TD Bank opens new location
TD Bank has opened a new location at 2121 Collier Parkway, in Land O’ Lakes, marking its fourth in Pasco County, according to a news release.
The bank celebrate the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a community event. It also made a donation to Learning Your Function Inc., a nonprofit that helps people with disabilities to learn life skills and make independent choices.
This TD location will feature:
- An advice center format, which allows TD colleagues to have advice conversations with customers about their financial goals, along with conducting routine banking activities and account openings
- Sit-stand workstations that enable employees to adapt their style to the type of conversation being had with a customer or the amount of traffic expected on a given day
- On-site ATMs for customers’ added convenience
“TD Bank is deeply dedicated to the communities it serves, and the opening of our newest advice center store in Land o’ Lakes underscores our commitment to serving Florida,” said Randy Estrada, retail market president for North Florida, in the release.
“We look forward to enhancing the community by offering a tailored advice and guidance store concept to our customers, and helping them achieve their financial goals,” he added.
Chamber celebrates excellence
The 2022 North Tampa Bay Chamber’s Celebrating Excellence Awards is set for Nov. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Treble Makers, 6034 Wesley Grove Blvd., Suite 101, in Wesley Chapel. The event fee is $40 per person, which includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.
The categories and finalists are:
- Innovation: Reimagined Experiences, Innovation Prep, Junk Luggers
- Inclusivity: RAW Space Collaborative, PACE Center for Girls, Woodies Wash Shack
- Integrity: Blue Heron Senior Living, RADDSports, Shred 360
- Collaboration: FUNdamental Minds, AMSkills, RADDSports
North Tampa Bay Chamber has announced:
- Butcher’s Mark will have its ribbon cutting and grand opening on Nov. 9 at 10 a.m., at 12351 State Road 54, in Odessa.
- A grand reopening celebration of Tampa Gardens Senior Living was held on Nov. 2, at 16702 N. Dale Mabry Highway, in Tampa.
- Athleta celebrated its first anniversary on Nov. 4, at The Shops at Wiregrass, 28250 Paseo Drive, Suite 180, in Wesley Chapel.
PruittHealth opens in Lutz
PruitttHealth, at 18940 Sunlake Blvd., has opened a skilled nursing and rehabilitation center in Lutz. The 90-bed center include 66 private suites and 24 private concierge suites. It provides 24-hour skilled nursing and wellness services. It is expected to serve more than 1,000 patients annually and employ more than 100 people.
Weichert adds team members
Weichert, Realtors® – Exclusive Properties, at 3903 Northdale Blvd., Suite 100E, in Tampa has added Carol Chappetto and Edward Gamble to their team.
BBQ & Blues preparations
Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival is set for Jan. 13 and Jan. 14, and preparations have begun. The Kidz Grillin’ contest is back for Jan. 13 and there will be great sounds from local bands. On Jan. 14, there will be more music, as well as food and fun.
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce welcomes volunteers and also businesses who would like to sign up to be part of the expo.
The Pasco Economic Development Council is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its SMARTstart program, which serves Pasco entrepreneurs.
The program began in 2012 with seed funding from Florida High Tech Corridor, and in 2016, an agreement was made with Pasco County to use a portion of Penny for Pasco proceeds to support the program, according to a news release.
The program provides tools needed by new and growing businesses for long-term success.
It offers low-cost workspace, educational resources, guidance, funding and a collaborative environment for area entrepreneurs.
In 2011, a microloan funds was established to help businesses unable to secure traditional financing.
“We’re focused on building an innovation ecosystem with programs like SMARTstart that empower entrepreneurs to find success and make a difference in their community. What the Pasco County EDC team has accomplished in 10 years, not only for their local economy but for our region and beyond, is tremendous. Multiply that impact by other incubators across our region and you can see why The Corridor is a hot spot for innovation and entrepreneurship,” said Paul Sohl, CEO of the Florida High Tech Corridor.
Over the last decade, there have been 524 program participants, 160 incubator members, and 68 microloan recipients who were awarded a total of $2,116,400.
“Developing a strong ecosystem for entrepreneurs is crucial for a community. SMARTstart provides access to many resources, which give starters the opportunity to build a strong foundation for their ideas and troubleshoot them before launch,” said Bill Cronin, president/CEO, Pasco EDC. “This program is a terrific example of the Penny for Pasco supporting its community.”
“All of our programs work together. If you need support from all five areas, you can get it. If you only need one or two, we will customize your track as needed,” shared Dan Mitchell, program director for SMARTstart.
“Every entrepreneur has a story of adversity and of overcoming obstacles, and we look forward to continuing to be a part of these stories,” he said, in the release.
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