MSCA Monthly news & updates
April 2021
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Florida's Caribbean Distillers
Florida Business Leaders Inducted into the American Academy
of Entrepreneurs
Florida becomes third state in the nation to participate in mentoring program
Orlando, FL (MARCH 30, 2021) – GrowFL is pleased to announce its first group of entrepreneurial leaders inducted into the American Academy of Entrepreneurs (AAE). In September 2020, GrowFL launched the AAE program making Florida only the third state to offer this mentorship program for second-stage businesses.

Hosted by GrowFL, and supported by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, and Stankowski Advanced Strategies, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation, AAE brings together a select group of second-stage business owners who benefit from mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs, business management education, and leadership development opportunities.

Edward Lowe believed America was built on the backs of entrepreneurs and was a passionate about supporting them. As an entrepreneur himself and the inventor of Kitty Litter, Lowe understood first-hand the challenges entrepreneurs face. He and his wife, Darlene Lowe, launched the Edward Lowe Foundation in 1985 to provide entrepreneurs with greater support and resources.

“The Florida High Tech Corridor Council is proud to partner with GrowFL and the Edward Lowe Foundation to support the American Academy of Entrepreneurs program,” said Paul Sohl, Rear Adm. USN (ret), CEO of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. “Seeing the relationships grow between the mentors and mentees over the past few months and the impact it has had on both sides has been incredible to watch. This is only the first Florida co-hort to participate but I think this group was only a testament to how beneficial this program is going to be for the entrepreneurs to come.”
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Angie Ruff Compass Blending Lakeland, FL
Business resiliency and recovery takes commitment, resources and time. It is a subject in which there is always something to learn.
Building upon enhanced business resiliency services of the Central Florida Development Council and a long-standing partnership with Florida Polytechnic University, the two are pleased to present a Minority and Small Business Resilience series to provide relevant information to help owners become more competitive in the marketplace. The free webinar series runs from March 30 to Nov. 30.
Click HERE to register. 
Tampa Bay area ranking of manufacturing companies by employment includes 9 Lakeland companies in their top 50!

Publix, Stryker Sustainability, Mission Foods, Tampa Maid Foods (MSCA member), Pepperidge Farm, Buttercrust Bakery, JBT (Msca member), Carpenter, GMF Steel.

Central Florida Super Region Has the 10th Largest Gross Regional Product in the Nation

Representing more than 7.1 million people in 15 counties, the Central Florida “Super Region” has an estimated economic impact of $300 billion and accounts for the 10th largest gross regional product in the United States. Contributing to the super region’s growth are the public, private and philanthropic leadership of the Central Florida Partnership, Tampa Bay Partnership, as well as the regional planning councils, EDCs, chambers and business community that recognized working together offered a competitive advantage when marketing regional assets and pursuing public policy priorities.
As the third largest state in the nation, Florida benefits from many regional partnerships statewide that have the power to streamline regulations and permitting, improve infrastructure, expand into new markets and bolster workforce training for local businesses – all in an effort to create more job opportunities and improve the quality of life for residents.

The MakeMore Manufacturing Summit is a leadership-focused meeting designed around connecting ecosystem stakeholders with the needs and realities of industry leaders from the manufacturing sector.
It intends to serves as an annual platform to exchange ideas around how our state resources are addressing the impact of market dynamics, economic trends and policies, and new technologies in this sector. 

Join in-depth discussions as we build a road-map to strengthen and advance Florida’s economy through innovation and talent development by leveraging our resources to accelerate the productivity and technological performance of its manufacturing sector.
  • Technology acceleration
  • Talent development
  • Business growth
  • Business environment

Summit registrants receive exclusive access to the MakeMore Community at This community connects Florida's manufacturing ecosystem 24/7. Expand your network, connect with your peers, share ideas, and help build the roadmap for Florida's manufacturing future.

The 2021 Summit is virtual and will take place during the 4 segments listed below.

  • Full Summit Bundle ticket (includes 4 segments) is available for $349, with the option to send separate attendees from the same company to each segment.
  • Individual ticket is available for $128 per segment.

Register by April 30 to receive a 10% discount! Use code: EARLYBIRD

MakeMore Manufacturing Summit 2021
Manufacturing in Florida had over 21,000 establishments in the second quarter of 2020 and 384,000 jobs were reported by December of the same year. Manufacturing is accounted for 4.5% of Florida's GSP by January 2021. Understanding the existing business landscape manufacturers are dealing with will be essential for Florida to continue diversifying the economy to remain a global competitor. The Business Growth Segment will discuss what the current state of the manufacturing ecosystem looks like, the challenges, strategies and opportunities manufacturers are facing around workforce, growth capital, supply chains and emerging markets. 
Securing the right talent is key for manufacturing. Properly trained employees ensure that Florida’s manufacturing workforce is equipped with the skills to succeed today, to increase manufacturing productivity and ultimately to generate manufacturing sector growth. This Segment will bring together experts for discussions around what the manufacturing ecosystem is doing to build the right talent pipeline for Florida and to celebrate the winners of the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center’s Manufacturing Awards. 
Technology touches every aspect of manufacturing regardless of company size. Manufacturing both adapts to technology and in many cases, creates technology. Ensuring that a company’s workforce is adept with the changing nature of advancements whether it’s integrating Smart Factories technologies or guarding against cyber-attacks, the discussion, preparation, and execution of technology is imperative for every company. The Technology Segment will host discussions around how companies can leverage the benefits of accelerating technology to foster innovation and what the ecosystem needs to focus on to ensure every manufacturer in Florida is on a pathway to implement the Smart Factory floor.
As 2021 comes to an end, the sector leaves behind an unprecedented time of change, adaptation and resilience. Change, however, is always on the horizon. The emergence of the Smart Factory and its transformation of the sector continues. Keeping our workforce skilled while growing the next generation is ongoing. This session will take a bold leap into 2022 with a “future focused” agenda that brings together industry experts and trailblazers ready to tackle the big issues.