New Port Richey, Florida — Entrepreneurs, small businesses, public officials, college students and the community are invited to attend an Open House on Thursday, June 26 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. at SMARTstart New Port Richey located at 6345 Grand Boulevard, the site of the former post office. Learn about the incubator program, tour the facility and meet initial incubator residents and partners.
“We’re really excited to have the Pasco Economic Development Council bring their SMARTstart program to downtown New Port Richey,” said Mario Iezzoni, economic development manager for the City of New Port Richey. “We know there are a lot of creative people in New Port Richey trying to start a business, and this gives them an opportunity to make their dream a reality.”
Managed by the Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc., SMARTstart is the first program of its kind in Pasco County. At the SMARTstart business incubator in New Port Richey, entrepreneurs and startups work in a collaborative environment with other small businesses. Members have 24/7 access to an office space, as well as co-working space with free Wi-Fi, a mail box, conference room space, seminars and classes, and one-on-one mentoring. In addition, SMARTstart residents have access to a network with other businesses, local organizations and community partners.
“Incubators provide the training, support, facilities and strategic alliances needed to help startups grow. We have several upcoming classes scheduled during the month of June,” said Krista Covey, Pasco EDC’s SMARTstart program director. “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.”
Pasco EDC is putting the call out to all entrepreneurs looking to get a smart start in Pasco County. Startups can occupy office space up to six months for free through the SMARTstart program and other discounts are available for college students starting a business.
RSVP to attend the SMARTstart New Port Richey Open House by Friday, June 20 to Krista Covey at email@example.com. For more information on the SMARTstart program, or to obtain a list of upcoming events, visit www.SmartStartPasco.com.
Pasco EDC is anon-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.
SMARTstart New Port Richey Incubator has received strong support from the City of New Port Richey, Florida High Tech Corridor Council, West Pasco Chamber of Commerce, Pasco County Board of County Commissioners, Pasco-Hernando State College, Saint Leo University, USF Connect, USF Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Service Core of Retired Executives Pasco-Hernando (SCORE).