Power Plant Business Incubator
July 13, 2017
The Power Plant Business Incubator (PPBI) is in need of some basic office equipment, furniture and other items. Click here to see our “wish list” and help the PPBI in collecting items that will help us develop new and growing businesses in Ocala/Marion County. If you have any surplus equipment or furniture or just want to make a donation to the effort, please contact Jessica Cairnes at Jessica@OcalaCEP.com or 352-629-8051 X124
Energizing Entrepreneurial Excellence
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The Chamber & Economic Partnership (CEP) believes in entrepreneurs. We believe in their ability to change the world and in the importance of their drive, vision, ambition, and success. The goal of Power Plant Business Incubator is to power these entrepreneurs: help them raise capital; hire great employees; gain access to strategic partners, customers, and mentors; provide them resources; help mitigate risks; and cultivate results. The Power Plant Incubator offers early stage companies decisive advantages & differentiating solutions each step of the way. We power Entrepreneurship!
The Power Plant offers a wide array of programs to benefit everyone from first-time entrepreneurs to seasoned executives and savvy investors. Residents of the Power Plant work in a restored 100-year-old historic building in the heart of downtown, adjacent to the CEP, a few blocks from the Institute of Human Machine Cognition on Innovation Way, and walking distance to a thriving downtown and a National Historic District.
The two-story 11,300 square foot facility and its multiple office shapes and sizes, lends itself to flexibility and increased space as the firms grow. Plans are currently underway to expand the incubator into two adjacent facilities on the CEP's Innovation Way campus.
Mission & Vision
POWER PLANT MISSION: To provide a nurturing climate and a sustainable system that successfully attracts, grows and graduates early-stage companies with innovative ideas and scalable business models.
POWER PLANT VISION: The Power Plant will embody and serve as the hub for entrepreneurial activity in the region. It will be a lead contributor to the job creation goals set forth by the City of Ocala, Marion County & the CEP.
Currently, the Power Plant Business Incubator has 13 resident companies. These companies have all gone through the Power Plant acceptance process which includes a presentation to a committee demonstrating 1) how they are innovative and 2) how they are scaleable. The current resident mix includes a strong emphasis on medical/health care, communications, and technology.
| Bio-technology company with a labroatory at the incubator -- working on adult stem cell research in the cosmeceutical industry -- both cosmetics and pharmaceuticals -- a number of different applications including women's hair growth, dry eye drops, and topical treatment of wounds.|
Best Version Media
| Print-on-demand niche magazine publications targeted at affluent demographics.|
Human Potential Healthcare Workforce Solutions
| A healthcare staffing company specializng in the placement of healthcare executives and professionals.|
| A software company developing a back office product for convenience store. This state of the art software is aimed to help store owners and franchises to simplify their store management. It tracks scratch-off lottery sale as well as weekly settlements with state lottery.|
Third Power Performance
Third Power Performance is a life transforming company using a combination of cutting edge technology through their upcoming application and traditional speaking and workshops to focus on helping high achievers maximize their potential while maintaining life balance. Dan Gentry, the CEO and President, understands the struggle we face in today's turbulent times. Dan is a husband, a father, an entrepreneur, and a decorated Air Force veteran. He has a background in software and systems development and has been in management positions for companies from Fortune 1000 all the way up to Fortune 10 companies.
With Third Power Performance, Dan melds his expertise in technology systems, corporate and entrepreneurial business, and over 30 years of self-improvement research to create the Life Triad system. A simple, powerful and, most importantly, repeatable system for achieving amazing success and maintaining life balance!
| Dimension Works is a full-service 3D printing firm. The company partners with manufacturers and entrepreneurs to offer design and CAD services, 3D printing and 3D equipment sales. |
Development and sales of mobility equipment, which allows users to gain greater independence, while decreasing caregiver injuries.
Ocala IT Pros
| The Ocala I.T. Professionals is an I.T. networking organization. Started in February 2014, its purpose is to provide a forum in which people from all areas and experience levels of Information Technology can come together, discuss technologies and collaborate on projects and opportunities!|
Common Sense Network
| COMMON SENSE NETWORK LLC is a community based broadcasting company that is focusing on broadcasting Web based shows that will benefit Ocala Marion County and the region.|
Twelve Eight Media
| Twelve Eight Media is innovating in the field of virtual and augmented reality. The company is also a creative agency that designs, develops, produces, and implements interactive digital solutions and content. Delivering uniquely crafted experiences to your audience through multiple avenues such as Virtual / Augmented Reality, Web Development, Brand Curation, and Short-form static, animated, and video content. |
| BluGrown was founded on the belief that fresh food should be harvested as locally as possible, and grown with attention and care by the people who will eat it. BluGrown designs and manufactures high quality indoor aquaponics systems that are both functional and beautiful. We believe that the future of farming is in your home. we're growing the future of food by creating indoor aquaponics systems for the 21st century.|
Tell Them I'm Gone
| Tell Them I’m Gone, Inc. is a website created to “Leave Nothing Unsaid”|
Designed with family and friends in mind…what if I died today? Did I say everything or did I tell my loved ones the things I wanted to tell them? You will be able to leave love letters, messages, secrets, anything you can think of! Download photos and documents as well on one easy website. Change your mind and redo it as often as you want from the convenience of your own computer.
