Fifty companies from across the state of Florida will receive their recognition at an awards gala on Friday, October 19 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Florida Companies to Watch is an awards program that celebrates privately held second-stage companies headquartered in the state. To be eligible, applicants must employ between 6 and 99 full-time equivalent employees and have between $750,000 and $50 million in annual revenue or working capital in place. Awardees are selected for demonstrating the intent and capacity to grow based on employee or sales growth, exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, sustainable competitive advantage, outstanding corporate culture, inspired community giving and other notable strengths.
Among the honorees in 2012 is ENTERPRISE RESOURCES TECHNOLOGY GROUP (ERT GROUP), which since 1999 has been providing innovative and cost-effective business software and technology solutions to help companies simplify processes, boost efficiency, increase profitability and establish a solid foundation for long-term success. Headquartered in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with offices located throughout the U.S., ERT Group provides services to businesses and organizations in multiple industries including distribution, manufacturing, financial services, professional services, and not-for-profit. For more information, visit http://www.ertgroup.com
About second-stage businesses and Florida Companies to Watch
Florida Companies to Watch is unique because of its focus on second-stage companies and the wide-ranging industries they represent. The impact of these companies on Florida’s economy is immense, and this year’s honorees are examples of such companies in the state. During 2007-2009, Florida’s resident companies averaged more than 110,000 second-stage establishments according to YourEconomy.org, an online resource of the Edward Lowe Foundation. Those second-stage companies employed nearly 2.5 million workers.
Looking at the contributions of these companies, nearly 6 percent of Florida’s resident establishments were in the second-stage category, however, they generated 31 percent of jobs in the state.
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