ORLANDO, Fla. -- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Growing second-stage businesses have the opportunity to join an elite group of nationally recognized companies as part of the annual Florida Companies to Watch awards program. Florida Companies to Watch (FLCTW) is presented by GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. Sponsors for the event include Cherry Bekaert, Wells Fargo, Florida High Tech Corridor, OUC, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Filmscape Productions, atLARGE, SunTrust, Edwards Financial Services, Fifth Third Bank, and LSQ Funding.
FLCTW is a unique awards program honoring second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace, exhibit innovative products or processes, or otherwise make those companies “worth watching.”
Nominations are due by May 9, 2014 and companies must submit their application no later than May 30, 2014. Companies in all industries across Florida are invited to apply by visiting http://FLCTW.GrowFL.com. The FLCTW awards ceremony will take place October 23, 2014 at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, FL.
“We encourage second-stage companies to apply for this outstanding program,” 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. “Being selected for the Florida Companies to Watch awards program provides growing businesses the credibility and recognition that distinguish them among their competitors.”
“When GrowFL informed us we were selected as a 2013 winner, we knew we had reached a significant milestone,” said Victoria Rath, CEO of 21st Century Learning Solutions, based in Seminole County, Florida. “Since winning the 2013 Florida Companies to Watch award, we have tripled our clients as well as started conversations with several companies to participate as a subcontractor on government contracts, ultimately adding to our companies mission.”
To be eligible a company must be a privately held growth company headquartered in the state of Florida and have between six and 99 full-time equivalent employees and between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue as of 2013.
Visit flctw.growfl.com for details on Florida Companies to Watch. Sponsorships for the 2014 event are still available.
GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida provides strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth. By supporting companies with Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles to growth and leads them towards prosperity. As of June 30, 2013, GrowFL assisted companies represent 13,493 direct jobs across the state of Florida. In 2013, these companies had an estimated sales output of $1.14 billion and contributed $2.33 billion to the Florida economy. GrowFL has assisted more than 700 companies through Strategic Research and CEO Roundtable programs and recognized 150 successful entrepreneurs through our annual awards program, Florida Companies to Watch.