Florida Space Coast EDC Partnership to Help Grow Businesses

Brevard County, Fla. (March 30, 2012 – EDC PR) – The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast (EDC) has partnered with the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL), Florida High Tech Corridor Council, Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida, Titusville Area Chamber of Commerce, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber and the Greater Palm Bay Chamber to bring a greater emphasis on entrepreneurship in Brevard County and support for existing businesses. This effort is designed to stimulate job creation and foster the development of emerging growth-oriented companies.

The initiative will provide specialized services and support for CEOs of these businesses centered on helping the business achieve greater revenue and sales potential.

Through Economic Gardening, companies will focus on areas of their business they may not be able to find time for during daily operations. The Economic Gardening program team will work in a virtual setting with CEOs on core business strategy review, market research, competitive intelligence gathering, internet strategy, social media strategy, website analysis and search engine optimization. In addition, referrals will be made for areas including accounting, trademark and licensing, process design, information technology, business valuation, and international trade.

“This program was a community effort that could not have happened without our partners,” said Lynda Weatherman, president & CEO of the Economic Development Commission. “This is a valuable addition to our economic development toolbox and growing our existing presence will strengthen our economy and help ensure future job creation.”

This partnership allows for services to be provided to local Space Coast businesses by the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) and is comparable to those of a Fortune 500 company’s market research department. The services are designed to help a company increase sales rapidly, driving the creation of new jobs in the county.

“We like nothing better than hearing about the success of our client companies,” said Tom O’Neal, Associate Vice President for Research and Commercialization at UCF and and Executive Director of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute. “Companies that receive support to grow in an area are more likely to stay in that area and in these tough economic times we want to help as many communities as possible keep their lifeblood.”

Interested companies should contact their local chamber of commerce or the EDC for more information or to apply.

About the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast
The Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast is dedicated to attracting new business and investment and expanding existing industry throughout the Space Coast, influencing change on government laws and regulations affecting economic development, promoting the Space Coast to encourage new investment, supporting efforts of Space Coast military installations, and relaying new programs and procedures to assist manufacturing and high tech companies. The EDC is a private, not-for-profit coalition whose stakeholders are business leaders committed to the economic growth and stability of Florida’s Space Coast. Visit www.SpaceCoastEDC.org.

About the Florida Economic Gardening Institute
The Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida was established in 2009. Initially funded by the Florida Legislature, the Institute has provided services via the State of Florida’s Economic Gardening Technical Assistance Pilot Program, known as GrowFL. With various partnerships throughout the state, the Institute collaborates with statewide partners to support the growth of second-stage businesses through localized entrepreneurial ecosystems. Additional information is available atwww.GrowFL.com.