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.

The application period for the 9th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Award program has closed.  Thank you to all the nominating partners and to partners who helped to make this a success.  And to all the applicants, best of luck in your next steps to becoming a GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honoree.

Summary of the 9th Annual GrowFL
Florida Companies to Watch Applicants:
8 Regions Represented
28 Counties Represented
66 Cities Represented
46% Women, Veteran and/or Minority-Owned
43% Limited Liability Company; 36% S Corporations; 17% C Corporation
Oldest Company Formed in 1932
Newest Company Formed in 2018
24 Different Industries Represented
Largest industry representation – Manufacturing 16%; Information Technology 14%; Other Services 12%
Total 2018 Revenue: $596 million | Average 2018 Revenue: $5.2 million
Total 2018 Employment: 3,265 | Average 2018 Employment: 28

 

Thank you to our nominating partners:

8-koi – 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
ActionCOACH Team Sage
ArgoTrak – 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
Beacon Council
Bradenton Area EDC
Business Development Board of Palm Beach County
Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship at Rollins College
Central Florida Development Council
CEO Nexus
Charlotte County EDO
City of Clearwater
City of Cocoa
City of North Port
DAK Resources, Inc. – 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
Economic Development Council of St. Lucie County
EDC of Okaloosa County
Edward Lowe Foundation
Fit2Go – 2015 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
Florida SBDC at FIU
FloridaMakes
Graylan Ventures
Hamilton County Development Authority
Hardee County Economic Development
Hernando County
Lake County Economic Prosperity
Lee County Economic Development Office
MidCap Advisors
Nassau County Economic Development Board
Nature Coast Business Development Council
Nperspective
Ocala Chamber & Economic Partnership
Office of Economic Prosperity – Lake County
Orlando Economic Partnershp
Osceola County
Palm Beach Tech Association
Pinellas County Economic Development
Research Park at FAU
Sales Advisors of Florida
South Tampa Chamber of Commerce
Space Coast Magazines
St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners
Sumter County Economic Development
T-Mobile
Traction in Florida
UCF Business Incubator Program
Upriver GIS, LLC
USF Office of Corporate Partnerships
Vectra Digital – 2017 Florida Companies to Watch Honoree
Wells Fargo