Manasota Score to offer series on business ownership

March 29, 2013 

MANATEE -- Manasota SCORE is offering a series of workshops on "Simple Steps for Starting Your Business" for people who are considering starting up or purchasing a business.

The first workshop in the series, "Startup Basics," is a free introductory session that offers an overview of many of the elements of running a successful business. The workshop will be offered on two Saturdays, April 6 and April 20, at the ComCenter, 9040 Town Center Parkway, Lakewood Ranch, from 9 a.m. to noon.

Workshops that complete the series are: Your Business Concept on April 27, Marketing Plan on May 4, Financial Projections set for May 11, and Funding Sources scheduled for May 18. These workshops are $25 each, and all are held on Saturday mornings, beginning at 9 a.m., at ComCenter in Lakewood Ranch. Financial Projections is a 4-hour session. The other sessions end at noon.

Attending the full series in sequence is recommended, although registration is open to any workshop. SCORE volunteers serve as workshop presenters, and generally several volunteer mentors are on hand to help answer questions.

To register for Manasota SCORE workshops, or to request free mentoring assistance for small business development, visit www.manasota.score.org.

Women's Resource Center to host business boot camp

SARASOTA -- The Women's Resource Center of Sarasota County is hosting the 2013 Women Entrepreneurs Boot Camp at the Lido Beach Resort.

This daylong seminar will feature guest speaker Felice Schulaner, executive director of the Coach Foundation and former senior vice president of human resources for Coach Inc., a multi-billion dollar global accessories company. Schulaner will discuss her corporate experience, workforce issues women face and gender differences in business.

A panel of three local business leaders -- Roxanne Joffe, president of CAP Brand Marketing; Charlene Lenger, founder of Tropex Plant Sales; and Rebecca Smith, president/founder of The A.D. Morgan Corporation -- will also discuss their successes and struggles.

The boot camp is scheduled for April 13 from 8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. A $25 ticket includes lunch and materials.

Breakout sessions will be held on marketing and branding, social media, financials, the business plan, funding sources, tips on selecting a professional team and the importance of an elevator speech.

For more information and RSVP, please call 941.366.1700 or visit www.TheWomensResourceCenter.org. A $25 ticket includes lunch and materials.

Bradenton roofing company wins security seal

BRADENTON -- Roofing By Curry has been awarded the AsktheSeal.com Seal of

Security and Confidence, a designation earned by top companies who meet the consumer advocate's guidelines concerning quality, customer service and consumer safety.

"Very few companies meet all of our quality benchmarks concerning the company and personnel," said AsktheSeal.com founder Edward Marchiselli. "The fact that Roofing By Curry went through the process and has been awarded the Seal of Security and Confidence is a testament to its commitment to customer satisfaction and safety."

Companies with the AsktheSeal.com Seal of Security and Confidence have met stringent requirements including verification of license, insurance and customer service record. They have committed to allow AsktheSeal.com to perform annual criminal background checks on all employees who interact with the public or their personal information.

"Trust is the cornerstone of building relationships whether personal or business. We take our role to build trust very seriously and this relationship with AsktheSeal assures our customers that we are going to keep them and their loved ones safe," said Gary W. Curry, president.

Small business squabbles over paid sick time laws

NEW YORK -- Two months after a severe flu season forced millions of workers to stay home, paid sick time is becoming an issue for many small business owners.

City councils in Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia earlier this month approved laws requiring employers to give their workers paid sick leave. And two Democratic lawmakers introduced a bill in Congress that would make paid sick leave a federal requirement.

There's a great divide among business owners over the issue. On one side are opponents who say paid sick time creates financial and administrative burdens for businesses that are struggling with a still recovering economy and uncertainty about health care costs and federal budget cuts. Others argue that it makes for a happier workplace and encourages employees to stay home instead of coming to work and infecting everyone around them.

Judge approves American-US Airways merger

NEW YORK -- American Airlines won bankruptcy court approval Wednesday to combine with US Airways and form the world's biggest airline.

The combined airline will have 6,700 daily flights and annual revenue of roughly $40 billion. The new American Airlines will fly slightly more passengers than United, the current No. 1. It will be run by Doug Parker, the CEO of US Airways Group Inc., who began pursuing a merger shortly after American filed for bankruptcy protection in November 2011.

-- Herald staff, wire reports

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