Business Growth Segment

Business Growth Segment

Manufacturing in Florida had over 21,000 establishments in the second quarter of 2020 and 384,000 jobs were reported by December of the same year. Manufacturing is accounted for 4.5% of Florida's GSP by January 2021. Understanding the existing business landscape manufacturers are dealing with will be essential for Florida to continue diversifying the economy to remain a global competitor. The Business Growth Segment will discuss what the current state of the manufacturing ecosystem looks like, the challenges, strategies and opportunities manufacturers are facing around workforce, growth capital, supply chains and emerging markets.


  • State of Florida's Manufacturing Industry
  • Workforce
  • Growth Capital
  • Supply Chains
  • Emerging Opportunities
  • Business Climate


Who Should Attend?
  • Manufacturing CEO and Business Development leads
  • Statewide decision makers
  • Economic development professionals
  • Legislators
  • Government agencies
  • Workforce development professionals
  • Procurement and supply chain professionals

Discussions will include:

  • Having a robust talent pipeline is critical to the sustained growth of the industry – what resources are companies seeking and using to ensure their workforce is ready for their business to grow? 
  • Access to capital and the right resources to manage growth are imperative for the success of any small- to medium-sized manufacturer – what challenges are these companies encountering when deciding how to make best use of growth capital available? How do we ensure growth capital is readily available for this industry?   
  • The pandemic highlighted the importance of resilient supply chains. How do we capitalize on the CoVID induced trend to on-shore supply chains? What are Florida’s supply chain capabilities and how do we work on keeping it “local”?
  • Manufacturing spans over many industries. Identifying the growth clusters in Florida’s emerging manufacturing markets and how to take advantage of those opportunities will be key in sustaining growth for the industry.

June 22-23, 2021
8:30 am - 10:30 am (both days)

Other MakeMore Manufacturing Summit Segments

  • Tuesday

    Talent Development Segment

    Securing the right talent is key for manufacturing. Properly trained employees ensure that Florida’s manufacturing workforce is equipped with the skills to succeed today, to increase manufacturing productivity and ultimately to generate manufacturing sector growth. This Segment will bring together experts for discussions around what the manufacturing ecosystem is doing to build the right talent pipeline for Florida and to celebrate the winners of the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center’s Manufacturing Awards.

  • Tuesday

    Technology Segment

    Technology touches every aspect of manufacturing regardless of company size. Manufacturing both adapts to technology and in many cases, creates technology. Ensuring that a company’s workforce is adept with the changing nature of advancements whether it’s integrating Smart Factories technologies or guarding against cyber-attacks, the discussion, preparation, and execution of technology is imperative for every company. The Technology Segment will host discussions around how companies can leverage the benefits of accelerating technology to foster innovation and what the ecosystem needs to focus on to ensure every manufacturer in Florida is on a pathway to implement the Smart Factory floor.

  • Monday

    Outlook 2022 Segment

    As 2021 comes to an end, the sector leaves behind an unprecedented time of change, adaptation and resilience. Change, however, is always on the horizon. The emergence of the Smart Factory and its transformation of the sector continues. Keeping our workforce skilled while growing the next generation is ongoing. This session will take a bold leap into 2022 with a “future focused” agenda that brings together industry experts and trailblazers ready to tackle the big issues.