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Manufacturer Diversifies after Budget Cuts

June 1, 2017

Dr. Nancy Crews, founder of Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Inc., spun the company out of a Lockheed Martin operated nuclear weapon component plant in Pinellas County. “At the end of the Cold War, they were in the process of downsizing the nuclear weapons complex in Florida and were looking at people to help them take…

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Change in Strategic Planning Leads to Growth

Eric Rosenthal, CEO of Florikan, a manufacturer and distributor of controlled release fertilizers, took over the family business before turning 35 and has grown it due in part to strong strategic planning and goal setting. “We were introduced to the economic gardening concept through the Sarasota EDC,” he said. “We worked with GrowFL in their…

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Success Story: Pioneer and World’s Largest Online-Only Retailer of Amish Furniture Teams with GrowFL to Boost Success

October 17, 2017

JMX Brands Experiences Surge in Revenues, Growth The JMX family of brands is quickly becoming one of the most recognizable and successful enterprises in the country. Founded in 2003 by Jim Miller, what started out as a small, local company in Sarasota has evolved into becoming the world’s largest online-only retailer of Amish furniture. While…

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