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Governor Bush Awards Home Discovery the 2005 Governor’s Entrepreneurship Award


Tampa, FL. Corporate Office September 19th, 2005    Steve Johnston, Founder and CEO & Rich Heruska, Cofounder and COO of Tampa-based Home Discovery Real Estate Services Corporation accepted the Entrepreneurship Award given  by Governor Jeb Bush at the 2005 Governor’s Business Diversification Awards Luncheon in Tallahassee.


The awards program, developed by Enterprise Florida (EFI), recognizes companies for their efforts to diversify and enrich the state's economy by creating higher-wage jobs and investing in their communities.  Other winners this year included Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA Sports, maker of Madden Football), Boeing Company and The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation.  The announcements kick off Florida’s 21st Annual Industry Appreciation Week, created to spotlight excellence in Florida’s business sector.


Governor Bush honored companies that help diversify the state's economy with awards including the Governor's Entrepreneurship, Business Expansion, Newcomer, Export Excellence and Innovation Awards.  “I have committed to the people of Florida to build policies and programs that stimulate the growth of a stronger, more diversified economy that offers a higher quality of life.  I am proud to recognize the companies and organizations that create high-value jobs and invest their resources to build better communities throughout the state” stated Bush.


“Home Discovery is proud and honored to receive such a coveted award from Governor Bush.  We have a great success story and Florida is the perfect place to call our home. We have not only had a strong economic impact by providing over 200 careers to Floridians, but we have also saved our clients over $16 Million in real estate commissions that has been reinvested into their local communities, retirement accounts, college savings for their children and in many cases just upgrading to their new home” said Johnston.


Johnston launched Home Discovery Real Estate in 2002 as a low commission, one-stop network of real estate services Company with a very unique business model – full service real estate for a 2% commission.  The company has since experienced exponential growth both in number of clients and employees, successfully operating in 12 Florida counties.  In 2005, Johnston has been named one of “100 Most Influential People in Real Estate” by Inman News, was a finalist for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Home Discovery was selected as a semi-finalist for the 2005 Small Business of the Year Award by The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce and a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work”. 


Home Discovery Real Estate is a full-service real estate company that is the leading 2% commission company in the nation. The company has sold over 3000 homes since 2004 and saved their clients over $16 million in commissions. Home Discovery’s Tampa Bay headquarters is one of the largest residential real estate offices in the state.  With real estate agents in 12 Florida counties and over 200 employees working in four different divisions, the company can serve any residential real estate need.  You can reach Home Discovery toll-free at 1-866-TWO-PERCENT or visit their website at


Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s business and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for the state of Florida.  Headquartered in Orlando, EFI’s mission is to diversify Florida’s economy and create better-paying jobs for its citizens by supporting, attracting and helping create businesses in innovation, high-growth industries.  In pursuit of its mission, EFI works closely with a statewide network of economic partners and is funded both by the State of Florida and private-sector businesses.

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