City of Kissimmee and Osceola County Officials Join UCF to Open

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					                                                            Quarterly Newsletter of the UCF Business Incubation Program
                                                                                                        Volume 4      Issue 7      Winter 2011

City of Kissimmee and Osceola County Officials
Join UCF to Open Business Incubator-Kissimmee
     Kissimmee Mayor Jim Swan and Osceola           support services to help start-up
County Commission Vice Chairman                     companies accelerate their growth
Brandon Arrington joined administrators             and generate jobs in the downtown
from the University of Central Florida              Kissimmee area.
Business Incubation Program for a ribbon                Dr. Tom O’Neal, founder and
cutting to officially open the new UCF              executive director of the UCF
Business Incubator-Kissimmee at the City            Business Incubation Program, said
Centre located at 111 East Monument Ave.            the Incubator facility is part of a
in Kissimmee.                                       new generation of local economic
   Rafael Caamano, recently appointed               development initiatives.
site manager in Kissimmee, said the new             “Business incubation is one of
8,000 square foot business incubator will           the most cost-effective ways to (From left to right) Gordon Hogan, Director, Art Otero, Kissimmee City
accommodate 20 startup enterprises selected         stimulate local economic growth Commissioner, John Quinones, Osceola County Commissioner, Tom O’Neal,
to join the UCF Business Incubation                 and new employment,” Dr. O’Neal Founder/Executive Director, Mayor Jim Swan, Jerry Gemskie, Vice Mayor,
Program.                                            said.                                Cheryl Grieb, Mayor Pro-Tem, Mike Horner, State Representative
  The facility - a joint effort of the University       The City of Kissimmee and
of Central Florida Business Incubation              Osceola County have committed                       CRA to build out the facility. The UCF
Program, Osceola County, the City of                a total of $405,000 each for three years to Business Incubation Program will manage
Kissimmee and the Kissimmee Community               fund the project. The City paid an additional the facility. For more information, visit
Redevelopment Agency (CRA) - offers                 $57,000, along with $183,000 from the

UCF Business Incubation Program
Prepares to Open Incubator at
Daytona Beach International Airport
                                   News Brief
    The University of Central Florida
Business Incubation Program and Volusia                                                                         IN THIS EDITION
County will start construction of the
UCF Business Incubator at the Daytona
International Airport before the end of this        rooms and business offices with advanced                                           PAGES 8 - 11
year.                                               telecommunications capabilities.                                               In-depth Incubator
                                                                                                                                   Client Updates and
    Dr. Tom O’Neal, founder and executive                The University of Central Florida                                         News.
director of the UCF Business Incubation             currently operates eight Business Incubation
                                                                                                                                   Left: A Passion for
Program, said facilities at Daytona Beach           facilities at Central Florida Research Park,                                   Brewing Becomes a
International Airport have been selected and        on the UCF campus, in Orlando on East                                          Successful Business
construction work will include extensive            Colonial Drive, in Winter Springs, Sanford,
remodeling to accommodate meeting                   Leesburg, Kissimmee and St. Cloud.
MESSAGE FROM TOM                                 about all the net new jobs in the country.          collectively cultivate them, assist them,
                                                      We opened our 8th incubator facility           and celebrate them for their efforts.
                       As we begin a New         in Kissimmee and passed the 100 mark
                    Year, we often look          for current clients in the program. That            Tom O’Neal, Ph.D.
                    back on what we have         equates to approximately 2,000 jobs in              Associate Vice President
                    done and think about         the Central Florida that these current and          Office of Research & Commercialization
                    what the next year           graduate companies have created. All our            Executive Director
                    will bring. It sure was      expansion has been in partnership with              UCF Business Incubation Program
                    a busy year with lots        local governments that are investing in
                    of growth for many           the creation of home grown companies.
of our client companies and for the              I can’t help but applaud our partners that           UCFBIP CALENDAR OF EVENTS
incubator itself. Next year looks like it        support the program, not only financially,
                                                                                                      The Lunch Connection
will be busy as well with a new incubator        but with levels of effort in many ways that          Time: 11:30am – 1pm
opening in Volusia County and lots of new        make the program work for our clients.               2011 Dates: April 14; May 12;
company applications, expansions, and                 The Central Florida region has a big            June 9; July 14; Aug. 11; Sept. 15;
                                                                                                      Oct. 13; Nov. 10; & Dec. 15 *Lunch is provided
graduations occurring in the incubator.          advantage because of its ability to partner
     This is good news for everyone.             to get things done. I’ve witnessed what              For complete details and to register, visit www.
Successful companies creating jobs and           happens in other communities that don’t     or call Renee at 407-882-0202
prosperity for our region is the goal of         enjoy the same level partnering. Everything          Excellence in Entrepreneurship Certificate Course
everything we do. Everyone wins when             is harder if not impossible. It starts with          UCF Office of Technology Transfer Facility, Orlando
a new company becomes successful. The            the leadership of our region and creates             October 6 – 29, 2011
                                                                                                      Time: 6pm – 9pm
vision for the incubator has always been         the shared culture that we enjoy.
to do this and in numbers that make a                 We’re looking forward to another                This dynamic, intense short course explores the realities
difference. Efforts across the nation are        crazy busy year and will do our best to              of planning and starting a company, and helps you learn
                                                                                                      how to successfully develop and launch a business.
increasing too. Seems everyone has figured       help those folks that are the true heroes
                                                                                                      Max of 16 companies may participate. Visit www.
out that small businesses are creating just      of the time, entrepreneurs. We need to      for more details and registration info.

