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50 Florida Companies You Will Want to Pay Attention to

Pensacola, Florida (9/20/2018) — Digital Boardwalk is pleased to announce the 50 statewide companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years.

Digital Boardwalk 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.

Digital Boardwalk’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.
“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 Florida Companies on Growth Watch 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.” Florida Companies on Growth Watch

Joining Digital Boardwalk 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
Florida Companies on Growth Watch 4/5
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 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

About Digital Boardwalk:
Digital Boardwalk provides comprehensive technology management and consulting services for small
and medium-sized businesses throughout Florida and beyond. We help customers achieve reliability,
security, and peace of mind through award-winning support, cybersecurity, cloud computing, and
backup services. We know that technology is integral to your business, so we work diligently to keep
your technology working for our clients. Our team of certified technology specialists bring their
individual expertise and knowledge to each job at hand. Together, we promise to provide you with the
best customer service experience, industryleading technology, and continuous innovation, all catered
to your specific needs.
Florida Companies on Growth Watch 5/5
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:
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.


LRH Oncology Program Earns Its First Gold Accreditation from Commission on Cancer

lrhLakeland, FL – Johnny Dixon was 42 years old when he discovered he had prostate cancer.

“It was very frightening,” said Mr. Dixon, who has three daughters, one son and seven grandchildren.

He sought cancer care at Lakeland Regional Health and immediately felt welcome and nurtured. “There was no question too big, no time was too much. They gave me more security. My care team made me feel like I was the only patient.”

This standard of excellent care helped Lakeland Regional Health’s oncology program earn its first gold Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level of recognition, from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. Gold status indicates a cancer program complies with all standards at the time of the survey and receives commendations on seven additional standards.

This top-tier, three-year status also makes Lakeland Regional Health a candidate for the prestigious Commission on Cancer Outstanding Achievement Award, which is granted each December to less than 20 programs throughout the United States that achieve excellence in providing quality care to cancer patients.

The accreditation is the result of a rigorous on-site evaluation by a physician surveyor in 27 standards as well as commendations in the following seven areas: Clinical Research Accrual, Cancer Registrar Education, Public Reporting of Outcomes, College of American Pathologists Protocols and Synoptic Reporting, Oncology Nursing Care, Rapid Quality Reporting System Participating and Data Submission/Accuracy of Date.

Only 67 programs in Florida are accredited by the Commission on Cancer, with a total of 1,284 Commission on Cancer-accredited programs in the United States, representing approximately 25 percent of all hospitals and health systems in the United States.

“Our team members are committed to provide high-quality inpatient and outpatient cancer care to our patients, their families and our community,” said Graham F. Greene, MD, FACS, FRCS, Lakeland Regional Health Chief Academic Officer and Hollis Cancer Center Executive Director. “Our community can be assured they are receiving world-class oncology care right here close to home.”

For Mr. Dixon, the warm, friendly care made a significant difference as he embarked on his cancer journey, undergoing a radical prostatectomy and today celebrating 22 years of being cancer free.

“My physician called me personally. He called me just to check on me. That was like, ‘Wow!’ That was like my oldest brother was sitting there, just holding my hand.”

Lakeland Regional Health earned a three-year Accreditation with Commendation in six areas in 2015. In 2016, Becker’s Hospital Review named Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center one of 101 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Systems.

About Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center

Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center provides specialized cancer care services, including medical oncology, hematology, radiation oncology, gynecologic oncology, surgical oncology and urologic oncology. The Hollis Cancer Center’s board-certified physicians and team of clinical and research professionals use state-of-the-art technology to provide the best possible outcomes for cancer patients. Becker’s Hospital Review named Lakeland Regional Health one of 101 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Oncology Systems for 2016. Currently, the Hollis Cancer Center is participating in 34 clinical trials and its research over the years has helped to bring 50 FDA-approved chemotherapy and biologic medications to the marketplace. Lakeland Regional Health Hollis Cancer Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers and accredited with commendation by the Commission on Cancer.


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.
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.



C. Howard Hunter Named 2018 Trial Lawyer of The Year by The Florida Chapters American Board of Trial Advocates

TAMPA - Hill Ward Henderson is proud to announce that shareholder C. Howard Hunter has been named 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Florida Chapters American Board of Trial Advocates (FLABOTA). Mr. Hunter was presented with the award at the 21stAnnual FLABOTA Conference on July 21 in Boca Raton, Florida.

The FLABOTA Board of Directors nominated and awarded Mr. Hunter with the 2018 Trial Lawyer of the Year honor for his excellent advocacy, distinguished career, superb reputation of high ethics and fair play, and participation in outstanding results.

Mr. Hunter is a past president of FLABOTA as well as of the Tampa Bay Chapter of ABOTA (American Board of Trial Lawyers), and continues to serve on the Executive Committee of both Tampa Bay ABOTA, and FLABOTA, as he has for several years.

Founded in 1958, ABOTA is dedicated to defending the American civil justice system. With a membership of 6,700 experienced attorneys representing both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases, ABOTA is uniquely qualified to speak about the value of the constitutionally mandated jury system as the protector of the rights of persons and property. FLABOTA was formed in 1992, and is one of four regional chapters chartered by the National Board.

Mr. Hunter is a shareholder in the firm’s Litigation Group, and heads the Healthcare Litigation Team. His practice emphasizes the defense of medical negligence cases as well as legal professional liability, sexual abuse and drug and medical device litigation.








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CareerSource Polk 2018 Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work Awards Breakfast

Bartow, Florida, July 25, 2018- On Thursday, August 16th, 2018 CareerSource Polk will celebrate workforce achievement with its Annual Meeting and Best Places to Work Awards Breakfast at the RP Funding Center from 7:30am to 9:30am. This year’s event theme is CSPN GAMEDAY with a key focus on successful recruiting and retention of a workforce in times of extremely low unemployment. CareerSource Polk is pleased to have Wells Fargo and Polk State College as the leading sponsors of this event.

The Annual Meeting also serves to distribute CareerSource Polk’s 2018 Annual Report by Stacy Campbell-Domineck, President & CEO, and to recognize individuals and companies who have contributed significantly to the workforce development board’s efforts in Polk County during the 2017-2018 program year.

Awards to be presented are:

Best Places to Work Awards – This award promotes a company’s unique forward-looking philosophy and serves to recognize those who have taken the lead in developing exceptional workplaces to improve the quality of life for workers and their families.

Employers of Distinction – These industry leaders have shown consistent commitment to improving the quality of life for their employees while leading our community in developing a best-practice workplace that encourages their employees to work at their very best.

Hammer Award – Named for one of our founding board members and a true champion of workforce development, Marvin Hammer, this award honors an individual who has dedicated significant personal time and effort to CareerSource Polk’s  initiatives.

Workforce Champion Award – Recognizes an employer, individual or organization for their significant contribution to workforce and economic development initiatives.

Larry Miller Award – Recognizes a board member who has demonstrated an overwhelming commitment to workforce development for Polk County through their engaged leadership, innovation, time, integrity and high moral and ethical standards.

Katrina Lunsford Workforce Incentive Award – Recognizes members of the Polk county community who have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to pursuing a career through the CareerSource Polk (CSP) workforce system, and has an express interest in becoming and remaining self-sufficient.

For information on the awards, you may contact Business Services at To purchase individual tickets and corporate tables for this event, please visit .


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