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  • Next Horizon Named as One of Florida's 50 Companies to Watch by GrowFL

    September 20, 2018

    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:

     

    Company Name

    City

    County

    Primary Business

    8-koi

    Melbourne

    Brevard

    Management Consulting Services

    Alluvionic, Inc.

    Melbourne

    Brevard

    Management Consulting Services

    ArgoTrak

    Naples

    Collier

    Other Services (except Public Administration)

    Artemis Plastics, LLC

    Ocala

    Marion

    Manufacturing

    AXI International

    Fort Myers

    Lee

    Manufacturing

    Beast Code, LLC

    Fort Walton Beach

    Okaloosa

    Computer Systems Design and Related Services

    Benseron Hospitality

    Naples

    Collier

    Computer Systems Design and Related Services

    Body Details, LLLP

    Boca Raton

    Palm Beach

    Other Services (except Public Administration)

    Burgess Civil, LLC

    Tampa

    Hillsborough

    Construction

    Company Name

    City

    County

    Primary Business

    Bush Brothers Provision Company

    West Palm Beach

    Palm Beach

    Wholesale Trade

    CloudHesive

    Fort Lauderdale

    Broward

    Information Technology

    ContentBacon

    Davie

    Broward

    Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services

    Cornerstone Fabrication, LLC

    Debary

    Volusia

    Manufacturing

    Cruise Car, Inc.

    Sarasota

    Manatee

    Manufacturing

    Custom Manufacturing & Engineering

    Pinellas Park

    Pinellas

    Manufacturing

    DAK Resources, Inc.

    Jacksonville

    Duval

    Administrative and Support Services

    Digital Boardwalk, Inc.

    Pensacola

    Escambia

    Information Technology

    Digital Resource, LLC

    West Palm Beach

    Palm Beach

    Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services

    Easy Foods, Inc.

    Kissimmee

    Osceola

    Manufacturing

    Electronic Locksmith, Inc.

    Apopka

    Orange

    Retail Trade

    EPIC Engineering & Consulting Group, LLC

    Winter Springs

    Seminole

    Information Technology

    Expert Shutter Services

    Port St. Lucie

    St. Lucie

    Manufacturing

    Firehawk Helicopters

    Leesburg

    Lake

    Other Services (except Public Administration)

    Flame Boss

    Orlando

    Orange

    Manufacturing

    Forcura

    Jacksonville

    Duval

    Information Technology

    Fountainhead Commercial Capital

    Lake Mary

    Seminole

    Finance and Insurance

    FYZICAL Therapy and Balance Centers

    Sarasota

    Sarasota

    Health Care and Social Assistance

    G.S. Gelato & Desserts, Inc.

    Fort Walton Beach

    Okaloosa

    Manufacturing

    Germfree

    Ormond Beach

    Volusia

    Manufacturing

    GM HILL

    Jacksonville

    Duval

    Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services

    Hesperos, Inc.

    Orlando

    Orange

    Scientific Research and Development

    Intellisteel Group, LLC

    Leesburg

    Lake

    Manufacturing

    Knight Federal Solutions

    Orlando

    Orange

    Scientific and Technical Consulting Services

    Matthews Design Group, Inc.

    St. Augustine

    St. Johns

    Architectural, Engineering, and Related Services

    Motorworks Brewing

    Bradenton

    Manatee

    Manufacturing

    Next Horizon

    Sanford

    Seminole

    Information Technology

    Oasis Senior Advisors

    Bonita Springs

    Lee

    Health Care and Social Assistance

    RND Automation

    Sarasota

    Manatee

    Manufacturing

    Sarasota Medical Products, Inc.

    Sarasota

    Sarasota

    Manufacturing

    Structural Composites, a division of The Composites Company

    W. Melbourne

    Brevard

    Scientific Research and Development

    Sunrise Capital Investors

    Clearwater

    Pinellas

    Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

    Sus Hi Eatstation

    Orlando

    Orange

    Accommodation and Food Services

    The Collage Companies

    Lake Mary

    Seminole

    Construction

    three.two.one

    Orlando

    Orange

    Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services

    Triple E Equipment, Inc.

    Pompano Beach

    Broward

    Retail Trade

    US Submergent Technologies, LLC

    Sarasota

    Sarasota

    Waste Management and Remediation Services

    Vac-Tron Equipment

    Okahumpka

    Lake

    Manufacturing

    Vectra Digital

    Fort Myers

    Lee

    Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services

    VetCor, LLC

    Tampa

    Hillsborough

    Other Services (except Public Administration)

    World Housing Solution, Inc.

    Sanford

    Seminole

    Manufacturing


    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/


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    About Next Horizon

    Next Horizon has been serving Central Florida businesses for more than 25 years, making sense of IT managed services, digital marketing, and custom application development.   Next Horizon has a track record of reducing costs, increasing productivity and decreasing downtime for our clients. Next Horizon brings award-winning expertise and a people-centered approach to deliver exceptional quality consistently.  Next Horizon is led by President, Harry Ellis III, recognized in  2017 as one of Orlando Business Journal’s CEOs of the Year. For more information visit:  www.nexhorizon.net or call 407-328-9228.




     

    About GrowFL:

    GrowFL provides strategies, resources and support, including strategic research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring and leadership development, to second-stage Florida companies.  Created by the Florida legislature in 2009 and grounded in the philosophy of Economic Gardening® — growing existing businesses in a community, region or state — GrowFL is a critical component of the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.  GrowFL is certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Website: growfl.com

     

    About the Edward Lowe Foundation:

    Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered through entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs).  The foundation focuses on second-stage companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. In addition, the foundation has a second mission of land stewardship and is committed to preserving the natural resources and historically significant structures at Big Rock Valley, its 2,000-acre home in southwest Michigan.

    Contact:
    Harry Ellis, CIO/VP
    (407) 328-9228x114
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