members, swear in new board members, install the board chair and include a look ahead to 2020. To register, visit For more information, call (813) 994-853.

Pasco boards reorganize
The Pasco County Commission has elected Mike Moore as its chairman and Mike Wells as its vice chairman. The Pasco County School Board has elected Colleen Beaudoin as its chairwoman and Allen Altman as its vice chairman.

Bill Cronin selected for international board
Bill Cronin, president and CEO of the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., who was elected in October to the board of directors of the International Economic Development Council (IEDC), will begin his term on Jan. 1, according to a news release from the Pasco EDC.

“We look forward to Bill Cronin’s leadership as a member of the Board of Directors. His appointment is timely, as IEDC heads to Tampa for the 2020 Leadership Summit. We look forward to having his voice on our board. His new leadership role will ensure great accomplishments in 2020 and beyond,” Jeffrey Finkle, CEcD, president and CEO of IEDC, said in the release.

Planning commission appointees sought
The Hillsborough County Commission is seeking applicants for positions on its Planning Commission. Those interested in applying must be registered voters, living in unincorporated Hillsborough County. Members of the Planning Commission serve 4-year terms. Application forms are  available in the County Commission’s reception area on the second floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa. Applications are due by the close of business on Dec. 5.

Learn about SCORE, at WOW
Susan Crane, a SCORE mentor and presenter, will talk about the free services that the organization provides and about its volunteer opportunities a the WOW meeting set for Dec. 6 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at Beach House Assisted Living at Wiregrass, 30070 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel. WOW is a women’s networking group of the North Tampa Bay Chamber. Preregistration and prepayment are encouraged. Online prepay is $5. Pay at the door is $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. For more information, visit, and click on the Events tab.

Chamber business breakfast
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its business breakfast on Dec. 5 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at the Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills.

Membership luncheon
The North Tampa Bay Chamber monthly membership luncheon will spotlight three nonprofit organizations in the community: The Human Society of Tampa Bay, Oasis Pregnancy Care Centers and Sunrise of Pasco Inc. The luncheon is set for Dec. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. To preregister and prepay, visit, and click on the Events tab. For more information, call (813) 994-8534.

Dade City business breakfast
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce’s business breakfast will be on Dec. 17 from 7 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., at the Dade City Heritage & Cultural Museum, 14206 U.S. 98 Bypass in Dade City. Call the chamber for more information at (352) 567-3769.

Risk Management for Entrepreneurs
This free session, which is part of the Entrepreneur Education Series, will focus on avoiding, reducing and insuring against threats to your business’ potential success. The session is set for Dec. 18 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the SMARTstart West Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. The class is on the first floor. To register, visit, and click on the December events tab.

Greater Pasco breakfast meeting
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce membership breakfast is set for Dec. 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., at Seven Springs Golf Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., in Trinity. To register, visit, and click on the Events page for December. For more information, call (727) 842-7651.

Wesley Chapel Toastmasters
The Wesley Chapel Speaks Toastmasters meets the first and third Monday of each month at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., in Tampa. This group seeks to help its members develop and strengthen their public speaking skills, improve their communication and build their leadership skills. Guests can attend two meetings for free; after that, the fee to belong is $55 every six months. Toastmasters is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Coffee First
Sip a cup of coffee and do some networking on the fourth Wednesday of every month at 8 a.m., at the First National Bank of Pasco, 23613 State Road 54 in Lutz. The event is hosted by the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with First National Bank of Tampa. Enjoy a free cup of coffee and stay for the great company and conversation.

Blanket Drive
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce is helping to spread the word about Blanket Tampa Bay, a 501c3 charitable nonprofit, that is collecting blankets for the homeless and less-fortunate. It has a goal of collecting 2,000 clean, new or gently used blankets. Visit for more information. The blankets will be distributed on Christmas Eve at both locations of Trinity Café. For pickup, call (813) 300-9277.

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