WELBILT TO EXPAND, ADD NEW JOBS: Welbilt, 2227 Welbilt Blvd., New Port Richey, a commercial food service equipment manufacturer, plans to remodel and expand its research and development labs, adding 42,000 square feet of laboratory, test kitchen and improved customer experience center. The expansion will create 110 jobs and more than $10 million in new capital investment in Pasco County over the next three years. The expansion project was made possible by partnerships with Pasco County and the Pasco Economic Development Council.
REAL ESTATE FIRM CLOSES SALE AND LEASE: Hold-Thyssen, a commercial real estate firm with offices in Clearwater, recently negotiated a sale of real property, a corporation and a lease of professional offices in New Port Richey. Carol L. Kinnard, transaction specialist, represented the seller, RTF Holdings, in a sale transaction at 5705-13 Gulf Drive in the Gulf Drive Professional Center. The buyer is a real estate investor who purchased the 5,588 square foot building comprised of five office units, two of which are leased, and the office condominium association. Kinnard brokered a lease renewal agreement with Psychological Management Group, at Counsel Square I, 7619 Little Road, on behalf of the landlord, a private investor, for Suite 325C with 1,000 rentable square feet.
WHISKEY JOE’S OPENS: Whiskey Joe’s Bar & Grill, 7835 Bayview St., Port Richey, opened its newest location on March 6. The restaurant is known for its waterfront views, specialty cocktails, beach access and live entertainment. For information, call (727) 339-6716 or visit whiskeyjoesportrichey.com.
DOCTOR LECTURES IN CHICAGO: Dr. David Kimmel of the Florida Center for Laser Dentistry in Bayonet Point, recently returned from Chicago, Ill., where he gave hands-on instruction for the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, to 14 doctors and one nurse practitioner on threading techniques to help lift the facial and neck skin and smooth facial lines. His office is at 12124 Cobble Stone Drive, Bayonet Point.
OPEN HOUSE/RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY: The Surgical Technologist program at Rasmussen College, 8661 Citizen Drive, New Port Richey, will have an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. March 9.
Information about the program and tours of the new surgical suite will be available. Lunch will be provided. To RSVP, call Paul McKnight, surgical technologist program coordinator, at (727) 846-4909.
GRAND OPENING EX-KAVA-GANZA: ZenfiniTea Botanical Bar and Lounge and Daddy D’s Salumeria will host the Grand Opening Exkavaganza from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 10 at ZenfiniTea, 3501 Universal Plaza, New Port Richey. The event includes music, entertainment, games and contests. Food will be available for purchase. For information, call (727) 835-7679.
ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: The Land O’ Lakes Winery, 3901 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes, will celebrate its third anniversary from noon to 8 p.m. March 11. The event, for adults only, will include wine specials, appetizers, door prizes, and music from 4 to 7 p.m. For information, call (813) 995-9463.
CO.STARTERS: The Pasco Economic Development Council will sponsor the next session of Co.Starters, a national program that helps entrepreneurs turn an idea into a new business in nine weeks, beginning March 13 and running through May 8. The program will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Pasco Economic Development Council, 16506 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 101, Lutz. The cost is $295. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. March 5. To register, visit smartstartpasco.com/costarters. Call Becky Martin at (813) 926-0827, ext. 221.
SPONSORS NEEDED FOR NETWORKING FESTIVAL: The Pasco Economic Development Council is looking for sponsors for its annual NetFest networking festival, 5 to 8 p.m. April 5 at Epperson (Lagoon Community), 7851 Curley Road, Wesley Chapel. The event, with a new Caribbean cowboy theme, provides companies an opportunity to support economic development and get exposure to hundreds of business and community leaders. Tickets are $30 for Pasco County staff; $40 for Pasco EDC investors and guests, and $50 for others. Sponsorship levels include: Caribbean Cowboy for $500, Lagoon Trail Boss for $1,000, Pirate for $1,500 and Coconut Cattle Baron for $2,000. Sponsors may assemble a team to participate in the sponsors-only chili cook-off. For information or to register to attend, contact Suzanne at (813) 926-0829 or [email protected]
SMALL-BUSINESS SEMINARS: Pasco Hernando SCORE is presenting a series of free small-business seminars:
• Basic QuickBooks, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 13, New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey.
• Learn How to Start a New Business Successfully, 5 to 6:45 p.m. March 13, Spring Hill Branch/Harold G. Zopp Memorial Library, 9220 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill.
• Learn How to Start a New Business Successfully, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 14, Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City.
• Tax Implications for Small Businesses, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 19, Regency Park Branch Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey.
• How to Apply for a Business Loan, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 20, Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson.
• How to Use the Internet in Your Business, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. March 20, Centennial Park Branch Library, 5740 Moog Road, Holiday.
• Professional Selling Techniques, 1 to 3 p.m. March 20, SMARTstart Dade City Entrepreneur Center, 37837 Meridian Ave., Suite 309, Dade City.
To register or to get more information, visit pascohernando.score.org and click on the local workshops tab or call the SCORE office at (727) 842-4638.
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Networking and mixers
•?Trinity Positive Business Network: 8:30 a.m. Mondays at Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Tony Nalli at (727) 858-7907.
