It is with good reason that Jacksonville was named a top city to start a business by Inc. Magazine. Our seven-county region offers a rich and diverse economy, low operational costs and an entrepreneurial spirit that provide a cultivating and business-friendly environment that allow a variety of types of businesses to be successful, including second-stage companies.
Five homegrown companies from the Jacksonville area have been recognized on the GrowFL’s 2019 Florida Companies to Watch list. GrowFL assists second-stage growth companies in Florida. Second-stage companies are identified as those business ventures poised for growth in the stage between a startup and a large firm.
The recognized companies represent a variety of innovative industries including:
- ADVOS Legal – legal services
- BrightMove – software developer
- Centerline Brackets – steel countertop brackets
- OnPay Solutions – accounts payable solution provider
- Solar Stik – portable solar power solutions
GrowFL chose these companies for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities and broadening new industries. They have demonstrated high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes.
There are many local entities that support entrepreneurs and second-stage companies, including The University of North Florida’s Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in downtown Jacksonville to assist innovative business leaders who want to grow their companies and the soon-to-open Mayo Clinic Life Science Incubator, which will facilitate the advancement of new ideas and products from the research lab to the clinic and build an entrepreneur ecosystem.