State Steering Committee
State Quick Facts
Owner, Barney Bishop Consulting; immediate past President, Associated Industries of Florida; former Executive Director, Florida Democratic Party
Owner, Barineau Heating & Air
Co-Owner, Simpson Nurseries
President, Florida State Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Former President, Florida Federation of Republican Women, Owner, Cynergy Consulting
Carole Jean Jordan
Owner, Jordan Sprinkler System; Tax Collector, Indian River County
Co-Owner, May Nurseries
President, Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida
Chairman, Maggie’s List, Former Florida Secretary of State; Former House GOP Minority Leader
Holly Merrill Raschein
State Representative, Florida House of Representatives
Gross State Product:
Total Nonfarm Employment:
Rick Scott (R)
Bill Nelson (D),
Support For Local Business
Senator Bill Nelson (D) “Small businesses are the cornerstone of our local economies.”
(Senator Bill Nelson, “Senators offer tax bill aimed at helping small businesses,” http://origin-nyi.thehill.com. 3/28/17.)
Representative Carlos Curbelo (R) “American small businesses are at the heart of the American economy and free-market system. With their dedication to innovation and success, small business owners have led to the development of emergent technologies, sparked competition, and provided livelihoods for millions of Americans. They also employ low and middle income Americans trying to get ahead.”
(Representative Carlos Curbelo, “issues, Small Business,” https://carloscurbelo.com/issues/small-business)
Florida’s 2.4 million small businesses represent 989.8% of all employers in the state and employ 3.2 million workers.
Women-owned businesses make up 807,700 of Florida businesses.
Veteran-owed businesses make up 185,600 of Florida businesses.
A total of 61,307 companies that operate internationally, competing in global markets on a daily basis for inputs, capital, and customers, exported from Florida.
Florida exports reached $52 billion in 2014, with products and services going to 226 countries.
Fifteen Fortune 500 companies are headquartered in the Sunshine State.