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Upcoming Small Business Seminars
Introduction to Quickbooks presented by SCORE
Tuesday, September 16, 2014; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
@ SMARTstart New Port Richey
Instructor: George Motran
This two-hour seminar is designed for persons planning to start a business, or who have recently started a small business, but who have not yet set up an effective record keeping system. The seminar is a basic hands-on introduction to QuickBooks, the popular automated business record keeping system. Note that this is not for advanced users.  

How to Really Start Your Own Business presented by SCORE
Tuesday, September 23, 2014; 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
@ SMARTstart Dade City
Instructor: Mike Lewis
After reviewing the various roles that a website can support in enhancing your business, we will demystify much of the gobbledygook and walk you through an eight-step process of key activities needed to allow you to quickly leverage this technology in almost any business.  

Business Builder Series presented by Redrock Leadership
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 &Thursday, September 25, 2014; 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Instructor: Thom Pirone
Ongoing training series focuses on the skills and habits that successful business leaders possess and regularly implement in order to achieve predictable success.  Training will focus on selling, prospecting, time leveraging, goal setting and planning, effective networking, and how to build a profitable business strategy.
REGISTER HERE @ SMARTstart New Port Richey


Pasco is Tampa Bay's Hat Trick
From the Pasco Economic Development Council:

Future of the Region Awards honors Pasco County with the One Bay award for 3rd time

Where is the future of Tampa Bay? According to the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, it is Pasco County. Pasco swept the Future of the Region Awards winning the One Bay award for the third time.

The One Bay Regional Vision Award is the top award and effectively elevates the County to an elite status among Tampa Bay communities. The One Bay award has drawn upon thousands of citizens to create a shared regional vision to plan where future population and employment growth should occur based upon responsible land use, mobility, economic and environmental sustainability.

Also, for the first time in the history of the 22-year awards program, Pasco County was  honored with winning both The One Bay Award and The Charles A. McIntosh, Jr. Award of Distinction, for The Harbors, West Market Redevelopment/Infill Plan. These are the two highest awards handed out each year.

To read the full story, visit 

Top 10 reasons to be thankful in Pasco County

What do businesses and people have to be thankful for in Pasco County and Tampa Bay?

Here is our top 10 list of things to be thankful for in Pasco County. Please feel free to add additional ones in the comments below!

  1. We’re thankful for Room To Grow In Tampa Bay.
  2. We’re thankful to have lower taxes than almost anywhere!
  3. We’re thankful that Pasco County is only 20 minutes away from one of the USA’s most loved airports, Tampa International Airport.
  4. We’re thankful to be close to the largest seaport in Florida.
  5. We’re thankful to live in a rich eco-friendly environment near beaches, parks and fabulous kayaking in one of our many springs.
  6. We’re thankful to be connected to major interstates like I-75 so that our businesses can get the access they need to flourish.
  7. We’re thankful to have the No. 1 workforce board in Florida! Way to go!
  8. We’re thankful to have such great places to learn through our public schools, Saint Leo University, Pasco-Hernando Community College, Rasmussen College, the University of South Florida and so many more!
  9. We’re thankful to be in a county where government, businesses and citizens believe in economic development and have a great vision for the future of Pasco County.
  10. We are thankful that entrepreneurship is alive in Pasco County through the Pasco Enterprise Network.

What are you thankful for in Pasco County?

Read the full press release at Pasco Economic Development Council's blog.