University of Central Florida’s Dr. Tom O’Neal Presents Paper at
George Washington University on Business Incubation
      Dr. Tom O’Neal, founder and executive                            do better in urban and             “We aren’t in competition,” Dr. O’Neal
director of the University of Central                                  rural settings but the        said. “Our goal isn’t to be the biggest
Florida’s Business Incubation Program,                                 effects of certain regional   incubator in Florida. We do want to help
presented a paper on entrepreneurial                                   assets on client companies    as many businesses as we can to grow and
ecosystems recently before the Technology                              vary,” Dr. O’Neal said.       prosper and create employment,” he said.
Transfer Society at George Washington                                      “Enterprise resources          “What we have found is that community
University in Washington, D.C.                                         that are important to         resources and support skills are important to
      Dr. O’Neal, president of the Florida                             companies include:            spur the development and growth of incubator
Business Incubation Association who                                    lawyers, accountants,         clients and ventures in general within a
serves on the board of directors for the                               transportation (airports),    region. These resources are more plentiful in
National Business Incubation Association,                              entrepreneurship              some regions such as Orlando than others.
is a leading U.S. proponent of business          centers, research facilities and the like-          Other areas need to develop or enhance these
incubation and economic gardening efforts        --are important to the acceleration of              assets to provide the maximum benefit to
to stimulate local economic growth.              economic growth through incubation and              companies. It makes sense intuitively. An
      He focused his paper on the                economic gardening,” Dr. O’Neal said.               incubator on a deserted island wouldn’t be of
network of support enterprises that                   The UCF Business Incubation Program            much value. You need the whole eco-system
benefit clients of incubation efforts.           recently marked its 100th client company            for companies to thrive.” said Dr. O’Neal
      “What we have learned is that incubation   at incubation sites on the university                    Since its launch 11 years ago the
programs are most effective when they are        campus, Central Florida Research Park               UCF Business Incubation Program
integrated into the larger entrepreneurial       and in Orlando, Sanford, Winter Springs,            has helped more than 160 client
systems in a given region. Incubator clients     Leesburg, Kissimmee and St. Cloud.                  company startups, Dr. O’Neal said.
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UCFBIP Advisory Board Profiles
The UCF Business Incubation Program has established a strong Advisory Board to coordinate the efforts of both the University and the
community in providing tools and resources that enhance the prospects for the commercial success of developing companies. The Board
serves as a liaison between the Incubator, the University, and the Central Florida community. Visit for the full board list.

Jay Evans, City of Leesburg                       Redevelopment from 2006 - 2010. She                                 he enlisted in the United
                                                  served as the City Administrator for the                            States Marine Corps in
     City Manager, Jay Evans came to              City of Tavares from 1997 to 2006. Her                              1984. He served his country
Leesburg in October 2004. He is a native                          past employment experience                          nine years (between active
                 Floridian and has spent                          includes    public    sector                        and reserve) and is a Persian
                 most of his life in the                          planning positions in both                          Gulf War Veteran. He also
                 Orlando area. Evans                              municipal      and   county                         worked in accounting and in
                 holds a Master of Public                         governments and private            banking for four years.
                 Administration degree from                       sector planning positions in       He was an Orlando Police Officer for 14
                 the University of Central                        a land use consulting firm         years before taking over the leadership of the
                 Florida. He has previously       and a redevelopment agency.                        City of Orlando District 2.
served as the Town Manager of the Town                She earned a Bachelor’s degree from                He is a graduate from the University of
of Oakland, Florida, and Concurrency              Florida State University and a Master’s            Central Florida with a Bachelor of Science.
Manager of Osceola County, Florida.               Degree in Public Administration from the           In addition, he is a certified Crime Prevention
     His background includes budgeting,           University of Central Florida.                     Practitioner in the State of Florida. He
grant writing, growth management, capital             She is a member of the American                specializes in Elder and Disabled Crime, and
facilities planning, and construction             Planning     Association,   the    American        Prevention through Environmental Design.
project management. Evans also serves             Institute of Certified Planners, the Florida           Commissioner Ortiz is considered a
as a member of the UCF Business                   Redevelopment Association, and the                 community organizer. Since taking office,
Incubation Program Advisory Board.                Florida Economic Development Council.              Commissioner Ortiz has achieved two major
                                                  Additionally, Keedy is a member of the             accomplishments: created a Neighborhood-
                                                  Florida Redevelopment Association Board            Leaders-Council in order to bring the
Dorothy A. Keedy, AICP,                           of Directors, the Leadership Lake County           communities within the district to work with
Lake County Government                            Board of Directors and a member of the             the police and the local government together
                                                  UCF Business Incubation Program Advisory           and proactively and the creation of the
    Dorothy “Dottie” Keedy is the                 Board.                                             District 2 Business Council; organizing the
Lake County Director of Economic                                                                     merchant community within the district to
Development & Community Services.                                                                    plan and execute responsible development.
                                                  Commissioner Antonio “Tony” Ortiz,                 He is a member of the UCF Business
The Department includes four divisions:
Economic Growth & Redevelopment;                  City of Orlando                                    Incubation Program Advisory Board and
Housing Services; Public Transportation                                                              was also instrumental in the expansion
and Health & Human Services.                          Antonio “Tony” Ortiz is a resident of          of the UCF Business Incubator-Orlando,
    Prior to her appointment to her               Florida since 1984, and has lived in the City      continuing the legacy of Commissioner
current position, she served as the Lake          of Orlando since 1989.                             Betty Wyman. He currently serves as the
County Director of Economic Growth and                His career began in public service when        2010-2011 City of Orlando Mayor Pro Tem.

Commissioner Betty T. Wyman Memoriam
                       Longtime Orlando City      outstanding citizenship and service to the              Commissioner Wyman was best known as
                     Commissioner        Betty    citizens of Orlando.                               a champion of youth causes, giving her time
                     Wyman died on June 23,            Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer released a           and energy to programs aimed at extending
                     2010 at the age of 79.       statement saying, “If there be any truer measure   education and opportunity for young people.
                     Commissioner      Wyman      of a person than by what she does, it must be      She served as the Executive Director, President,
                     was the first woman to be    by what she gives and Commissioner Wyman           and CEO of the Orlando After-School All-Stars
                     elected to four terms as     gave generously of her energies and talents. She   program and was an advocate for the program
                     a City Commissioner in       was strongly committed to our community            since its inception in Orlando in 1995.
                     the City of Orlando in its   and worked tirelessly to improve the quality of         She was also instrumental in establishing
                     135-year history and was     life throughout Orlando. Her passing is a sad      the UCF Business Incubator – Orlando in 2006
the longest serving member on Council. Upon       day for everyone in our community who knew         and worked to create a vision for entrepreneurs
her retirement in 2008, Wyman was appointed       her, worked with her or benefitted from her        to receive support in creating their businesses in
City Commissioner Emeritus to honor her           unending dedication to the City of Orlando.”       the downtown area.

