Seventeen South Florida companies are among 50 finalists for the annual “Companies to Watch” list by Orlando-based GrowFL.

The finalists were chosen from a candidate pool of 134 growing businesses, according to GrowFL, an economic development program that fosters growth of promising companies in the state.

Broward County finalists: ADI Metal distribution; CloudHesive cloud services; International College Counselors educational consultants; ContentBacon marketing; Red Banyan public relations; and Triple E Equipment, which provides battery-operated equipment for construction.

Palm Beach County finalists: Body Details laser specialists; online pharmacy; Nebular digital agency; Bush Brothers Provision meat packing; Digital Resource internet marketing; Scalar Consulting Group engineering firm; SRR International cyber security; and Commercial Energy Specialists water treatment.

Miami-Dade County finalists: gFour Marketing Group; Trembly Law Firm; and HealthCaps, a pharmaceutical capsule supplier.

To be eligible to apply for the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch award, a company had to meet the following criteria: be privately held and headquartered in Florida; employ six to 150 full-time workers; have $750,000 to $100,000 in annual revenue or working capital from investors or grants; and demonstrate a capacity to grow based on sales, employees, strong leadership, and their competitive advantage, or how they offer greater value than the competition.

Winners will be chosen by a select panel of economic development, education and entrepreneurial leaders in Florida and be announced at a GrowFL event scheduled for Feb. 9, 2019, in Tampa.

Companies to Watch was developed by the Edward Lowe Foundation to recognize “second-stage” companies that demonstrate high performance in the marketplace with innovative strategies and processes, making them “worth watching.”

GrowFL was created in 2009 as an economic development program to help companies overcome obstacles to growth.