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SMARTstart business incubator holds inaugural roundtable


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DADE CITY — The first in what is planned as a series of monthly meetings that will provide information from Pasco County’s inaugural business incubator program was held Oct. 31.

A number of business and community leaders were on hand for the roundtable meeting offered by the SMARTstart Dade City Business Incubator.

“We had a terrific turnout for our first SMARTstart meeting,” said Krista Covey, program director for SMARTstart Dade City Incubator.

SMARTstart Dade City Business Incubator, based at the Dade City Business Center, 15000 Citrus Country Drive, Suite 103, is a program of the Wesley Chapel-based Pasco Economic Development Council’s Pasco Enterprise Network.

Among the services the SMARTstart incubator offers are co-working space, office space, mentoring, one-on-one counseling for entrepreneurs, connections to resources, networking and business plan assistance.

“We have several upcoming events planned and co-working space is now available,” Covey said. “If someone is trying to start a business or working out of their garage, SMARTstart can help them take their business to the next level.”

In addition to PEN and its Pasco Micro-Loan entrepreneurial financial assistance program, other organizations taking part in the SMARTstart incubator are Saint Leo University and its Donald R. Tapia School of Business, Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center.

The roundtable meetings will give business owners a place to exchange ideas and tap various information sources, according to John Moors, executive director of the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. “We are thrilled to be involved with SMARTstart and helping small businesses flourish here in Dade City.”

Other supporting partners of the SMARTstart incubator include the Dade City Business Center, Florida High Tech Corridor and USF Connect.

For more information on the SMARTstart Dade City Business Incubator and its programs or services, contant Covey at (352) 437-4861 or email kcovey@pascoedc.com.

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