SMARTstart food fair
The UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County and Pasco Economic Development Council’s third annual SMARTstart Food Vendor Fair will offer tasty food options prepared by local entrepreneurs on Nov. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The event will be at the Pasco Extension One Stop Shop, 15029 14th St., in Dade City.
Sweet and savory items will be available for purchase from participating businesses, including: Humble Soul Organics; Maggie’s Snow Shoppe; Monique’s Soul Food; Mz. Lett’s Kitchen; Queen Chef; Sweet Sprinkles; and, The Peace Workout.
Zephyrhills chamber breakfast
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will have its next business breakfast on Nov. 3 at 7 a.m., at the Golden Corral, 6855 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. The entry fee is $15.
East Pasco Networking Group
The next East Pasco Networking Group meeting is set for Nov. 8 at 7:30 a.m., at Golden Corral 6855 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Pastor Gabriel Papadopoulos will be the featured speaker. For more information call Nils Lenz at 813-782-9491 or 813-997-3903.
Upcoming grand opening
This grand opening and ribbon-cuttings were announced by the North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce:
Grand opening: Stretch Lab, 15720 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, Nov. 3 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. This business offers one-on-one assisted stretching and other services. The event will feature food, drinks, vendors, raffles and more.
Recent ribbon-cuttings: Sage at Cypress Cay, 14976 Osprey Loop Nest, Lutz. Ribbon-cutting held on Oct. 27; Biscayne Homes Lagoon Residences at Epperson, on Oct. 13, at the Epperson & Mirada Sales Center, 31814 Anchor Point Drive, in Wesley Chapel.
North Tampa Bay Chamber awards celebration
The North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce has set its 2022 NTBC Celebrating Excellence Awards event for Nov. 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Treble Makers, Dueling Piano Bar and Restaurant, 6034 Wesley Grove Blvd., Suite 101, in Wesley Chapel. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar. The cost is $40 per person. For more information, email .
Community nonprofits event
The Elks Lodge #2284 and the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce will host a Community Nonprofit Awareness Event on Nov. 3 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Elks Lodge, 7201 Congress St., in New Port Richey. Those attending will be able to learn about a variety of nonprofit organizations. There is no admission charge. For more information, email .
Helping Sarasota playgrounds
Starline Multiservices fencing division, based in Odessa, is working with the nonprofit, Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, and the Barancik Foundation in Sarasota to help with crucial fencing needs at nearly 20 preschools across Sarasota County so the children can get the chance to safely play outside again, according to a news release from the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County. The new fencing is needed because of damage caused by Hurricane Ian.
Land O’ Lakes brochure exchange
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce hosts a lunch and networking session the second Thursday of each month, from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m., at New Beginnings Events, 18935 Michigan Lane in Land O’ Lakes. Chamber members attend free, plus the cost of their food; registration is $10, plus the cost of food, for non-members. If you’d like to find out more, call 813-909-2722 or 727-842-7651.
Suncoast Credit Union donates $600,000 for relief efforts
Suncoast Credit Union, Florida’s largest credit union, is donating $600,000 to provide support and relief to those impacted by Hurricane Ian. Volunteer Florida will receive $500,000 and the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools will receive $100,000, according to a news release.
Volunteer Florida will administer the $500,000 gift as the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during and after natural disasters. The funds will be disbursed to help provide funding and resources to over 85 organizations for Emergency Management purposes, going to those with the greatest need, the release says.
Tampa water department now hiring
The City of Tampa’s water department is trying to fill several positions, including water treatment plant operator, certified water technician, and water quality assurance officer. Visit the city’s website, at Tampa.gov, and click on the jobs page, for more details.
Edwinola to get multimillion renovation
The Edwinola assisted living facility, 14235 Edwinola Way, Dade City, went under new management in September. Elevated Estates, a senior living community in New Port Richey, has taken over the 110-year-old former hotel. The building now is called Elevated Estates at The Edwinola. Elevated Estates representatives have said The Edwinola will now undergo a multimillion-dollar renovation, with that project likely to start in early 2023.
Business Wire has reported that real estate and investment firm Dwight Capital and its affiliate REIT, Dwight Mortgage Trust, financed $192.29 million in seniors and health care financing during the third quarter of 2022, including a $10.6 million bridge acquisition loan for The Edwinola.
Free business advice
Pasco-Hernando SCORE offers free individual, confidential small business mentoring. It also provides a wealth of free, practical help for businesses. To request a mentor or find out more, visit PascoHernando.score.org.
SMARTstart is the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc.’s capstone program, aimed at engaging entrepreneurs and creating job opportunities in Pasco County. It has a suite of programs intended to benefit companies of all sizes, from start-up to established businesses. It also has incubator and microloan programs. To find out more, visit SMARTSTARTPasco.com.