GrowFL Announces 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Finalists-Digital Boardwalk Among Second-Stage Businesses

Pensacola, Fl Digital Boardwalk was among the first round of 2018 Florida Companies to Watch finalists recently announced by GrowFL. The awards event – now in its eighth year – honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. Chosen from a candidate pool of 134 growing second-stage businesses, the finalists collectively represented $518 million in annual revenue and employed 2,743 full-time
equivalent employees in 2017.
“THIS YEAR HAS MARKED A HUGE MILESTONE FOR DIGITAL BOARDWALK,” SAYS TIM SHOOP, CEO.
“WE HAVE GROWN 81% OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS AND ADDED MANY JOBS RIGHT HERE IN FLORIDA. MY FAVORITE PART OF THE GROWTH IS THAT WE NOT ONLY CREATE JOBS, BUT IT ALLOWS US TO GIVE BACK TO OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY AND FOSTER MORE GROWTH AROUND US. WE HAVE AN AMAZING ENTREPRENEURIAL CULTURE THAT INSTILLS IN OUR TEAM A PASSION AND DRIVE THAT OUR CUSTOMERS EXPERIENCE ON A DAILY BASIS. I AM PROUD OF OUR TEAM AND COULDN’T HAVE ACHIEVED ANY OF THIS WITHOUT THEIR DEDICATION TO OUR MISSION. OUR GOAL IS TO HELP OTHER BUSINESSES SCALE THROUGH PROPER TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTATIONS AND PLANNING, WHILE BACKING THAT UP WITH AWARD-WINNING HELP-DESK SUPPORT.”
The Florida Companies To Watch program consists of two rounds of selections. Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated based on their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, services or processes, philanthropy and empowered employees.

“We applaud these first round finalists who have shown how they stand out in their regions as innovative business leaders, going to the next level to grow their companies. They are true rock stars,” says Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL Executive Director. The Finalists represent a unique group of scalable, high-growth enterprises that are already located within Florida. These high growth enterprises are an important segment of our economy and their numbers have been steadily increasing, which contributed to Florida’s ranking of 24 on the 2018 Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship. According to this report, “entrepreneurship is not a monolithic phenomenon, and it includes many moving parts. Creating new businesses is a different economic activity from running small businesses, which in turn is different from growing businesses.” Florida Companies to Watch recognizes the different approach needed to successfully grow and scale a business and celebrates those that are working to achieve this goal.