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Taking Florida Companies to the Next Level
    University Research departments have                                                             projects, CEO forums, CEO roundtables,
long-served as consistent catalysts for job                                                          and networking events. Results from a
creation and often times, generate new                                                               study commissioned by the Florida High
business through incubators and spin-out                                                             Tech Corridor Council found that the state-
companies—UCF’s own Business Incubation                                                              funded economic gardening program, helped
Program has assisted more than 160                                                                   to create a total of 1,458 direct, indirect and
companies and created 1,600 jobs. But what       Enterprise Florida, Workforce Florida and           induced jobs through these encounters in
happens when graduate companies struggle         the Florida High Tech Corridor Council,             their inaugural year.
to maintain the same level of growth?            the partnership draws on the nationally                  Within 2010, Technical Assistance
    “When they came back to us for               recognized assets of the Edward Lowe                had been completed or was being provided
additional resources, we knew we needed          Foundation, which has brought together a            to 159 companies. Technical assistance
a strategy to help these companies now in        team of trained analysts to provide initial         provides access to specialized expertise in
the second stage of growth,” said Dr. Tom        services to chosen companies while training         core strategy, market research/competitive
O’Neal, associate vice president for Research    Florida teams to continue their work.               intelligence, internet marketing, search
and Commercialization and founder of                 It is estimated that 5,000 Florida              engine optimization, and geographical
UCF’s internationally recognized Business        companies meet the criteria for the program         information systems.
Incubation Program.                              – privately held, resident firms employing               In addition to enrolling 159 technical
    “Economic gardening became the               10-50 workers, generating $1 million to $25         assistance companies from 25 counties in
answer.”                                         million revenue, and having revenue and             the first year, the program had conducted
    To build on the established entrepreneur-    employment growth in three of their last five       47 CEO Peer-to-Peer Roundtable meetings
centric principles of ‘Economic Gardening’       years. Qualified companies must be engaged          in six communities across the state, as well
created in Colorado some 20 years ago,           in manufacturing; finance and insurance             as hosted 10 CEO Forums throughout the
funding from the Florida Legislature created     services; wholesale trade; information              state providing educational opportunities for
the Florida Economic Gardening Institute         industries; professional, scientific and            second-stage company CEO’s.
(FEGI) at UCF late last year.                    technical services; management services; or              Of the companies that participated in
    FEGI’s Technical Assistance Program,         administrative and support services.                the program in the first year, 124 responded
GrowFL ( is already                   “Many of the companies that qualify are         to GrowFL’s recent job creation survey (a
reaping benefits, giving “second-stage”          past graduates of incubator programs around         response rate of 60%). These companies
growth companies the tools they need to          the state,” says O’Neal. “Providing access          reported creating 418 jobs as a result of
succeed and grow. These are companies that       to these tools and resources is a continued         participating in the GrowFL program.
have grown beyond the entrepreneurial stage      benefit for any incubator program.”                      FEGI is conducting screening interviews
to become successful, but which could use            The program boasts more than 1,300              to ramp up the effort quickly and get tools
some additional assistance to reach the next     second-stage stage company encounters               in the hands of companies most likely to
stage in the business growth cycle.              through 80 GrowFL program events,                   create new jobs in Florida, and encourages
    Including     statewide     organizations    exceeding GrowFL’s initial goal of 1,000.           companies to research and apply for the
Florida Economic Development Council,            These events include technical assistance           program at

Leesburg’s Hometown Health TV Wins Major National Award
for Local Health and Medical Programming
    Hometown Health TV, LLC of Leesburg          for its investigative report entitled, “The Whole
earned a major national award for outstanding    Tooth about the Lack of Fluoride in Lake
achievement in Marketing and Communications      County’s Water System.”
from the Association of Marketing &                   This marks Hometown Health TV, LLC’s
Communication Professionals recently.            third Gold Marcom and first Honorable
    Marc Robertz-Schwartz, president and         Mention since its launch in 2009. The
executive producer of “Hometown Health,” said    Association of Marketing & Communication            headquartered at the UCF Business Incubator
the network earned the Association’s 2010 Gold   Professionals selected the Hometown Health          in Leesburg. The firm develops health, fitness
Marcom Award for its September, 2010 Back-       TV entry from more than 5,000 submissions           and nutritional video programming for closed
to-School episode.                               from U.S. and international producers, Robertz-     circuit broadcast in area health care facilities,
    Hometown Health also earned an               Schwartz added.                                     doctors’ offices, and clinics.    Visit www.
Honorable Mention, Robertz-Schwartz said,             Hometown Health TV, LLC is            for more information.

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50 Florida Companies To Be Honored
Awards Event Recognizes                                                                             companies generated $1.4 billion in revenue
                                                                                                    and added 1,153 employees (both in Florida
Companies That Positively                                                                           and out of state), reflecting a 162 percent
Impact Florida’s Future                                                                             increase in revenue and 141 percent increase
                                                                                                    in jobs for the five-year period. That translates
                                                                                                    into a 32 percent annual revenue growth
                                                                                                    and 28 percent annual growth in employees.
                                                                                                         With major sponsorship support from
                                                                                                    the Florida High Tech Corridor Council, the
                                                                                                    Florida Business Incubation Association, Fowler
     Fifty companies from 18 Florida counties       to Watch’ continue to be the catalyst           White Boggs, P.A. and the University of Central
have earned a place in Florida’s inaugural          that is fueling Florida’s emergence from a      Florida, the “Florida Companies to Watch”
class of “Companies to Watch.” The accolade,        turbulent national economy,” said Randy         awards program is an initiative developed by the
presented by GrowFL, the Florida Economic           Berridge, President of the Florida High Tech    Edward Lowe Foundation. Additional sponsors
Gardening Institute at the University of Central    Corridor Council. “Congratulations to this      include Gulf Power Company, Nperspective,
Florida and ACG Florida, in association with        exemplary group of Florida businesses that      Osceola County Economic Development
the Edward Lowe Foundation and funding              continue to invest in their communities and     Department and the University of South Florida.
support from The Governor’s Office of Tourism,      create new jobs in all corners of our state.”        The fifty “Florida Companies to Watch”
Trade and Economic Development, recognizes               The combined impact of the fifty chosen    were recognized on February 17 at the Rosen
the state’s privately held businesses that employ   companies is $423 million in total annual       Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando.           Now
up to 99 employees and have between $750,000        revenue; 1,972 full-time equivalent employees   accepting nominations for 2012 online at
to $50 million in annual revenue or capital.        and 510 new net jobs created compared                or
     “Firms like these named ‘Companies             to 2009. From 2006 through 2010, these          by calling Lynn Aitken at 407-823-6384.

