The SMARTstart Staff

John WalshJohn Walsh, CEcD

Pasco EDC Vice President

John is the Vice President of the Pasco Economic Development Council and oversees the SMARTstart Small Business programs. He has over 19 years of economic development work experience and is a graduate of the University of South Florida and the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.  John received his professional certification, CEcD, from the International Economic Development Council and is a graduate of Leadership Pasco Class of 1991.

Krista CoveyKrista Covey

SMARTStart Business Incubator Director

Krista is responsible for business assistance to companies in the Pasco County area. Her responsibilities include researching and coordinating help for local businesses with respect to strategic business development, training, finances, marketing, and other issues.  She manages the Pasco Microloan Fund and the Pasco Economic Gardening program for established companies, as well as the Pasco Enterprise Network. Krista holds a B.S. in Business Marketing  from Southeastern University and her MBA from Saint Leo University. Krista is also a Certified Program Director with National Center for Economic Gardening, a Certified Incubator Manager and Board member with the International Business Innovation Association, a Board Member with the Florida Business Incubator Association, and a graduate of Leadership Pasco 2012.

Becky MartinBecky Martin

Special Program Assistant

Becky provides administrative support for the Pasco EDC staff at various levels with emphasis placed on event coordination and execution, marketing support of social media distribution, all aspects of the Pasco Microloan Program, and support of the SMARTstart Business Incubator program.  She is also responsible for updating the programs and information on the SMARTstart website and tracking of leads received through Pasco Enterprise Network (PEN). Prior to joining Pasco EDC, Becky worked for the Department of Health and The Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce. She is also a graduate of Leadership Hernando 2009.

The SMARTStart Staff
John Walsh, CEcD
Vice President / Certified Economic Developer

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Upcoming Events...

May 24, 2017
Wesley Chapel CO.STARTERS Graduation
Date & Time:  May 24, 2017 (6:00 pm - 9:00 pm) Location: Texas Roadhouse - 26409 Silver Maple Pkwy, Wesley Chapel, FL …
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May 25, 2017
Entrepreneur Roundtable
Date & Time:  Thursday, May 25, 2017 (8:30 am - 10:00 am) Location: Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Program Cost: You…
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June 14, 2017
Common Grounds Pitch Breakfast
Date & Time:  Wednesday, June 14, 2017 (8:30 am - 11:00 am) Location: SMARTstart Pasco Business Incubator Registration: FREE RSVP…
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