GrowFL and FloridaMakes Launch New Manufacturers Business Growth Initiative for Second-Stage Companies

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GrowFL and FloridaMakes Launch New
Manufacturers Business Growth Initiative for Second-Stage Companies

 CEOs, Presidents and Owners of Manufacturing and Related Businesses
Invited to Free Information Sessions around the State this September

 (August 23, 2016) ORLANDO, FL – A new Manufacturers Business Growth Program aims to assist CEOs, presidents and owners of manufacturing, biotechnology, research & development and engineering businesses in growing their company’s top-line revenue.  The program, designed for companies with between 6 and 150 employees and annual revenues from $750,000 to $100 million, is offered through a partnership between FloridaMakes, part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), and GrowFL, an economic development organization that assists second-stage Florida companies.

“The Manufacturers Business Growth Program offers valuable resources for companies that are at a critical juncture and are ready for the next phase of growth,” said Kevin Carr, FloridaMakes CEO.  “GrowFL’s proven programs will help Florida manufacturers and manufacturing-related industries drive business improvement and revenue growth.”

GrowFL’s signature programs include Strategic Research for marketing and sales expansion, peer learning CEO Roundtables and a curriculum to support leadership development.  More information and costs for each program are available through the GrowFL and FloridaMakes web sites; second-stage companies may qualify for some state grant funding to offset the costs.

“This program will enable Florida’s second-stage companies to grow and prosper,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL Executive Director. “The services that FloridaMakes provides, coupled with the resources GrowFL offers, present an unmatched set of resources from which second-stage businesses will benefit.”

The Manufacturers Business Growth Program will begin in November; GrowFL is hosting free information sessions about the program during September on the following dates:

  • Wed., Sept. 21 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Nova Southeastern University – 6675 Corporate Center Parkway Rm. 221, Jacksonville, FL 32216
  • Tues., Sept. 27 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. –  Eau Gallie Yacht Club – 100 Datura Drive, Satellite Beach, Florida 32937
  • Tues., Sept. 27 from 1:30 – 3 p.m.  – 12201 Research Parkway Suite 211, Orlando, Florida 32826
  • Thurs., Sept. 29 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Lee County Administration East, 2201 Second Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901
  • Fri., Sept. 30 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. – Carlton Fields, Corporate Center III at International Plaza – 4221 W. Boy Scout Blvd. Room 140, Tampa, Florida 33607

For more information about the program and the information sessions, go to or contact Elouisa Hewkin at (407) 823-1442.

For information about FloridaMakes, visit or call (407) 450-7206.


About GrowFL

GrowFL was created in 2009 to assist second-stage companies thrive in the state of Florida.  GrowFL’s Strategic Research, Peer Learning and Leadership Development programs are designed to help scalable growth companies overcome obstacles and lead them towards prosperity. Certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation, this statewide economic development organization is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem resources.  For more information visit

About FloridaMakes
FloridaMakes is a statewide service created by manufacturers, for manufacturers, and builds on the solid foundation of Florida’s network of regional manufacturers associations. FloridaMakes supports the growth, competitive ability and profitability of Florida’s nearly 19,000 manufacturers. Services are customized to meet the needs and opportunities of individual companies based on an enterprise assessment, and include process improvement, business growth and innovation, supply chain optimization, product development, adoption of best practices and appropriate advanced technologies, sustainability, market expansion and other services. Part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (NIST MEP), FloridaMakes provides access to national and local, public and private resources. FloridaMakes operates with support from the State of Florida, NIST and Florida’s manufacturers.  For more information visit and follow us on LinkedIn and Facebook.