BUSINESS BUZZ: SCORE business startup workshops; Wicked Smart Homes gets industry award – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Business mentoring workshops set

The business-mentoring organization Manasota SCORE will present its final 2016 series of Simple Steps for Starting Your Business workshops for the first time at Selby Public Library in Sarasota.

The series begins with a free introductory session on Monday. The free workshop presents information on business structures and critical success factors, and an introduction to a one-page business “canvas” that the remainder of the workshops will cover in-depth.

The four building-block workshops, which cost $25 each, are being offered for a total of $75 to anyone who signs up and pays for all four sessions by Aug. 29.

The workshops are: Your Business Concept (Aug. 29), Marketing Plan (Sept. 12), Financial Projections (Sept. 26), and Key Partners & Funding Sources (Oct. 17). 

A final session will offer an opportunity to practice pitching one-page business canvases to a panel of SCORE experts who will offer feedback and coaching.

The workshops will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m., at the library, 1331 First St.

For registration and additional information, go to

Wicked Smart Homes wins trade award

Wicked Smart Homes, of Sarasota, has received the “2016 Smart Home of the Year – Under $150,000 – Gold Award” from CE Pro, a trade publication for professionals involved in the residential custom electronics and home technology industry.

CE Pro’s 2016 Projects of the Year consist of nine categories with Gold, Silver and Bronze recipients in each category. Thousands of projects were submitted by integrators nationwide. Winners were chosen based on the high level of innovation, creativity and customization in design and installation.

Wicked Smart Homes is a residential and commercial custom electronics and smart home integration firm.


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