Category Archive for: ‘Success Stories’

  • Escape game business appears in Lakeland
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    Escape game business appears in Lakeland

    Escapology Lakeland of Polk County

    Marcus Ruggiero always new he wanted to own his own business. While working as a car salesman for 12 years, ideas constantly popped into his head, but nothing ever came to fruition – until escape games came on the scene.

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  • Pet Grooming Company On a Roll
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    Pet Grooming Company On a Roll

    Rover Done Over of Hillsborough County

    After the real estate crash, Gretchen McManus found herself out of a job. Being someone who’s always loved animals, Gretchen went to a dog grooming school, purchased a dog grooming truck and started Rover Done Over Pet Grooming with her husband Shean McManus.

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  • Dream Takes Flight with $150K Business Loan
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    Dream Takes Flight with $150K Business Loan

    Top Flight Electric of Polk County

    After chasing his mid-life dreams to become a pilot – working both in the corporate world and for the military – Billy Bishop had a career-ending back injury that brought him back to his electrical roots.

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  • Retail Business Finds Success Early Mozielle of Sarasota County
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    Retail Business Finds Success Early

    Mozielle of Sarasota County

    Local entrepreneurs and business owners all have had unique experiences that have inspired them to do incredible things within their communities.

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    Local Pickle Company Expands with Loan

    The Chill Dill of Hillsborough County

    About three years ago, three long-time friends went out to have a hamburger – the burgers were great – but the pickles were subpar.

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  • Local Ice Cream Company Finds New Growth
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    Local Ice Cream Company Finds New Growth

    Gomez Ice Cream of Hillsborough County

    Martha Gomez started her business, Gomez Ice Cream, on her own in 2008 distributing to just 20 stores in central Florida.

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