The deadline for nominations for the 2016 Pasco Economic Development Council Industry of the Year Awards is April 29.
Winners will be announced at the 30th annual Appreciation Banquet in September.
The awards recognize top companies in Pasco County that excel in technology, innovation, job creation, growth, capital investment and community involvement.
Nominees should be service, manufacturing or technology companies operating in Pasco County. Award categories are manufacturing, service/distribution, technology and nonprofits/others.
The awards will be separated into divisions based on number of employees. Evaluations are based on job creation, increased capital investment, and contributions to the community through civic involvement between January 2015 and June 2016.
Each year, more than 600 business and community leaders in Tampa Bay and Pasco County, attend the awards banquet, including state legislators, county commissioners and city officials.
Awards were presented to eight companies in 2015, and the winners were The Laker/Lutz News; Applicant Insight; SAHM Co.; Big Storm Brewing Co.; Preferred Materials; Easy Business Software; Veterans Alternative Therapy; and Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.
Lunch and learn
A Lunch N Learn business forum will take place April 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce boardroom, at 6013 Wesley Chapel Blvd., Suite 105, in Wesley Chapel.
The guest speaker will be Jan O’ Brien, co-founder of Wandering but Not Lost Coaching, a real estate, business, life coach and training company. O’ Brien will offer 20 power tips on “How to Create an All-Star Linkedin Profile.” The Meaning Center LLC is a co-sponsor.
Cost is $15 including lunch. RSVP required, as seating is limited.
For information, contact Loreen O’ Brien at The Meaning Center, at (813) 447-0338, or visit WBNLCoaching.com.
The master-planned community of Asturia will have a grand opening of its Amenity Center on April 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 14701 State Road 54 in Odessa. Enjoy cocktails and hors d’ oeuvres, and tour the new 5,800-square-foot center, with a community clubhouse, state-of-the-art fitness center, covered outdoor living rooms, resort style swimming pool and open lawn for recreation.
For information about Asturia, visit AsturiaFlorida.com.
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have a mixer on April 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Alice Hall Community Center, at 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills.
Happy hour & mixer
New Tampa Chiropractic and Injury Center will host a happy hour and mixer on April 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at 2312 Crestover Lane, Suite 102, in Wesley Chapel.
Beer, wine, appetizers and door prizes will be offered.
For information, visit New TampaChiropractor411.com.
The East Pasco Networking Group will have its Spring Mixer on April 22 at 6 p.m., at Blackstone’s Reef & Grill, at 38361 County Road 54, in Zephyrhills. Guest speaker will be Amanda Keith of the Thomas Promise Foundation.
There will be door prizes and a 50/50 drawing that will benefit the foundation.
Chevy of Wesley Chapel will have a ribbon cutting and grand opening on April 26 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 26922 Wesley Chapel Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The dealership is one mile west of Interstate 75.
Refreshments will be served at this free event.
The Central Pasco Association of Realtors will host an open house and grand opening at its new location on April 27 from 4 p. m. to 6 p.m., at 248123 State Road 54 in Lutz.
Hors d’oeuvres, beverages and prizes will be offered.
For information, email Pete Rundel at , or visit CPARfl.com.
East and Central Pasco Marketing Mania will take place on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at American House, at 38130 Pretty Ponds Road in Zephyrhills. A continental breakfast will be provided. To RSVP, call (813) 400-2263.
The event takes place every last Thursday of the month. Locations may change periodically.
For information, call (813) 779-4501.
Sleep lab ribbon cutting
Bayfront Health Dade City Sleep Lab is relocating and will celebrate with a ribbon cutting and grand opening on April 28 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 13100 Fort King Road, in Dade City.
For information, call (877) 232-2717, or visit BayFrontDadeCity.com.
Pasco-Hernando State College career and testing services and CareerSource Pasco Hernando will host a manufacturing job fair on May 11 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road, in building R151.
Bring plenty of resumes. Participants will be able to visit with representatives of local manufacturing companies, who will offer on-the-spot interviews.
Job seekers must register at PHSC2016Manufacturing.eventbrite.com.
Local manufacturing employers seeking to hire qualified candidates are invited to participate at no cost.
For event information, call Jackie Eden at (727) 816-3381, or visit PHSC.edu.