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The SMARTstart Staff

Daniel Mitchell

SMARTstart Program Director

Dan joined the Pasco EDC team in January of 2019 as the SMARTstart Program Manager for East and Central Pasco County.  He had been coaching individuals and businesses, as well as being an entrepreneur himself, for the 15 years prior to coming aboard.  Dan currently holds his Bachelor's degree in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship as well as his Certified Financial Planner accreditation.

Becky Martin

Jennifer Ziegler

SMARTstart Program Coordinator

Jennifer joined the Pasco EDC team in May 2019.  She brings with her a positive track record in economic development. Her prior experience as a Business Development and Retention Manager for the county of Spotsylvania in Virginia, and as Business & Career Coordinator for the Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Virginia will suit her well in her new position.  She holds a a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Business Administration from Flagler College, St. Augustine, Florida.

Ashlee UnderdownAshlee Underdown

SMARTstart Program Assistant

Ashlee holds an Associates of Art degree from Pasco-Hernando State College and is currently continuing her education to achieve a Bachelor of Arts degree in Counseling. She has previous experience managing a business, and hopes to grow professionally while assisting small business owners through the SMARTstart Program alongside Pasco EDC.

Cynthia CortezCynthia Cortez

SMARTstart Program Assistant

Cynthia is majoring in business administration from Miami Dade College. She has over 20 years in the customer service industry and has worked with small and large businesses gaining knowledge from industries in healthcare to technologies. Cynthia comes with a family background of entrepreneurs from restaurants, beauty salons, and home remodeling. She also has experience in property management with rental properties. Cynthia is fully bilingual in both English and Spanish.

Becky MartinBecky Martin

Special Program Assistant

Becky provides administrative support for the Pasco EDC staff at various levels with emphasis placed on, 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. 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.

Upcoming Events...

October 27, 2020
REFOCUS - A CO.STARTERS Workshop
Date & Time:  Tuesday, October 27, 2020                       (10:00 am –…
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October 28, 2020
Entrepreneur Roundtable - Wesley Chapel
Date & Time:  Wednesday, October 28, 2020 (1:30 pm-2:30pm)Location: SMARTstart @ The GroveEntrepreneur Roundtables bring small business owners and early-stage venture…
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October 28, 2020
Entrepreneur Education Series - Social Media Marketing
Date & Time:  Wednesday, October 28, 2020                        (6:00 pm…
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