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Incubator for business start-ups becoming a reality in Pasco
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Incubator for business start-ups becoming a reality in Pasco

Dade City, Florida -- The Dade City Commissioners showed support for entrepreneurs on Tuesday evening by approving $50,000 to launch Pasco County’s first business incubator. The incubator will be located in the Dade City Business Center and managed by a team led by the Pasco Economic Development Council, Inc.

“With the actions last night of the City Commission and approval of the incubator plan by the Pasco EDC Board this morning, the Dade City Incubator project takes a huge step towards reality,” said Jimmy Adcock, regional manager for Tampa Electric People’s Gas. 

Adcock is one of several Pasco EDC board members who have been working over the past year to develop the project.

Saint Leo University has offered to partner with Pasco EDC and the new business incubator to provide technical assistance to start-ups.

“The incubator completes a long-term objective for the School of Business to deepen our support to the local business community and provide opportunities for our students and faculty to engage in creating new businesses,” Dr. Michael Nastanski, dean of the Donald R. Tapia School of Business at Saint Leo University, said.

The Dade City Business Center is a turnkey location that Pasco EDC will be able to use to help start-up companies or early stage businesses grow, add jobs, and obtain technical assistance. The goal is to support the entrepreneurial community in Dade City and Pasco County and help these start-ups become successful local businesses.

John Moors, executive director of the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, is excited about the opportunity, commenting that the incubator project “represents a fantastic opportunity for Dade City in job creation, promotion of our community as “open for business”, and supporting entrepreneurship.” Moors added, “We look forward to working with our partners in promoting this new growth while maintaining our unique, old Florida sense of community.”

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