Pasco EDC's Krista Hakes nominated for CREW’s Excellence Awards for Civic Leadership

December 10, 2012

The CREW Tampa Bay Excellence Awards program recognizes select individuals for their professional achievements and work to support the advancement of women in commercial real estate. Krista Hakes, Economic Development Manager for Pasco EDC, was honored to be nominated for the Civic Leadership Award for her work with Pasco EDC's microloan program and GrowFL program. Pasco EDC launched a microloan fund in March 2012 to help local entrepreneurs who cannot obtain traditional financing to grow their businesses and create jobs. Pasco EDC awarded six microloans to a variety of companies. In addition to financing, the microloan program includes training to help small business owners succeed. Also this year Pasco EDC partnered with the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) to provide qualifying companies with a free suite of support services and access to unique market research and technology. With these services, companies can discover and expand sales opportunities, create supply chain efficiencies and better understand their competition. Hakes became one of six people in Florida in 2012 to complete the “Economic Gardening Certification” through GrowFL and was also a finalist for Business Woman of the Year (2012) by the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

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