Company                        County                Company                       County           Company                          County
A.G. Findings &                Broward               Engineered Lining Systems     Duval            NRI                              Palm Beach
Mfg. Co. Inc.
                                                     Engineering & Computer        Orange           OmniPoint                        Hillsborough
Aerostar Environmental         Duval                 Simulations (ECS) *
Services, Inc.                                                                                      OptiGrate Corp **                Orange
                                                     Enporion                      Hillsborough
Airon Corporation              Brevard
                                                                                                    Pharmaworks                      Pasco
                                                     FreightCenter                 Pasco
Alinean, Inc.*                 Orange
                                                                                                    Phoenix Ink Corporation          Sarasota
                                                     GiftRAP Corporation           Martin
Analytics Partners             Duval
                                                                                                    PlusOne Solutions, Inc. *        Orange
                                                     H2 Performance                Escambia
Ark Naturals                   Collier               Consulting Corporation                         Power Grid                       Seminole
Products for Pets
                                                     Haynes Corporation            Collier          Engineering, LLC
atLarge, Inc.                  Sarasota
                                                                                                    Pro Poly of America, Inc.        Marion
                                                     Hixardt Technologies Inc      Escambia
Avalex Technologies            Escambia
Corporation                                          Impact Lighting Inc.          Orange
B3 Solutions, LLC              Duval                                                                SCB Marketing                    Brevard
                                                     IMS ExpertServices            Escambia
Bari Furniture                 Seminole                                                             Securboration Inc.               Brevard
                                                     Industrial Lighting           Seminole
Bit-Wizards                    Okaloosa              Products, Inc.                                 THAT! Company                    Lake
                                                     Innovative Data               Orange
Blue Streak Couriers           Duval                                                                The DiSTI Corporation            Orange
                                                     Solutions, Inc.
Carter-Health                  Orange                JVI Appraisal Division, LLC   Seminole         The Kimball Companies            Orange

Compass Solar Energy           Escambia              Keystone Water Company        Highlands        The Launch Pad                   Pasco

DGG Taser and                  Duval                 Lakeside Medical Centers      Pinellas         VaxDesign Corporation            Orange
Tactical Supply Inc
                                                     Media Vista Corporation       Collier
E3 Spark Plugs                 St. Johns                                                                  * UCFBIP Graduate
                                                     Millennium Luxury Coaches     Seminole               ** UCFBIP Current Client
eBridge Solutions              Hillsborough

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ECS Recognized for Innovation in Central Florida Community
     In September 2010, Engineering &                                                                          Valencia Community College’s Digital Media
Computer Simulations (ECS) was awarded a                                                                       Technology Advisory Committee, Otronicon
proclamation by Orange County Mayor Richard                                                                    Advisory Board and the Executive Committee
Crotty, that was presented to president Waymon                                                                 Sunshine Chapter of AUSA.
Armstrong during the Board of Commissioners                                                                         Before starting ECS, Armstrong directed
meeting, in recognition of the company’s                                                                       computer-modeling activities at a multi-million
innovations in computer-based gaming,                                                                          dollar Program management and Engineering
virtual world technology and in recognition of                                                                 firm, and served as a project manager for
                                                   Waymon Armstrong and his family pose with former Orange
Armstrong’s leadership and participation in the                                                                large-scale crisis response teams. He has over
                                                   County Mayor Crotty and other Orange County Commissioners
community.                                                                                                     twenty five years experience in engineering and
                                                   as he receives his proclamation award.
     “I am humbled as I accept this                                                                            technology related fields including twenty years
proclamation award, and I am so grateful to        Earlier this year, Armstrong was named the U.S.             in management.
Orange County Mayor Rich Crotty and the            Small Business Administration’s National Small                   ECS was named on the prestigious Inc.
Orange County Commissioners for their work         Business Person of the Year.                                500/5000 in 2009 and 2010. Also in 2009,
in creating an atmosphere where business and            ECS has provided virtual world based                   ECS made the Deloitte Fast 500, Washington
entrepreneurship can flourish – and as we all      services and technical support to a number of               Technology Fast 50, as well as several other
know, this translates to job creation. I am also   government agencies, including, most notably,               awards. ECS was recently ranked number 12 on
grateful for the leadership of George Rodon,       the Department of Defense. In particular, ECS               the OBJ Book of Lists for the largest modeling,
John Lewis, Dr. John Hitt, LTG Tom Baptiste        offers products and services designed to enhance            simulation and training companies. In March
and the many partners that mean success to         traditional methods of learning by offering                 2010, the Florida Small Business Administration
Orlando and Orange County.”, said Armstrong.       clients modifiable, immersive virtual worlds that           selected ECS President and CEO Waymon
     Headquartered in Orlando, Engineering         can provide environments for integrating new                Armstrong as Florida’s Small Business Person
and Computer Simulations (ECS) is a leading        technology, tools and information.                          of the Year and in late May, the Small Business
provider of educational games and simulation,           ECS was founded by Waymon Armstrong,                   Administration selected Armstrong for its top
interactive performance assessment tools,          who also serves on the Orlando, Inc. Board                  award, the National Small Business Person of
mobile learning environments and enterprise-       of Directors and was a featured speaker at its              the Year. Most recently ECS was selected as a
wide information management systems. The           2009 B.I.G. Summit (Business Innovation                     Florida Company to Watch and was recognized
company launched in 1997 as a client of the        & Growth). Armstrong also serves on the                     on February 17.
UCF Business Incubation Program and has            Metro Orlando Military Affairs Advisory                          For       more       information       visit
grown tremendously since.                          Committee, Digital Media Alliance of Florida,     

A $100,000 Competition for Promising Energy Ventures
     MegaWatt Ventures is an annual clean                                                                      energy-industry veterans and entrepreneurs will
energy business plan competition, scheduled                                                                    be dedicated to assist in commercializing the
for September 8 & 9, 2011 at the Florida Solar                                                                 innovations into high-growth businesses.
Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida.                                                                               Eligibility Requirements:
     Sponsored by the U.S. Department of                                                                       Teams must have at least one engineering
Energy, this event gives students and technology   build their product in six months. The grand                 • student from a Florida university
entrepreneurs a chance to launch new ventures      prize winner will receive $100K to launch                      Selected teams must incorporate their
that are focused on innovative energy products.    their new company and be invited to attend                   • business in Florida
     Megawatt Ventures will consider any           the National Renewable Energy Labs Industry                    Small technology businesses can apply, but
innovative energy technology, and has a catalog    Growth Forum in October.                                     • must be under $1M in revenues
of energy-related intellectual property from            By entering the MegaWatt Ventures                         All prize monies must be used to develop
Florida universities that you can use for the      competition, participants will have access to                • proposed energy products
competition.                                       a broad array of resources and educational
     Ten teams will be selected to compete based   programs to help grow their energy product                      For more information and participation
on the quality of their proposed technology, the   concepts into high growth businesses.                       requirements, visit www.megawattventures.
team, and potential market of their idea.          Additionally, experienced business mentors,                 com or call 407-882-0594.
     Ten selected teams will receive $10K to       venture capitalists, technical experts, and

