Three Startups Accepted at Power Plant Business Incubator

Posted on: April 04, 2014

Three new startup companies have been accepted into the Power Plant Business Incubator (PPBI). The new incubator residents include a recent high school graduate beginning a mobile application company, a group of insurance professionals developing an online benefit portal for small businesses, and a transplant from New York who has created a patent-pending process which could be employed to curb prescription drug abuse, among other potential applications.

"These new additions to our incubator represent exactly the type of clients this program is meant to serve," said Kevin Sheilley, President/CEO of the Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP). "With this set of entrants, we are retaining a talented young person in the community, assisting a group of Ocala residents with a spin-out business, and gaining an inventor who recently moved to the area. These are great stories and we eagerly anticipate their success."

Gabriel “Gabe” Pierannunzi, 17, of Ocala is the founder of Appuccino. "There are great mobile application consultants available in the marketplace. There are also good mobile app developers out there. But rarely do you find a company which can both assess your mobile needs and work with you to design an app. That's where we've identified a market opportunity and that's where Appuccino will focus," said Pierannunzi. "Above all, our apps are works of art. Every pixel has a purpose.”

Kyle Yancey, a local insurance agent, is one of the co-founders of Advanced Benefit Services, LLC. "Many larger companies have a voluntary benefits portal for their employees. But up until now, these portals have not been practical for the small business owner in this market – nor have they been comprehensive. We've developed a platform which centralizes this information and is simple to implement for the average employer," said Yancey. "Within our industry, we feel this is certainly innovative."

Josh Narins is founder of Mobehr Corporation. Narins, a recent transplant from New York, has spent the last 15 years on Wall Street and has been a software programmer for a number of Fortune 500 companies. "The patent-pending technology I have developed can be applied to a number of different industries, for example pharmacies and the use of electronic health records. Mobehr Corp. can significantly help communities mitigate prescription drug abuse, while also giving patients more security over their own medical data. The technology allows you to be the authoritative source for electronic information about you" said Narins.

"We all look forward to seeing this momentum with the incubator continue," said Dave Fechtman, Chair of the PPBI Advisory Committee. "While these companies may be small, they have the great potential and represent the sectors where many expect significant job growth will occur."

To learn more about the Power Plant Business Incubator, the Ocala Area Micro Loan Fund, and other Business Creation efforts at the CEP, contact Ryan Lilly, Director of Business Creation or call 352.629.8051 x125.

The Ocala/Marion County Chamber and Economic Partnership (CEP) 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 CEP will drive community transformation and strengthen business through an aggressive and forward looking approach.  The CEP will bring together all economic development forces to ensure that Marion County will be a vibrant community with a stable, diversified economy. 

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