Laptop Butler, LLC, launched a made-in-Florida product to help laptop users conveniently manage a beverage container while they are using their computers. The Laptop Butler™ (www.laptopbutler.com) is a beverage holder that clamps onto a laptop computer to hold a hot or cold beverage. It consists of a clamping mechanism and a sturdy ring attached to a mesh pouch.
William H. and Mary R. Merritt, owners of Sarasota-based Laptop Butler, were inspired to create the product by a commuter’s complaint about trying to manage a cup of hot tea and a laptop while riding the train to work. The Merritts worked with Manasota SCORE mentor Jon Stuart to develop a business plan for the product, which is being produced locally by Delaney Manufacturing.