Growing Jobs with Cultivating Program

By: Deneige Broom Email
By: Deneige Broom Email

When the economy struggles, some companies just try to keep their heads above water and can't even think about hiring more employees.

Nick's Restaurant on South Monroe in Tallahassee has been in, owner Jimmy Mitchell's family for 55 years.

Mitchell says he remembers the days when their biggest concern was keeping enough staff to handle the crowd, now he's letting staff go.

"I've cut back on my employees and my employees' hours," said Mitchell. "I'm working more and that's about all I can do. There's nothing else I can cut back on. I'm backed up about as far as I can go. I haven't been faced with this problem for this length of time."

Then there are businesses like Full Press in Tallahassee who are working with Grow Florida to get to the next level.

Since 1996, Danny Shrine and his wife have owned their Full Press printing business. In the past year they've signed up with the program that says it can stitch together the missing pieces and get a business growing once it's up and running.

Shrine said, "The ability of GrowFL to answer the questions we had and even come up with some we didn't even know we should be asking is a great resource."

Search engine optimization and guidance about branching out into new markets, are just a couple of the free services provided through the Florida Economic Gardening Institute.

GrowFL targets businesses that are already up and running. Program officials say those second-stage companies have a better chance at creating jobs.

Shrine says now they're flourishing and hiring a few new people.

That's a statement Mitchell hopes he can make soon as he searches for more options to keep his business afloat.

He's now looking to advertise. Mitchell says that's something he never needed and now that he does, he's too strapped for cash.

"It's scary," said Mitchell. "I hate to be the one to go under with it but hopefully we can hang on until things get better."

Throughout the state, GrowFL says they've helped businesses add more than 400 jobs.

14 companies in northwest Florida including seven in Leon County are receiving this free help, and it isn't specifically for any one industry.

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