The SMARTstart Staff

Daniel Mitchell

SMARTstart Program Director

Dan is responsible for managing the SMARTstart program, from working directly with small businesses to running the incubator locations across Pasco. Prior to joining Pasco EDC, he had been coaching individuals and businesses, as well as being an entrepreneur himself.  Dan holds a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, as well as his Certified Financial Planner accreditation.

Ashlee UnderdownCynthia Cortez

SMARTstart Program Assistant

Cynthia assists the SMARTstart Program Director with communicating to businesses and aids in conducting events. She has over 20 years of experience in the customer service industry as well as with property management and has worked with small and large businesses gaining knowledge from a variety of industries. Cynthia is majoring in business administration from Miami Dade College and is fully bilingual in English and Spanish.

Cynthia CortezDennis Mullins

SMARTstart Program Assistant

Dennis assists the SMARTstart Program Director with communicating to businesses and aids in conducting events. Prior to joining the Pasco EDC, he served in federal government working for the Department of Veteran Affairs and the United States Department of Agriculture. Dennis is an Army Veteran and holds a M.S. in Business Administration from Grantham University. He is also small business owner in Pasco County.

Ashlee UnderdownAshlee Underdown

SMARTstart Program Assistant

Ashlee assists the SMARTstart Program Director with communicating to businesses and aids in conducting events. She has previous experience managing a business, and hopes to grow professionally while assisting small business owners through the SMARTstart Program. Ashlee holds an Associates of Art degree from Pasco-Hernando State College and is currently continuing her education to achieve a B.A. in Business Organization Administration.

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...

June 30, 2022
Subcontracting & Teaming - SBDC

Date & Time:  Thursday,  June 30, 2022
                              (10:00 am – 11:00 am)
Location: Online 
Registration: No Cost 

For many small businesses, entry into government contracting will or should begin as a subcontractor. This webinar will provide the small business owner with an understanding of the overall subcontracting process, including the format for a Subcontract and Teaming agreement, how to protect your company during the relationship and the overall benefits of subcontracting. This seminar will also provide the suggested rules of engagement and the contractual relationship between prime contractor, subcontractor and the government, for small businesses in the Tampa Bay region.

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July 6, 2022
Pasco EDC Brown Bag Lunch & Learn

Purpose:   The Pasco EDC Brown Bag Lunch & Learn is an open invitation to anyone interested in hearing more about the Pasco EDC and the programs and services we offer.  Bring your lunch and come and discover what your local Economic Development Council is charged with executing.


Time:  11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Virtual
No cost

Lunch & Learns will be provided Online until further notice.

Online via Zoom Meeting: (log in instructions will be e-mailed to registered participants 2 days prior to workshop)

If you do not have Zoom see download instructions HERE.  If you need more information about using Zoom visit their Help Center.

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Location address:

Pasco EDC Headquarters, 16506 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 101, Lutz, FL 33558
West Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 4532 US Highway 19, First Floor, New Port Richey, FL  34652
East Pasco Entrepreneur Center, 15029 14th Street, Dade City, FL  33525
SMARTstart Grove Entrepreneur Center, 6013 Wesley Grove Blvd, Ste 202, Wesley Chapel, FL 33544


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July 6, 2022
Building Your Business’ Bankability with Gilene Janvier - West Pasco

Speaker: Gilene Janvier, Suncoast Credit Union

Date & Time:  Wednesday, July 6, 2022 (12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
Location: SMARTstart West Pasco Entrepreneur Center
Registration: FREE

Learn strategies and what it takes to build business credit, take advantage of cash flow tools, and learn the ins and outs of business banking.

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