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FloridaMakes is a statewide, industry-led, public-private partnership operated by an alliance of Florida’s Regional Manufacturers Associations with the sole mission of strengthening and advancing Florida’s economy by improving the productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector, with an emphasis on small- and medium-sized firms. It accomplishes this by providing services focused on three principle value streams: technology adoption, talent development, and business growth. FloridaMakes Business Advisors provide customized services to meet the needs and opportunities of individual companies based on an enterprise assessment and include process improvement, business growth and innovation, supply chain optimization, product development, adoption of best practices and appropriate advanced technologies, sustainability, market expansion and other services.

FloridaMakes provides services through an existing network of Regional Manufacturers Associations and other organizations, and partners with public and private service providers—including research and education institutions, consultants, and training providers—to improve the overall performance of individual firms, create and retain an advanced manufacturing workforce and deliver measurable economic impact.

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Success Stories

Mentorship Program Speeds Company Growth

Reported Year
Dave Goldberg, CEO of Body Armor Direct, was looking for a mentor who had been through a similar experience of rapid growth. Specifically, Mr. Goldberg was looking for someone who had knowledge in government contracts and could lend their expertise. Mr. Goldberg turned to the American Academy of Entrepreneurs, a mentorship program for second-stage

CEO Roundtable Drives the Formation of a Cohesive Leadership Team

Reported Year
Sarah Laroque became president and CEO of EarthBalance without much experience running a business. She was unsure what to expect from being CEO and how she could best overcome the challenges that brought, like leading the team and putting the right people in the right places.
Created March 18, 2019, Updated March 22, 2022