Next Horizon Selected as one of GrowFL's 2018 'Florida Companies to Watch'

Next Horizon was selected from more than 500 nominees due to their top management team, competitive market position and strong community involvement.

SANFORD, FL, UNITED STATES, September 26, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Next Horizon is pleased to join 50 Florida companies expected to see significant growth over the next several years as determined by GrowFL. Next Horizon was selected from more than 500 nominees for Florida Companies to WatchSM, a statewide program managed by economic development group GrowFL, in association with the Edward Lowe Foundation.

Next Horizon’s management team, competitive market position and strong community involvement were among several factors that put them in contention for the award.

“These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” said Dr. Tom O’Neal, GrowFL executive director. “They also all have critical intellectual property or a niche position that gives them a competitive edge in their markets,” he said.

“Next Horizon is honored that GrowFL has named us among the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch,” said Next Horizon President and CIO Harry Ellis, III. “We are experiencing tremendous growth and are on track to have our best year ever. This is one of Florida’s most prestigious business awards therefore we are extremely proud to be recognized as a winner.”

“This is a strong group of companies that deserve this special recognition given annually to the state's top second stage companies,” said Dr. Chris Morton, GrowFL Chairman of the GrowFL Advisory Board, CEO of NanoPhotonica and a 2015 Florida Companies to Watch honoree. Second-stage companies are defined as those with 6 to 150 full-time employees and between $750,000 and $100 million in annual revenue. There are many programs and incubators promoting start-up businesses; GrowFL is the only Florida program that focuses exclusively on second-stage companies.

The 50 companies named the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch generated nearly $1 billion in revenue and added nearly 1,000 jobs between 2014 and 2017.
Together, the companies project a 50 percent increase in revenue and 40 percent increase in job growth in 2018 compared to 2017.
Companies named to the list will be officially recognized February 9, 2019 at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa, FL. Tickets are on sale now for the awards ceremony.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit http://www.growfl.com/flctw18/about-flctw/.

About Next Horizon
Next Horizon has been serving Central Florida businesses for more than 25 years, making sense of IT managed services, digital marketing, and custom application development. Next Horizon has a track record of reducing costs, increasing productivity and decreasing downtime for our clients. Next Horizon brings award-winning expertise and a people-centered approach to deliver exceptional quality consistently. Next Horizon is led by President, Harry Ellis III, recognized in 2017 as one of Orlando Business Journal’s CEOs of the Year. For more information visit: www.nexhorizon.net or call 407-328-9228.

About GrowFL:
GrowFL provides strategies, resources and support, including strategic research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring and leadership development, to second-stage Florida companies. Created by the Florida legislature in 2009 and grounded in the philosophy of Economic Gardening® — growing existing businesses in a community, region or state — GrowFL is a critical component of the state’s economic development strategy and Florida’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. GrowFL is certified by the National Center for Economic Gardening through the Edward Lowe Foundation. Website: growfl.com.

About the Edward Lowe Foundation:
Established in 1985, the Edward Lowe Foundation is a national, nonprofit organization that supports entrepreneurship through research, recognition and educational programs, which are delivered through entrepreneur support organizations (ESOs). The foundation focuses on second-stage companies — those that have moved beyond the startup phase and seek significant, steady growth. In addition, the foundation has a second mission of land stewardship and is committed to preserving the natural resources and historically significant structures at Big Rock Valley, its 2,000-acre home in southwest Michigan.

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The Clearwater Community Volunteers Center Goes Organic with Home Gardening Workshop with Local Garden Clubs

The Clearwater Community Volunteers Center is hosting Ms. Jai McFall for a gardening workshop for local garden clubs. Pictured here are youth learning about gardening at one of Ms. McFall’s workshops.