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UCFBIP Staff Update
                     Rafael Caamano                                      Peggy Allen                                       Jessica Filter
                         The      University                                       Peggy Allen is the                              In       October,
                  of     Central     Florida                              new Program Assistant                             Jessica Filter joined
                  Business       Incubation                               for the UCF Business                              the     UCFBIP     team
                  Program has appointed                                   Incubator in Sanford.                             as Program Assistant
                  Rafael          Caamano                                 She is very excited to be a                       for the UCF Business
                  site manager at the                                     part of the UCF team and                          Incubator – St Cloud.
UCF Business Incubator in Kissimmee.               loves working in the historic downtown area of       Her responsibilities are to assist clients,
    Gordon Hogan, director of the                  Sanford. Allen is looking forward to assisting       service providers and all organizations
UCF      Business   Incubation     Program,        the Sanford Incubator clients reach their dreams     that enter the UCF Business Incubator
said Caamano joined the UCF Business               and goals. She equates it to being a mother,         – St Cloud.       This includes scheduling
Incubation Program three years ago.                watching her children grow and flourish.             training     seminars,      meetings    and
    Caamano has more than three years                   Allen served as the Director of Membership      networking events held at the facility.
of experience in business incubation               & Finance for the Oviedo-Winter Springs                   Filter has resided in the St. Cloud
management as program coordinator at the           Regional Chamber of Commerce for the                 area for more than 30 years. Prior to

  “                                                                                                      “
UCF Business Incubator in Winter Springs,          past three years. There she developed many           joining the team, she worked with Robert
                                                   friendships with a variety of business owners
  “Rafael Caamano is one                           and learned all about their businesses. She           “I look forward to playing
  of the new generation of                         listened to them and learned of their challenges      a part in the path of
  economic development                             and the need for support, education and
                                                                                                         addressing the needs of
  specialists whose experience                     assistance. She understood that many of them
                                                   were coming out of the corporate world and
                                                                                                         these entrepreneurs and
  is focused on new jobs and                                                                             helping them to become
                                                   entering into private business for the first time.
  new opportunities.”                              Many of them didn’t know the process or all the       successful.”
  Dr. Tom O’Neal                                   demands that an entrepreneur experiences and          Jessica Filter
                                                   how to find help. Allen realized the importance
Hogan said. He also served as interim point        of networking and marketing for the small            Half International and Davis Property
of contact at the Business Incubator in Sanford.   business entrepreneur and found ways to help         Management as a compliance specialist.
     Camaano holds a Bachelor’s Degree             them accomplish this difficult challenge. She        She is active in the community and serves
in Business Management from Polytechnic            implemented Lunch and Learns, conducted              as an OASIS School Volunteer as well as
University of Puerto Rico, an Incubator            new member orientations, leads/referral groups       with the local Pop Warner Football league.
Management Certification from the National         and committees, as well as attending other               Filter looks forward to working with a
Business Incubation Association (NBIA), and        outside network groups. She did business             variety of businesses in diverse industries
will receive his M.B.A. in the spring.             spotlights and education segments at network         and watching them grow their companies. I
     Dr. Tom O’Neal, founder and executive         groups, focusing her attention on the how to’s       look forward to playing a part in the path of
director of the UCF Business Incubation            of face-to-face networking, breaking the ice and     addressing the needs of these entrepreneurs
Program said Caamano has made a valuable           the art of engaging conversations. Allen was also    and helping them to become successful.
addition to the program’s executive staff.         fortunate enough to graduate from the final class
     “Rafael Caamano is one of the new             of the Seminole County’s Citizens Academy.
generation of economic development specialists          Prior to working for the chamber, Allen          DID YOU KNOW?
whose experience is focused on new jobs            was a licensed title insurance agent and worked
                                                                                                         The University of Central
and new opportunities,” Dr. O’Neal said.           in the industry for 17 years. Over the years,         Florida now ranks among
     UCF, Osceola County and Kissimmee city        her dedication to superior client service and         the nation’s top research
                                                                                                         institutions, according to
officials recently opened the UCF Business         her professional business talents enabled her         the Carnegie Foundation
Incubator in the City Centre Business Building     to advance from a closing specialist, to branch       for the Advancement of Teaching. It
                                                                                                         designated UCF as a university with
on East Monument Avenue in Kissimmee.              manager, to regional manager. She was awarded         “very high research activity.” UCF
The 8,000 square foot facility has offices and     the Million Dollar Club award for the revenue         joins universities such as Harvard, the
                                                                                                         Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
administrative space to accommodate 20             her office generated in sales. She was a member of    Johns Hopkins and Stanford in that top
startup enterprises selected to join the UCF       the Professional Women’s Who’s Who in 1998.           tier, which does not include specific
Business Incubation program, Hogan said.                                                                 rankings for each university.

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                       Incubator Client Profiles
                                                   providing a new technology into the Northern       terms.
           UCFBI - Winter                          American commercial construction market                  This year, Greensleeves plans on selling
             Springs                               that can reduce the amount of energy used          3-5 pilot buildings that will have their
                                                   by commercial buildings by 35-50% with             version on solution technologies. Currently,
                                                   little or no increase in construction cost.        ten design-build contractors are actively
       Greensleeves - An
                                                   This new energy system substitutes locally         selling their solution which has produced 12
     Integrated Approach
                                                   harvested, renewable energy (replacing             feasibility studies, three of which are paid
      to Energy Systems                            conventional fossil fuels), uses multiple          schematic design engagements. The company
      for the Commercial                           energy sources, is delivered as a complete         plans to include 6 more contractors this
        Building Market                            system, is fundamentally more efficient than       fall. The company is working to become the
                                                   a central air system, and is optimized for cost/   top recognized brand and cost leader in the
                         Energy consumption        performance. All of these features help make       market, thereby creating world-class career
                     in commercial buildings       this system more economically efficient than       opportunities, and increased market reach and
                       is a very expensive         other technologies.                                value.
                        component of the                 In just this last year, Greensleeves has           In May of 2010 Greensleeves joined
                        cost for maintaining       filed multiple provisional patents, exceeded its   the University of Central Florida Business
                        a building. Experts        year to date channel recruiting goal, signed a     Incubation Program – Winter Springs where
                       say that energy is          deal to provide NASA with a geothermal bore        Esther Vargas-Davis and Gordon Hogan
                     approximately       27%       field and broken escrow on a second round          provided advice and assistance. The program
                  of the life-cycle cost of a      of financing. In addition, LJB Inc has made        has allowed them to participate in seminars
             building while construction cost      a significant investment in Greensleeves and       on patents, R&D tax credits, and strategic
is only 11%. Knowing this, the founders            agreed to sell 1/3 of Greensleeves projected       interviewing that have been beneficial to the
of Greensleeves, LLC decided to create a           revenue over the course of the next three          company’s success. It has also allowed them
company that would focus on using alternative      years. GMB Architecture + Engineering has          to establish valuable networking connections,
energy to reduce energy costs.                     also signed a partnership with Greensleeves        such as one with Frank Watts of the Venture
    Since July 2007, Greensleeves has been         to obtain engineering services on favorable        Lab. Website:

