GREATER PENSACOLA, Fla. – May 22, 2014 – The Gulf Coast Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE), along with representatives from the Greater Pensacola Chamber and Pensacola State College, recently announced the graduation of one of its business incubator tenants, Engineering & Planning Resources, P.C. (EPR). The announcement also recognized EPR for its recent success, as well as its role in driving innovation within the local economy.
With corporate offices located in Florida and Virginia, EPR is a civil and multimodal transportation engineering and planning firm that specializes in designing and carrying out comprehensive public plans that address challenges for agencies, communities and the private sector. Having started with just two full-time employees, the company has since tripled in staff size. EPR is also certified as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Minority Business Enterprise.
“Our staff combines a variety of design and management experience to furnish practical, cost-conscious project solutions that are uniquely designed to provide customized services for each of our clients,” said Bonita Player, P.E., the principal and majority owner of EPR. “The CIE truly provided a professional foundation that allowed our company to grow and develop, and we
are thrilled to know that our business validates our region’s ever-progressing climate for success.”
Designed to take small, early-stage businesses that have what the industry calls “high-growth potential,” the CIE business incubator is a partnership between the Greater Pensacola Chamber and Pensacola State College and provides entrepreneurs with reduced-cost office space and professional guidance, all within an environment conducive to spawning rapid growth.
“The Chamber is committed to supporting businesses that create jobs and can sustain long-term economic growth within our ommunities,” said Greater Pensacola Chamber President Jerry Maygarden. “With most new jobs coming from small businesses, it is always gratifying when we can help out one of our own, and we look forward to seeing EPR’s continued success.”
The CIE unveiled a new, dynamic Coworking Lab in February designed for local entrepreneurs, app developers, programmers and small startups looking to work in an innovative and collaborative work environment. In addition to office space, tenants of the lab receive high-speed Internet connection, fax capabilities, access to the CIE’s conference rooms and the invaluable opportunity to rub elbows with like-minded professionals.
“One of the greatest features about the CIE is that it targets early-stage, high-growth companies to increase their chances of success,” said Pensacola State College President Dr. Ed Meadows. “Businesses such as EPR are a wonderful example of how the CIE helps to foster and expand small startup companies that will in turn, contribute to our local economy.”
For more information about the CIE, contact Kelly Reeser, Director of Entrepreneurial Development for the Greater Pensacola Chamber, at (850) 696-1314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.