WESLEY CHAPEL — The Pasco Economic Development Council is opening SMARTstart at The Grove in Wesley Chapel, its third Entrepreneur Center and Business Incubator location in Pasco County. Entrepreneurs are seeking new on-trend workspace locations and places to collaborate with like-minded individuals. The SMARTstart Program suite is currently being built out and is expected to open in fall.
“The new SMARTstart Incubator at The Grove will play an important role in the continued growth of our small business community,” Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore said. “This is another example of the excellent partnership between Pasco County and the Pasco Economic Development Council to make our community the premier place for business.”
The new location will be based in the heart of brand-new developments taking place, which includes a walkable food and entertainment district as well as KRATE, a new shipping container business development.
“A major part of what the Pasco EDC does is work with existing Pasco County businesses to understand their needs and be able to respond and offer programs that will help them continue to grow,” said Bill Cronin, president and CEO of Pasco EDC. “Our SMARTstart Program specifically works with startups and small businesses in the community, and this new center fits very well with not only new tech startups but also trendy foodie-type businesses growing in the area.”
SMARTstart at The Grove is set to include 10 private offices, 32 dedicated desks, a coworking lounge, huddle rooms, executive board room, digital media studio, as well as classroom and meeting space. Another benefit for SMARTstart members is access to additional entrepreneur support organizations that help small businesses start and grow. Pasco County food entrepreneurs will be able to participate in a pop-up shop at KRATE, a shipping container development on site at The Grove.
“We are extremely excited to be able to offer our area entrepreneurs a place within striking distance to all our county and region has to offer. This third center will continue to allow our startups to have a countywide presence with just one membership,” said Dan Mitchell, SMARTstart program director. “At the same time this doubles the capacity of our impact in Pasco.”
Coworking-only memberships start at $45 per month, while full incubator memberships start at $100 per month. For more information, visit www.SMARTstartPasco.com/the-grove-entrepreneur-center.