SMARTstart New Port Richey Celebrates Grand Opening

June 27, 2014

Entrepreneurs, small businesses, public officials, and the community gathered together this week to celebrate the grand opening of the new SMARTstart New Port Richey Business Incubator.  The incubator located at 6345 Grand Boulevard is in a building that used to be a post office in the 1950s. 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. For more information visit SMARTstartPasco.com

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