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|Dade City, Florida — Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc. has chosen Krista Covey (formerly Krista Hakes), an economic development manager with Pasco EDC, to manage Pasco’s first business incubator.
The SMARTstart Dade City Incubator is an innovative facility-based program to engage entrepreneurs, grow new businesses and create job opportunities in Pasco County. Start-up companies can obtain inexpensive space and technical assistance to ramp up their business.
The incubator provides direct opportunities for local business professionals, students and higher education faculty to work with and support entrepreneurs.
Covey has already been working with start-ups through the Pasco Enterprise Network (PEN), a partnership of Pasco County organizations helping support entrepreneurial activity in Pasco County. PEN Partners provide consulting, counseling, education, seminars, and technical assistance on a variety of topics to incubator clients, as well as small businesses in general.
In addition to PEN, Covey helped create Pasco EDC’s microloan program for small businesses. One of only six people in Florida to be certified in Economic Gardening through GrowFL, she has been instrumental in setting up CEO Roundtables and organizing CEO Forums for second-stage companies (10-50 employees). She expects to begin a similar program for start-up companies in Pasco through the SMARTstart Dade City Incubator.
“Krista works with start-ups on a daily basis and thrives in an entrepreneurial environment,” said John Hagen, President/CEO of Pasco EDC. “Her training in facilitation and coaching, experience as a commercial lender, and connections in Tampa Bay’s entrepreneurial community are essential to the launch of SMARTstart.”
Pasco EDC is putting the call out to companies from a variety of industries that might be looking to start-up in the Tampa Bay area. SMARTstart will be located in the Dade City Business Center (1500 Citrus Country Drive, Suite 103, Dade City, Florida 33523). Companies interested in the SMARTstart Dade City Incubator should contact Krista Covey at 813-926-0827 ext. 227.
Pasco EDC is a non-profit organization that promotes economic development in Pasco County, Florida. Pasco EDC continues to be a strong partnership funded by corporate and public investors focused on the economic vitality of Pasco County.
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