All About Entertainment: From Disney Employee to Entrepreneur

Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” For Jennifer Wilson, a former Disney Cast member, the dream of putting smiles on children’s faces became a reality. In 2003, Wilson combined her experience and passion to create All About Entertainment, Inc. Today, the professional entertainment company specializes in corporate and […]

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The National Leadership Institute: An Award-winning Producer’s Desire to Give Back

Countless nonprofits are born from a sincere, passionate desire to benefit and serve others. Yet, this is not a sufficient way to function as an effective, efficient and sustainable nonprofit. A successful organization demands and obligates leadership, governance, and strategy. Based in Boca Raton, Florida, the National Leadership Institute is committed, dedicated and emboldened to supporting, strengthening and fortifying nonprofits. It advocates, […]

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Empowered Girlz Power the World: Tech Sassy Girlz Aims to Close the Tech Gender Gap and Solve the Leaky Pipeline

What is the common denominator between Sheryl Sandberg and Laine Powell, M.Ed., MSM, founder and executive director of Tech Sassy Girlz? Both are graduates of North Miami Beach Senior High School and advocates working to close the gender gap in STEM industries. Inspired by the career success of Sandberg, Powell has embarked upon an endeavor […]

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2017 TechNovation Awards: Showcasing the Space Coast’s Innovative Expertise in Technology

    Company: FracTEL   President and CEO: Michael Crown                                                 Award: Rising Star in Technology   Since 2007, FracTEL has provided business-class IP telecommunication services to carriers, service providers and businesses […]

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ITProTV: The Netflix of IT Learning

How does someone go from working eight years in the transportation industry to founding a multi- million dollar Information Technology training platform? Ask Tim Broom, CEO of ITProTV. “I started in the trucking terminal, then worked my way into sales and operations management,” Broom said. “I went from Lakeland to Tampa, to Jacksonville, to Charlotte, […]

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They Can Keep the Big City, We’ll Take the Big Life.

Big Life on the Space Coast Extensive Career Opportunities: Space opened up more than new worlds Florida’s Space Coast is a case study for economic development and diversification. Business, government and community leaders decided a long time ago that just like education, art and parks, the health of our economy is a priority. It is why […]

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The Corridor 2.0: The Legacy and Future of Florida’s High Tech Corridor

  It can’t be described as the end of an era because the work Randy Berridge initiated is continuing unabated. Which is another testimony to the foresight of this visionary leader and evangelist of high tech development in Central Florida for over a quarter of a century.   His legacy, The Florida High Tech Corridor […]

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OptiGrate: Lighting the Way from UCF Labs to International Markets

  By Sebastian Northside   If you work with lasers anywhere in the world, especially Taipei andMunich, you are familiar with OptiGrate Corp., a Central Florida company radically improving the way some light-based machines operate.   The company manufactures a component, essentially a bit of glass, but the invention makes lasers more precise and efficient. […]

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BRIDG the Gap

BRIDG, FORMERLY ICAMR, IS BRIDGING THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT TO DRIVE A NEW TECHNOLOGY ECONOMY Building something significant. Something meaningful. Something transformative. These are the dreams that started most engineers down the path toward their chosen careers. And it is exactly the thing that’s drawing the eyes of the world to Central Florida and the […]

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Business Incubation Works

THOMAS O’NEAL, PH.D. Associate VP for Research & Commercialization, University of Central Florida This issue of FloridaTrep features the UCF Business Incubation Program. Business incubation works and I’ll tell you why. For more than 17 years, the UCF Business Incubation program has been a community resource providing early stage companies with the tools, training and […]

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