200+ Florida Businesses Support the Competitive Workforce Act

– Proposed Legislation Gains Support of Large and Small Companies across the State –

(Tallahassee, Fla.) – More than 200 Florida businesses, large and small, have declared their support for the Florida Competitive Workforce Act. The measure is currently before state legislators through House Bill 33 filed by State Rep. Holly Raschein (R-Key Largo) and Senate Bill 156 filed by State Sen. Joe Abruzzo (D-Wellington). The Competitive Workforce Act will update Florida’s anti-discrimination law, which will create uniformity across the state and help to attract and retain the best employees.

While it is illegal to discriminate in employment, housing and public accommodations based race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap or marital status, the gay and transgender community is currently left out of statewide non-discrimination protections. For this reason, Florida employers are backing the Competitive Workforce Act, which will give the state a competitive advantage in today’s evolving marketplace.

“The campaign to promote passage of the Florida Competitive Workforce Act has gained a tremendous amount of momentum since the bills were filed in the Florida House and Senate,” said coalition spokesperson, Christina Johnson. “Since that time, the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce coalition has gained several major employers and also launched our grassroots campaign, Florida Competes.”

The coalition unveiled Florida Competes in December 2014. This effort includes business leaders, lawmakers, faith leaders, members of the LGBT community and concerned residents who have come together across party lines with a single goal: to pass the Florida Competitive Workforce. The website, www.FLCompetes.org, serves as the information portal of the grassroots campaign.

“As part of our grassroots campaign, we now have a field team in place who have been effective in reaching out to small business owners and local leaders throughout the state who believe that anti-discrimination measures must be in place among the LGBT community. To date, we have garnered the support of more than 200 small businesses, along with a host of volunteers who are writing letters and making phone calls in support of this legislation,” Johnson added.

Currently in Florida, 28 municipalities protect more than 50 percent of residents from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce believes that passing these protections statewide is a sound business strategy and will draw the best and the brightest workforce to our state.

The coalition is led by Patrick Geraghty, Chairman of the Board of Directors and CEO of Florida Blue in Jacksonville; John Tonnison, Executive Vice President and Worldwide CIO of Tech Data Corporation in Clearwater; and Philip Dinkins, Senior Vice President of DTZ in Tampa. They serve as president, secretary and treasurer of Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce, respectively. 

The 23 members of the coalition are the AmericanAirlines Arena, Bilzin Sumberg, C1Bank, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Carnival Corporation, CSX, Darden, Florida Blue, the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association, Haskell, HSN, Marriott, the Miami HEAT, NextEra Energy, Office Depot, Inc., On Top of the World Communities, Raymond James, St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Tech Data, the University of North Florida, Walt Disney World Resorts, Wells Fargo and Winn Dixie. A list of more than 200 Florida businesses and organizations that support the Competitive Workforce Act is provided by city below.

Altamonte Springs

Marc It Sold!

Meehle Law

Brockman Insurance Group

Ignacio Hidalgo MD PA

Saul Cornell Violins

St Andrews Tavern


Tim Jones Barbershop

Cape Canaveral

Euro Kafe

Cape Coral

Colvia LLC

De Leon Cleaning/ Janitorial LLC

Dixie Roadhouse




Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza Clearwater


Bohemian Lair

Fernandina Beach

Music by Pegge LLC

Fort Lauderdale

Coastal Preferred Properties

Dickey Consulting Group

Intercity Taxi

Landscapes by Jared, LLC

Michael Kimmey PA (Real Estate)

Fort Myers

The Gathering Place



Humble Pie

Whey Natural! USA


All About Events Jacksonville LLC

Sweet Theory Baking Co

5 Points Antiques

Avondale United Methodist Church

Black Sheep Restaurant

Bobbie G. O’Connor & Associates

Catering by Liz Grenamyer

City Xtra Magazine

Corner Taco

Diversions Specialty Gift Store

Down to Earth Farm

Fans & Stoves Antique Mall

First Coast Multi-Lines Agency

Kris Graham Photography

My Well Being

Rain Dogs

Southern Roots Filling Station

Steven Romero Photography

The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens

The Frazier Group

The Jenks House Bed & Breakfast

Uptown Lifestyle Concierge & Excursions

Jacksonville Beach

Willman Consulting, Inc. 

Key West

Cocco and Salem Gallery

The Gardens Hotel


Earl Harris Photography

Lake Mary

Barbery & Associates, CPA


Brooke Pottery

Divicious Deli & Coffee Shop, LLC

Fresco’s Bakery & Bistro

Lakeland Downtown Development Authority

Palace Pizza Inc.

