Contact: Kimbra Hennessy
September 20, 2018
For Immediate Release
50 FLORIDA COMPANIES YOU WILL WANT TO PAY ATTENTION TO
— Entrepreneurial styles, corporate cultures give these second-stage companies competitive advantages—
Sanford, Fla. (Sept. 20, 2018) — Next Horizon is pleased to join 50 Florida companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years as determined by GrowFL. Next Horizon was selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to WatchSM, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.
Next Horizon’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, GrowFL executive director. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said.
“Next Horizon is honored that GrowFL has named us among the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch,” said Next Horizon President and CIO Harry Ellis, III. “We are experiencing tremendous growth and are on track to have our best year ever. This is one of Florida’s most prestigious business awards therefore we are extremely proud to be recognized as a winner.”
Joining Next Horizon on the Florida Companies to Watch list are the following Florida-based businesses:
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“This is a strong group of companies that deserve this special recognition given annually to the state's top second stage companies,” said Dr. Chris Morton, GrowFL Chairman of the GrowFL Advisory Board, CEO of NanoPhotonica and a 2015 Florida Companies to Watch honoree. Second-stage companies are defined as those with 6 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 2018 Florida Companies to Watch generated nearly $1 billion in revenue and added nearly 1,000 jobs between 2014 and 2017.
Together, the companies project a 50 percent increase in revenue and 40 percent increase in job growth in 2018 compared to 2017.
Companies named to the list will be officially recognized February 9, 2019 at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa, FL. Tickets are on sale now for the awards ceremony.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.growfl.com/flctw18/about-flctw/