Stanton Optical opens in Zephyrhills
Stanton Optical has opened its newest location at 6844 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills, joining another new location in West Palm Beach.
The Zephyrhills store is the seventh Stanton Optical to open in Florida, according to a release. Other stores are located in Boca Raton, Jupiter, Palm Springs, Pensacola and Stuart.
The company is headquartered in Palm Springs, and has more than 40 retail stores throughout the country including Alabama, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin. The company is planning future stores in New Mexico, Alaska and Colorado.
Women-n-Charge offering grants
Businesswomen are invited to submit an application to receive a $1,000 grant through Women-n-Charge.
The organization’s mission is, in part, to support and assist professional women in managing their businesses more effectively. The Business Advancement Grant is for business-related equipment or services, and the Career Advancement Grant is for continuing education.
To apply, visit Women-n-Charge.com/grants. Applications are due March 15.
Laser eye correction available in Zephyrhills
The Eye Clinic of Florida, 6739 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills, is now offering laser vision correction.
Dr. Ahad Mahootchi is an award-winning eye surgeon, and has performed laser vision correction or 16 years.
For more information, call (813) 779-3338.
Tucker Carlson headlines Saint Leo conference
Television commentator Tucker Carlson will deliver the keynote address at Saint Leo University’s Fifth International Business Conference, taking place Feb. 19-21 at the university.
Carlson will appear Feb. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at the Student Community Center’s Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms. Admission to the talk is free and open to the public, but tickets are required to reserve seating. That is available by calling (352) 588-8837, or emailing .
Carlson is host of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” and is a former anchor with CNN’s “Crossfire.”
Chamber mixer at C1 Bank
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will host a chamber mixer at C1 Bank, 7435 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills, Feb. 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
To RSVP, call (352) 567-3769.
Busy Buddy moves into SmartStart incubator
The Busy Buddy, a business support services company, said it would use some space at the SmartStart business incubator at the Dade City Business Center.
The move, according to the company, is part of its strategy to grow business and develop a strong presence in Pasco County. The company offers operational support, project coordination and administrative consulting services they say help businesses operate more efficiently and improve productivity, according to the company’s website.
“I live in Pasco County, so it made perfect sense to establish my business here,” said Kellye Dash, the company’s president, in a release. “When I learned about the SmartStart program, I was excited about the great opportunities and resources available to help take my business to the next level.”
SmartStart is an innovative facility-based program where companies work in a collaborative environment with other small businesses. SmartStart residents have access to technical support coupled with the ability to network with other businesses, local organizations and community partners. The Pasco Economic Development Council manages the incubator, located at 15000 Citrus Country Drive in Dade City.
CES to host cocktail reception
Cross Environmental Services Inc., which recently made the leap into the public market, will host a cocktail reception with the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Feb. 25 at 6 p.m., at Cooper’s Hawk, 4110 W. Boy Scout Blvd., in Tampa.
Chief executive officer Al Biston will represent the public company, known officially as CES Synergies.
Mineral rights coming back to homeowners
Homeowners who bought their house from D.R. Horton Inc., and are still living in it, may have a chance to receive the mineral rights to their land.
That comes after Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi discovered the builder had severed mineral rights from properties they sold in Florida, conveying those rights to a subsidiary, DRH Energy Inc. The company said it would stop its practice of reserving mineral rights until the Legislature provides guidance on the issue of mineral right disclosures, according to a news release from Bondi.
The letters were sent to nearly 18,000 homeowners, and should arrive by Feb. 28.