Business Growth & Innovation

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Interested in growing your business? We’ll help identify strategies for growth, from working with you to identify new customers and new markets for your existing products and services, to supporting innovation for service and product development. We will facilitate market viability assessments and connect you with tools and resources for product design, development and commercialization.

2017 Finalists for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award

FloridaMakes and the Florida Sterling Council congratulate all of the 2017 Finalists for the Florida Sterling Manufacturing Business Excellence Award. The award - and the process leading to the award - are designed to: 

  • recognize high-performing Florida manufacturing companies; 
  • offer a framework for sharing manufacturing best practices; and 
  • provide participant companies with feedback and opportunities for improvement to develop high-performance manufacturing companies throughout the state.

Learn more about the 2017 Finalists and their model practice by clicking on the links below:

Companies with under 40 employees:

Companies with up to 100 employees:

Companies with up to 200 employees:

Companies with more than 200 employees:

National companies with up to 500 employees:

National companies with more than 500 employees:


Are you a CEO of a manufacturing, biotechnology, research & development, or engineering business? Are you interested in taking your company to the next level?

FloridaMakes and GrowFL announce a new Manufacturers Business Growth Program designed for CEOs, presidents and business owners of second-stage manufacturing, biotechnology, research & development, or engineering businesses. Second-stage companies ideally suited for this program have between 6 and 150 employees, generate $750,000 to $100 million in annual revenue and have a desire and intent to grow.

The initiative features GrowFL’s signature programs to help you grow top-line revenue.

Click here to learn more.

FloridaMakes can also help your company innovate and grow through:

Lean product development. By applying the waste-elimination approach to the product development process, your company can reduce: time to market, development expense and product development risk. Firms that apply Lean Product Development have reported*:

  • Up to a 50% reduction in product launch time;
  • Dramatic improvements in gross margin;
  • Enhanced customer satisfaction.

*Source: NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Commercialization. FloridaMakes can help your company bring your new products and processes to the market with services to support you throughout the 6 stages of commercialization.

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*Source: NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership

Support for SBIR Awardees. FloridaMakes works with companies that have received Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards. Services include assistance with product design and testing, R&D, manufacturing processes, quality control, supplier identification, certification and commercialization. Since the inception of the SBIR program, more than 3,200 awards have been made to Florida firms, totaling more than $843 million.

What We Do


Learn how FloridaMakes works with Florida manufacturers – and how we can help unlock growth opportunities and cost savings for your business.