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GrowFL Announces 2018 Florida Companies to Watch Finalists


Knight Federal Solutions Among Second-Stage Businesses Competing to
Earn Prestigious Honor

Knight Federal Solutions, a Defense and Intelligence solutions provider,
is among the first round of 2018 Florida Companies to Watch finalists
recently announced by GrowFL. 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.

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"We are so excited to have made it as one of the finalist companies and
look forward to the next step in the process and hopefully being part of
this prestigious group of second-stage companies that are making
significant impacts in their communities, industries and among their
peers," says Chris Baeten, CEO of Knight Federal.

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

"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," says Dr. Tom
O'Neal, GrowFL Executive Director.

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.

Developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation, Florida Companies To Watch is a
distinguished awards program specifically designed to seek out
second-stage businesses from a wide range of industries representing all
areas of the state, not just those in major metropolitan areas. In
addition to evaluating past growth and projected success, applicant
companies are judged according to their special strengths and impact in
their markets, communities and within the state – thus deeming them
"worth watching." The winners will be announced in mid-September and the
2018 honorees will be celebrated at the awards ceremony February 9th
at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts in Tampa, FL. Visit
for details.

About Knight Federal Solutions

Knight Federal Solutions provides simulation and training,
cybersecurity, information technology, finance and intelligence analysis
solutions to the Defense and Intelligence sectors.
For more
information, visit

About GrowFL

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

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