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SMARTstart Incubator






The SMARTstart Incubator is a new and innovative strategy program to engage entrepreneurs, grow new businesses and create job opportunities in Pasco County. The incubator will provide direct opportunities for local business professionals, students and faculty to work with and support entrepreneurs.

Locations

Resource Agencies to Know:

All Stages

What do you need help with?

CareerSource Pasco Hernando

We can help your company with pre-employment training assessments, job processing to find the best applicants as quickly as possible, online job posting assistance, conference facilities for conducting interviews and more.

Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce

Chamber membership includes listings in our printed guide and website, as well as numerous promotional, networking, information, business development, and advertising opportunities.

City of New Port Richey Business Tax Receipts

All businesses within the incorporated city limits of New Port Richey must obtain a city BTR before beginning to operate. All BTRs expire September 30 of each year and are renewable for the upcoming license year any time after August 1.

Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. We provide site selection services, demographic information, incentive information and much more.

Florida Angel Nexus

We connect qualified companies with aggressive development plans to investors from the Florida community. We focus on businesses that already have some proof of concept and we will do our best to refer all Florida companies to resources to assist in eliminating the roadblocks slowing down growth.

Florida Division of Corporations | Sunbiz

Our activities include a variety of business entity filings, trade and service mark registrations, federal lien recordings, judgment lien filings, uniform commercial code financing statements, fictitious name registrations, notary commissions, and cable and video service franchises.

Florida Economic Development Council

Since 1964, the Florida Economic Development Council has promoted economic development throughout the state of Florida. Today we are its primary resource for developing economic development professionals, issues education, networking, and recognition of excellence among members of the profession. 500+ professionals count on FEDC to educate, advocate, and connect on their behalf.

Florida Venture Forum

The Florida Venture Forum is a statewide member organization that helps entrepreneurs obtain funding through education, strategic partnering and effective networking. The Forum's educational programs provide in-depth information on topics such as raising debt and equity capital, human resources, finance, management, term sheet negotiation, valuations, marketing and R&D.

FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is a nonprofit that works with individual manufacturing companies, to deliver company-centric service with bottom-line results, designed to: help you expand your market opportunities; adopt best practices, advanced technologies and training, and make the best use of existing public and private state and national resources available to enhance and further your company's growth.

Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce

Businesses and organizations find the Chamber an effective and affordable method of connecting with the community, potential customers and possible business associates - regardless of geographical distance - we are all interconnected today.

Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce

Joining the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce brings you in direct contact with the area market, potential clients, businesses and extended partners and community organizations. Credibility, networking, affordable advertising and access to services and programs are the primary reasons member organizations join.

GrowFL

We provide strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring. We help companies overcome obstacles to growth and lead them towards prosperity.

Main Street Zephyrhills

As a member, you will receive advance notice of special events, promotions and other activities by our organization to benefit our community. In addition, our members may promote their establishments through profiles and links on our website and other promotional opportunities we provide.

Pasco County Tax Collector Business Tax Receipts

Business Tax Receipts (formerly called Occupational Licenses) are required for most businesses operating in Pasco County. In addition, all cities in Pasco County require that a city Business Tax Receipt be purchased for businesses operating within their boundaries.

Pasco EDC Microloan Program

A community based microloan fund that will act as a loan source for credit worthy Pasco County small businesses. The microloan fund will help to create a stronger economy, job opportunities and provide entrepreneurial education in our community. It will also help certain types of disadvantaged businesses who often have difficulties accessing credit, such as women-, minority-, veteran- and disabled-business owners.

Pasco Enterprise Network

If you are starting a new business or trying to expand your small business, Pasco Enterprise Network (PEN) offers a one-stop resource for finding guidance and assistance. No matter what challenges you may be facing, we can connect small businesses and entrepreneurs to the help they need to grow.

Pasco Hernando State College Entrepreneurship Certificate

The purpose of this program is to teach the fundamentals of starting and operating a business venture. Coursework covers opportunity recognition, business planning, cash flow and financial management, market research, e-commerce and how to understand and work with an accounting system.

Prospera

We specialize in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business. We offer a variety of services especially designed for Hispanic small business owners, to empower them through training, consulting, grants and access to capital.

SCORE Pasco Hernando

We're 20+ local volunteers eager to provide free help to small businesses in Pasco and Hernando counties of Florida. Whether you are trying to start a small business, expand an existing small business, or buy/sell an on-going small business, we can provide free face-to-face mentoring and counseling regarding the many issues that you may find daunting.

Tampa Bay Partnership

The Tampa Bay Partnership is the eight-county regional organization that works with its partners to market the region nationally and internationally, to conduct regional research and to coordinate efforts to influence business and government issues that impact economic growth and development.

TiE Tampa Bay

TiE Tampa Bay is a not-for-profit organization created to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, and education in Florida. TiE Tampa Bay is part of the global TiE group, the largest not-for-profit organization promoting entrepreneurship globally. This allows for TiE Tampa Bay to offer unique programs that bring to Florida world-class expertise and thought-leadership from around the globe.

West Pasco Chamber of Commerce

We link businesses with other leading area business members, officers, leaders and managers, and elected officials to enhance economic growth and development. Through involvement in and attendance at chamber events, local business leaders are better connected with other business professionals outside of their regular schedule.

Idea Stage

What do you need help with?

