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Pasco EDC Business Award Nominations Now Open

March 13, 2023


Nominations are now being accepted for Pasco County companies making  an extraordinary economic impact on their community. 


PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA (March 13, 2023) — Nominations are being accepted for the 2023 Pasco Economic Development Council (Pasco EDC) Annual Awards until close of business on Friday, April 28, 2023. This year, Pasco EDC will recognize the achievements of top companies in Pasco County for their economic excellence in company growth, workforce improvement, and community involvement. All finalists are interviewed by a committee of volunteers, and the winners will be announced at Pasco EDC’s 35th Annual Awards event on September 7, 2023 from 5-8pm. 

Nominees should be a "for profit" business to business company operating in Pasco County (municipalities or affiliates are excluded). If you know of a company outside of those parameters which has gone above and beyond their mission to show excellence, they may be nominated for consideration through the Special Contribution category. Nominations can be submitted online at   

The 2023 Award categories open for nominations are as follows: 

  1. Pasco Establishment Award - Company must have established its Pasco County operations between January 2022 and December 2022. This award will recognize a business in Pasco County that has recently been established and is demonstrating substantial progress and/or the potential for a significant community impact.  

  2. Economic Excellence Award - Company must have established its business in Pasco County between January 2022 and December 2022. This award will recognize a business that has made a commitment to improving the overall economic health and quality of life in Pasco County, creating a diverse workforce, and providing exceptional value to customers, all while demonstrating ingenuity, integrity, and leadership. 

Additional Award categories: 

  1. International Achievement Award- This award will recognize a business that has demonstrated outstanding achievements in international relations, global leadership, and export growth through their relationship with Pasco EDC, Enterprise Florida, or Global Tampa Bay. Nominees will be scored based on company growth, international program participation, workforce improvement, and community involvement. 

  2. SMARTstart Entrepreneur of the Year- This award will recognize an entrepreneur who has engaged in numerous SMARTstart programs. Through their experiences and education, they have turned their passion into a thriving business. Nominees will be scored based on company growth, SMARTstart involvement, and community impact as a leading start-up. 

Pasco EDC has been strategically attracting and retaining targeted businesses in Pasco County for over three decades. The Pasco EDC Annual Awards is regarded as the premier business event in Pasco County;  attended by hundreds of business and community leaders throughout the Tampa Bay area. 

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The Pasco Economic Development Council is committed to developing Florida's most competitive climate for business growth by providing businesses, that seek to start, move, or grow in the North Tampa Bay area, a comprehensive suite of programs that can help them to reach their full economic potential.  Since 1987, Pasco EDC has fostered a strong partnership funded by corporate and public investors focused on the economic vitality of Pasco County.  Discover more at

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