Care of the planet begins in one’s own front yard. It extends through the area one travels to get to school or work”

— L. Ron Hubbard

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA, USA, September 20, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Clearwater, FL – On September 23 the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center is hosting a free organic gardening workshop to local nonprofit garden clubs featuring Ms. Jai McFall. Guests will learn how to grow organic foods, with little to no chemicals, to live healthier lives. Ms. McFall has been in the organic gardening industry for over 50 years and uses her knowledge of the subject to deliver educational workshops to schools, non-profits, and garden clubs to improve overall food quality in her community.

This is the fourth workshop that Ms. McFall has delivered in the Clearwater Community Volunteer Center. It features information on the “dirty dozen” of produce that are most likely to carry high level of pesticides and toxins, as well as a hands-on portion that allows guests to pot their own plant.

Jai has over 20 different workshops and educational seminars that give information on health and food related topics such as how to restore proper vitamin and mineral content to your garden soil, or composting all natural fertilizer to grow healthy plants without the need for chemically imbued fertilizer.

“Ms. McFall gives her experience and knowledge on a volunteer basis for the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center so that local garden clubs have the knowledge they need to live healthier lives and reduce chemicals being introduced into our environment,” said Mr. Michael Soltero, Manager of the Center. “By giving education on this subject Ms. McFall is exemplifying what Humanitarian and Scientology Founder, L. Ron Hubbard, wrote, ‘Care of the planet begins in one’s own front yard. It extends through the area one travels to get to school or work.’”

To attend the workshop or for more information about the Clearwater Community Volunteers Center please call Michael Soltero at (727) 316-5309 or email ccvcenter@ccvfl.org.

About the Clearwater Community Volunteers:

The Clearwater Community Volunteers (CCV) have over 25 years of community service under their belt with over 150,000 families and children helped since their founding in 1992. CCV stays true to their reputation of helping others with their new center, located on the corner of Fort Harrison Ave. and Drew St. in downtown Clearwater, which facilitates the growth of non-profits by serving as a free event venue & meeting space. CCV and the CCV Center are sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization.

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Plant Vegetable Seeds Now for a Delicious Fall Harvest

Lettuce Micro Mini Greens

The fastest way to get a harvest of salad greens is to grow Micro Mini Greens. This premium mix of red and green lettuce varieties is ready to harvest just 15 days after sowing.

Broccoli Aspabroc

Aspabroc is a cross of two types of broccoli: Italian Sprouting and Chinese Kale (also known as Gai Lan), a leafy, thick-stemmed type with delicious flavor.

Cauliflower Flame Star

The striking pastel-orange heads of Flame Star Hybrid Cauliflower are packed with great flavor and lots of beta-carotene.

Most gardeners are focused on growing food in spring and summer. But autumn can easily be the most productive time in the garden.

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO, UNITED STATES, September 19, 2018 /EINPresswire.com/ — Fall is here, but that doesn't mean gardening season is over. "Fall vegetable gardens can be incredibly productive," said Randall Schultz, Content Editor for www.HomeGardenandHomestead.com. "Now is the perfect time to plant cool-season crops such as carrots, salad greens and cauliflower. Some crops even taste sweeter after a light autumn frost."

Here are the seeds to plant now for fall vegetable gardens.

Turnips
Turnips are one of the fastest sow-to-harvest veggies. Compact and very cold tolerant, turnips are perfect for filling in empty garden spaces in the fall. White Lady Hybrid Turnip from www.ParkSeed.com is a fast-maturing extra-fancy turnip that produces tender edible greens and tasty white globes. The flesh is crisp and sweet, and the turnips can be harvested when they reach 2.5 inches in diameter for optimum freshness.

Lettuce
Lettuce is a favorite edible to grow in backyard gardens, but sometimes it can get bitter and bolt in the heat of summer. Unfortunately, that means pulling it out of the ground much earlier than most gardeners would like. But a fall crop of lettuce will last a typical family for months— especially with a little extra frost protection.

