Category Archive for: ‘Success Stories’

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    Service-disabled Veteran relies on military values to operate growing business

    3T-Innovations of Hillsborough County

    After serving in the Army for 10 years, Francisco Valencia knew he wanted to continue working with and for the government. “I didn’t want to leave the Department of Defense philosophy. So I tried to find a way to still work in the military without being active duty any longer,” he said.

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    Pinellas winery aims to enter foreign market

    Florida Orange Groves Winery of Pinellas County

    Vince Shook knows a lot about squeezing fruit. Shook is the president and co-owner of Florida Orange Groves Winery. He employs a staff of 15, with his son, Lance Shook, as the executive vice president.

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    Lakeland business secures funding for start up

    My Office & More of Polk County

    After spending many years working in corporate America, Kate Lake decided to branch out on her own. Years ago, when she had a sales position that involved lots of traveling, Lake was in constant need of an office where she could make calls and do paperwork.

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    Established business changes gears; takes on new market

    AppDataWorks LLC of Hernando County

    Jerry Boutot was working as a senior developer for a consulting company in Connecticut when a new opportunity presented itself. His client work had gotten so advanced that he outgrew the company and was offered the opportunity to go out on his own.

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    Local business secures government contract

    Bay Janitorial Service of Pinellas County

    After moving to America from Colombia in 1994, Andres Gomez had an entrepreneurial mindset. While in Colombia he worked for his father’s company, but when he got to America, he was determined to be a successful business owner.

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    Local recycling company turns other’s trash into their treasure

    Urban E Recycling of Hillsborough County

    With an origin story that parallels the beginnings of the very computers they destroy every day, Urban E Recycling has gone from a small, garage-based start-up to a growing business that shows no signs of slowing down.

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    Sebring business benefits from SBDC assessment

    Central Security & Electronics of Highlands County

    Central Security & Electronics began as a one-man operation in 1988. Now, the company boasts 10 employees and considers itself a local success story. Amy Smith, Vice President and General Manager, said, the downturn of the economy and the changing landscape of the industry has confirmed the need to change the type of business the company pursues.

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    Lake Wales company fishing for business with Florida SBDC at USF

    Texas Aquatic Harvesting of Polk County

    Jim Vaughan is a fisherman at heart. Luckily, he found a way to mix business with pleasure, when he started Texas Aquatic Harvesting 20 years ago. “We build aquatic weed harvesters that harvest aquatic weeds out of lakes and rivers,” Vaughan said.

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    Software company learns as it grows with SBDC business assessment

    count5 of Sarasota County

    “When I was in college, the way I studied was with flash cards and I would write a question on one side of the flash card and write the answer on the other side,” Eric Blumthal, co-owner of count5, said.

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    Established businessman utilizes SBDC to bring new product to market

    Groover Companies of Polk County

    Desi Groover comes from a long line of successful businessmen. “The pest control company was started back in 1964 by my father and my grandfather, so I’m the third generation,” he said.

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