Manufacturers Services

Supply Chain Optimization

FloridaMakes is connected to a nationwide initiative to support supply chain optimization. For your company, that means we can identify the technology needs and trends of specific supply chains, provide a step-by-step roadmap to help you address risk, increase visibility and create opportunity – as a supplier or in developing your own supply chain for the parts and processing you need.

Connex Florida - Florida's Supply Chain Database

Connex FloridaConnex Florida is a supply chain database and connection platform that helps Florida manufacturers better connect with each other, be discovered, and increase business opportunities. This tool contains in-depth information on a broad range of Florida manufacturers, along with detailed search functions to highlight specific production capabilities, certifications, equipment, material types and more.

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Supplier Improvement and Supply Chain Optimization

FloridaMakes can work with you to improve supplier development and supply chain optimization on a statewide and national level through partnerships across the National Institute of Standards and Technology Manufacturers Extension Program National Network, the National Association of Manufacturers and other key organizations to:

  • Enhance the capabilities of your existing suppliers
  • Identify and visualize weaknesses in your supply chain
  • Identify and upgrade suppliers that you would like to engage in your supply chain.

FloridaMakes works with manufacturers that contribute to larger, key supply chains to implement firm-level process improvements and quality enhancements, and help manufacturers prepare for and obtain new certifications. These initiatives are designed to reduce costs, improve outputs, and expand domestic sourcing opportunities for large Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and government.

Examples include Cybersecurity, Vendor Managed Inventory, Industry Standard Certifications. View our Regional Manufacturers Associations for a complete list.

Supplier Scouting

Your local FloridaMakes Business Advisor can provide your company with information about the supply chain needs of OEMs, Tier 1 manufacturers and government agencies. In addition, through the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, we constantly receive requests to identify Florida manufacturers who can meet the requirements of larger companies or federal agencies. In those cases, your FloridaMakes Business Advisor will work with the Regional Manufacturers Associations to help identify manufacturers who have:

  • Technical capabilities and production capacities that match the procurement needs; and
  • The required demographic characteristics.

These opportunities are also listed and distributed through the Connex Florida Exchange Center – yet another reason to join and participate in Florida’s Supply Chain Solution.

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Client Testimonials

What our clients have to say

The FloridaMakes network has serviced hundreds of manufacturers across the state since 2016. Learn about the impact our services have on companies' long-term business growth and productivity.

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Renee Soares-Vozel

Ameritape, Inc.,
Vice President

We never imagined that we could get so much training in one year and see the results so quickly! We are so thankful to FloridaMakes for helping us with the grant process and connecting us with qualified trainers. The Business Advisor made the process so easy, and she was there every step along the way. The training propelled us forward to be better leaders and work better together as a team. We look forward to more growth and we are now better prepared for it!


Brenda Prenitzer

NanoSpective, Inc.,
Co-founder and President

I'll sometimes work an entire weekend without sleep. Even if I'm completely exhausted, I'll make time for the Roundtable. It's about making time to work on your business and not in it. I always feel refreshed and come away with new knowledge. I can honestly say there hasn't been a single meeting where I felt disinterested or bored of what was being discussed. We all have different businesses, but our struggles and concerns are all very similar. It's remarkable.


Adam Sulimirski

Cruise Car, Inc,

I really appreciate the GrowFL CEO Roundtables available through FloridaMakes. One quickly realizes that we share the same stresses. We may talk about how to deal with a certain employee, logistics issues, market challenges, pay incentives, or how a certain book made an impact. I go in with a notebook and even if a problem being discussed is not currently a concern of mine, I take note knowing that as I grow, the I might face the same issue eventually. It's a great place to let your guard down and share your victories and challenges. People get emotional and really open up.