Businesses seek help during pandemic

The economy has been flattened by coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), and businesses are seeking a way to continue operating or to reopen their doors. A $2 trillion stimulus package— the largest in the nation’s history — is called the CARES Act, which stands for Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security. Part of that package is specifically aimed at assisting companies with fewer … [Read more...]

There are resources available, in the wake of the pandemic

As businesses and individuals cope with sudden losses causes by impacts of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19), various agencies and organizations are stepping up to provide information about resources that can help. The Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., has compiled a list of useful resources for the business community. There also is useful information on websites maintained by Pasco … [Read more...]

Local businesses getting hit with COVID-19 impacts

Drive around the region and the impacts of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) are obvious. Grocery store parking lots are full — with people lining up before the stores open to get their hands on toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and other scarce items. There’s less traffic on the road because many people are working remotely, and that number may climb if ‘stay at home’ mandates are … [Read more...]

Touchpoint opens global headquarters in Pasco

TouchPoint Healthcare, located in Odessa, had a grand opening for its new global headquarters. It’s an unprecedented mark in Pasco County, as it houses the flagship base for the company that supplies 90 countries with manufactured medical supplies. Visitors at the Feb. 20 ribbon cutting had the chance to go on a guided tour of the building, which is a two-story structure of 142,000 … [Read more...]

Economic forecast is bright, investment expert says

The forecast for both the United States and the world economy appear to be “pretty sunny” this year. At least that’s the word from Tim McGee, director of macro strategy and research at U.S. Trust-Bank of America Wealth Management. McGee offered that assessment during the Pasco Economic Development Council’s annual economic forecast luncheon recently at Hyatt Place Tampa/Wesley … [Read more...]

SMARTstart helps Pasco entrepreneurs get off the ground

Ever wanted to create your own business or startup? If you do, the Pasco Economic Development Council’s (Pasco EDC) SMARTstart program may be able to lend a hand, or two. Essentially, the program is designed to assist entrepreneurs — through a combination of guidance, collaboration, funding, education and workspace opportunities. SMARTstart program manager Dan Mitchell detailed many … [Read more...]

Pasco County ‘hottest county around,’ commission chairman says

When Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore moved to the county in 2007, it was a different place. When he arrived, the State Road 54/56 corridor — with it shopping malls, restaurants, car dealerships, hotels, residential subdivisions, medical offices, state college and industrial development — looked nothing like it does today. The Shops at Wiregrass wasn’t even there yet, recalled … [Read more...]

Encompass Health plans move to Land O’ Lakes

Encompass Health Corporation has announced plans to bring 179 jobs to Central Pasco. The company, based in Birmingham, plans to build a 37,000-square-foot facility on about 6 acres in the Bexley Community, off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. It plans to locate its Central Business Office there, to provide medical billing and collection services to the company’s hospitals in 25 states and … [Read more...]

Culinary experts share food business advice

People who want to start a food business — or who already have one and want to make it more successful — received pointers during a SMARTstart program recently at Dade City’s One Stop Shop. The free program, titled “Food is the Biggest Business,” was presented on Nov. 20 by the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. Chef Jeff Philbin of the PPK company moderated the panel, which … [Read more...]

Pasco economy looks to grow and diversify

From workforce assistance to recruiting new companies to building new office space, the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., has many projects “in the pipeline.” Bill Cronin, president/CEO of the economic development agency, discussed those plans and more as the featured guest speaker at The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce’s November breakfast meeting at Seven Springs Golf and Country … [Read more...]