•?Women’s Connection of New Port Richey: 11:30 a.m. the second Monday of each month (September through May) at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $15 and includes lunch and a speaker. To RSVP, call Linda at (727) 856-4042 or Anita at (727) 863-2126.
•?BNI Outlook to Success: 7:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road, New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call (727) 815-7744.
•?Suncoast Women in Networking: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at Beef’O’Brady’s, 5546 Main St., New Port Richey. Suncoast WIN is a group of professional businesswomen. Membership is $10 per year. Call Myrtle at (727) 934-9993.
•?Rotary Club of Lutz: 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Heritage Harbor Golf and Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Cost is $12, includes lunch and speaker. Call (813) 857-7089 or visit lutzrotary.org.
•?Hispanic Business Leaders: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. the third Tuesday of each month at the White Room Bar & Lounge, 6472 Land O’Lakes Blvd., Land O’Lakes. The event is free and includes free refreshments, drink specials, Latin music and relaxed networking. For information, call the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (813) 909-2722.
•?West Pasco Business Association Monday Chapter: 11:45 a.m. Mondays, Brass Tap - Trinity, 10700 State Road 54, Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other’s businesses. Visit wpba.biz.
•?West Pasco Business Association Tuesday Chapter: 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays at the WPBA office, 2150 Seven Springs Blvd., Trinity. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other’s businesses. Visit wpba.biz.
•?West Pasco Business Association Friday Chapter: 8:15 a.m. Fridays at the Oasis Coffee Spot, 9213 Little Road, New Port Richey. The group is made up of professionals who promote each other’s businesses. Visit wpba.biz.
•?Trinity Business Association: 6 to 7:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Fox Hollow Country Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m., meeting starts at 6 p.m. Guests welcome. Cost is $12. Call Ginny Pierce at (727) 433-4073.
•?BNI Platinum: 7:15 a.m. Wednesdays at Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway, Lutz. Call Bob Nixon at (813) 263-5632.
•?Pasco Business Connections: 7:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Broken Yolk, 3350 Grand Blvd., Holiday. Email [email protected]
•?Wednesday Morning Networking Group: 7:30 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at Hungry Harry’s Family Bar-B-Que, 3116 Land O’Lakes Blvd. A short networking presentation will be followed by a chance for all attendees to do a 30-second commercial. Cost is $7 in advance for members, $10 for guests, and includes breakfast. Call the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce at (813) 909-2722.
•?Keep It Local-Trinity Chapter: 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Havana Dreamers Cafe, 3104 Town Ave., Trinity. (813) 405-7815.
•?Pasco Aging Network: 8 to 10 a.m. the second Wednesday of each month. Location changes each month. For information or to RSVP, visit pascoagingnetwork.org. PAN is a coalition of agencies and private providers of elder services in Pasco.
•?Keep It Local-Wesley Chapel Chapter: 8:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Lexington Oaks Golf & Country Club, 26133 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (813) 405-7815.
•?Keep It Local-Christian Women’s Network Chapter: 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Direction Connection, 2632 U.S. 19, Holiday. (813) 405-7815.
•?Free Networking International: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Cantina Laredo, 2000 Piazza Ave., Building 4, Suite 170, Wesley Chapel (at the Shops at Wiregrass). Attendees pay for their own lunch. Call Martine Duncan at (813) 929-6816.
•?Keep It Local-New Port Richey Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Direction Connection, 2632 U.S. 19, Holiday. (813) 405-7815.
•?Keep It Local-Odessa/Trinity Chapter: 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at Seven Springs Golf & Country Club, 3535 Trophy Blvd., Trinity. (813) 405-7815.
•?West Pasco Business Network: noon to 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Denny’s, 12105 U.S. 19, Hudson. Call Pete Petrignani at (727) 967-3106.
•?BNI Eagles: 7:15 a.m. Thursdays at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey. Cost is $10 and includes breakfast. Call Clay Henderson at (727) 534-5191.
•?BNI Referral Connection: 7:15 to 9 a.m. Thursdays at Vallarta’s Mexican Restaurant, 22948 State Road 54, Lutz. Call Rob Hamilton at (813) 431-5887.
•?Christian Business Connections of Central Pasco: 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Thursdays at Quail Hollow Golf Club, 6225 Old Pasco Road, Wesley Chapel. Cost of $9 per meeting, includes breakfast and beverages. Annual membership dues are $100. Call Rene Van Hout at (813) 300-7511.
•?Trinity/West Pasco Chapter of NPI: 7:45 a.m. Thursdays at The Grand Plaza Café, 4040 Little Road, New Port Richey. Call Rob Marlowe at (727) 847-2424.
•?Networking For Your Success: 8 a.m. Thursdays at Lexington Oaks Country Club, 2615 Lexington Oaks Blvd., Wesley Chapel. Cost is $5 and includes a continental breakfast. Annual membership is $79. Call Matt at (813) 782-1777.
•?Women-n-Charge: 11:30 a.m. on the first Friday of each month, Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Dr., Tampa. Cost is $15 for members in advance, $18 for guests and at the door. Call Judy at (813) 600-9848.