GrowFL is Florida's only organization exclusively dedicated to support and accelerate the growth of second-stage companies.
GrowFL is Florida's only organization exclusively dedicated to support and accelerate the growth of second-stage companies, by providing their leaders with focused, efficient, and timely access to resources they deem important. Our programs provide connections with other second-stage company leaders, resources, and organizations whose expertise, experience, and products lead to the second-stage company’s continued growth and prosperity. Second-stage growth companies have at least 6 employees and $750 thousand in revenue and possess the intent and desire to grow beyond second-stage. They are a small, but mighty group of entrepreneurial leaders in Florida, accounting for just 10% of the companies but generating more than 30% of the jobs.
GrowFL provides access to data, information, and best practices through a variety of programs and services catered to the leaders of growth companies. Entering and growing through second-stage is a major shift for many entrepreneurs. You have grown beyond the startup
phase, and are seeking a place where you can connect with the resources you need to take your company to the next level. Although survival is no longer a concern (at least not on a daily basis) you are now encountering new challenges and are reaching pivotal points — ones that require changes both in your organization and your role as a leader.
Connect with GrowFL and take advantage of our programs and services to help you successfully navigate through this next phase of your entrepreneurial journey.
Through the GrowFL System for Integrated Growth (SIG), business leaders gain access to just-in-time expertise — wherever a company needs it most. SIG addresses issues impacting growth for second-stage business owners, including internal issues such as human resources, fiscal management, operations, as well as external issues that focus on exploring new markets, preparing to export, sales, and supply chain.
A mentoring program that pairs seasoned second-stage entrepreneurs with business owners who have entered second-stage more recently, the American Academy of Entrepreneurs (AAE) helps earlier stage growth companies succeed. The goal is to share lessons learned, expand networks, and accelerate growth.
The Virtual Leadership Institute brings together entrepreneurs for multi-day learning and experience sharing. The program feature experts in finance, operations, employee relations, technology, leadership, as well as other topics important to second-stage entrepreneurs. For next-level engagement, the GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Leadership Institute is an exclusive program for entrepreneurs that have been recognized as an Honoree. The full-day program is held in person and content is delivered all by past honorees.
GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch (FLCTW) is a unique awards program that honors fifty second-stage companies each year for their innovation, growth and community contributions. The companies that are selected demonstrate high performance in the marketplace, and innovative strategies and processes. The awards are a highly sought after recognition highlighting the work of successful leaders, their employees and the companies they have grown in Florida. More than 500 companies have received this recognition.
Chief executives, presidents, and business owners of second-stage growth companies realize that one of the best ways to strengthen their own performance and ensure strong succession planning is to sit down from time to time with some of the best like-minded business owners to learn more about their leadership practices and experience. This can be vital for not only themselves but also their potential successors. The CEO Academy is a 10-program best practices series bringing together leaders of second-stage growth companies to learn from each other, and from experts in a variety of business areas.
GrowFL’s Virtual Florida Entrepreneur Center (FLVEC) is a web portal that connects entrepreneurial resources to entrepreneurs, as well as shares entrepreneurial stories on building a successful enterprise. The goal is to provide a platform for entrepreneurs to connect with one another and access vital assistance resources. It is a great place for entrepreneurs to promote their companies.