                                                   soon set for his Orange Blossom Pilsner to be      Incubation Program to further the company’s
       UCFBI - Orlando                             marketed to the public.                            growth. He currently brews his beer through
                                                        Since its creation, Orange Blossom Pilsner    a contract in South Carolina, but
                                                   has received a Bronze medal at the Great           feels that brewing in Orlando
                                                                                    American          and becoming truly local will
   A Passion for Brewing                                                            Beer Festival     have many great benefits.
   Becomes a Successful                                                             which is said     “The Incubator is the
     Business Venture                                                               to be the most    perfect path to that for
                                                                                    prestigious       me,” says Moench. “I
     Orange Blossom Pilsner, “Florida’s                                             b e e r           have this incredible
Honey Beer”, began as one man’s passion                                             competition       product with fans
for the art of brewing. Tom Moench began                                            on the planet.    across     the   US
experimenting with brewing as a hobby and                                           It has also       and my company
it quickly--slowly-- turned into a business        accrued fans across the US pushing OBP’s           needs a lot of fine
venture. When Moench first started out he used     distribution into South Florida. OBP is            tuning to reach its
every resource available to him by researching     available in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, North      potential.”    With
techniques, sampling different beers from          Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.            the      incubator’s
around the world and experimenting with            Even still, Moench is looking to expand and        help, he hopes to
a myriad of different ingredients including        refine his business even more. His current         turn Orange Blossom
shiitake mushrooms, ginseng, all sorts of fresh    goal is to “offer the mainstream beer drinker      Pilsner into, “Florida’s
fruit, coconut, oak, spices and more. “I came      fun and exciting beers and to wean them off        Beer.”       For more
to feel more like an artist than a brewer,” he     of bland watery beer, all the while making a       information       visit
said. He soon came to the conclusion that          technically superior product.”                     www.uniquebeers.
honey was his favorite ---a great--ingredient to        Although Moench has already led his           com.
work with and developed a beer that even “the      brewing business to much success, he is                       Tom Moench
most timid beer drinker” loved. The stage was      now enlisting the help of UCF’s Business

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                       Incubator Client Profiles
                                                             The company was entirely bootstrap                                 and the use of the instrumentation at the Major
   UCFBI - Research Park                           financed and impressively continues to operate                               Analytical Instrumentation Center (MAIC)
                                                   debt free today. Their early success was                                     as well as the University of South Florida’s
                                                   attributed to having clients that were familiar                              Nanomaterials and Nanomanufacturing
          Big Solutions to
                                                   with the quality of their work, resulting in                                 Research Center (NNRC).
          Small Problems                           positive cash flow during the earliest stages of                                  The bulk of NanoSpective’s business is
                                                   business.                                                                    directed towards providing analytical support
                                                                                                                                that has lead to the protection of intellectual
                                                                                                                                property rights over the past eight years.
      Specializing in nanoscale analysis (the                                                                                   Protecting the patent rights of inventors helps
art of ), NanoSpective uses state-of-the-                                                                                       to ensure that the drive for innovation will
art scientific instruments and cutting-edge                                                                                     thrive. NanoSpective finds it instrumental
technology from state universities supported                                                                                    in bringing newer, faster, safer, lighter high
by the Florida High Tech Corridor Council,                                                                                      performance technology and products to
to perform nanoscale evaluation of products        (From left to right) Brian Kempshall, Ph.D., CTO; Jennifer McKinley, M.S.,   market.
made from semiconductor, metal, ceramic,           CFO; Brenda Prenitzer, Ph.D. CEO and Stephen Schwarz, Ph.D., COO                  Some areas that NanoSpective provides
composite and polymer materials.           The                                                                                  support for companies include: research
company’s team of scientists offer complete              Recognizing the value of interaction                                   and development, quality control, failure
solutions for intellectual property issues,        with professors and students in the research                                 analysis and intellectual property protection.
failure analysis, quality control, and materials   environment, NanoSpective has established                                    NanoSpective has provided scientific evidence,
research.                                          technical collaborations and university                                      as well as expert testimony for cases on the
     Established by a team of four UCF             partnerships with the following: the industrial                              corporate, civil, federal, and international
graduates with advanced degrees in                 affiliates program at the University of Central                              levels.
Materials Science, Mechanical and Electrical       Florida’s Materials Characterization Center                                       According to Dr. Prenitzer, “Our
Engineering and Chemistry, the company was         (MCF), a user facility of the Advanced                                       experiences and business relationships
formed in November 2002, and joined the            Materials Processing and Analysis Center                                     through the UCFBIP, have allowed us to
UCF Business Incubation Program in April           (AMPAC). NanoSpective’s scientists also                                      grow and develop the important skills needed
2003. The original founders include: Brenda        provide operational training and applications                                to continue to operate a successful business,
Prenitzer, Ph.D. CEO; Brian Kempshall,             support to students who work at the MCF.                                     allowing us navigate successfully through
Ph.D., CTO; Stephen Schwarz, Ph.D., COO            NanoSpective also has a collaborative                                        these difficult economic times.” Website:
and Jennifer McKinley, M.S., CFO.                  arrangement with the University of Florida                         
                                                   on-line,      automating
         UCFBI - Sanford                           back-office      processes,
                                                   updating        technology
                                                   infrastructure,           or
    AceApplications Aims                           developing          mission                                                      As a way to achieve this goal, the Orlando
     for a Bright Future                           critical software, the                                                       Business Journal selected Powell as one of
                                                   company works to solve                                                       Orlando’s “Top 40 Business Leaders Under
     AceApplications, LLC is an information        problems and increase                                                        40” in July 2010. Additionally, they were
technology consulting service provider,            operational       efficiency      Courtney Powell                            awarded the “Emerging Business of the Year”
based in Seminole County, offering software        through development of reliable technology                                   in 2009, by the African American Chamber of
and web development, cloud computing               solutions, building a foundation of trust with                               Commerce.
solutions, IT staffing and technology sales        customers.                                                                       According to Powell “Being a part of
for businesses, government agencies and non-            Founder and president, Courtney Powell                                  the UCF Business Incubation Program
profit organizations.                              established the company in February 2001 as                                  has provided many key support resources
     With over 40 years of combined experience     a web development practice, but through the                                  for AceApplications, which has allowed
in industries such as financial services,          years, it evolved into a premier technology                                  us to focus on running and growing our
commercial real estate, Department of Defense      solutions provider. Powell’s goals for growing                               business. We have the flexibility to conduct
contracting, higher educational institutions       the company include quadrupling clients in                                   business in the wider Orlando area, while
and others, AceApplications’ team of highly        the education sector over the next year, while                               having access to a network of top notch
skilled technology professionals develop           expanding its products and services to include                               professionals and resources, which continues
customized solutions based on clients needs.       more industries, thereby evolving as one of                                  to further advance our goals.” Website
Whether it’s marketing products or services        Central Florida’s top businesses.                                  

