Zephyrhills Chamber breakfast
Rodrigo Torres, chief medical officer for AdventHealth Zephyrhills, will be the featured speaker at The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce monthly breakfast meeting. He will be talking about how the hospital compares to other Tampa Bay hospitals, and what AdventHealth Zephyrhills is doing to continually improve patient experience.
The breakfast is on Oct. 3 from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. The cost is $8 for members; $10 for nonmembers.
Grow your business
This free workshop helps take the mystery out of helping your business grow. It will meet on Oct. 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the East Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 15029 14th St., in Dade City.
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its membership luncheon on Oct. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Springhill Suites Tampa North-Land O’ Lakes, 16615 Crosspointe Run in Land O’ Lakes. For more information or to register, visit GreaterPasco.com
Career Source Pasco Hernando is having a job fair on Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Hyatt Place, at 26000 Sierra Center Blvd., in Lutz. This free event gives job seekers a chance to learn about full- and part-time job opportunities.
Women of Wesley Chapel
Women of Wesley Chapel (WOW) meets from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., on the first Friday of each month, at Beach House Assisted Living and Memory Care at Wiregrass Ranch, 30070 State Road 56, Wesley Chapel. The group is the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce’s women-only networking group. To RSVP, call (813) 994-8534, or email . Prepayment and registration are strongly encouraged.
Women-n-Charge, a networking group for women, meets on the first Friday of the month, from 11:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Plantation Palms Golf Club, at 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. For information or to RSVP, call (813) 600-9848, or email .
Become a SCORE volunteer
Despite its acronym, (Service Corps of Retired Executives) volunteers do not have to be retired or an executive, they simply need the experience and willingness to be able to help small businesses succeed. Current local volunteers have backgrounds in human resources, engineering, accounting, sales, marketing, production and other fields. The needs of the clients the organization serves are even more diverse. To find out more, visit PascoHernando.score.org.
NTBC ribbon cuttings
October will be a busy month for ribbon cuttings involving the North Tampa Chamber of Commerce. These are scheduled through the middle of October:
- Healthy & Fresco: Oct. 3, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., 21539 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive, Land O’ Lakes
- Canterbury Hall Private Chef: Oct. 4, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., 15102 Amberly Drive, Tampa
- Haverty’s Furniture Co.: Oct. 10, 10 a.m., 26450 Golden Maple Loop, Wesley Chapel
- Parks Ford of Wesley Chapel: Oct. 10, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., 28739 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel
- Bricks and Minifigs: Oct. 11, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., 28152 Paseo Drive, Suite 140, Wesley Chapel
Also, Dash of Salt N’ Pepper LLC will be celebrating its 10-year anniversary on Oct. 15 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at 10353 Cross Creek Blvd., Suite G & H, Tampa.
Shane LeBlanc, director of public works for the City of Zephyrhills and Theresa LeBlanc, advertising manager for the Zephyrhills News, will be the featured speakers at the East Pasco Networking Group breakfast meeting on Oct. 8, at 7:30 a.m., at the IHOP in Dade City, 13100 U.S. 301, in Dade City. For more information, contact Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491 or Vicky Jones, at (813) 431-1149.
Gov. Ron DeSantis recently announced that Florida added 213,000 private-sector jobs during the first eight months of the year, while maintaining a low unemployment rate of 3.3%.
During August, Florida’s annual private-sector job growth rate of 2.8 %, compared to the national average of 1.6%
“We are continuing to make Florida the ideal location for businesses to grow and hire Floridians,” DeSantis said, in a news release.
Private-sector industries gaining the most jobs over-the-year were:
- Education and health services: 62,800 new jobs
- Professional and business services: 46,800 new jobs;
- Leisure and hospitality: 23,500 new jobs
- Trade, transportation and utilities: 21,900 new jobs
- Construction: 20,900 new jobs
- Financial activities: 18,700 new jobs
Cancer society ambassador
Jordan Whitehead, safety for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, has partnered with the American Cancer Society as a player ambassador to support patients and their caregivers through their cancer journeys, according to a news release.
The fight against cancer is very personal for Whitehead. His former college teammate, Pittsburgh Steelers running back James Conner, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma during their time at the University of Pittsburgh, according to the release.
“Watching James go through treatments then to come to practice every day, changed my perspective, Whitehead said, in the release. “He never complained, that touched me and changed my whole outlook.”
As an American Cancer Society player ambassador, Whitehead will support the National Football League’s Crucial Catch initiatives. Through fundraising, education, and awareness initiatives, Crucial Catch focuses on the prevention and early detection of multiple cancers, including breast cancer.
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