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Get Smart Company – 2014 Honoree

May 5, 2017

Founded in 1996 by CEO and president Brian D. Rist, The Smart Companies employs more than 150 people within its family of enterprises of Storm Smart Building Systems, Storm Catcher and GoEnergySmart. The corporation has its main offices and headquarters at 6182 Idlewild Street, Fort Myers; a showroom at 11040 Plantation Road, Fort Myers; and…

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How the inventor of Kitty Litter created an entrepreneurial legacy

May 4, 2017

The Edward Lowe Foundation’s entrepreneurship initiatives are focused on second-stage companies — growth-oriented firms that have moved beyond startup but haven’t yet reached maturity. Their peer learning, leadership education and strategic information programs are geared to help these companies continue growing. They also educate communities about the challenges second-stagers face and how to work with…

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The Secret to Sourcing Incredibly Talented Teams

Joe Parris, co-founder of VALiNTRY Services, is a serial entrepreneur in the staffing space who started VALiNTRY for the chance to innovate again. “When we sold our travel therapy staffing company, we sold to a company that is owned by the largest IT staffing company in world and we stayed on to manage our division,”…

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