iCheckContractors.com Founder and Homeowners Activist to Address Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference in May

ORLANDO, Fla., (April 24, 2015) – Kia Ricchi, founder of iCheckContractors.com, was invited to address the Florida Governor’s Hurricane Conference May 14, at 3:30 p.m. at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando.

Ricchi, a Florida-licensed building contractor, helps homeowners understand the “business” of working with contractors. From scope of work and contractor qualifications to permits and inspections, Ricchi helps homeowners avoid rip offs associated with natural disasters.

To help people make quick and informed decisions about their contractors, Ricchi launched her company iCheckContractors.com that instantly verifies Florida contractors’ professional licenses, workers’ comp insurance, and corporate standing using government data in real time. The method resolves the issues with paper documents that expire and are easily forged or altered.

Ricchi is a contributor to NPR affiliate stations, Remodeling Magazine, FineHomebuilding, The Street, and Inman News, to name a few. She is a speaker at state and national hurricane conferences, the National REALTORS conference, the International Facility Management Association conference, and other recognized events.

iCheckContractors.com is a client of the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program in Orlando located on East Colonial Drive.

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For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Kia Ricchi, president, iCheckContractors.com, 407-891-1422, kia@iCheckContractors.com.
Melissa Wasserman, site manager, UCF Business Incubator-Orlando, 321-281-8384, Melissaw@ucf.edu
Charlene Hager-Van Dyke, Larry Vershel Communications, 386-532-8862 or 407-644-4142; chagervandyke@yahoo.com

About the UCF Business Incubation Program: 
The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth / impact enterprises.   Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped hundreds of local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.

With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership between the University of Central Florida, the Corridor, Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia Counties, and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs.  Participating companies sustain more than 3,600 local jobs and have had a total impact of $1.518 on regional sales and $2.488 on regional economic output.  During the last fiscal year, the program has returned $7.95 for every $1.00 invested in the program.
For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu.