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...]

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 opens first incubator kitchen

An incubator kitchen has opened in Dade City, to promote economic development through food businesses. The new facility is a collaborative effort between University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS)-Pasco County extension, the Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc.’s SMARTstart incubator program and Pasco County. The kitchen was officially unveiled on Sept. … [Read more...]

Commercial kitchen incubator to open in East Pasco

An incubator commercial kitchen is expected to begin operating in September at 15029 14th St., in Dade City. The initiative is the result of a partnership between the Pasco Extension Office, which is part of the University of Florida Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences, Pasco County and the Pasco County Economic Development Council Inc., with assistance from Welbilt. Welbilt, a … [Read more...]

Delivering business concepts in ‘bite-sized’ pieces

A nationwide program for budding entrepreneurs is coming to Zephyrhills. Co.Starters is a program aimed at teaching entrepreneurs how to start their companies and grow their business. The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce will begin offering the program next month. Adopted by more than a dozen entrepreneurial organizations in cities around the country, the 10-week program applies … [Read more...]

A gesture’s worth a thousand words

Just the way you walk into a room can speak volumes about you — at least in the eyes of the beholders. And, if you make a bad first impression, it’s very hard to undo. That was a key message delivered by Jackie Eden, of Pasco-Hernando State College, in a presentation she calls “The Secrets of Body Language.” “Your first impression is the first five seconds of anytime you meet … [Read more...]

Local computer whiz spins success

Friends and family knew about his geeky side long before he took the leap into computers and web design as a full-time job. As a teenager, Thomas Giella Jr., built his own computer. “I always helped out people on the side with their computer issues,” he said. He launched his web design and marketing business, Gear Spinners, more than a year ago. Now he has two offshoot companies, … [Read more...]