Government contracting

Economy, Education, Government contracting, Growth Stages

How StartUP FIU Procurement pivoted programming during pandemic and the lowdown on big plans ahead

It’s been nearly three years since Florida International University launched StartUP FIU Procurement to help minority-led small businesses grow and navigate the world of government and anchor institution contracting. Let’s check in with StartUP FIU Procurement Director Barbara Cotto and see how they are doing. The small business incubator was […]

Government contracting, Success Stories

FSBDC at FIU helps position Amer Plus, a family cleaning business, for growth through  government contracting

Stephannie Cetoute took over the reins of the family business, Amer Plus Janitorial Maintenance, in 2018. While she had a background in economics and finance and from time to time helped out her father who started the business in 1998, going in “full throttle” to run a business for the […]

Government contracting, Operations, Success Stories

For Jones Benitez Corporation, it’s all about building a company on a strong foundation

If you live in South Florida, you’ve likely walked on or driven over the work of Jones Benitez Corporation. Jones Benitez Corporation, or JBC, is a construction company specializing in highway and heavy civil construction projects. The company’s work has included highway bridge widening projects, sea wall reconstruction, roadway improvements […]

Government contracting, Networking, Operations, Strategy, Success Stories

HVAC exporter NESI Solutions now focusing on Florida, with action plan in hand

Nesi Solutions, a small business founded in 2007 by Flor and Alfredo Utset, designs, implements and maintains HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) systems and building automation solutions for its commercial clients, using today’s technology to improve performance and energy savings while providing clean, comfortable air. Among its many services, NESI […]

Government contracting, Marketing, Networking, Operations

Interested in local government contracting? We have some tips for you

“You need to dream big. Do not box yourself in, do not think things are not possible, “ said Ed Haynes, of Haynes Security Services. “But you have to prepare yourself for success.” This successful Miami-Dade small business owner  prepared for the world of government contracting with the help of […]

Finance, Government contracting, Marketing, Strategy

Been there, done that: Small business owners share government contracting tips

It’s true that the government is still buying but does it need what you are selling? That is one of the first questions that small business owners who are interested in government contracting should ask themselves, says Orlando Espinosa, owner of Emineo Media, who recently hosted a webinar for Florida […]

Finance, Government contracting, Marketing

Applications now open for StartUP FIU Procurement incubator

This October, StartUP FIU Procurement graduated its first cohort, a group of 11 minority-led small businesses that service the construction industry. The small business incubator was born out of discussions about how information about FIU’s own contracting opportunities weren’t reaching minority-owned small businesses at the levels the university wanted. Turns […]