5 Marion Companies Named FL Companies to Watch

Posted on: July 19, 2017


Marion County Companies among 50 recognized by GrowFL as 
2017 Florida Companies to Watch
— Entrepreneurial styles, corporate cultures give these second-stage companies competitive advantages—


Ocala, FL (July 19, 2017) — The Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership and GrowFL are pleased to announce that 5 Marion County companies are among the 50 statewide winners selected for the 2017 Florida Companies to Watch. These companies were selected from more than 500 nominees throughout Florida for the award, hosted by 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.

“We are so proud of these 5 local companies, which are among the fastest-growing in the state. We are also excited that 10% of all honorees being recognized are from our local area – this says a great deal about the strength of our business community and the local economy,” said Kevin Sheilley, President & CEO of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP).

“To be honored as one of 50 Florida Companies to Watch is a huge deal for us here at MzeroA.com,” said Jason Schappert, CEO of Ocala-based MzeroA, which provides online flight instruction. “This means a lot to us, especially because we started here and continue to grow and innovate within the aviation industry.”

Below is the list of all the Florida Companies to Watch winners (Marion County companies are bolded and starred *****):

• 3D Digital
• A1A Solar Contracting, Inc
• AdRizer
• Amazing Explorers Academy
• Azure Water Company
• Big Top Brewing Company LLC
• Boys Electrical Contractors
• Captozyme Inc
• Clickbooth.com, LLC
• 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   ***** (website)
• 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 ***** (website)
• Natural Vitamins Laboratory LLC
• PropLogix
Raneys Inc   ***** (website)
• REDCON Solutions Group, LLC.
• RedTeam Software
• SawStreet LLC
• Society+
• Sorensen Moving and Storage
• Spoleto My Italian Kitchen
• Stickboy Creative
• Up-Rev
• Verdex Construction
Winco Mfg., LLC   ***** (website)
• 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. O’Neal.  Second-stage companies are defined as those with six 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 2017 Florida Companies to Watch generated a total of more than $1 billion in revenue and added more than 1,300 employees between 2012 and 2015.

Together, the companies project a 53 percent increase in revenue and 36 percent increase in job growth compared to 2016.

Companies named to the list will be officially recognized October 14, 2017 at the Starz Performing Arts Center in Tampa, FL. 

For more information, visit http://www.growfl.com/flctw17/about-flctw/


More About GrowFL:
GrowFL provides strategies, resources and support, including strategic research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring and leadership development, to second-stage Florida companies.  Created by the Florida legislature in 2009 and grounded in the philosophy of Economic Gardening® —  growing existing businesses in a community, region or state — GrowFL is a critical component of the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  GrowFL is certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation.  Website: growfl.com

About the Edward Lowe Foundation:
Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered through entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs).  The foundation focuses on second-stage companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. In addition, the foundation has a second mission of land stewardship and is committed to preserving the natural resources and historically significant structures at Big Rock Valley, its 2,000-acre home in southwest Michigan.

About the CEP:
The Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership was created to be a one-stop hub for the community’s business attraction, creation and retention efforts. The CEP’s mission is to be THE catalyst for a prosperous community. The Moving Forward-Phase II plan seeks to impact the creation of 4500 new jobs with wages 15% above the county average and resulting in a capital investment of $400 million by 2021. www.OcalaCEP.com

Ryan Lilly
Vice President of Business Creation
Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP)
352-629-8051 x 125

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