That is how the dictionary defines “admire.” Dale Carnegie would add, “Instead of worrying about what people say of you, why not spend time trying to accomplish something they will admire?”  Seneca, great Roman statesmen and philosopher said, “If thou art a man, admire those who attempt great things, even though they fail.”

What we admire in others is certainly what we hope and yearn to see in the mirror, and if we don’t, it is their example that spurs us towards those ideals.  Certainly for each of us, admiration may be defined as differently as we would describe our taste in art or music.  At SpaceCoast Business, we believe entrepreneurs are one of the most dynamic and creative forces in the country.  We may admire them because they overcome great obstacles or because their courageous spirit and dogged perseverance built an idea into a business.  Others are the ones who put in a full day’s work and then give additional hours to make our community better and to ensure that those less fortunate have the opportunities they deserve.  In nearly every case it is those who imagine a better future and then roll up their sleeves and go to work bringing that future about.

SpaceCoast Business surveyed business leaders throughout the county to bring you this year’s SCB 100 Most Admired Entrepreneurial Businesses.

(Listed in alphabetical order) 

1. A Day Away Kayak Tours

2. Absolutely Natural

3. Aero Electronics

4. Airon Corp.

5. Al Dia Today

6. American Business Interiors

7. American Services Technology

8. Amovious

9. Appliance Direct

10. Atlantic Business Systems

11. Baer Air

12. Barn Light Electric

13. Beach Organics

14. Beachside Physical Therapy

15. Boniface Hiers Automotive Group

16. Brandt Ronat + Co.

17. Browning’s Pharmacy

18. Certified General Contractors

19. Certon Software

20. Christopher Burton Luxury Homes

21. CIA Developers

22. Classic Wood Flooring

23. Coalter Digital

24. Coastal Steel

25. Cocoa Beach Parasail

26. Cocoa Hyundai

27. Craig Technologies

28. Creative Catering

29. Crest Cleaners

30. DiPrima Custom Homes

31. Dixie Crossroads

32. Don Facciobene, Inc.

33. Downtown Produce Market and More

34. Eau Gallie Florist

35. Essentials Spa and Salon

36. FirstWave Financial

37. Florida Discount Music

38. Gatto’s Tires & Auto Service

39. GEM Industries

40. Genesis VII

41. Glover Oil

42. Gold Tone Banjos 

43. Greater Southeast Flooring America

44. Green Turtle Market

45. Grimaldi Candies

46. HME Providers

47. Ichiban Cleaning

48. Indian River Furniture

49. Island Tile & Marble

50. Jon’s Fine Jewelry

51. Kemper Business Systems

52. Kempf’s Jewelers

53. Knight’s Armament

54. Knowledge Exchange, The

55. La Cita Country Club

56. Learning Rx

57. Lightle Beckner Robison

58. Lloyd Construction

59. Longboard House

60. Mainstream Engineering

61. McBride Marketing Group 

62. Meehans’ Office Products 

63. MH Williams Construction

64. Nahacky’s Aquarium

65. ndtArtemis

66. One Senior Place

67. Pepaj Restaurants

68. Petty’s Meat Market

69. Pizza Gallery & Grill

70. Precision Shapes

71. Renzetti Inc.

72. Revolutions Cyclery

73. Richard’s Paint

74. Right Coast Media

75. River Lanes Family Entertainment Center

76. Rockledge Gardens

77. Rood, Zwik & Kerr Architects

78. RoomScapes of Brevard

79. Running Zone

80. Rusty’s Seafood & Oyster Bar

81. Satcom Direct

82. Shelter Mortgage

83. Spherion Staffing

84. Smooth Running

85. Soltec Electronics

86. Something Sweet Cake Studio

87. Sorelli Hair Salon & Spa

88. Sorensen Enterprises

89. Southeast Petro Distributors

90. Southern Photo

91. SRI Hermetics

92. Sutton Properties

93. Tensor Engineering

94. Thornado Hospitality

95. Tight Line Productions

96. Travis Hardware

97. TreeFrog Data Solutions

98. Ultimate Rose, The

99. Viera Company, The

100. Yellow Dog Café