Bravado Pharmaceuticals to set up in Lutz
Bravado Pharmaceuticals LLC is a new company being established at 4212 Cypress Gulch Drive in Pasco County, according to a release from the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc.
Brian McMillan, the Lutz company’s owner and CEO, has 30 years of analytical, formulation and process development experience.
The company is investing $3 million in the purchase and building of a 7,500-square-foot facility, and manufacturing equipment, the release said. The company expects to hire 10 new jobs within the next year and up to 20 over the next three years.
Within three months of opening his company, McMillan was invited to be showcased on “Worldwide Business with Kathy Ireland,” the release said.
Bravado will be developing and manufacturing pharmaceuticals, will be using the facility as a research center, and have relationships with the University of South Florida and University of Florida, Bill Cronin, president and CEO of Pasco EDC, noted in the release.
“The life sciences industry in Pasco County has been rapidly growing over the last few years, and we are thrilled to welcome them to our business community,” Cronin added.
McMillan, in the release, noted: “I love where I live in Wesley Chapel. It has everything I need, so I wanted to be able to work here as well. I live just a couple miles from my business, how great is that?”
Kilted Axe to open in February
The Kilted Axe, a veteran-owned and operated premier indoor axe throwing range, has set an opening date of Feb. 8. The facility — the first of its kind in Wesley Chapel — will offer a casual urban venue giving patrons a chance to experience axe throwing, whether they be part of leagues, attending private parties, doing team building, or as a walk-in. The facility is at 6027 Wesley Grove Blvd., Suite 208, Wesley Chapel.
New app for SMARTstart Pasco
SMARTstart Pasco is providing a new tool called the Startup Space app for Pasco County’s entrepreneurs. It will help them connect, communicate and collaborate with each other, according to a Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., news release. To download the app, search Startup Space on IOS or Android. For more information, visit PascoEDC.com.
Tampa and Florida make top lists
Tampa landed at No. 97 in a list ranking the 100 best cities in the world. The list was compiled by Resonance, an international consulting firm, according to a Hillsborough County news release. The list examined crime rates, diversity and data from Google, Facebook, Instagram and TripAdvisor to measure the performance and experiential quality of a city. The city’s highest score was in the rankings for the people category, in which Resonance evaluated the diversity of the city’s population.
In another report, Florida ranked No. 1 as the place to retire for 2020. The report by WalletHub ranked Florida second in affordability, fifth in quality of life and 26th in health care, according to the county’s website. WalletHub compared the 50 states across 47 key indicators of retirement-friendliness.
Eshtetics813 Facial Spa and Medspa, at 1051 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, had a grand opening celebration on Jan. 23, according to the North Tampa Bay Chamber’s events calendar.
East Pasco Networking Group
Bob Hatfield, of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ office, will be the featured speaker at the East Pasco Networking Group meeting on Jan. 28 at 7:30 a.m., at IHOP, 13100 U.S. 301 in Dade City.
How to do a podcast
Learn how to use a podcast to connect with your customers and clients at a hands-on workshop. The session will be at the SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 U.S. 19 in Port Richey, on Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Go to PascoEDC.com, and click on the events tab to register.
New landscape architecture award
The American Society of Landscape Architects has added a new honor to recognize outstanding and innovative contributions of emerging leaders in the field.
The new category will recognize an individual landscape architect who is early in his or her career, and who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and considerable contribution to the profession of landscape architecture, the prospective recipient’s community, and/or a firm or design team.
To find out more and to enter, go to ASLA.org for details. The deadline for nomination submissions for the 2020 honors program is Feb. 7.
Greater Pasco chamber luncheon
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce general membership luncheon is set for Feb. 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at SpringHill Suites Tampa North, Land O’ Lakes, 16615 Crosspointe Run in Land O’ Lakes. The cost is $20 for prepaid registration, members only; $25 for invoiced registration, member; and $30 for nonmembers. For more information, go to GreaterPasco.com, and click on the events tab.
Women-N-Charge is a group of professional women who support and assist each other in managing their businesses more effectively, furthering their professional goals, and promoting their health and financial independence. The group meets on the first Friday of each month, with the next meeting set for Feb. 7, at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes.
Doors open at 11:15 a.m., with a lunch buffet served at 11:45 a.m., and the meeting to start at noon. Members pay $15 and guests pay $18, if they preregister and pay online.
For more information, go to the group’s website, Women-n-Charge.com, or call (813) 600-9848.