Economic Gardening

The importance of being innovative as a region will increase over time. Competition in a global economy will continue to spark entrepreneurial activity within the region. Florida's Research Coast recognizes these challenges and opportunities and is supportive to drive strong economic development and the entrepreneurial spirit. We work to strengthen our region's business capacity and assist in creating new jobs by focusing on established small to medium size enterprises.

Economic Gardening is another term for the development of local, high-growth small & medium businesses (SMBs). The strategy focuses on the development of a regional economy by using methods and tools that promote growth of the economy from within. While Economic Gardening concentrates on growing local businesses it is also outward-looking; encouraging businesses to seek new markets, whether local, national or international.

Economic Gardening aims to identify emerging entrepreneurs in small and medium businesses on the Research Coast. These are business-minded people with a strong desire and aptitude to grow their businesses and reach the next level. It provides these budding entrepreneurs with a package of professional business assistance programs that would normally be too costly for most small businesses. The objective of Florida's Research Coast economic gardening strategy is to help local entrepreneurs successfully fast-track the sustainable expansion of their businesses.

What is Economic Gardening?
Building a nurturing environment for local growth companies
Inventory community assets, resources & partners
Core elements: providing information, infrastructure & connections
Services: marketing lists, databases, competitive intelligence & legislation
Connect business, academia, government, workforce
Support the development of local, high-growth small & medium enterprises
Share key characteristics of successful businesses
Provide staff training
Create a stronger entrepreneurial innovation network

If you have interest in learning more about market research information to help grow your local business, consider these resources:

US Commercial Services - Market Research - Accurate, up-to-date information lets you target the best international markets. Our comprehensive market research includes overviews on doing business in more than 120 countries and profiles of 110 industry sectors. You can also get updates on new regulations, currency fluctuations, business trends, and government-financed projects. Much of this research is available at no charge. More Here

Enterprise Florida - The Resource Center is your source for the most current, detailed information about Florida and its economic, demographic and business environment. These business Resource Center pages offer great statistics and information on Florida's economy and business. For more in-depth look, including detailed analyses and reports, please visit our registration-based My eFlorida Intelligence Center. Your free registration will allow you to receive continuous updates about Florida, tailored to your specific interests. More Here

Florida Export Assistance - The online Florida Export Directory is connecting global buyers to Florida suppliers and generating trade opportunities for companies like yours. Florida exporters can gain international market exposure free of charge through a searchable, web-based directory. More Here 

GrowFL - Cultivating growth companies across the state of Florida is the mission of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute including a host of partners committed to the local delivery of statewide services to help second stage companies achieve their potential. At no-charge, GrowFL will provide a suite of high-end, high-speed technical assistance and business tools to companies that have grown beyond the startup phase and need access to information and decision-making tools. More Here

If you are a small to medium size business located on Florida's Research Coast and have interest in learning more about economic gardening, contact Michael Corbit at or call 772-335-3030 ext. 438