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

GrowFL is pleased to announce the 50 statewide 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 statewide program managed by economic development group 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, executive director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute and associate vice president for the University of Central Florida’s Office of Research and Commercialization. “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 2017 Florida Companies to Watch honorees:

  • 3D Digital
  • A1A Solar Contracting, Inc
  • AdRizer
  • Amazing Explorers Academy
  • Azure Water Company
  • Big Top Brewing Company LLC
  • Boys Electrical Contractors
  • Captozyme Inc
  • Cribb Philbeck Weaver Group
  • Dixie Belle Paint Co
  • Dougherty Manufacturing
  • GenCare Resources
  • Global ETS, LLC
  • Global Safety Management
  • Grimaldi Candy Company
  • Human Potential Healthcare Workforce Solutions, LLC
  • Hydra Engineering & Construction, LLC
  • Hydro-Dyne Engineering
  • Inspired Technologies
  • iProcedures
  • JAX Refrigeration, Inc.
  • Jaycon Systems
  • Just Ryt Foods, Inc
  • K. Parks Consulting, Inc. (KPC)
  • Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice
  • Lightspeed Voice
  • LiveTrends Design Group
  • Lukos
  • Madrid Engineering Group, Inc.
  • Marion Precision Tool, Inc
  • Mini Doughnut Factory
  • MzeroA.com
  • Natural Vitamins Laboratory LLC
  • PropLogix
  • Raneys Inc
  • REDCON Solutions Group, LLC.
  • RedTeam Software
  • SawStreet LLC
  • Skybolt Aeromotive Corp.
  • Society+
  • Sorensen Moving and Storage
  • Spoleto My Italian Kitchen
  • Stickboy Creative
  • Up-Rev
  • Verdex Construction
  • Winco Mfg., LLC
  • Xplor Inc
  • Yachtico Inc.
  • Zennergy LLC

“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.

For more information on Florida Companies to Watch visit https://growfl.com/flctw17/about-flctw/