Clearwater Business SPARK helps new businesses thrive
On Mother’s Day 2017, David Habib launched a healthy foods company from his parents’ Clearwater home.
Two years later, Yo Mama’s Foods keto pasta sauces, gourmet dressings, and premium oils are on the shelves of retailers like Whole Foods, Sprouts, Target, Lucky’s Market and Earth Fare. The pasta sauce is routinely a top seller for online retail behemoth Amazon.
This whirlwind success story in the making is not the only one of its kind now unfolding in the Clearwater business landscape. Three tech sector firms -- health care innovator OnMed, AI and machine learning analytics firm Sc2, and translation and communications specialist TranslateLive -- are each thriving and scaling.
Besides their growing success, the companies also share a connection with the City of Clearwater’s Economic Development Department and the Clearwater Business SPARK, a network of organizations that offer resources and support to local entrepreneurs and businesses.
“What we see with all four of these companies are growth opportunities,” says Economic Development Director Denise Sanderson. “They are early-stage to second-stage companies in high growth market areas. We’ll be paying particular attention to these businesses and others like them as they grow so we can provide them the resources they need.”
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