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SPARK GROWTH – INNOVATORS WHO SPECIALIZES IN BRINGING CONNECTIONS, RESOURCES & SOLUTIONS TO SOLVE THE MOST CHALLENGING BUSINESS ISSUES

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Spark growth - Girls committed to the future

Girls committed to the future

SPARK GROWTH

THE GLOBAL GROWTH CONSULTANTS AT SPARK GROWTH ARE INNOVATORS WHO SPECIALIZE IN BRINGING CONNECTIONS, RESOURCES AND SOLUTIONS TO SOLVE THE MOST CHALLENGING BUSINESS ISSUES.

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Customizing our approach to the specific needs of a problem, place and culture – at Spark Growth we draw on the right resources from our talented network of thought leaders and experts to bring high value through strategic innovation and creative problem solving. Working in agile and iterative cycles, we help organizations determine the best courses of action with the highest impact and ROI. Then we guide project implementation with a focus on rapid and effective results.

We are in a time of unprecedented change worldwide, with major new challenges facing our organizations every day. As leaders, thinkers and problem solvers, the traditional ways of operating no longer work and even the unspoken rules of business and innovation no longer apply. In this big-data and information-rich world, context is critical and insight is invaluable to help you innovate rapidly and effectively adapt to change. For the future of your organization, how you manage change is as important as knowing what changes to make

Our passion is in connecting the dots – growing people, businesses, and communities. We’re always looking for cool new ideas that make a difference, great people, and awesome partners for projects.

These projects take shape across cultures, multiple time zones, industry clusters and profit and non-profit sectors. From the wild west of “Smart Cities”, the culture shifting aspects of thought-leadership workshop retreats and conferences, to the capital creation results of business and economic development.

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Leaders Conference 2016 Strategic Doing Workshop

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Some of these projects include:

DaVinci’s Faire – multi-generational sensory-rich community engagement centered around science, technology, makers, inventors and lifelong learners in an unique open-spaces format.

3.0 Leaders – convening extraordinary leaders and innovators, “heroes” in establishing innovation cultures to address the tough issues that are facing us all today. What are the latest trends? What questions should you be asking? Where are they investing their time and money, and why?

Soft-landing services – support business expansion into new markets, and are designed specifically to ensure those businesses are provided with an accelerated introduction into the market’s business practices, regulations and culture.

Agile strategy – lean, agile and fast, we teach people how to form collaborations quickly within in their networks, and rapidly generate innovative solutions in quick, iterative cycles.

Station 2 Innovation – building community and growing businesses in Bradenton and beyond with weekly education, co-working, mentoring and more.

Cool collaborations – from visiting the UN and State Department, to Innovation Accelerators sponsored by Harvard University, international business networking and impact investment conferences.

Spark Growth was founded in Bradenton, FL in 2013 by entrepreneurs Sara Hand and Stan Schultes. With recognized business development, technology, and organizational skills, we are certified Business Incubation Managers through the InBIA, and certified practitioners of Strategic Doing, an agile strategies development process supported by the Purdue University Agile Strategies Lab.

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Leaders 2017 Panel

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DaVinci Faire BarCamp Deconsruct Zone 2017

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Station 2 Grand Opening

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Address: 912 7th Ave E. Bradenton, FL 34208 | Phone: 941-877-1599 | Email: info@SparkGrowth.net

www.SparkGrowth.net,

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DYNAMIC COMMUNITIES STRIVES TO MEET A SIMPLE GOAL – TO UNITE PEOPLE OF ALL LEVELS THROUGH COMMUNITY

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DYNAMIC COMMUNITIES

DYNAMIC COMMUNITIES STRIVES TO MEET A SIMPLE GOAL - TO UNITE PEOPLE OF ALL LEVELS THROUGH COMMUNITY. THE COMMUNITIES PROVIDE PEER-TO-PEER KNOWLEDGE-SHARING AND NETWORKING IN AN INNOVATIVE, LEARNING-BASED ATMOSPHERE TO HELP ALL SOFTWARE USERS ACHIEVE BETTER PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE AND BUSINESS SUCCESS.

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The value members find in these communities is based on the foundation of excellence that began in 2004, when a small group of CIOs discovered great value in sharing knowledge and experience with each other about their ongoing system and business strategies. Over the last 13 years, Dynamic Communities has established many user communities and brought their community best-practices to other associations seeking to optimize value to their members.
“Our goal at Dynamic Communities is to create safe communities where users can grow their knowledge, competency, and confidence with their technology systems and business applications,” said Janet Lampert, President and COO Dynamic Communities.

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Today, the Dynamic Communities Groups represent over 120,000 individual members worldwide, representing 20,433 companies across many industries, disciplines, and software applications. By facilitating value exchange among members and providing business and event management, Dynamic Communities enables volunteer leaders to focus entirely on cultivating rich community engagement and delivering authentic member value. Volunteers are the driving force of the Communities: delivering content, sharing their knowledge, and helping to shape the future direction of the community. There are over 1,500 volunteers dedicating their time and sharing their knowledge to grow the communities. Microsoft recognizes Dynamic Communities as their go-to partner for organizing and supporting global user groups for many of their enterprise products.

“D365UG/CRMUG has been a huge enhancement to my career. It has given me an excellent avenue to continually learn about Microsoft Dynamics CRM and what’s new in upcoming releases. And I’m excited to start sharing more about what I have learned about CRM with the community!” – User Group Member

“I love giving back to the community, and I challenge myself by trying to answer Open Forum questions. I do a little research, and if I can provide guidance to someone I’ve learned something and feel good about it! In a word, it’s the true meaning behind “Community!” -User Group Member

Dynamic Communities founder, Andy Hafer cultivates a rich company culture of innovation and servanthood. Employees are encouraged to ‘fail forward,’ meaning taking, smart risks to drive innovation and garnering learning from failures. By being constructively dissatisfied, Dynamic Communities continues to drive new ideas and experiences for the user communities. 

To learn more about Dynamic Communities and to find out how to get involved, visit: www.dynamiccommunities.com/about

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Phone: (877) 324 8880
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COORDINATED CARE IS BETTER CARE

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COORDINATED CARE IS BETTER CARE

TRAVIS BOND, FOUNDER AND CEO, CARESYNC

“A FRAGMENTED HEALTHCARE

SYSTEM. A CONFUSING PATIENT

JOURNEY. OUTRAGEOUS

SPENDING. BRING UP THE

SUBJECT OF HEALTHCARE, AND

YOU’LL HEAR NO SHORTAGE OF

PROBLEMS.”

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But what about solutions? If we envision greater efficiency and effectiveness in healthcare, how do we get there?

Close Gaps In Care

Even when as many as 3 out of 4 persons age 65 and older have multiple chronic conditions and 7 out of 10 deaths each year in the U.S. are from chronic diseases, our aging population frequently identifies itself as “not sick.” Seeing chronic illness in a more accurate light, Medicare created programs like Chronic Care Management (CCM) to help patients achieve better health outcomes. How? By filling in the gaps between doctor visits with care coordination. Care coordination, which has tremendous value for individuals of all ages, gives patients access to clinical services 24/7, helps them manage chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, encourages them to follow through on their doctor’s plan of care, and gets vital between-visit data back to the doctor.

Reduce ER Visits, Hospitalizations, and Readmissions

Similar to recognizing it’s a lot cheaper to regularly change the oil in your car than it is to replace the engine, care coordination is about managing or, to some degree, containing a disease by proactively treating it with a maintenance program versus reactively attacking an acute scenario. 

Encourage Cost Control 

Fear, uncertainty, and doubt often lead individuals to go directly to the ER when a reassuring phone call from a provider, accompanied by an appointment within 12 hours at their office, is far more efficient and effective. 

Acute specialty points of care are more costly than adhering to what has already been prescribed. With greater access to their physicians and 24/7 clinical support, patients can make more appropriate and affordable choices about when, how, and where they seek care.

Where To Next?
Care coordination solutions are relatively new, but my hope is that five years from now, patients will be familiar and comfortable with them, and eager to take advantage of their benefits.

Travis Bond – Founder and CEO, CareSync
Travis is a healthcare technology disruptor, a passionate entrepreneur, and a charismatic leader. Leveraging his diverse educational background in business, finance, and medicine, Travis creates products and services that have dramatically enhanced the way people do business and the way patients experience healthcare.

14055 Riveredge Drive, Suite 600, Tampa, FL 33637 | Phone: +1 (800) 587-5227 | www.caresync.com

A RISING TIDE LIFTS ALL BOATS! ANDY HAFER – CEO AND FOUNDER OF DYNAMIC COMMUNITIES

A RISING TIDE LIFTS ALL BOATS!

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I was strolling down the beach the other day.  The tide had turned when I came upon a formerly grandiose sand castle. Before I knew it, Jimi Hendrix singing “Castles Made of Sand” was stuck in my head. I paused to see the sandcastle eventually fall into to the sea.  It was an unfortunate end to that structure – standing alone – to be gone without a trace in the rising tide.

In stark contrast, I thought more about the rising tide.  A boat stuck on a sandbar would soon be set free. Like the win-win nature of a healthy community: “A rising tide lifts all boats!”

A “Rising Tide” community creates an environment of collaboration, encouragement, and forgiveness.  

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COLLABORATION – Knowing that one single member of a community cannot accomplish as much alone as they can with others, community constituents find ways to help each other succeed and reach each other’s goals.  “The whole is much greater than the sum of the parts.”

ENCOURAGEMENT – A sports team gains home field advantage when the crowd is cheering loudly for them.  So do the members of a community.  Members should see one of their counterparts’ wins as one that helps the whole.  

