• Teaching Children Through Tech

    Saunder “Sandy” Primack has always been interested in running his own technology-based business, having worked for several high-tech companies for thirty years, including AT&T, Lucent Technologies and IBM. He joined the Startup Quest® program in the summer of 2013, while he was unemployed and trying to figure out how to start and run his own […]
  • Passion for Love Meets Basics of Business

    Dr. Isabell Springer’s journey to social entrepreneurship came through personal struggle, but her success in business has come in large part thanks to what she learned in the Startup Quest® program. Dr. Springer formed LovEd (formerly Driver’s Ed for Love) in Gainesville while searching for answers after her own divorce. The primary product is LOVE101, […]
  • Dwayne Leininger Launches New Career Through Startup Quest®

    Dwayne Leininger is a direct marketing executive with more than 15 years in the industry. He has a successful and diverse background leading sales, marketing and supply chain operations. After leaving a company with which he did not see a viable future, he spent much of 2013 job searching in the Tampa Bay area. “Most […]
  • Startup Quest Teaches More Than How to Start a Company

    Robert Green was invited to be a mentor for the first class of Startup Quest® participants in Brevard County in 2014 by Lisa Rice and Erica Lemp of CareerSource Brevard (formerly Workforce Brevard). He was initially impressed by the large number of participants and their desire to learn how to start a business. Over 10 […]
  • The Necessity of Self-Employment in the Global Economy

    Self-employment has been traditionally viewed as an alternative to unemployment, a last resort option when jobs are scarce. But that stereotype is outdated; self-employment may be the saving grace for the changing global economy.
  • National Entrepreneur Center Releases Economic Impact Report

    “We have always known that the NEC does a great job, and now we have the statistics to prove it,” says Marianne Amato, Regions Bank Executive and NEC Board Chair.
  • You Really Can Be An Entrepreneur, You Just Don’t Know It Yet

    Good news:  Anyone can learn to start a business.  The process, starting with a business plan, is well defined so it’s easy to check off this box.  Helping people learn this process is what Startup Quest®, and other entrepreneurship programs, are all about…
  • Meet a Mentor: Kathy Lovell

    Entrepreneur and business leader Kathleen Lovell volunteered as a mentor and judge for Startup Quest® programs in North Florida. Startup Quest® mentors are key in helping teams learn and apply the concepts of business development and entrepreneurship, and Kathleen has taken the goals of the program one step further by creating her own company, Clean […]
  • Five Questions with LeMonte Graham

    LeMonte Graham graduated from the Startup Quest® program in 2014 and is co-founder of Flameout LLC, which is in the process of commercializing a NASA-patented flame retardant technology. We caught up with him recently and learned about the program’s networking component and what he felt he gained the most from Startup Quest®.
  • Meet a Mentor- Susanne Cappendijk

    Dr. Susanne Cappendijk van Engelen, MBA, mentored Startup Quest® team Luventia to first place in CareerSource Capital Region (Leon County). Susanne guided Luventia team members through the technology commercialization process as they developed a simulated businesses based on a real pain-free meter technology for diabetes management.