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Locally Owned & Operated Company in the Running to Be Named “Top 25 Companies in the State of Florida to Watch”
CONTACT: Chelsea Birczak (239) 992-2943
Bonita Springs, Fla. (July 29, 2013) - MY Shower Door, a local company, has been chosen by the Florida Economic Gardening Institute (“GrowFL”) to be a finalist in the running for the chance to be named a “Top 25 Company in the State of Florida to Watch”. Florida Companies to Watch is a unique awards program that honors second-stage growth companies for their impressive employment rates and revenue growth. These companies have a reputation for generating a large portion of new jobs and strengthening Florida’s economy.
In 2003, MY Shower Door opened its doors for the first time in Southwest Florida. Opened by the Daubmann family, MY Shower Door has since grown to have show rooms in Naples, Fort Myers, Sarasota and Tampa. Additionally, the Daubmann's have affiliate stores in Oklahoma City, OK, Grand Rapids, MI and York, PA. The family has been involved in the frameless shower door industry since the mid 80's and has revolutionized the design, installation and marketing of its products and services.
The Economic Gardening Program, or GrowFL, focuses on the enhancement of local economies by focusing on the businesses within that economy. They identify companies by “stage” based on the number of employees and gross revenues. MY Shower Door ranked in as a “stage two” company, which is a title given to companies with the most potential for growth.
GrowFL provides strategies, resources and support to second-stage companies for next level growth. By supporting companies with Strategic Research and peer-to-peer CEO mentoring, GrowFL helps companies overcome obstacles for growth. Based on the philosophy of Economic Gardening, “to grow existing businesses in a community, region or state”, GrowFL is the program of the Florida Economic Gardening Institute at the University of Central Florida and is a critical component to the state’s economic development strategy.
With the right training, stage two companies can grow to become stage three companies. The Economic Gardening Program chose Bill Daubmann, CEO of MY Shower Door, to complete the program just over a year ago. The Economic Gardening Program then tracks the chosen companies for the year after to see if the program was beneficial. Daubmann said, “It was a very good program and a good investment that helps companies realize their full potential. The Economic Gardening Program is wise to create something that helps add jobs to the local economy. I got to meet other CEO’s of second stage companies and share ideas and practices.”
The year of growth tracking showed positive results for Daubmann and MY Shower Door. Just over a year ago, MY Shower Door invested in the only glass tempering machine in Southwest Florida. All shower doors require safety glass that must be tempered, which up until a year ago had been outsourced for tempering. “The addition of this machine added a tremendous amount of employees and we have more than doubled our size with the addition of D3 glass”, said Daubmann. D3 glass is a company started to produce, manufacture, and temper flat glass, a process which creates safety glass. Since starting D3, MY Shower Door grew from 22 to 44 employees in a matter of eight months and greatly increased their revenue. Christine Ross, President & CEO of the Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Bonita Estero Economic Development Council said, “We are so proud to have a company of this caliber as part of our local economy and look forward to seeing their future growth”.
In the last year, MY Shower Door has completed large scale projects in Southwest Florida which include: Disney’s Grand Floridian and Contemporary Hotels, the UF biology department, the Tampa International Airport, MacDill Airforce Base, the new Robb & Stucky building in Naples, and The Terraces in Bonita Springs. “This is all glass coming right from Southwest Florida. People from all over are looking in our area to buy quality products,” Daubmann added.
The announcement of the “Top 25 Companies in the State of Florida to Watch” will be announced in August and an award ceremony will take place on October 24, 2013 at the Hard Rock Café in Orlando. For more information on MY Shower Door visit their website at www.MYShowerDoor.com.
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The five-star nationally accredited Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce strives to serve members, promote an environment where business can grow and prosper and enhance the quality of life of the Bonita Springs area. The Bonita Springs Area Chamber of Commerce and their fully-staffed 2,000 square foot Visitors Center, open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. is located at 25071 Chamber of Commerce Drive in Bonita Springs, Florida. For more information, please call (239) 992-2943 or visit www.BonitaSpringsChamber.com.
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