Category Archives: UEP Entrepreneurs

Suncoast Digital Press Plans Launch with Help From UEP

Jeff Orenstein has been writing his whole life. He’s worked as a communications manager, college professor and now serves as the publisher and editor of Living on the Suncoast magazine. “Writing comes naturally to me,” Jeff said of his literary … Continue reading

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Manatee Community Federal Credit Union Strives for Community Development

Cindy Barco jokes that she was “born” in the banking industry. The CEO of Manatee Community Federal Credit Union (MCFCU) started as a teller when she was 16 and never left. Now as MCFCU changes their strategic direction to focus … Continue reading

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Tracy Knight of Knight Marketing Gained Focus with Help From UEP

At first Tracy Knight’s marketing firm was just a great stay-at-home job. “I didn’t want to drop my baby off at day care, so I was a freelance marketer and creative director,” she said. Now, 15 years later, Knight Marketing … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Ringling College Unveils Program to Help Professionals Foster Creativity

According to Gina Powell-Ribeiro, traditional business isn’t working anymore. “Most businesses today need new thinking models,” she said. “In a lot of ways we’re taught to stifle our creativity. There needs to be new ways of thinking, because if you … Continue reading

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