New SCORE Meet-Up Workshops

SCORE Small Biz Meet-Up Workshops
Posted on 06/15/2018
Manatee Libraries announced today a new four-part monthly series in partnership with Manasota SCORE that takes small business owners through the lifecycle of a business.

The “Your Business From Start to Finish” series, which starts on June 26 and concludes September 25 at Downtown Central Library, touches on a variety of helpful tips, including designing an elevator pitch, safety and security, disaster planning, community giving and exit planning strategies.

This series is the latest installment of business classes offered by Manatee Libraries, winner of this year’s Florida Library Association’s Libraries Mean Business Award and Manasota SCORE, 2017 Mid-size market SCORE Chapter of the Year. This is the third year Manatee Libraries and SCORE have partnered to bring informational free workshops to small business owners. Last year’s focus was financial while the year before that was social media. All workshops have been well attended. Ericka Dow, Information Services Supervisor, says her team is committed to providing relevant topics identified through outreach events and surveys.

“These events not only offer an educational opportunity for small business owners and entrepreneurs but also a chance for networking, a key component of success. We thank Manasota SCORE for their continued partnership,” said Dow.

The workshops, which meet on the last Tuesday of the month, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM, at Downtown Library, are as follows:

June 26: Powerful and Effective First Impressions: As the old saying goes, “you will never get a second chance to make a first impression.” Don’t leave your valuable first impression to chance! In this session, Tami Wankoff, owner of WB Communication, and Jack Morris, both certified SCORE mentors, will illustrate how preparation is key to stellar first impressions. Attendees will learn about the value of the first impression, in-person vs. electronic impressions, verbal and visual elements, and how to develop a 30-Second Elevator Pitch. Entrepreneurs are encouraged to bring their questions about how to put their best foot forward in business interactions.

July 31: Safety & Security: Whether you have a bustling storefront or an online-only enterprise, the ongoing safety and security of your data, customers, inventory, and employees should be one of your top priorities. Deputy Russell Younger, an eighteen-year veteran of the Manatee Sheriff's Office, will share strategies to keep your staff and customers safe in cases of workplace violence and active shooters. Bruno Kapacinskas, the Business Resource Manager for Manatee County Redevelopment and Economic Opportunity, will also present on Business Disaster Recovery planning for situations like fires, floods, and other unexpected calamities. With Hurricane Irma fresh on your mind, now is the time to prepare your business for the next natural disaster. We all hope that these situations won’t happen to us, but it is always better to be safe, rather than sorry.

August 28: Giving Back is GOOD for Business: Supporting the local community is not only the right thing to do, it’s also a savvy business move. According to Fortune, giving back by donating money to local non-profits, allowing employees to volunteer on work time, and otherwise operating with a spirit of generosity is correlated with higher rates of employee retention and satisfaction. In this session, the three panelists will discuss the importance of giving back to the community as part of a successful business model. Panelists are John Horne, owner of Anna Maria Oyster Bar and winner of National Restaurant Association Good Neighbor Award; Jacki Dezelski, president of Manatee Chamber of Commerce; and Trudy Moon, owner of Air & Energy.

September 25: Exit Strategy Imperative: You put so much energy into starting your business and growing your business, but what will happen when you are ready to move on? Do you have a plan in place? SCORE’s Exit Strategy Canvas provides an effective tool for engaging the critical thinking process that helps develop the strategy for succession planning. It will trigger valuable insights into the timing of the transition as well as maximization of the opportunity. Presented by Dr. Ken Baylor, certified SCORE mentor and Harvard instructor.
Registration is not required but is appreciated and can be completed via the Manasota SCORE website.

Downtown Library is located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. West, Bradenton 34205.
Networking and Refreshments (sponsored by the Friends of Central Library) will be provided starting at 11 AM.

For more information about the Your Business From Start to Finish series, contact Ericka Dow. For information about any of Manatee Libraries’ other events or to request interviews, please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator. 

About Manasota SCORE: Manasota SCORE provides free, confidential business education and mentoring services for established businesses and startups, offered by 90 volunteers with experience and skills in a broad range of business settings. The chapter is part of national SCORE, started in 1964, that has over 300 chapters and 10,000 volunteers. More information.

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time Innovation winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov