Entrepreneurs come together…

Entrepreneurs come together to support investment-grade businesses
Entrepreneurs Alliance of Orlando launches

The new Entrepreneurs Alliance of Orlando is out to prove that Orlando and Central Florida are investment-grade.

The Entrepreneurs Alliance of Orlando (EAO) launched Wednesday after three years of exploration and discussion. Founders say the group fills a gap in the ecosystem and shines a bright light on quality investment-grade businesses.

The new organization will operate as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit led by successful entrepreneurs. The EAO will be a safe place for entrepreneurs to seek assistance and get help they need to become investment-grade businesses.

Richard Milam, the executive chairman of the EAO, said, “We’re going to leverage the magic of the region to help entrepreneurs thrive, compressing the time needed to get to the next level.” Milam is an example of CEO who built an investment-grade company and successfully existed. His process automation firm EnableSoft was recently acquired by Nintex.

Entrepreneurs and leaders from major universities, incubators and other business development groups came together this week to celebrate the launch of a new nonprofit that will focus on identifying, nurturing and propelling quality investment-grade businesses in Central Florida.

Tom O’Neal, one of the original pioneers of the EAO, said the new alliance is a natural progression of the regional efforts to raise awareness for quality investment-grade companies. Central Florida needs entrepreneurs to come together, help each other and connect better than they’ve already been doing in the current ecosystem.

“The region needs this, and entrepreneurs need this,” O’Neal said before the event, which took place at the Winter Park Farmers’ Market.

In the first year, the EAO hopes to identify and foster three investment-grade companies, nurturing support and helping open pathways for investment.

The EAO is a subscription-based nonprofit organization serving entrepreneurs of Central Florida. To learn more how you can get involved, visit to https://entrepreneursallianceorlando.com/ or email admin@entrepreneursallianceorlando.com.

Click here to read the Orlando Business Journal’s coverage for more news about the EAO.

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