OUR STARTUPS

OUR STARTUPS

Elijah Luckey

Elijah Luckey

paperwalk.io
Elijah Luckey

Elijah Luckey

paperwalk.io

I am currently a student at Florida Polytechnic University, studying Computer Science. Here, with paperwalk.io, we aim to create a digital platform, making your business more accessible to your clients and allowing you to focus more on your product and less on your business' technical complications.

Andrea Merritt

Andrea Merritt

DreaM Digital
Andrea Merritt

Andrea Merritt

DreaM Digital

DreaM Digital is a digital marketing agency which focuses on helping small businesses grow through the power of a good website, social media, e-mail marketing, online advertising, and more.

At the heart of DreaM Digital is a girl named anDREA Merritt (get it?!).

DreaM Digital was born from Andrea’s passion to help others achieve their business and personal goals.

Andrea’s career has been a varied journey that began in retail, took her into higher education, and most recently landed in the oil and gas industry. Along this seemingly arbitrary path, one thing has remained constant. In each of her roles, her experience and expertise with social media marketing, e-mail campaigns, website management, and other marketing tools helped drive the businesses to reach goals.

Craig Mozhdehi

Craig Mozhdehi

Ramp Systems
Craig Mozhdehi

Craig Mozhdehi

Ramp Systems

Ramp Systems is an Enterprise Software and Services Company dedicated to providing complete Solutions exclusively to the Logistics Industry. Software and services offered include Warehouse Management, Supply Chain Execution, EDI, eCommerce and Application Integration.

Rapid growth as a result of widespread adoption of Ramp Systems advanced solutions offering has resulted in approximately 350 customers in 10 countries using Ramp technology and services each day.

Grant Nieddu

Grant Nieddu

State of the Spark LLC
Grant Nieddu

Grant Nieddu

State of the Spark LLC

State of the Spark trains and equips entrepreneurs launch quickly and effectively. We help others spark vision, ignite success, explode significance, and radiate purpose by offerings tools and training entrepreneurs need.

Spark SITES delivers: Professional Mobile Websites | Content Marketing & Support | Business Management Dashboard | Free Website Updates | www.SparkMySite.com

Grant is a trainer that helps entrepreneurs achieve more while making a meaningful impact. Grant has spent the last 19 years training individuals and teams to expand their client base and grow their passion-filled vision.

Adam Novak

Adam Novak

Drone Elevations
Adam Novak

Adam Novak

Drone Elevations

Adam is an Art Director, Graphic Designer, marketing expert and professional photographer of 20+ years. Adam beholds a unique skill set of technical knowledge combined with an artistic eye and a creative mind. Adam has been the CEO of Drone Elevations, LLC since 2016 and the CEO of NOVAK Brand Design, Inc. since 2007. Adam has flown for the following industries: construction, agriculture, aerial golf course management, roof inspection, advertising, video production and real estate ~ photographing over 600 homes!

• FAA Part 107 Certified Commercial Drone Pilot
• Licensed and Insured.
• Professional Photographer
• Member of AMA
• Member of PPA
• Member of SEN
• Business affiliate of LAR
• Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Graphic Design - Kansas State University

Teresa O’Brien

Teresa O’Brien

Help(her) LLC
Teresa O’Brien

Teresa O’Brien

Help(her) LLC

Help(her) connects individuals and small businesses with an on-demand solution to meet their task-related needs. We connect you with individual contractor, referred to as "Help(her)s", at an hourly rate. Help(her) takes your to-do list and makes it into a done-did!

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien Films, LLC
Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien

Kevin O’Brien Films, LLC

Hey there!

I’m a director for commercials and films.

I love to tell short stories that move people toward empathy, summon goosebumps,
and ultimately connect brands with all the feels.

People love the feels.

And you want people to love your brand.

I help you connect those things in a sneaky, unassuming way.

I’ve been doing this for about a decade. I started by building a production company to quickly becoming a leader in online content for communicators. Then I made a feature film that won some awards. And now I help brands summon the goosebumps and feels to find new customers.

So let’s tell a story, you and I.

