Daytona Beach, Fla. (December 3, 2019) – The impact of the Volusia County Business Incubator powered by UCF Business Incubation Program was on full display at the organization’s Third Annual Client Showcase as two successful companies were named as the businesses of the year.
Combined, the two companies have created more than 100 jobs in Volusia County and now have nearly $3 million in annual revenue.
Both companies started at the Incubator as just an idea.
The Client Company of the Year, Plan Life Care, joined the incubator in 2017 looking to help families during the final years of their loved one’s life. Currently, the company has more than 100 employees with annual revenue of $1.6 million.
The Graduate Company of the Year, Details Flowers Software, joined the incubator in 2015 to build its’ software program designed to assist florists and help events designers grow their business. Last month, more than $8 million in flower contracts were processed through their software. The company has revenues of more than $1.25 million and employs eight people full-time in Volusia County.
In both cases, the companies were selected because of their significant success in growing their business and creating economic impact in Volusia County.
“It is very rewarding to see our startups shine around the world especially when I know they started here, in this incubator, with just an idea,” says Connie Garzon-Bernal, site manager of the Volusia County Incubator powered by the UCF Business Incubation Program. “This is what the incubator is all about. Helping companies start, grow and succeed.”
For the companies, the recognition was an important milestone in the growth of their businesses.
“For us, the incubation program set us on the path for success and we wouldn’t be here now if we had not have joined,” says Corrine Heck, founder and CEO, Details Flowers Software. “To be recognized for our success and as role models for other entrepreneurs in Volusia County is quite an honor.”
Anthony Ford, founder and CEO, Plan Life Care added: “We’re proud to call this area home and provide jobs and economic impact to this region. Volusia County is a great place to grow a company and the lessons learned at the Incubator have set us on a path to become a sustainable, growing business for years to come.”
For more information, contact Connie Garzon-Bernal, associate director and site manager, at 386-872-3100 or Connie.firstname.lastname@example.org or Alan Byrd, Alan Byrd & Associates, at 407-415-8470 or Alan@ByrdConnections.com
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About the UCF Business Incubation Program: The University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program is a community resource that provides early-stage companies with the tools, training and infrastructure to become financially stable, high growth/impact enterprises. Since 1999, this award-winning program has helped more than 390 local startup companies reach their potential faster by providing vital business development resources.
With seven facilities throughout the region, the UCF Business Incubation Program is an economic development partnership with the University of Central Florida; the Corridor; Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Volusia counties; and the cities of Apopka, Kissimmee, Orlando and Winter Springs. For the 2014/15 and 2015/16 fiscal years, the activities of these participating firms have helped sustain more than 4,710 local jobs and have had a cumulative impact of more than $725 million on regional GDP and more than $1.3 billion on regional sales. During the same period, the program has returned $7.41 for every $1 invested in the program. For more information, visit www.incubator.ucf.edu
About Details Flowers Software: Founded and developed by Corrine Heck in 2015, a florist who created hundreds of events during her 20-year career in flowers is a platform specifically designed for florists to help them book more events and earn more money. This all-in-one platform is helping the world’s best designers grow their bottom line through professional proposals and confident pricing. Not only can artists easily create stunning proposals to send to their clients, but they can use features like e-signature, recipe portfolios, stem-counting, automatic order generation, invoicing, as well as the ability to share client’s visions through the use of gorgeous visuals. Details Flowers Software also partners with first-class suppliers to get the most incredible flowers into the hands of their artists. With a click of a button, florists can get pricing quotes from around the world – locally, regionally, or nationally. For more information, please visit DetailsFlowers.com
About the Plan Life Care: We provide professional, affordable and caring in home living assistance for seniors in Daytona Beach, FL and the surrounding areas. Care that shines with a quality we can prove. We can passively monitor your loved one’s health in the home. This system uses artificial intelligence to predict problems before they happen. RN reviewed monitoring for ADLs (walking, eating, toileting etc) plans starting at $119 per month. For more information, please visit PlanLifeCare.com