Matcon Construction Services was one of the four businesses selected for the program.
"My initial reaction was oh my goodness, it's a two year program. It seems kind of daunting, but we said let's go for it," Derek Mateos, owner of Matcon Construction Services, said.
Mateos started the family business 16 years ago but said something has been missing.
"We just didn't have much of a footprint here in Tampa. A lot of our clients were shopping center owners down in South Florida and Orlando," he said.
In the first few months, the business owners created two new positions and hired 12 additional employees.