Small Business Success Stories

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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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  • Bay Janitorial

    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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  • Urban E Group

    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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