Outstanding leadership, culture, and growth make these second-stage businesses stand-out

GrowFL is pleased to announce the 50 companies selected as 11th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honorees. The awards program – now in its eleventh year – honors impressive second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. The 11th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch awards celebration is brought to you by Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Companies to Watch was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation as a unique way to recognize and honor second-stage companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes. In addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, applicant companies are judged according to their special strengths and impact in their markets, communities, and within the state – thus deeming them worth watching.

82 finalists were announced earlier this year, and the 50 honorees were selected after a final round of judging by a panel of independent judges comprised of past honorees, economic development leaders, and corporate partners of GrowFL.  Companies were judged on a number of criteria including growth in the number of employees; the impact of the business in the job market; increase in sales and/or unit volume; current and past financial reports; innovativeness of the product or service; response to adversity; and contributions to aid community-oriented projects.

Over the last 10 years, GrowFL has honored 500 companies from throughout Florida with this prestigious award. With this year’s honorees, GrowFL has now recognized 550 companies throughout Florida that are making a positive impact on the economy and the communities in which they live.  Many of the past honorees have now grown their companies to stage 3 and stage 4 businesses employing more than 500.

“This group of Honorees represents 20 counties, 20 different industries and almost 50% of them are women, veteran or minority-owned. They have demonstrated notable growth and have the courage and tenacity it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. Despite the challenges thrown their way and pivoting through a pandemic, these companies embody the unshakeable resiliency of Florida’s entrepreneurs,” said Lisa McIntosh, GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Chair and founder of C-E-Optimal Advisors.

“Year after year, these outstanding companies continue to impress me. These are the CEOs, managers, and team members who are making the biggest impact on our state’s economy,” said Russell Slappey, CEO of Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services and event title sponsor. “They deserve to be celebrated now and into the future as they continue to grow, continue to innovate, and continue to be a company we all should watch.”

To qualify for the award, companies must be headquartered in Florida and have between 6 and 150 and revenue between $750,000 and $100 million in 2020. Even through the pandemic, these companies projected continued growth in 2021, with a 62% revenue increase and 49% growth in employees compared to 2020. If their projections hold, these companies will have generated $1.7 billion in revenue and added more than 1,500 employees over the last five years — a 263% increase in revenue and a 206% increase in jobs since 2017.

Companies named to the list will be officially recognized at the 11th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Celebration on February 17, 2022, at the Hard Rock Live in Universal CityWalk, Orlando, FL. Tickets are on sale now.  For more information or to purchase tickets, visit https://growfl.com/flctw21/about-flctw/.

Below is the list of the 11th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Honorees:

AavantiBio, Inc. – Alachua County
AceApplications, LLC – Orange County
AffinityFL – Lake County
AMP Pediatric Therapy – Orange County
ARCO Marine – Escambia County
Assured Information Technology Engineering, LLC – Orange County
BeniComp – Hillsborough County
Biller Genie – Miami-Dade County
Biorep Technologies, Inc. – Miami-Dade County
Body Armor Direct – Broward County
BOTE – Walton County
Castillo Engineering – Orange County
ClearGage, LLC – Hillsborough County
COI Energy Services, Inc. – Hillsborough County
Creative World Schools Franchising, Inc. – Lee County
Custom Aerospace – Brevard County
Dealers United LLC – Sarasota County
Decimal Engineering – Broward County
ecoSPEARS – Seminole County 
Elite Jets – Collier County
Green & Clean – Lee County
GRUBBRR – Palm Beach County
Hispanic Family Counseling Inc. – Orange County
Honorlock – Palm Beach County
I.T. Solutions of South Florida – Palm Beach County
InNovo Partners – Orange County
iSOCRATES LLC – Pinellas County
John Bell Construction – Miami-Dade County
JOLT Advantage Group – Hillsborough County
Kegman Inc – Brevard County
Lacerta Therapeutics – Alachua County
NovoaGlobal, Inc. – Orange County
Paragon Flight Training Co. – Lee County
Pink Stork – St. Johns County
Professional Hair Labs – Pasco County
Red Banyan – Broward County
Slice Engineering – Alachua County
Social Mobile – Miami-Dade County
Sy-Klone International – Duval County
Synergy Wealth Alliance – Seminole County
Tank Wizards – Brevard County
TechHouse – Manatee County
Top Score Writing – Palm Beach County
Trembly Law Firm – Miami-Dade County
Trilogy Laboratories – Lee County
Vaya Space – Brevard County
ViewStub – Orange County
Wrecking Ball – Broward County
Yo Mama’s Foods – Pinellas County
Zgraph – Volusia County

Thank you to the 11th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Sponsors: Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services, Florida Power and Light Company, The Florida High Tech Corridor, OUC – The Reliable One, Stankowkski Advanced Strategies, Orange County Government, Align Busines Advisory Services, CliftonLarsonAllen, Custom Manufacturing & Engineering, Engineering & Computer Simulations, Insperity, Newland Associates, QuantumFlo, Inc., Sales Advisors of Florida, System & Soul, University of South Florida and Withum.

Nominations are now open for the 12th Annual GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Awards Celebration. To nominate a company, visit https://growfl.com/flctw21/nominate/.

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About GrowFL:

GrowFL is dedicated to support and accelerate the growth of second-stage companies throughout Florida, by providing their leaders focused, efficient, and timely access to resources they deem important, such as connections with other second-stage company leaders, and to professional organizations whose expertise, experience, and products lead to the second-stage company’s continued growth and prosperity resulting in diversification and growth of Florida’s economy.  Second-stage growth companies have at least 6 employees and $750,000 in revenue and possess the intent and desire to grow beyond second-stage.  Website: https://www.growfl.com.

About Edward Lowe Foundation:

The Edward Lowe Foundation was established in 1985 by Ed and Darlene Lowe to leverage entrepreneurship as a strategy for economic growth and community development. The foundation’s entrepreneurship initiatives focus on second-stage companies, which are growth-oriented firms that have moved beyond startup but have not yet reached maturity. Its peer learning, leadership education, and strategic information programs are geared to help these companies continue growing. For more information, visit www.EdwardLowe.org.

About Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services:

Nperspective CFO & Strategic Services, a Florida firm, operates around the country from centers in Orlando, Tampa, and South Florida. The firm was founded 20 years ago to assist small- and medium-sized businesses that need the expertise of seasoned financial executives but are unable to hire that expertise full-time. Many highly profitable companies that could afford a full-time CFO don’t need one daily.  To assist these companies, the firm provides senior executives with extensive financial expertise and experience on an as-needed basis, calibrating engagements to specific client needs and resources. Nperspective CFOs provide services such as cash flow planning, strategic planning/business planning/budgeting, assistance with bank financing, reviewing financial reporting processes, and internal control processes for effectiveness. With a 20-year track record, Nperspective is ready to help companies mitigate the problems of Covid-19 from loan and grant applications to managing finances under the new normal.  Website: https://www.nperspective.com/