GrowFL Partners With Entrepreneurial Organizations Throughout Florida To Provide CEO Forum Series -- November And December Dates

Nov 30, 2012, 09:12 ET from GrowFL

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The University of Central Florida's GrowFL program, in collaboration with statewide Entrepreneurial Support Organizations, provides a year-long series of CEO Forums. The CEO Forums provide new perspectives on management techniques through the eyes of established business owners who have grown their companies into a more advanced stage of business development. CEOs and other company executives discuss the issues and challenges that confront growing companies.

Upcoming dates:

GrowJAX (JAX Chamber)
When: Thursday, 11/29, 4 – 5:30PM
Where: Davis College of Business, Jacksonville University, 2800 University Blvd North, Rooms 171/174
Speaker: Jonathon Spiller, former president and CEO, Armor Holdings

The Rollins Center for Advanced Entrepreneurship
When: Tuesday, 12/11, 6 – 8PM
Where: Winter Park Plaza, 330 West Fairbanks Ave, Winter Park
Speaker: John Rivers, Chef and CEO, 4R Ventures, LLC

Greater Pensacola Chamber
When: Tuesday, 12/11, 11AM1PM
Where: Crowne Plaza Pensacola Grand, 200 East Gregory Street
Speaker: Randy Ramos, CEO, Global Business Solutions

Tampa Bay Innovation Center
When: Friday, 12/14, 8 – 10AM
Where: The University Club of Tampa, 201 N. Franklin Street, Suite 3800
Speaker: David Weiss, Software CEO

Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council
When: Tuesday, 12/18, 11AM1PM
Where: Broward College, Building 33/Room 1208
Speaker: Charles Garcia, CEO, Garcia Trujillo

Tom O'Neal, Executive Director of GrowFL and Associate Vice President at the University of Central Florida, says CEO Forums play a critical role in GrowFL's effort to revitalize Florida's economy and create jobs. "Economic Gardening, a way to accelerate the growth and development of promising second stage enterprises, ranks as one of the most effective ways to expand Florida-based ventures and create the jobs that will stimulate real economic growth."

As Amjad Shamim, CEO of AAJ Technologies in Ft. Lauderdale states, "The Forums bring leading business leaders together in one place to provide guidance on how to maintain a successful business in today's economic climate. They are also great networking opportunities that provide important exposure for many second stage companies."

Each CEO Forum is free and open exclusively to second-stage growth companies CEOs and executives. This program is a series of more than twenty CEO Forums that will take place throughout Florida as part of the 2012-2013 GrowFL Statewide Initiative with special support provided by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. To learn more about these events and to be added to the invitation list, please contact

About GrowFL: Economic gardening is a philosophy that embraces strategies to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state and is the basis for the entrepreneurship programs at the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL). Initially created in 2009 as a pilot program, GrowFL, at the University of Central Florida, is now a critical component to Florida's entrepreneurial ecosystem and the state's overall economic development strategy. GrowFL focuses its efforts on initiatives that strengthen the service offerings of entrepreneurial support organizations throughout Florida and by delivering critical research and strategy support to help second-stage growth entrepreneurs prosper. GrowFL has helped over 400 companies create more than 1,400 new jobs statewide since 2009. Website:

About Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity combines the state's economic, workforce and community development efforts. This new approach helps expedite economic development projects to fuel job creation in competitive communities. For more information, including valuable resources for employers and job seekers, please visit

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