Monthly Archives: June 2012

UEP Entrepreneurs Turn Everyday Items Into Art Through Red Linen Design

Javi Suarez and Ben Nettles want to change the way you think about benches. Together they’re working to create the perfect cross section of art and function with their line of concrete furniture. Javi, an architect, met concrete artist Ben … Continue reading

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Market Research: What to Know Before Starting a Business

Sure, your product’s great, but will anyone buy it? The most important step before you open a business is to do your research on the market. First ask yourself if anyone other than you wants your specialty item, where those … Continue reading

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Best Websites for Florida Small Businesses

Need advice on how to improve your business in Southwest Florida but can’t afford an MBA? These websites have you covered. 1. Intuit Small Business Blog The makers of QuickBooks have created their own blog full of advice for entrepreneurs. … Continue reading

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UEP Entrepreneur Roberta Montelione Runs Milan Catering in Sarasota

Roberta Montelione never planned to be a catering chef, yet it’s a career she quite literally stumbled into. Burnt out working for her husband she decided to take a class in stand-up comedy and did so well she was offered … Continue reading

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Jessie Esposito of “It’s About Time” Convenience Store

Jessie Esposito hated that she had to drive into Palmetto or Bradenton every time she needed to grab just a few items. Like many residents of Twin Dolphin Marina, Jessie lives on a docked boat and prefers to walk rather … Continue reading

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Tracee Murphy Bomberger of Trademark Interior Design Joins the UEP

Interior design used to just be a favor Tracee Murphy Bomberger did for her friends after they saw her elegant home and asked her to makeover their own. “I started by accident,” she explained. “I slowly started doing it for … Continue reading

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Gerry Walker of Sundance Catering and Events

When Gerry Walker bought Sundance Catering and Events two years ago he didn’t take the time to write a business plan for his new company. Today that is what he would call his “biggest mistake”. “Not having that road map … Continue reading

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