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The world is currently experiencing a technological boom that most people couldn’t even dream of 20 years ago. Anyone, at any given moment, can find an answer with a tap of their phone screen.   In order to thrive in today’s economy, every business, from small to corporate, has to make sure they are up to date with each breakthrough in technology. However, as technological advancement grows, so does the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime. These days, it seems as though no person, business or even government entity is safe from the possibility of a cyberattack.   This threat is what inspired Carl Chaisson to start his company United One Communications in 2015.   United One Communications specializes in information technology, cybersecurity, system engineering, network communications and IT project management. The company provides a comprehensive range of communications, enterprise information technologies and cybersecurity solutions for government and commercial entities.  ... Read More

Board Certified Dermatologist and Pediatrician Dr. Aurora Badia founded Florida Skin Center shortly after completing her dermatology training in Albany, New York in 2001. Dr. Badia graduated from the University of Miami before obtaining her medical degrees from the Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and University of Health Sciences School of Medicine. In a mission to fulfill her childhood entrepreneurial dream, she took the leap of faith and started her business nine months before arriving in Southwest Florida via an ad in the Yellow Pages. She officially opened her office doors shortly thereafter with 13 booked appointments.

For the past 17 years, she has developed the practice to be a full-service dermatology center, offering state-of-the-art technology and amenities to her patients in both dermatology and pediatric dermatology. Dr. Badia is unique in her field as she holds a rare dual specialty as a pediatric dermatologist and is the only doctor... Read More

George Woodruff spent over 40 years at IBM, Hughes Aircraft, and Lockheed Martin developing new business in Advanced Technology and Innovation programs. Once he and his wife decided it was time to transition from corporate America, they started Raider Outboards.

Located in Central Florida – near Kennedy Space Center, Raider Outboards design and produce multi-fuel, submersible, lightweight outboard motors and associated parts that include a Safety Jet; transom plates; carts and transportation cages. One of the first successes of the family-owned business came on the heels of winning a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase I and II contract for a robotics mast. The SBIR program is a highly competitive program that encourages domestic small businesses to engage in Federal Research/Research and Development (R/R&D) that has the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR enables small businesses to explore their technological... Read More

Stephanie Vitori, president of Cheeseburger Baby, originally joined the company as a delivery driver in 2001. After working alongside five other original employees, she was able to learn the business from the bottom up and officially took ownership in February 2004. Since that time, the company has grown to 20 employees and has more than $800,000 in revenues.

Over the years, the business continued to experience steady growth along with its fair share of challenges which came in the form of multiple hurricanes, a recession, and larger franchise burger companies moving into the same block.  After restructuring CBB’s business model to ensure the company ongoing success, it was not until 2017 when Hurricane Irma made landfall in South Florida that CBB encountered it biggest obstacle in its 18-year history. 

While taking the necessary steps and using savings to prepare and protect the... Read More

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