Shane Osborne

Shane Osborne

Mason Danger Beard Co
Shane Osborne

Shane Osborne

Mason Danger Beard Co

My name is Shane Osborne and I am the owner of Mason Danger and a local resident of Lakeland. Having both a beard and skin problems I found a critical need for a skincare line that would not further irritate my skin but keep both my beard and skin looking good. Unfortunately, I was unable to find anything in the marketplace that would suffice. Using my education as an OT I was able to develop a line of holistic products that are 100% natural and help men to Nurture their Nature.
Mason Danger Beard Co is a Handcrafted Beard products company that uses only Natural oils, balms and waxes. We also carry a line of tools and Beard lifestyle gear for the beard Beard Connoisseurs.

Dave Pappas

Dave Pappas

Dave Pappas Creative Studio
Dave Pappas

Dave Pappas

Dave Pappas Creative Studio

dp Creative Studio is a design collective specializing in branding, video marketing, and user experience design. After 14 years in Brooklyn, NY, the studio lead, Dave Pappas, migrated south to call Lakeland it's new home base. Dave and team now travel nationwide to meet clients for hands-on workshops, design team assessments, project reviews and big idea discussions.

Trevor Pierce

Trevor Pierce

Epic North
Trevor Pierce

Trevor Pierce

Epic North

Epic North is a software development consulting company. We provide custom software solutions across multiple technologies and for many different company sizes from startup to enterprise.

Thomas Pollock

Thomas Pollock

CanFill
Thomas Pollock

Thomas Pollock

CanFill

CanFill is a start-up beverage co-Packer.

Caleb Randall

Caleb Randall

Randall Productions
Caleb Randall

Caleb Randall

Randall Productions
Born and raised in Neptune Beach, FL, I fell in love with visual mediums at an early age. My family had a VHS camera and I began taking it everywhere he went. After years of experimentation, I pursued my passion at Flagler College in St. Augustine FL with a Film degree. Randall Productions is a full-service film production company, based in Lakeland, FL. Our filmmakers love quality production and storytelling. We know how small ideas can become big successes when they are driven by creativity and connecting with the audience. We love aligning with our clients to produce inspired film content. Whether you are looking for a story-driven branding film or a new promotional video, Randall Productions is here to make your goals a reality.
Robert Rayburn

Robert Rayburn

Vocation Depot
Robert Rayburn

Robert Rayburn

Vocation Depot
I train, mentor and advocate for persons with disabilities to support them in finding and sustaining employment. To do this, I create, evaluate and improve client portfolios, resumes, cover letters and other job-related material; market clients and network with central Florida employers to find or create employment opportunities for clients. I liaise with Florida Department of Education Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors to implement the State of Florida's program.
Rima Schillinger

Rima Schillinger

Vegetation Plant Food
Rima Schillinger

Rima Schillinger

Vegetation Plant Food

My grandmom was an incredible cook and encouraged me to experiment in the kitchen alongside her. I remember she fake-liked a pot of soup I made from carrots boiled in salty milk (aka creamy carrot soup) and led me to believe there was hope for my culinary success. My love of cooking joined my desire to prevent heart disease and promote optimal health in my own family. Since 2016 I’ve been loving a plant-based diet and having fun creating delicious, beautiful, and healthy food to share.

I’m cooking up plant-based meals for you to enjoy at home or work. Whether you’re eating more plants because it’s good for you, good for the environment, or good for the animals I want to send some delicious food your way. It’s my hope that my meals will energize you, inspire you to create plant-based meals of your own, and to eat like you love yourself.

Joel Sierra

Joel Sierra

Jeds.Tech
Joel Sierra

Joel Sierra

Jeds.Tech

Son of Cuban exiled parents, born in Honduras, grew up in Miami, FL. Wife and I sold everything in Miami, I left my job/career to start a new one in cybersecurity. Moved to Central Florida to be close to Disney. We moved our 5 daughters for a rural, small-town lifestyle. Catapult in Lakeland is the logical place for me to reinvent my professional career and launch my life-long dream of being self-employed + a consultant.

My focus is to reduce your people's cybersecurity risk. We are driven by our clients. For over 25 years, I’ve dedicated my life to serving others by solving technology problems– it is my lifestyle, its what I do for fun, for learning, and for work!

Jon Sierra

Jon Sierra

Sierra Creative
Jon Sierra

Jon Sierra

Sierra Creative

Jon wants to live in a world filled with people who value art and its process, a place where unicorns thrive and Jesus is wearing angel wings and is sitting front row at a Journey concert holding a $20 artisan bagel.

Originally a native of New York City, he is an independent art director and graphic designer with more than 10 years of experience. He has partnered with many companies such as Greenstar Panels, Allen & Company of Florida Inc., Free Life, Spano & Company, Eventrics, Ag America, Northway, along with many others. All the while, earning a Bachelors Degree at Southeastern University.

When he’s not creating, he’s still creating. As a lover of all mediums of Art, he also enjoys the occasional opportunity as a private chef. As a chef, he holds the honor of being chosen as Top 100 finalist of Season 5 of Masterchef on Fox. In addition to that, he has had a decade of experience as a Music Director and has also recently began a road toward holding a reputable name in the Fine Arts world. All the while, helping create 3 little girls with his, also very artistic, wife, Lindsey.

He is currently operating as Art Director for several projects and is searching for an opportunity in modern Street Art movement, along with continuing to hold the dream of owning an original restaurant concept.

Benjamin Slayter

Benjamin Slayter

Burnt Oranges, Inc.
Benjamin Slayter

Benjamin Slayter

Burnt Oranges, Inc.

Cultivating Interactive Art Through Community

Founded in 2008, Burnt Oranges Inc. received 501(c)3 Charitable Organization and Florida Non-Profit Corporation status in 2010. Operated by a Working Board of Directors, the organization has no employees.

OUR MISSION

Burnt Oranges is devoted to cultivating interactive art through artist funding and advocacy, by creating supportive venues for interactive artists and performers, and through public education of interactive art.

OUR GOALS

To increase knowledge and appreciation of interactive art.
To provide interactive artists regular opportunities to express themselves.
To provide funding for interactive art and art education.
To build a community of interactive artists that fosters civic responsibility and cooperation.

Gillian Smith

Gillian Smith

Carambola Consulting
Gillian Smith

Gillian Smith

Carambola Consulting

Carambola Consulting brings proven marketing and communications strategies of successful brands to companies and non-profits to help them reach their goals. Gillian has more than 20 years of experience with big companies and non-profits, including Burger King, Coca-Cola, LEGOLAND, and Teach For America. Her numerous accolades include being named an “Online All-Star” by MediaPost and a “Woman to Watch” by Advertising Age. She has won numerous awards, including Cannes Golden Lions, Effies, Association of National Advertisers Multicultural, Forrester Groundswell and Rosoff Awards for Diversity, Best Viral Advertising (Wall Street Journal), The One Show, Golden Marble Awards for Best Children’s Advertising, and even Best Campaign of the Century (according to The New York Times).

Audrey Snow-Brine

Audrey Snow-Brine

Drone Launch Academy
Audrey Snow-Brine

Audrey Snow-Brine

Drone Launch Academy

I work for Drone Launch Academy as a marketing & communications associate. I help write content, emails, social posts, etc.

Ashvin Srivastava

Ashvin Srivastava

Abaadi, LLC (dba Bunz and Samz)
Ashvin Srivastava

Ashvin Srivastava

Abaadi, LLC (dba Bunz and Samz)
Ever since I can remember I have been a foodie. Having traveled to and lived in over 25 countries, cultural experiences have been amazing. By training, I am a scientist and I merge these two passions into the creation of my food company. Our mission is to create innovative, tasty, simple, clean foods - readily accessible at value-based pricing.
Carol Stanley

Carol Stanley

Liamuiga Tinctures and Teas
Carol Stanley

Carol Stanley

Liamuiga Tinctures and Teas
Liamuiga Tinctures and Teas was founded by the Stanley family in 2019. Carol and Trevor Stanley emigrated from the island of St. Kitts (formerly known as Liamuiga or fertile land) over thirty years ago, bringing with them treasured family recipes for teas, tinctures, and delicious baked goods. Our creations are influenced by the ancestral inhabitants of the island such as; the Caribs, Arawaks, African slaves, East Asian indentured servants, Spanish, French and British settlers. This eclectic mix of cultures provides us with deliciously unique fusion recipes that showcase mindfulness at the core of what we produce for our customers. We pride ourselves in offering flavor-packed preservative-free loose leaf tea blends, vinegar-based non - alcoholic tinctures and an array of baked goods.
Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas

The King's Church
Ian Thomas

Ian Thomas

The King's Church
Ian is the Lead Pastor of The King’s Church, a church plant in Lakeland that launched in September of 2018. Originally from Michigan, his family moved to Lakeland right before he began high school, and he has considered this home ever since. He graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Religion & has a Master in Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Before launching The King's Church, he worked as a teacher at Lakeland Christian School and served as one of the pastors at Aletheia Church in Tampa. Ian is married to Molly and they have two children.

The King's Church meets at Dixieland Elementary School at 10:00am on Sunday mornings and in small groups scattered in homes throughout the week.

Gabriella Vigoreaux

Gabriella Vigoreaux

Vicky G's

Gabriella is the chef and owner of Vicky G's, a catering company that serves up a funky, fresh alternative to the traditional catering experience. The Caribbean-inspired menu stems from Gabriella's love of old-school Miami diners as well as her experience working as a chef and baker in Brooklyn. Gabriella hopes to eventually turn Vicky G's into a brick-and-mortar location where she can continue catering while also serving up coffee and her signature empanadas to the Lakeland community.

Paige Wagner

Paige Wagner

Paige Wagner Home Realty
Paige Wagner

Paige Wagner

Paige Wagner Home Realty

Paige Wagner Homes is a real estate brokerage based in Lakeland, Florida. Broker and owner, Paige Wagner, and her team of Realtors are glad to assist you with all your home buying or selling needs.

Buying or selling a home is always a transitional time in people’s lives! Paige Wagner Homes is passionate about navigating this changing of seasons through honest efforts, over communication and quality experience. We are honored to have the opportunity to stand in the gap between where people currently are and where they are headed. We see our clients as the true people they are, not financial gain, and put the well-being of our clients above all else.

We are a vibrant group of Realtors who love central Florida and are ready to help you call it home!

Steve Webster

Steve Webster

SW gApps LLC
Steve Webster

Steve Webster

SW gApps LLC

Steve Webster, founder of SW gApps LLC, has been solving problems and making improvements in the IT field for over 25 years, including 13 years at Marriott International as a Project Manager and Sr Developer. His Google experience includes being a Google Vendor, where he helped with the original Google Partner Connect website, which at the time became Google’s largest extranet site that securely connected 10,000+ partners around the world. Google has awarded him Product Expert status in Google Apps Script, Drive, and Docs. He has been a guest blogger for the G Suite Developers Blog, BetterCloud Monitor, conference speaker.

SW gApps specializes in custom software services, support, training and product development for Google's G Suite productivity software, as well as, stand-alone apps.

Lisa Welsh

Lisa Welsh

Vitality Farms Company
Lisa Welsh

Lisa Welsh

Vitality Farms Company
Vitality Farms Company founded by James & Lisa Welsh and their commitment to start a micro green business because they desired to get there health on track and decided to share there healthy options with the masses.To provide vegetable confetti to the everyday consumer and change the way people think about eating their veggies.
David Young

David Young

Davey Gravy Holdings, Inc. / Drone Launch Academy, LLC
David Young

David Young

Davey Gravy Holdings, Inc. / Drone Launch Academy, LLC

David Young is the founder and CEO of Drone Launch Academy, LLC, a commercial drone training company that has trained over 13,000 pilots. Prior to starting Drone Launch Academy, David spent eight years with the FBI as a forensic accountant and financial analyst. While at the FBI, David also worked as a consultant for companies, such as Google and others, assisting with finance, accounting, and data analytics. David has a Masters in Finance from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors in Finance and Accounting from Florida State University. David holds a Private Pilot Certificate, Remote Pilot Certificate, and Advanced Ground Instructor Certificate with the FAA. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and is Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF).

David Zahner

David Zahner

David Patrick Photogrpahy
David Zahner

David Zahner

David Patrick Photogrpahy

David Patrick Photography specializes in high end auto, boat, and plane photography as well as landscape/architecture prints, and finished food & drink imagery for restaurants.

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