321 the Agency was recently named a finalist for the GrowFL Florida Companies to Watch Award, which recognizes companies that exemplify steady growth and strength in leadership, corporate culture, and innovation in management or technology. —
The awards event — now in its eighth year — honors 50 select second-stage companies from throughout the state for developing valuable products and services, creating quality jobs, enriching communities, and broadening new industries throughout Florida. Chosen from a candidate pool of 134 growing second-stage businesses, the finalists collectively represented $518 million in annual revenue and employed 2,743 full-time equivalent employees in 2017.
“From the beginning of our story, we have always put in continuous effort to progress every day for the sake of bettering ourselves and this company,” Joe Boutin, 321’s founder and CEO, said about the recent nomination. “Without effort, not only is there no growth, there’s no innovation.”
The Florida Companies To Watch program consists of two rounds of selections. Finalists now advance to the second round, where they will be further evaluated based on their performance in the marketplace, innovative products, services or processes, philanthropy and empowered employees.
“We applaud these first-round finalists who have shown how they stand out in their regions as innovative business leaders, going to the next level to grow their companies. They are true rock stars,” GrowFL Executive Director Tom O’Neal said.
The finalists represent a unique group of scalable, high-growth enterprises that are already located within Florida. These high growth enterprises are an important segment of our economy and their numbers have been steadily increasing, which contributed to Florida’s ranking of 24 on the 2018 Kauffman Index of Growth Entrepreneurship.
The winners will be announced in mid-September and the 2018 honorees will be celebrated at an award ceremony Feb. 9 at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, Florida.
About 321 the Agency
321 the Agency is a full-service, integrated marketing agency located in Orlando, Florida. Infusing disruptive creative with data-backed strategy, 321’s mission is to provide results-driven marketing solutions that help brands break through the clutter to create meaningful moments. For more information, visit 321theagency.com.
GrowFL was created in 2009 as an economic development program focused on assisting second-stage growth companies prosper in the state of Florida. Learn more at www.GrowFL.com.
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