FORGIVENESS – Members of a thriving early stage ecosystem are constantly taking risks.  Members should see the battle scars of valiant, but failed attempts as a badge of honor on their colleagues.  Most likely some of the innovator companies listed in this book will not be here in a year.  “Failing forward” and allowing the community to learn from it, is a virtuous trait.

 
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A key to bringing a community together is figuring out the specific values each of the members or constituent groups bring to each other.  Once specific values are identified, the community leaders can set up communications, collaborative tools, events, and platforms to make sure all those value-laced interactions happen often and happen purposely.

I see all the individual people and elements necessary for a world-class innovation eco-system already present in Tampa Bay and Florida overall.  We are a boat on a rising tide headed for the blue water of open seas.  When we learn how to each grab our respective bow lines, pull together and in the same direction, the rest of the world will know it too.  All we need is each other.

Andy Hafer is the CEO and Founder of Dynamic Communities – an organization that supports the establishment and growth of communities.  He is also a committed energy behind Synapse – a groundbreaking platform to connect people in Florida’s early stage eco-system.   Hafer’s 30 year career in technology includes entrepreneurial start-ups, large company roles, and not-for-profits.  As past CEO of Tampa Bay Technology Forum, he saw, first-hand, the opportunities for eco-system players to collaborate together in a world class way.

THE HISTORY OF INNOVATION – INNOVATION IS OFTEN DESCRIBED AS THE ABILITY TO SEE WHAT OTHERS CANNOT.

THE HISTORY OF INNOVATION – INNOVATION IS OFTEN DESCRIBED AS THE ABILITY TO SEE WHAT OTHERS CANNOT.

This was certainly true amongst the earliest settlers of the area we now call Tampa Bay. While others saw “mosquito country,” others saw a land of bountiful nature in which an important seaport and a future city could be built. These pioneers envisioned a city that would play an important economic, military and social role in the new State of Florida (1845), and that is what Tampa Bay has become.

Later, industrious businessmen such as Henry Plant who brought the railroad to Tampa and Don Vincente Martinez Ybor who built a “company town” when he moved his cigar manufacturing operations to what was scrub land just north east of Tampa helped realize the vision of the early pioneers. Tampa became one of Florida’s largest cities when its population grew from fewer than 800 residents in 1880 to more than 15,000 in 1900.

The 20th century saw Tampa Bay emerge as a modern financial, trade, and commercial hub. Some notable innovations of the time included Tony Jannus’s 1914 flight between St. Petersburg and Tampa, the world’s first scheduled commercial airline flight.

Another notable first was the founding of St. Petersburg College in 1927. The college was founded to provide low-cost post-secondary education at a time when college was something that was out of reach of most people, and it was the first such college in Florida. In 1928, Drew Field Municipal Airport opened and was soon leased as a sub post to MacDill Field. Drew Field became Tampa International Airport in 1950, and MacDill Field 

became MacDill Air Force Base. As home to both U.S. Special Operations Command and U.S. Central Command, MacDill Air Force Base has played a major role in both U.S. military history and the Tampa Bay economy. The presence of the base and its personnel in the Tampa Bay community has led to a large number of defense contractors to locate in the region and collaboration between the private sector and the military has been a source of innovation. Several high-profile projects such as the TALOS (Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit) project executed by the Doolittle Institute’s SOFWERX have begun to emerge from this collaboration.

In 1956, Florida’s public university system welcomed Tampa’s University of South Florida (USF) to their ranks. In the 1980’s USF emerged as a major research institution and is now advancing the frontiers of medicine, science, engineering and the arts. Through USF Connect, the University drives commercialization of research and economic development.

In 1981, the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute was established in Tampa and has been a pioneer in cancer research and treatment. One innovation from Moffitt was M2Gen®, a health informatics company focused on accelerating the discovery, development, and delivery of personalized medicine. The presence of USF Health, Moffitt Cancer Center, and Macdill Airforce Base has stimulated an innovative healthcare sector in the area where companies with leading innovations are growing and collaborating. Companies such as BlackStone Medical Services, a home sleep testing 

company, can operate alongside larger firms such as the Laser Spine Institute.

But not all Tampa Bay innovation has come from large organizations or universities. Some locally founded successful technology companies have included myMatrixx, Tribridge, Tech Data. However, arguably the most successful local tech company was TRADEX Technologies, an early B2B marketplace, who was acquired in a stock-swap acquisition worth $5.6 billion.

Many of these companies were built without a lot of local support. However, today there is a robust ecosystem of organizations that provide a lot of support to technology companies and entrepreneurs such as the Tampa Bay Technology Forum, the Tampa Bay WaVE and all the companies you see featured in this book. 

Tampa Bay has come a long way from its early days as a swampy backwater town and has begun to transform itself into a hotbed of innovation.

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