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                                                   started providing tutoring services in 2006               well as employed double the amount of tutors
   UCFBI - Winter Springs                          to students in the Seminole County area in                and teachers. Referrals have been a huge part
                                                   2006 and took a few Latin courses taught by               of their growth and success within the last
       Maximizing Student                          Robie. Together, the two formed a vision for a            year. But the amount of success in such a
      Performance Through                          business that would use both of their expertise           short timeframe would not have been possible
     Innovative Approaches
                                                   to empower students to complete high school               if the Business Incubation Program had not
       - We Pick Up Where
                                                   and pursue the best college future possible.              provided them with the tools they needed to
        School Leaves Off!
                                                        This past summer, they provided their                succeed.
                                                   tutoring services to over 200 students from                    As a client of the UCF Business
                                                   over a dozen schools in the Central Florida               Incubation Program, they participated in
                                                   area. They provided classes in the Winter                 periodic business meetings and received
                                                   Springs/Casselberry area, Longwood, and                   the experience and advice from Gordon,
     The Robie Learning Center aims to             Orlando/Winter Park classes. In addition, they            Esther and Rafael that helped their company
provide high school students with the materials    have renewed their contract with the Chinese              become what it is today. The seminars
and high-quality, direct instruction that will     School of the Chinese-American Association                provided to them from the Incubator and the
prepare students for national standardized         of Central Florida and will provide home-                 SBDC has allowed them to take advantage
tests. The RLC was founded on August 12,           based classes (where the tutors come to the               of opportunities that would help for
2009 by Ryan Beasley and Daniel Robie.             students). The RLC is the first to provide this           development within the management team.
     Robie spent twelve years teaching in the      service giving them a unique edge on their                The Incubation Program has essentially helped
Seminole County Public Schools system,             competition.                                              them in not just expanding their company,
where he is currently teaching Latin, Classical,        In only a year, RLC has experienced                  but taught them the skills they needed to
Literature, and Critical Thinking and Study        tremendous growth. They are teaching twice                become the best business owners. Website:
Skills at Winter Springs High School. Beasley      as many classes and students than last year as  

  Companies currently serving :: 100               >> NBIA estimates that North American incubator          >> Research has shown that for every $1 of
                                                   client and graduate companies have created about         estimated public operating subsidy provided the
  Companies Graduated :: 51 (46 Still in region)
                                                   half a million jobs since 1980. That is enough jobs to   incubator, clients and graduates of NBIA member
  Companies assisted in total :: 160               employ every person living in Denver, Colo.              incubators generate approximately $30 in local tax
  Jobs created :: 1600                                                                                      revenue alone.
                                                   >> Every 50 jobs created by an incubator client
  Average salary :: $60,000                        generate approximately 25 more jobs in the same          >> NBIA members have reported that 84 percent
  Investment raised :: $190M                       community.                                               of incubator graduates stay in their communities
                                                                                                            and continue to provide a return to their investors.
  Generated annual revenue :: $500M                >> NBIA estimates that in 2005 alone, North
  Patents held by UCFBIP clients :: 286            American incubators assisted more than 27,000            >> Publicly supported incubators create jobs at
                                                   start-up companies that provided full-time               a cost of about $1,100 each, whereas other publicly
  Copyrights held by UCFBIP clients :: 75          employment for more than 100,000 workers and             supported job creation mechanisms cost more than
  Trademarks held by UCFBIP clients :: 47          generated annual revenue of more than $17 billion.       $10,000 per job created.

  Trade secrets held by UCFBIP clients :: 64                                                                Source:

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                        Incubator Client Profiles
                                                     Mobile Marketing space. According to Bonner,         sales, operations & finance departments.
   UCFBI - Winter Springs                            “In a Nestle® Waters campaign conducted on           Bonner has overseen market introduction of
                                                     our platform, surveys revealed that 38% of           hundreds of wireless products and services
 Providing Customers with                            respondents purchased an Arrowhead product           ranging from the first portable cell-phones
  Cutting-Edge Solutions                             as a direct result of this type of innovative        and SMS, to today’s full feature 3G smart
   for Mobile Marketing                              mobile marketing program.            KISS-FM         phones, including Blackberry®, Palm® and the
                                                     Cleveland brought in                                 iPhone®. He orchestrated the market branding
                                                     more than $1 million in                              for introduction of Cingular Wireless and the
                                                     incremental revenue in                               new AT&T brands and served on carrier teams

