Governor Scott Announces Gainesville’s STYLEDWELL as an Innovator in Business

Awards honor businesses for job creation, entrepreneurship, and export growth and excellence

Today, Governor Rick Scott, along with Secretary of Commerce and President & CEO of Enterprise Florida (EFI) Gray Swoope, announced STYLEDWEL as a Governor’s Innovator in Business at the 2013 Governor’s Innovators in Business Awards. The awards recognize Florida companies in select industries that have influenced the state’s economic growth and diversification over the last year.

STYLEDWEL® of Alachua County won the Rising Star award in a major market, which includes winners in counties with a population between 150,001 and 800,000.

Governor Scott said, “Opportunities are growing in Alachua County, and I am excited to announce STYLEDWEL as a winner of the Rising Star Award. Florida’s economy continues to have outstanding momentum thanks, in part, to Florida’s job creators. I am excited to continue to work to create an environment where Florida’s private-sector can succeed so more Floridians have an opportunity to find a great job.”

Secretary of Commerce Swoope said, “Florida and its companies continue to be the model for economic recovery and growth. Companies from every industry around the state have helped produce jobs and provide opportunities that companies in other states just haven’t been able to match. They truly deserve to be recognized for their resilience, innovation and achievements. On behalf of EFI, congratulations to each of these worthy companies and we look forward to their continued success.”

EFI has hosted the annual program for 30 years. The winners are chosen by a panel of judges that includes business leaders, past winners and EFI staff. Winners were recognized at a special event in the Governor’s Mansion this evening. The event was sponsored by Bank of America and Florida Trend magazine.

STYLEDWEL® of Alachua County won the Rising Star award in a major market. STYLEDWEL designs and distributes a unique line of medical accessory products for consumers coping with short and long-term disabilities. Their personal goal is to manufacture these innovative products in the U.S. by training and employing veterans, disabled civilians and their families. Their numbers show that within the fifth year of their product launch, they will have increased revenue an additional 40 percent to 70 percent.

“STYLEDWEL® is honored to be recognized for its contribution to the medical device industry in Florida,” said Mary Marshall, CEO of STYLEDWEL®. “With the Florida Innovation Hub in Gainesville, Florida has created the perfect entrepreneurial environment for our company as we work to create superior medical solutions that maximize quality of life for a broad spectrum of patients, as well as their caregivers and loved ones.”

 

Three awards were given in each of the following categories:

  • Governor’s Business Expansion Award: Florida companies that expanded their operations in 2012, investing capital and creating jobs for Floridians.
  • Governor’s Newcomer Award: New-to-Florida companies that began business operations in 2012.
  • Governor’s Export Excellence Award: Florida companies with new or significant increases in documented export sales in 2012.
  • Governor’s Innovation/Entrepreneurship Award: Florida start-up companies or innovative companies that have set a standard for entrepreneurship and creativity in the past three years.
  • Governor’s Innovation in Tourism and Hospitality Award: Florida companies that best exemplify innovation developed through product or process in the last three years.
  • Governor’s Rising Star Awards: Rising Florida companies that have shown a commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities.

 

To see the full list of this year’s winners please click here.

 

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