2019 Minority Business Accelerator Cohort

Chameleon Custom Solutions

Chameleon Owner & Founder Carolyn Lawson

Chameleon Custom Solutions is a full service visual marketing organization. They specialize in graphic and web design, social media marketing, printing, direct mail and promotional items. Chameleon was founded in 2007 and currently has 11 employees.

Chameleon is the 2016 winner of the South Tampa Chamber of Commerce’s Business of the Year in the large business category, and Carolyn serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Education Fund.

Testimonial

“Overall the training I’ve received as business owner has been outstanding! The financial seminars helped us to better understand the importance of benchmarking and what banks look for when lending money. With help from my Minority Business Accelerator Business Coach, I’ve cleaned up the business’ Dun & Bradstreet rating which strengthened the company’s credit worthiness. As a result, the company purchased three new pieces of equipment and will be on bidding on others at an upcoming auction at the end of 2018. We’ve also seen a five percent growth in sales since joining the accelerator program in January 2018.” – Carolyn Lawson, CCS Marketing

Matcon Construction Services

Matcon Owner Derek Mateos

Matcon Construction Services, Incorporated is a construction management and general contracting firm specializing in commercial construction, development and real estate services for retail, office, hospitality, medical, mixed-use and industrial markets. Matcon was founded in 2002 and currently has 37 employees.

Matcon is a previous nominee of the Tampa Bay Fast 50, Florida Fast 100, and was recently selected as one of only eight firms invited to participate in Suffolk’s Trades Partnership Series in Tampa Bay.

Testimonial

“The Minority Business Accelerator has been an invaluable asset to our and has generated substantial revenues for our company. For example, they facilitated a strategic introduction to a major corporation headquartered here in Hillsborough County. Shortly after meeting with all the key buying agents of the corporation, we received an opportunity to bid on an exclusive project and was successfully awarded the project. Matcon has also:

  • Increased our sales volume by over 30% in the last twelve months;
  • Hired over 35 new employees and reduced our turnover significantly; and
  • Created a new concrete restoration and waterproofing division that has been very successful.

Our company would not have experienced this type of success so quickly had it not been for the accelerator’s support.” – Derek Mateos, Matcon

McKenzie Contracting, LLC

McKenzie Owner & Founder Dan Fernandez

McKenzie Contracting, LLC is a full-service site development firm that specializes in pre-construction site development, underground utilities, excavation, and roadway construction. McKenzie was founded in 2013 and currently has 30 employees.

McKenzie has been featured in various media outlets, such as on the Tampa International Airport’s website for his work as a subcontractor of their $1 billion expansion project and the ConRac Connection, a local publication boasts the accomplishments of local small and minority owned business in Tampa Bay.

 

MidFlorida Armored & ATM Services

MidFlorida Owner & Founder Danny Persaud

MidFlorida Armored & ATM Services is an asset protection firm that specializes in armored transport, ATM and cash management services, courier, executive and personal protection services. MidFlorida was founded in 2002 and currently has 27 employees.

Danny was the recipient of the National Leadership Award from the National Congressional Advisory Council and the Who’s Who – Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Danny was newly elected to the College of Business’ Board of Governors for The Florida State University.

 

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