The North Tampa Bay Chamber took part in a number of ribbon cutting celebrations in December:
- Glory Days on Dec. 3, at 28812 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel
- Hampton Inn on Dec. 5, at 11780 State Road 54 in Odessa
- AT&T North Dale Mabry, Dec. 12, at 14446 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
- Shawn Harrison Associates, Dec. 4, 5331 Primrose Lake Circle, Suite 100, Tampa
- Apricot Lane, Dec. 12, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel
- Profile by Sanford, 14837 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa
Other ribbon cuttings
The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce took part in a ribbon cutting recently at the new Hillsboro Bank Ribbon Cutting, on Seventh Street in Dade City.
The Dade City chamber also took part in these ribbon cuttings:
- The Green Door on 8th, at 14148 Eighth St., in Dade City
- Sugarshak Design, 14247 Seventh St., in Dade City
- Dade City Chiropractic, 14122 Seventh St., Suite 2, in Dade City
Commission on the Status of Women
The Pasco County Commission has approved the Women Lawyers of Pasco’s nomination of attorney Jenny Sieg as the organization’s representative on the Commission on the Status of Women. The three-year appointment is effective through December 2022.
North Tampa Bay Chamber luncheon
The North Tampa Bay Chamber monthly membership luncheon is set for Jan. 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Fox Hollow Country Club, at 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. To register and for more information, go to NorthTampaBayChamber.com, and click on the events tab.
Chambers gear up for big events
The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce are gearing up for big annual events, which occur in January.
The Zephyrhills chamber is getting ready for its 10th annual BBQ & Blues Festival, which is set for Jan. 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event features a barbecue competition, live blues music, food, a beer garden, a kids zone, a business expo, a car show, a cornhole tournament and a military history museum. Admission is free; parking is $10. The event is held at 5200 Airport Road in Zephyrhills.
The Dade City chamber is gearing up for the annual Kumquat Festival in the heart of historic downtown Dade City. The event, set for Jan. 25 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., features all things kumquat, a car and truck show, a variety of vendors and live entertainment. The events draws visitors from far and wide to experience Old Florida Southern charm.
Tax implications for small businesses
Learn how to create federal and Florida business entities, find out about state and local licensing requirements, and learn about federal and state employment taxes, such as FICA, FUTA, withholding and reemployment. The free session is on Jan. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City. To register, go to PascoHernandoScore.org, and look under upcoming events.
Business card exchange
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have a business card and brochure exchange at Pizza Villa, 21501 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive in Land O’ Lakes, on Jan. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., sponsored by Architectural Signage & Printing. A special priced lunch menu will be available.
How to Do a Podcast
Learn how to do a podcast on Jan. 7 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, on the first floor of 4532 U.S. 19, in New Port Richey. For more information and to register, check the Pasco Economic Development Council’s website, PascoEDC.com.
COMMON GROUNDS Pitch series
Apply now to take part in SMARTstart’s Common Grounds Pitch series. At each session, two individuals will be selected for a 5-minute pitch and introduce their business idea to the local entrepreneurial community in Pasco County. Each pitch will be followed by a question-and-answer/feedback session with those gathered. The session will be on Jan. 9 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the East Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 15089 14th St., in Dade City. For more information and to register, check the Pasco Economic Development Council’s website, PascoEDC.com.
Greater Pasco lunch meeting
The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce will have its general membership lunch on Jan. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Springhill Suites Tampa North, Land O’ Lakes, at 16615 Crosspointe Run. Call (727) 842-7651 for more information.
Building a Cyber Wall
Learn about securing your networks, data and business during this session on Jan. 15 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at SMARTstart West Pasco, on the first floor of the building at 4532 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. For more information and to register, check the Pasco Economic Development Council’s website, PascoEDC.com.
Wells Fargo donates to SMARTstart
Wells Fargo has donated $20,000 to the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc.’s SMARTstart program. The program provides tools to help businesses grow.
Aquarium receives donation for coral conservation
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes”) (NASDAQ: GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in the United States, has announced a two-year gift to support The Florida Aquarium’s world-renown scientists in their coral conservation and restoration work.
“Conservation efforts rely on research, development and resources to be successful,” Roger Germann, president and CEO of The Florida Aquarium said, in a news release. “The level and speed of R&D needed now to save the Florida Reef Tract is unprecedented. We are grateful that Great Lakes believes in the important work we are doing and making an investment in our research. Their support means we can do more to do our part in trying to save corals from extinction.”
Community health partnership
The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is teaming up with Tampa Bay Markets to help improve the health and well-being of the Tampa Bay community.
The Tampa YMCA will greet visitors at upcoming Tampa Bay Markets at The Shops at Wiregrass, Hyde Park Village, Seminole Heights and Carrollwood Village. Participating Ys include the New Tampa, South Tampa, East Pasco, Central City and Bob Sierra North Tampa Family, according to a news release.