About Florida Companies to Watch

Florida Companies to Watch celebrates growing second-stage companies headquartered in Florida. Companies to Watch was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.” Presented by GrowFL, in association with Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program like no other. We all have a compelling story to tell. We encourage you to tell yours!

Companies from across the state and all industries may participate. Selection is based on steady growth in employee counts and revenue as well as strength in leadership, corporate culture, community support and philanthropy, innovation in management or technology, or other factors that contribute to an outstanding organization.

GrowFL Announces 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree

50 FLORIDA COMPANIES YOU WILL WANT TO PAY ATTENTION TO

— Entrepreneurial styles, corporate cultures give these second-stage companies competitive advantages—

GrowFL is pleased to announce this year’s 50 Florida Companies to Watch honorees, a statewide competition that identifies companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years. These 50 companies were selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to WatchSM, a program hosted by the economic development organization GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

The winning company’s management team, competitive market position and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award.

“These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL executive director.  “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said.

Below is the list of the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch honorees:

Company Name City County Primary Business
8-koi Melbourne Brevard Management Consulting Services
Alluvionic, Inc. Melbourne Brevard Management Consulting Services
ArgoTrak Naples Collier Other Services (except Public Administration)
Artemis Plastics, LLC Ocala Marion Manufacturing
AXI International Fort Myers Lee Manufacturing
Beast Code, LLC Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Benseron Hospitality Naples Collier Computer Systems Design and Related Services
Body Details, LLLP Boca Raton Palm Beach Other Services (except Public Administration)
Burgess Civil, LLC Tampa Hillsborough Construction
Company Name City County Primary Business
Bush Brothers Provision Company West Palm Beach Palm Beach Wholesale Trade
CloudHesive Fort Lauderdale Broward Information Technology
ContentBacon Davie Broward Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Cornerstone Fabrication, LLC Debary Volusia Manufacturing
Cruise Car, Inc. Sarasota Manatee Manufacturing
Custom Manufacturing & Engineering Pinellas Park Pinellas Manufacturing
DAK Resources, Inc. Jacksonville Duval Administrative and Support Services
Digital Boardwalk, Inc. Pensacola Escambia Information Technology
Digital Resource, LLC West Palm Beach Palm Beach Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Easy Foods, Inc. Kissimmee Osceola Manufacturing
Electronic Locksmith, Inc. Apopka Orange Retail Trade
EPIC Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC Winter Springs Seminole Information Technology
Expert Shutter Services Port St. Lucie St. Lucie Manufacturing
Firehawk Helicopters Leesburg Lake Other Services (except Public Administration)
Flame Boss Orlando Orange Manufacturing
Forcura Jacksonville Duval Information Technology
Fountainhead Commercial Capital Lake Mary Seminole Finance and Insurance
FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers Sarasota Sarasota Health Care and Social Assistance
G.S. Gelato & Desserts, Inc. Fort Walton Beach Okaloosa Manufacturing
Germfree Ormond Beach Volusia Manufacturing
GM HILL Jacksonville Duval Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Hesperos, Inc. Orlando Orange Scientific Research and Development
Intellisteel Group, LLC Leesburg Lake Manufacturing
Knight Federal Solutions Orlando Orange Scientific and Technical Consulting Services
Matthews Design Group, Inc. St. Augustine St. Johns Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services
Motorworks Brewing Bradenton Manatee Manufacturing
Next Horizon Sanford Seminole Information Technology
Oasis Senior Advisors Bonita Springs Lee Health Care and Social Assistance
RND Automation Sarasota Manatee Manufacturing
Sarasota Medical Products Inc. Sarasota Sarasota Manufacturing
Structural Composites, a division of The Composites Company W. Melbourne Brevard Scientific Research and Development
Sunrise Capital Investors Clearwater Pinellas Real Estate and Rental and Leasing
Sus Hi Eatstation Orlando Orange Accommodation and Food Services
The Collage Companies Lake Mary Seminole Construction
three.two.one Orlando Orange Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
Triple E Equipment, Inc. Pompano Beach Broward Retail Trade
US Submergent Technologies, LLC Sarasota Sarasota Waste Management and Remediation Services
Vac-Tron Equipment Okahumpka Lake Manufacturing
Vectra Digital Fort Myers Lee Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services
VetCor, LLC Tampa Hillsborough Other Services (except Public Administration)
World Housing Solution, Inc. Sanford Seminole Manufacturing

This is a strong group of companies that deserve this special recognition given annually to the state’s top second stage companies,” said Dr. Chris Morton, GrowFL Chairman of the GrowFL Advisory Board, CEO of NanoPhotonica and a 2015 Florida Companies to Watch honoree.  Second-stage companies are defined as those with 6 to 150 full-time employees and between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue. There are many programs and incubators promoting start-up businesses; GrowFL is the only Florida program that focuses exclusively on second-stage companies.

 

The 50 companies named the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch generated nearly $1 billion in revenue and added nearly 1,000 jobs between 2014 and 2017.

Together, the companies project a 50 percent increase in revenue and 40 percent increase in job growth in 2018 compared to 2017.

Companies named to the list will be officially recognized February 9, 2019 at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa, FL.  Tickets are on sale now for the awards ceremony.

Summary of Honoree Demographics
7 Regions, 20 Counties and 31 Cities Represented
28% Women, Veteran and/or Minority‐Owned
44% S Corporations ; 42% Limited Liability Company
Oldest Company Formed: 1925 Newest: 2016
18 Different Industries Represented
Largest industry representation – Manufacturing 32%; Information Technology 10%
Total 2017 Revenue: $339 million | Average 201 Revenue: $6.8 million
Total 2016 Employment: 1,740 | Average 2016 Employment: 35
Economic Impact Between 2014 and 2017: Revenue $958 million

Previous Year’s Program Honorees

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, GrowFL celebrated the seventh annual Florida Companies to Watch awards program. Over the last seven years, 350 companies from throughout Florida have been recognized through our elite awards program.  View our past honorees.