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Affiliates receive many of the same benefits of residents, but do not need to go through an acceptance process. Affiliate benefits include the following:
- Access to the Facility 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Monday-Friday
- FREE Wi-Fi Connection
- 4 Conference Rooms Available, Seating 6 to 40+
- Shared Cubicle Workspace (Limited Number Available)
- A Physical Address
- Network During Weekly Resident & Affiliate Meetings
- Opportunity to Attend In-House Trainings/Workshops
Consulting in the areas of marketing and education, Prince can deliver a wide array of small business services.
| Sunsure Insurance/FloridaBlue offers a wide variety of health plans including individual and Family Coverage, Company and Small Business Coverage, Dental Coverage, Indemnity Plans, Short-term Health Insurance Plans, Medicare Supplements, Medicare Advantage Plans.|
| NAMCO delivers customized, innovative portfolio management solutions designed to help clients achieve their investment objectives and fulfill their fiduciary responsibilities.|
NAMCO's services help clients reduce investment expenses, improve net long term investment returns, and mitigate both fiduciary and investment risks.
| || B&B Office Systems is North Central Florida’s leading retailer, installer and maintainer of multifunction copiers & printers, document management systems and IP phone systems. We’re a team of experts who create business systems designed around your needs, tailored to support how you work. |
To date, 16 companies have graduated from the Power Plant Business Incubator and all eight continue to operate in the Ocala MSA. These companies have created more than 150 direct jobs.
| Company|| Name|| Description|| Graduation Year|
Seven Gun Games
| Specializing in mobile development for IOS|| 2013|
| The newest “concept” for the owner of 2 other restaurants in Marion County; Horse and Hounds and Swampy’s|| 2013|
| Award-winning Video Production Company|| 2013|
| Web Designer with a creative platform designed for businesses, which provides communication to Social Media and assists clients with tracking of the marketing efforts.|| 2013|
Re-View Business Strategies
| Specializing in sales, marketing, retail management, engineering and medical practices; working with other companies and assists their clients in achieving success.|| 2013|
| Designed a unique airplane fire fighter’s training tool for mock runway emergencies|| 2013|
| One-stop shop for web and graphic designs; from logos to marketing material to motion graphics.|| 2014|
Value Box USA
| As an innovative marketing company uses recipe boxes to build relationships between advertisers and their target market|| 2013|
| 77 Clouds is an information technology (IT) consulting firm specializing in cloud-centric business continuity and cyber security solutions. Michael has over 25 years of experience in the IT industry.|| 2015|
| || 2015|
| The Hyper Directory platform was developed in collaboration with the Ocala / Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership to help stimulate the local economy in Marion County by connecting local residents to businesses as they are searching online. || 2016|
| ThatsHowItsDone Productions was born and is being raised up amongst the beautiful oaks and race horses of Ocala, FL.|
A multi-award winning, family operated company with a mission to make incredible motion pictures.
Advanced Benefit Services
| Spin-off startup of an existing insurance company. Developed an online portal for the centralization of voluntary employee benefits.|| 2016|
| Supportive Connections is a trauma-focused counseling and assessment agency. Specializing in trauma informed care related to PTSD, anxiety, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, crisis counseling, work related crisis and other incidents of trauma. Dr. Browning has developed a style of counseling that incorporates holistic perspectives that work to restore balance and wholeness in an individual after trauma|| 2016|
| || Quad Nurse|| Our Mission Is to match qualified home care providers to clients who have suffered catastrophic disabilities|
such that clients may live as independently, productively, and comfortably as possible.
| || The Heartbreak Society Clothing Co.|| The Heartbreak Society is a lifestyle brand created and designed to meet the fashionable needs of you and your squad. Recognizing the importance of loyalty and not giving in to stereotypical pressures. Members of this society are known as "Heartbreakers". Self-sufficient , ambitious individuals living the lifestyle they have constructed with their team behind them and dreams lying ahead. We find value in staying loyal to our obligations and our team of like-minded friends that enable our success without the need of wanting superficial relationships. A rare breed that sticks together because we know in today's age "Loyalty Is Rare."|| 2017|
To learn more about the Power Plant Business Incubator or to schedule a tour, please contact Ryan Lilly, Vice President, Business Creation.