Mercury New Media is a Finalist for the Florida Companies to Watch awards. The award recipients will be selected by a panel of independent judges comprised of representatives of the Associates and others as deemed appropriate by the Associates and the Foundation. The award will be based on the following criteria:
- Innovativeness of the product or service
- Response to adversity
- Contributions by the nominee to aid community-oriented projects
- Current and past financial reports
- Increase in sales and/or unit volume
- Growth in number of employees
- Impact of the business in the job market
The judging panel is allowed complete discretion in determining award recipients. Final results will be announced in early August. Festivities honoring the 2013 Florida Companies to Watch winners will be held October 24, 2013, at Hard Rock Live.
About Florida Companies to Watch
Florida Companies to Watch is presented by the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (GrowFL) at the University of Central Florida in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation. 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 more than 400 companies create more than 1,400 new jobs statewide since 2009.
The Edward Lowe Foundation brings you Companies to Watch to recognize the vital role second-stage companies play in the economy. The foundation champions the entrepreneurial spirit by working with entrepreneur support organizations nationwide to encourage peer learning among second-stage business owners.