Pasco Enterprise Network

If you are starting a new business or trying to expand your small business, Pasco Enterprise Network (PEN) offers a one-stop resource for finding guidance and assistance. No matter what challenges you may be facing, we can connect small businesses and entrepreneurs to the help they need to grow.

Prospera

We specialize in providing bilingual assistance to Hispanic entrepreneurs trying to establish or expand their business. We offer a variety of services especially designed for Hispanic small business owners, to empower them through training, consulting, grants and access to capital.

SCORE Pasco Hernando

We're 20+ local volunteers eager to provide free help to small businesses in Pasco and Hernando counties of Florida. Whether you are trying to start a small business, expand an existing small business, or buy/sell an on-going small business, we can provide free face-to-face mentoring and counseling regarding the many issues that you may find daunting.

TiE Tampa Bay

TiE Tampa Bay is a not-for-profit organization created to foster entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking, and education in Florida. TiE Tampa Bay is part of the global TiE group, the largest not-for-profit organization promoting entrepreneurship globally. This allows for TiE Tampa Bay to offer unique programs that bring to Florida world-class expertise and thought-leadership from around the globe.

Formation Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to forming your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea stage. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

Pasco Hernando State College Entrepreneurship Certificate

The purpose of this program is to teach the fundamentals of starting and operating a business venture. Coursework covers opportunity recognition, business planning, cash flow and financial management, market research, e-commerce and how to understand and work with an accounting system.

Launching Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to launching your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea and Formation stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

City of New Port Richey Business Tax Receipts

All businesses within the incorporated city limits of New Port Richey must obtain a city BTR before beginning to operate. All BTRs expire September 30 of each year and are renewable for the upcoming license year any time after August 1.

Florida Angel Nexus

We connect qualified companies with aggressive development plans to investors from the Florida community. We focus on businesses that already have some proof of concept and we will do our best to refer all Florida companies to resources to assist in eliminating the roadblocks slowing down growth.

Florida Division of Corporations | Sunbiz

Our activities include a variety of business entity filings, trade and service mark registrations, federal lien recordings, judgment lien filings, uniform commercial code financing statements, fictitious name registrations, notary commissions, and cable and video service franchises.

Florida Venture Forum

The Florida Venture Forum is a statewide member organization that helps entrepreneurs obtain funding through education, strategic partnering and effective networking. The Forum's educational programs provide in-depth information on topics such as raising debt and equity capital, human resources, finance, management, term sheet negotiation, valuations, marketing and R&D.

Pasco County Tax Collector Business Tax Receipts

Business Tax Receipts (formerly called Occupational Licenses) are required for most businesses operating in Pasco County. In addition, all cities in Pasco County require that a city Business Tax Receipt be purchased for businesses operating within their boundaries.

Pasco EDC Microloan Program

A community based microloan fund that will act as a loan source for credit worthy Pasco County small businesses. The microloan fund will help to create a stronger economy, job opportunities and provide entrepreneurial education in our community. It will also help certain types of disadvantaged businesses who often have difficulties accessing credit, such as women-, minority-, veteran- and disabled-business owners.

Growing Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to growing your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea, Formation, and Launching stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

CareerSource Pasco Hernando

We can help your company with pre-employment training assessments, job processing to find the best applicants as quickly as possible, online job posting assistance, conference facilities for conducting interviews and more.

Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce

Chamber membership includes listings in our printed guide and website, as well as numerous promotional, networking, information, business development, and advertising opportunities.

FloridaMakes

FloridaMakes is a nonprofit that works with individual manufacturing companies, to deliver company-centric service with bottom-line results, designed to: help you expand your market opportunities; adopt best practices, advanced technologies and training, and make the best use of existing public and private state and national resources available to enhance and further your company's growth.

Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce

Businesses and organizations find the Chamber an effective and affordable method of connecting with the community, potential customers and possible business associates - regardless of geographical distance - we are all interconnected today.

Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce

Joining the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce brings you in direct contact with the area market, potential clients, businesses and extended partners and community organizations. Credibility, networking, affordable advertising and access to services and programs are the primary reasons member organizations join.

GrowFL

We provide strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth through Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring. We help companies overcome obstacles to growth and lead them towards prosperity.

Main Street Zephyrhills

As a member, you will receive advance notice of special events, promotions and other activities by our organization to benefit our community. In addition, our members may promote their establishments through profiles and links on our website and other promotional opportunities we provide.

West Pasco Chamber of Commerce

We link businesses with other leading area business members, officers, leaders and managers, and elected officials to enhance economic growth and development. Through involvement in and attendance at chamber events, local business leaders are better connected with other business professionals outside of their regular schedule.

Optimizing Stage

We’ve selected the agencies below as being important to optimizing your business; however, you should still review agencies categorized for the Idea, Formation, Launching, and Growing stages. Agencies are categorized at the point of recommended introduction in the business cycle.

What do you need help with?

Enterprise Florida

Enterprise Florida recruits new business to the state, and works to retain and expand existing industry and business. We provide site selection services, demographic information, incentive information and much more.

Florida Economic Development Council

Since 1964, the Florida Economic Development Council has promoted economic development throughout the state of Florida. Today we are its primary resource for developing economic development professionals, issues education, networking, and recognition of excellence among members of the profession. 500+ professionals count on FEDC to educate, advocate, and connect on their behalf.

Tampa Bay Partnership

The Tampa Bay Partnership is the eight-county regional organization that works with its partners to market the region nationally and internationally, to conduct regional research and to coordinate efforts to influence business and government issues that impact economic growth and development.

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