GrowFL

Taking successful companies to the next level

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As the leader of a growing company, you face unique challenges and GrowFL’s Business Growth Programs are specifically designed to help you address those challenges. Through the Business Growth Program, GrowFL provides access to resources, analysts and tools typically only available and affordable to Fortune 500 Companies. Participate in one or all of the three programs at your own pace. Grants available through the EDC of Sarasota County.

Do You Qualify?

Specifically designed for CEOs, presidents and business owners of second-stage growth companies!

  • For-profit, privately-held company headquartered in Florida
  • Generate annual revenue or working capital between $750,00 and $100 million
  • Employ between 6 and 150 full-time employees
  • Provide products or services beyond the local area to regional, national or global markets
  • Have an intent and desire to grow your company beyond second-stage

Programs

CEO Roundtable

PeerSpectives is a unique CEO roundtable methodology designed especially for leaders of growing companies. A structured format ensures balanced group discussion facilitated by a professional facilitators with an emphasis on sharing experiences. Participants come from diverse, non-competing industries. PeerSpectives provides a confidential environment for discussing sensitive issues. PeerSpectives participants tell us that they have gotten new ideas on everything from marketing strategy and financial issues to dealing with difficult personnel problems. What’s more, the PeerSpectives also spark accountability and strong bonds among members.

  • Confidentially address issues important to business owners by business owners.
  • Collaborate in proven, productive problem-solving sessions.
  • Customized feedback from trained facilitators and experts.
  • Build your network of successful business, potential partners and local resources.

Meet the current CEO Roundtable:

Walter Leise III, President & CEO, Sarasota Medical Products
Eric Rosenthal, President, Florikan
Steve Schwartz, CEO, Quality Enclosures
Denver Stutler, CEO, U.S. Submergent Technologies
Adam Sulimirski, President, Cruise Car International
John Swiatkowski, Owner, Pacer Group
Sarah J. Laroque, President/CEO, EarthBalance

Strategic research, marketing & sales expansion

  • One year program with monthly conference calls between you and your specialists who will deliver the research projects.
  • Virtual access to a team of highly skilled research specialists who will assess your company to identify specific issues and provide action-oriented information.
  • Our team will work with yours to explore new markets and grow within existing ones to increase top-line revenue.

Florida Companies to Watch

  • A unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.”
  • An awards program that companies from across the state and all industries may participate in. Selection is based on steady growth in employee counts and revenue as well as strength in leadership, corporate culture, community support and philanthropy, innovation in management or technology, or other factors that contribute to an outstanding organization.

Tampa Bay Regional Chapter

  • An exclusive network of second-stage business owners who share the same entrepreneurial spirit, tenacity, and challenges as you do.
  • Each chapter is led by CEO’s who are in tune with what is important to you.
  • Gain new business knowledge, resources and best practices from advisors and members.
  • Ability to participate in programs and events across the state.
  • Discover new perspectives and proven techniques that support business growth.
  • Access to opportunities to improve personal and professional leadership skills.
  • Discounted registration for select GrowFL events.
Apply Now

Complete the online interest form and a team member will contact you to identify next steps, determine eligibility and assist with grant applications.

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