SMARTStart Pasco | Pasco Economic Development Council | 16506 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 107 | Lutz, FL 33558

The SMARTstart Staff

Daniel MitchellDaniel Mitchell, EDP  

SMARTstart Program Director

Dan champions the SMARTstart program, assisting start-up businesses and managing three incubator locations across Pasco County. He works directly with entrepreneurs to help them develop their ideas into thriving realities from concept to launch. Dan holds a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, as well as his Certified Financial Planner accreditation.


Ashlee UnderdownDon Anderson 

SMARTstart Program Coordinator II

Don runs the West Pasco Entrepreneur center at AmSkills in Holiday. He utilizes 30+ years of senior level management experience to work with entrepreneurs as they build their start-ups into successful businesses. He also coordinates educational events and opportunities for members and the community. His education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business with a concentration in Finance and an M.B.A., both from Duquesne University.


Ashlee UnderdownAshlee Underdown 

SMARTstart Program Coordinator

Ashlee runs the SMARTstart @ The Grove Entrepreneur Center and works with a variety of members who have private offices or co-working space at the facility. She assists the Program Director with member communications and program planning. 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 team at various levels. She coordinates the Pasco Microloan Program where she helps business owners complete their applications, review submissions, and prepare informational packets for the Microloan review committee. 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.


Director of Marketing & Communications 

Lauren leads all marketing and communication efforts for the Pasco EDC which includes all marketing campaigns, branding strategies, and she serves as our media liaison. She holds a B.A. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Public Relations, as well as a certificate in Meeting and Event Planning from the University of South Florida.



Holly McDowallHolly Fortney 

Marketing  Coordinator 

Holly supports all marketing and communication efforts for the Pasco EDC alongside the Director. She leads and curates all social media content, graphic design for marketing campaigns, and special event branding. She holds a B.S. in Media and Communication Studies and Psychology from Florida State University.

Upcoming Events...

October 10, 2023
East Pasco Entrepreneur Roundtable
East PascoFacilitator: SCORE MentorDate & Time:   Second Tuesday of each month            ...
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October 11, 2023
Entrepreneur Education Series - Business Banking for Entrepreneurs
Date & Time:  Wednesday, October 11, 2023 (6:00 pm – 7:00 pm)Location: SMARTstart Grove Entrepreneur CenterRegistration: FREESpeaker: Michael Anselmo, 5/3 Bank ...
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October 12, 2023
West Pasco Entrepreneur Roundtable
West PascoFacilitator: SCORE MentorDate & Time:  Second Thursday of every month            ...
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