A dependable lettuce seed blend can be planted in late summer or early fall for a long-lasting autumn harvest. Mini Romaine Blend Lettuce offers a selection of baby Romaine lettuces that mature quickly with all the flavor of full-sized varieties. This lettuce seed blend consists of two of the most popular mini varieties—Truchas and Breen. Truchas is an upright grower that’s fully mature when its crimson leaves reach 6-8 inches tall. It’s also incredibly disease resistant. Breen is a bit slower growing, with medium reddish leaves that’s great for leaf-by-leaf harvesting. These beautiful little plants can be harvested about a month and a half from sowing seeds directly into the garden.

The fastest way to get a harvest of salad greens is to grow Micro Mini Greens. This premium mix of red and green lettuce seed varieties are ready to harvest is just 15 days. They are complete plants in miniature form, and you can eat the entire plant. The combination of smooth leaves and curly leaves is a delight in salads. For an extended harvest, sow lettuce seed every 2 weeks for a continuing harvest. (You can even grow Micro Mini Greens indoors in a container.) Both of these lettuce seed blends are available from Park Seed.

Spinach
Spinach is a true cool season crop, so spring-planted spinach has an annoying tendency to bolt (a.k.a. flower) as soon as the weather warms up. But sowing spinach for a fall harvest can be much more productive. Like lettuce, spinach is grown for its leaves, so you don’t have to wait for flowering and fruiting. Plus, the leaves can be harvested leaf by leaf so the plants keep producing them.

Some spinach varieties have been delighting gardeners for decades. Bloomsdale Organic Hybrid Spinach is a favorite heirloom variety for its rich flavor and pleasing texture. This wonderful plant reaches 10-12 inches tall and just 8 inches wide, so it fits almost anywhere in a garden. Bloomsdale loves to grow in full sun in the fall. Another great spinach choice is Baby Leaf Riverside. This is such a quick-growing plant that you can harvest the baby leaves in just 27 days! The smooth, dark green, spade-shaped leaves are delicious in salads and stir-fry dishes. Both of these seed varieties are available directly from www.ParkSeed.com.

Carrots
An increasing number of gardeners love growing and harvesting carrots in the fall. Now is the perfect time to sow them, because the warm soil lets them germinate and grow much faster than in spring. And as the temperatures start to cool down, their tasty roots get sweeter and sweeter. Try letting them experience a light overnight freeze for an extra-sweet harvest the next morning.

Mini Adelaide Hybrid Carrots are ideal for small gardens and containers. This Nantes-type carrot is mature at only 4 inches long, so it’s a perfect choice for fall gardens. These dark-orange, blunt-tipped carrots are packed with flavor, and they are ready to pick in only 50 days from planting. Buy seed packets online at www.ParkSeed.com.

Broccoli
Broccoli is one the few flowering plants that performs well in autumn. Even in USDA Zone 6, broccoli can continue to produce into early December.

One of the most popular varieties of broccoli is called Green Magic Hybrid, which is known for its productive nature and its smooth, buttery flavor. Green Magic sets smooth, nicely domed heads with mid-size beads that are very tightly packed. If you want to try something a little different, Aspabroc is a fun variety. Aspabroc is a cross of two types of broccoli: Italian Sprouting and Chinese Kale (also known as Gai Lan), a leafy, thick-stemmed type with delicious flavor. Aspabroc takes its name from the asparagus-like look and texture of its slender stems, but this is 100% broccoli, with a peppery-sweet flavor you will love. The key to harvesting Aspabroc is to cut the plant’s central crown as soon as it's formed. Doing this will lead to great side-shoot production, which will produce tasty crowns and stems for many weeks. Seeds for Green Magic Hybrid Broccoli and Aspabroc Hybrid Broccoli are available from Park Seed.

Another plant that grows well in the cooler temperatures of autumn is cauliflower. For a completely different look, try growing orange cauliflower. The striking pastel-orange heads of Flame Star Hybrid Cauliflower are packed with great flavor and lots of beta-carotene. Plus, they simply look cool. This veggie is great for eating fresh as well as cooked. Get seeds from www.ParkSeed.com

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