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SpaceCoast Business SEPTEMBER 2012 ● VOLUME 7 ● NUMBER 6 FEATURES Mike Williams Entrepreneur of the Year   Tom Wienckoski Things Keep Coming Up Roses   John Walden Visualizing Success   Charley Richards Keeping It ‘Absolutely Natural’   Larry Ciaccia…

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Captain Amanda L. Zuber – Webster University

Profiles, Women in Business

Age: 29 Profession: Chief of Space Based Infrared Section and Mobile User Objective System, 45th Launch Support Squadron Captain Amanda Zuber has led satellite launch activities for the 45th Space Wing since 2010. From processing satellites to overseeing their placement atop…

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Student Entrepreneurs

Development, Entrepreneurship

Making a Difference in Brevard With the ongoing sober national economy, Florida, and particularly Brevard County, is witnessing a surge in entrepreneurial development.  Some economists are suggesting we are in a viral wave of new startups. Brevard Community College is…

Readers Sound Off
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Readers Sound Off


We asked our social media friends, followers and digital readers… “What are the key characteristics of a successful entrepreneur?” Linda Batch Meeuwenberg: Perseverance! Fearless and [being] organized. Bernie Simpkins: Real Deep DETERMINATION!  Also known as “THE WILL TO SUCCEED” FRUGALITY –…

Mike Williams
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Mike Williams: Entrepreneur of the Year


About Mike Williams HOMETOWN: Fort Lauderdale, FL BORN: August 17, 1953 FAMILY: Wife, Theresa; Children: Andrea (31), Michael, Jr. (30) and Matthew (26) EDUCATION: University of Florida, B.S. in Civil Engineering (1976) HONORS INCLUDE:  SpaceCoast Business ‘100 Most Admired Businesspeople’ (2012)…

Tom Wienckoski of The Ultimate Rose
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Tom Wienckoski of The Ultimate Rose


Things Keep Coming Up Roses by Sue DeWerff Taking time to smell the roses is something entrepreneur Tom Wienckoski has always believed in. Since 2006, when he launched The Ultimate Rose, floral business, he has enjoyed not only smelling them,…

John Walden
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John Walden


Visualizing Success by Kera Coyer Whether you call it karma, kismet or just plain luck, John Walden seems to have it in spades. The local entrepreneur has had several successful business ventures in Florida, but he is best known for…

Charley Richards of Absolutely Natural
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Charley Richards


Keeping It ‘Absolutely Natural’ By Ashley Blanchard Charley Richards has never taken a business course. And yet, in 20 years he has taken a product line consisting of two sun care products and grown it to more than 200. He…

Larry Ciaccia of AuthenTec
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Larry Ciaccia


CEO Larry Ciaccia described their growth, “Today’s AuthenTec is very different from the AuthenTec that was founded in 1998, but we’re still centered around providing strong but convenient security for mobile and networking markets.

Tammi Belt, Tammi Belt Interiors
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Tammi Belt, Tammi Belt Interiors


After over twenty years working on the Space Shuttle program, Tammi Belt decided to follow her passion and pursue a career as an interior designer and owning her own business.  “My last day at Kennedy Space Center came in August…