Orlando, FL – GrowFL provides access to resources, analysts and tools typically only available and affordable to Fortune 500 companies. These high powered assets, along with our nationally certified team of Economic Gardening specialists, help Florida second-stage companies grow to the next level of success. Some of our companies have recently been chosen to receive honors and awards for their leadership, product innovation and community outreach.
Advanced IT Concepts, Inc. (AITC) from Orlando, a leading provider of Information Technology Solutions and Services to the Federal Government, Civilian Agencies and Commercial customers, was selected as a 2013 “Top Business in the US” by DiversityBusiness.com. AITC was named a “Top 100 Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses” as part of the organization’s 13th annual business survey for outstanding entrepreneurial success and company growth.
AMWAT Moving Warehousing Storage from Tallahassee was honored with “Mover of the Year” award from Move for Hunger, a nationwide hunger relief organization that works with moving companies across the United States and Canada to collect non-perishable food items from customers during a move. The owners of AMWAT, Dean and Gloria Pugh, launched their “5 for 5” food drive program before they know about Move for Hunger. The program gave customers a 5% discount on their local move in exchange for 5 items of food.
Bit-Wizards from Fort Walton Beach was honored for the third consecutive year, adding six ADDY® awards to their shelves. Not only did they receive four Silver and two Gold, but the “Best of Show” (Interactive) was awarded for the MyDentity custom drum kit application developed for Mapex drums. Bit-Wizards is no stranger to winning awards for their design and marketing abilities having one two Silver in 2011 and three Silver in 2012. The ADDY® Awards are awarded locally and nationally by the American Advertising Federation organization.
The Commonwealth Institute South Florida’s 2013 Women-Led Business Survey Results honored two GrowFL clients on the list of the Top 50 Women-Led For-Profit Organizations in Florida. Number 14, Christine Franklin of Cherokee Enterprises, Inc. and Number 49, Susana Robledo of Cube Care Company, located in Miami Lakes, were chosen and ranked based on 2012 revenues and their leadership.
Congratulations to these GrowFL companies.
GrowFL receives programmatic support from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity.
GrowFL provides strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth. By supporting companies with Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening – to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state – GrowFL is the program of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida and is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. During the pilot program from 2009-2011, GrowFL helped more than 400 companies create 1,400 new jobs and had an annual economic impact of $510.4 million. At the beginning of 2013, that number has grown to nearly 700 companies supported by GrowFL. Website: growfl.com.
About Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts. This new approach helps expedite economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit floridajobs.org.