Tallahassee Family-owned Lighting Company Selected to Receive Free Technical Assistance from State's GrowFL Economic Gardening Program
TAMPA, Fla. (August 2, 2011) – Golden Lighting, a 29-year-old family-owned and operated residential lighting company, has been selected to participate in GrowFL, a state-funded Florida Economic Gardening Institute program that provides free technical assistance to Florida small businesses.
Created in 2009 by the Florida Legislature, GrowFL is based at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. When selecting businesses to participate in the program, the institute looks for companies that have the potential for success, according to Dr. Tom O’Neal, executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute.
“Golden Lighting is an ideal candidate for the program as it has shown it has a commitment to excellence,” said Dr. O’Neal, who also is associate vice president for the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization. “With assistance from GrowFL, Golden Lighting can create new jobs in the lighting industry.”
Founded in 1982 by Ingshang Liao√, Golden Lighting specializes in the design and manufacture of high-quality residential lighting products and accessories, according to Yuh-Mei Hutt√, current president, and the daughter of Ingshang Liao.
The company, which Hutt calls “one of the best-kept secrets in in affordable lighting,” has 25 employees who work from the corporate office in Tallahassee and a Texas showroom.
“We’re hoping the prestige of GrowFL will communicate to the public that we are a family-owned business with a commitment to excellence,” Hutt said. “The GrowFL designation will help us continue to create jobs in the lighting industry, as well as help builders create more beautiful spaces at an affordable price for Florida consumers.”
In addition to market research and technology, GrowFL will support the company through a number of other free services, including strategy analysis, CEO roundtables and forums, database research and website optimization.
For more information about this release, please contact:
Yuh-Mei Hutt, President, Golden Lighting, 850-877-8265, email@example.com.
Linda Nelson, Outreach Services, GrowFL, 407-882-0046, Linda@growfl.com
Charlene Hager-Van Dyke, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Golden Lighting: For 29 years, Golden Lighting has built its reputation on the outstanding value of its products and has crafted an extensive range of product families that are designed to simplify the light-buying decision and complement every room in every home. Golden Lighting helps homeowners remodel their homes with beautiful lighting and stay on budget. For more information about Golden Lighting, please visit www.goldenlighting.com.
About the Florida Economic Gardening Institute: The Florida Economic Gardening Institute was created by the 2009 Florida Legislature as the Economic Gardening Technical Assistance Program to stimulate investment in Florida’s economy by providing technical assistance for expanding businesses in the state. Qualified companies must be engaged in the following sectors to receive no-cost technical assistance: Manufacturing; Finance & Insurance Services; Wholesale Trade; Information Industries; Professional, Scientific & Technical Services; Management Services; and, Administrative & Support Services. Additional information is available at www.GrowFL.com.