April 23, 2024

Success Profiles

Candy King

Inside an Orlando confection factory that would make Willy Wonka proud, a conveyer belt is rolling with rows of Hoffman's Chocolates chocolate-covered pretzels. Without missing a beat — or a pretzel — a female employee meticulously oversees the march of sweets, hand-drizzling each treat with far more ease than Lucy Ricardo and Ethel Mertz mustered in the iconic bit that made TV history. Read more »
Published on 9/12/2023

Rocket Booster

Growing up in Satellite Beach, Janet Petro enjoyed a front row seat to the U.S. space program. Her father, who worked for Chrysler, moved the family from Michigan to the Space Coast in the early 1960s to help the automaker build spacecraft consoles that astronauts could operate. He ended up working on the Gemini, Mercury, Apollo and space shuttle programs. Petro recalls her family navigating their way through dunes strewn with sea oats — “there were no condos at the time,” she says — to witness rocket launches from the beach. One of her most vivid memor Read more »
Published on 2/9/2023

All In

In the 1986 photograph in the local newspaper, teenager Ken Griffin sits closest to the camera, typing away on a keyboard. The “lanky bespectacled youth,” as the accompanying article described him, belonged to Boca Raton Community High School's “crack computer team.” Being on Boca's computer team carried a particular local status: The IBM personal computer was born just five years earlier at the company's massive Boca Raton campus. Read more »
Published on 1/9/2023

Florida offers a great climate for women entrepreneurs

Women are starting small businesses in Florida at a rate faster than the national average... Read more »
Published on 4/1/2014

Carola Seminario

“I've learned to manufacture with better quality and narrow the choices.” Read more »
Published on 4/1/2014

Donna Killoren

“We are nimble. That's the beauty of a small business.” Read more »
Published on 4/1/2014

Sharen Parrish Hannah

"We always have a ready supply of laborers. The issue is trying to make sure when a project is ready you are ready." Read more »
Published on 4/1/2014

Kathryn Murphy

"We made the right decisions not to be the fastest-growing or biggest, but to be the best." Read more »
Published on 4/1/2014

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