Satya Life Yoga

Tony’s Studio B

Whimsy Boutique


Tony Kostandinus Gyros

Unconditional Love, Inc.

Brain Basket

Hometown News

Jotkoff Financial Group

Scentsy Fragrance

Scisser Me Timbers

Space Coast Progressive Alliance

Tabone’s Po Boys


Leonor Murciano Fine Arts

Junior and Hatter

Orange Pedal Bicycle Shop

Pop Communications

2 Guys Company

A Bella Casa

Amazon Services Inc.

Arc & Arrow Creative Group

Augustin Gainza Fine Cuban and Latin American Art, Inc

Azucar Ice Cream

Beria Parfums

Britto Charette LLC

Caballero Appraisal Services & Assoc., Inc.


Cole, Scott and Kissane PA


Danilo Gonzalez Gallery

Design Suites Miami

El Cristo Restaurant

Flash Studios

Fortis Development Group

Gabriel Productions International

Golden Desire, Inc

Granda Entertainment, LLC

House of Art

I.M. Unique Salon, Inc

Ibiza Bijoux Corp

Irrera Fashion Boutique

James Whitney Ray Incorporated

Keller Williams Real Estate

Kreative Gardens Inc

Leonor Marciano Fine Arts

Little Havana Cigar Factory

Little Havana Visitors Center

Madeline Beauty Salon Corp

Maderas Rainforest Conservancy

Marta G Ismail Gallery

Mega Shoes, Inc.

Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Moyi’s Antiques and Collectibles

Obrapia Enterprises, Inc

R House

Reveal Boutique

Rupees Inc


Top Cigars

White Glove Standards Inc.

Windridge Yacht Center

Wynwood 250 LLC

Wynwood Business Improvement District

Zoffinger Interiors

332 Collective

Panther Coffee

Zak the Baker


Miami Beach

729 Meridian Avenue LLC

Collins Park Neighborhood Association

Hahne Real Estate

Heather Davis Productions Inc.

Lion Agency

Sobe Miami LLC, Palace Bar

Source Events

Southeast Bankers Mortgage Corporations

Strang Adams, PA Attorneys at Law

Tio Gazpacho LLC

Miami Shores

Pridelines Youth Services


Carry On For Our Son Corporation


Capriccio Ristorante & Lounge

Daniela’s Restaurant

IM Tapas

The Greek Gourmet – Naples

North Miami

Image Plus Graphics

Laser Light Litho Corp

North Miami Beach

Aids Healthcare Foundation


Grafito, Inc

Ocala Rehabilitation Associates, PA

Orange Park

North Florida Biomedical Services, Inc



Diana Marie Events

Bill Bennett Boot Camps

Law Offices of George E. Carr, P.A

82 South

Balance Orlando

Bar Codes


Hancock Davis Group

BMC Counsulting

Ego Lab

Heavenly Inkz Tattoo

Jonathans Super Shine & Shoe Repair

Olde 64

Orlando Hold ‘Em

Quick Drop of Orlando

Suarez Law Group

Superior Craftsman Services, LLC

Whiskey Dicks

Palm Bay


Tropical Wellness

Animal Love Inc

Operation Tupperware

Rex Mullen Realtor

Palm Coast

Robert G. Cuff, P.A.

Pembroke Pines

CareerXChange Inc.


First Day Ent

Pinellas Park

Saunders & Walker PA 


Mrs Mango and Company LLC

Space Coast Center for Independent Living

Saint Petersburg

Edge of 9

Law Offices of William K. Saron, P.A.

Strategic Campaigns LLC

Andersons Networking & Computer Repair


On 3 Public Relations


James Group International

James Law Group


Aaron Berger PA

Cristino’s Coal Oven Pizza Tampa

Hamburger Mary’s

MC Film Festival Store

One Fine Day, Inc.

Spinal Connections of Tampa Bay, LLC

Tebella Tea

The Dogs Bollocks

The Oxford Exchange

Tribeca Color Salon

Two Gals and a Glue Gun, LLC

Urban Body Clothing

Ybor City Wine Bar

Zimmer Accounting Service Incorporated

Wilton Manors

Divine Mercy New Catholic Communities

Winter Haven

Ed’s Pet Motel

Winter Park

Lee Alan Realty

LomasLaw, P.A.

Falk Research Associates, Inc.

Jenna Michele Photo

First Alliance Insurance

Morgan White-Davis Martinez

City Unavailable

Grayson Rogers LLC

Crazy Cuz Custom Creation

Eyes on You Photo Events

Marta Neira Photography

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