                                                     eight months, attributing                            responsible for hallmark mobile marketing
                                                     the 24 percent increase
                                                     in a flat market to text                             “The UCF incubation
                                                     messaging using the same                             program has been an
                                                     platform and technology              Leslie Bonner   integral part of our
  Traditional media is in a state of upheaval. The   we offer to you!                                     successful first year by
time for a more effective media is upon us, and           With over 50 years combined experience          providing guidance on our
iMediaReach® is here to help companies map           in telecommunications, the husband and               business plan, networking
out a winning mobile strategy. The number            wife executive team at iMediaReach® is well          opportunities, market
of text messages is up 450% in two years. The        equipped to guide mobile marketing efforts for       insights, and offering top
typical U.S. mobile subscriber between the ages      companies with measurable success.
                                                                                                          notch facilities at a nominal
of 35 and 44 will now send or receive MORE                As president, Leslie Bonner brings
                                                                                                          cost. We feel very fortunate
text messages, on average, than make phone           28 years of business telecommunications
                                                                                                          to be a part of the program!”
calls. iMediaReach® empowers companies to            leadership experience with AT&T, BellSouth
merge mobile with traditional media, break           Corporation, BellSouth Cellular Corporation,         Lesile Bonner,
                                                     and Cingular Wireless. During that time,             Co-founder iMediaReach
through and engage with those consumers who
have opted in and asked to have an ongoing           Leslie led award winning sales and customer
relationship via mobile marketing. Now is the        service departments. She also served as              campaigns including American Idol®, NCAA®,
time to efficiently deliver news on products         legislative liaison and media spokesperson for       NASCAR®, and many more.
and services, provide mobile offers and plant        BellSouth Corporation. Bonner leverages her               Bonner leverages his broad wireless carrier
targeted coupons to drive sales!                     broad corporate experience as co-founder and         experience as co-founder and Chief Marketing
     Located at the UCF Business Incubator           president of imediaReach®. She is a Summa            Officer for iMediaReach®.        As CMO of
- Winter Springs, iMediaReach® provides              Cum Laude graduate from Rollins College              iMediaReach®, Gary’s primary focus is leading
complete SMS mobile marketing services and           with a degree in Organizational Behavior with        the iMediaReach® creative team to achieve and
text message campaigns for Orlando, Tampa,           a minor in Communications. She received              exceed the goals and objectives of clients, using
Jacksonville, Miami, across the state of Florida,    her Master of Human Resource Development             cutting edge tools and techniques.
and Nationwide. The company specializes              and Administration from Barry University.                 Bonner is a graduate of the University
in reaching and engaging audiences with              Currently she is working on her doctorate            of Florida, earning a Bachelor of Science in
Consumer Messaging, Event Messaging and              of Leadership and Education with an HR               Business Administration. He is a graduate
Alert Messaging services and aims to become          specialization at Barry University.                  from the Crummer School of Business at
the premier provider of nationwide mobile                 Gary Bonner brings 22 years of wireless         Rollins College, earning an MBA with honors.
marketing solutions.                                 communications leadership experience from            Bonner is frequently a guest presenter on
     Led by Leslie Bonner, iMediaReach® was          AT&T Mobility, Cingular Wireless and                 wireless marketing to multiple colleges.
founded with the simple goal of providing            BellSouth Cellular Corporation. While there,              For      more       information,        visit
customers with cutting edge solutions in the         he led award winning advertising, marketing,

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H.N. Burns Engineering Corporation Develops and
Manufacturers Laser Radar Systems for Military Use
                                                                                                       ing, to protecting trade secrets, and included
                                                                                                       an entrepreneurship course, all of which Burns
                                                                                                       says were crucial to accomplish the successes he
                                                                                                       has had with the company.
     H.N. Burns Engineering Corporation                                                                     H.N. Burns Engineering Corporation
was founded in 1983 as an engineering consult-                                                         now has 6 full time employees and in the last
ing company. In 1994, the company departed                                                             year their total sales reached 4 million dollars.
from their original business plan and began                                                            About half of their business is with the military
conducting focus research for the Department          Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program,   and the other half is with commercial airborne
of Defense under the Small Business Innova-           HN Burns Engineering was contracted to make      surveying companies. The SBIR provided the
tion Research Program (SBIR) and specializing         14,000 of their laser radar systems and were     company with their first of several SBIR grants
in electro optical engineering for military and       only given 90 days to build the first 2500 of    in 1994 from the Air Force. Their research also
commercial applications.                              them. At the time, the regional office was lo-   earned them Department of Defense (grants
     One of the company’s products is called          cated on Research Parkway near UCF. In search    and contracts) that were non-SBIR. In 2001
Imaging Laser Radar which produces high defi-         of a place to develop this many radar systems    Burns Engineering received the National Tib-
nition 3-dimensional maps from the air that is        within a short amount of time, Burns visited     betts Award for excellence in the SBIR program
widely used by airborne surveyors. By placing it      one of the buildings nearby which coinciden-     from the US Small Business Administration.
on a helicopter or a small airplane, the surveyor     tally was one of the UCFBIP’s incubator sites.   More recently, the company has been recog-
can fly over things such as railroad tracks and            Soon after, H.N. Burns Engineering Cor-     nized and awarded the Grover Bell Award for
power lines to create a high definition 3-dimen-      poration became one of the program’s clients     their research on a Brownout Landing System,
sional map. The Army was able to use these Im-        and since then the program has played a vital    3D-LZ (3-dimensional landing zone) by the
aging Laser Radars to map all the dams and the        role in the growth of the company. The program   American Helicopter Society.
levees the day after Hurricane Katrina hit New        covered everything from government account-      Website:
Orleans in 2005.
     Other products are used by the military
in Afghanistan and Iraq. According to Buck
Burns, president of H.N. Burns Engineering
Corporation, about half of the helicopters that
have been lost in Iraq and Afghanistan have
been in situations where nobody was attacking
them. They have been lost while helicopter pi-          Office of Research & Commercialization
lots were simply trying to land in a desert envi-       University of Central Florida
ronment and the brownout, the cloud of sand             University Tower/Research Park
and dust that rises as the helicopter gets closer       12201 Research Parkway, Suite 501
to the ground, would make it difficult to see           Orlando, FL 32826
and often times resulted in pilots losing their         Phone: 407.823.3778
situational awareness and crashing. “It’s a really
big problem and we’ve lost a lot of soldiers and
hundreds of millions of dollars in helicopters
because of this,” said Burns. “It’s a national pri-
ority to solve this problem.”
     They developed, built, and tested this sys-
tem on Blackhawk helicopters last summer to
facilitate pilots with landing in these situations.
The sensor of the 3D-LZ is placed at the nose
of the helicopter where it captures a picture of
the area below and creates a 3-dimensional im-
age that is saved on a computer. Using this im-
age, the pilot can use this as a guide and land
safely in desert environments despite not hav-
ing a clear view of the area.
     In 2002, before joining the University of

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