GrowFL Announces Partnerships With Entrepreneurial Support Organizations

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ORLANDO, Fla., Sept. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The GrowFL program, originally piloted in Florida in 2009, continues to cultivate entrepreneurial growth through programmatic support provided in-part by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Since its inception in 2009, GrowFL has worked with hundreds of second-stage companies providing assistance under the economic development methodology known as Economic Gardening.

GrowFL, the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida, is proud to announce our partners for this year’s program. Through a robust ecosystem, GrowFL and its partners, the Entrepreneurial Support Organizations, work together to support entrepreneurship and growth companies in Florida. Together, this partnership plays a key role in creating prosperity and a stronger economy.

Statewide Entrepreneurial Support Organizations:

  • JAX Chamber
  • Tampa Bay Innovation Center
  • Pasco Economic Development Council
  • Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council
  • Economic Development Council of Tallahassee/Leon County, Inc.
  • Rollins College Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship
  • Greater Pensacola Chamber
  • Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County
  • Business Development Board of Palm Beach County

Our partners interact with the companies at a local level and provide resources and referrals that complement the Strategic Research and Roundtable activities provided by GrowFL. The partnerships are critical to the overarching success of the program and ultimately of the companies receiving support.  The entrepreneurial ecosystem depends on GrowFL, the partners and the companies to thrive.

Economic gardening is a philosophy that embraces strategies to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state and is the basis for the entrepreneurship programs at the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL). Initially created in 2009 as a pilot program, GrowFL, at the University of Central Florida, is now a critical component to Florida‘s entrepreneurial ecosystem and the state’s overall economic development strategy. GrowFL focuses its efforts on initiatives that strengthen the service offerings of entrepreneurial support organizations throughout Florida and by delivering critical research and strategy support to help second-stage growth entrepreneurs prosper. GrowFL has helped more than 400 companies create more than 1,400 new jobs statewide since 2009. Website:

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state’s economic, workforce and community development efforts. This new approach helps expedite economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit

Contact: Cindy Barson
(407) 823-3642




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