Networking

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 […]

Disaster Preparedness, Education, Networking, Resources

FIU’s Pino Center organizes record number of trainings to boost local businesses amid pandemic

During the pandemic, a common term heard among busines owners in Miami-Dade County and around South Florida is “pivot.” Retailers have pivoted to focus on more online sales, other businesses have pivoted to roll out new products or services, and restaurants have pivoted to offering more delivery or take out […]

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 […]

Marketing, Networking, Strategy, Team

Pitching to a big enterprise? Here are tips from the other side of the table

Leila Blacking is the senior strategy team leader for innovation at Publix Supermarkets, a Fortune 100 grocery retailer. She has been on the receiving end of hundreds of pitches by small businesses seeking Publix’s business, including food businesses, logistics companies and tech startups. Her advice can help a small business […]

Education, Networking, Operations, Resources

10,000 Small Businesses: Now 526 companies strong and growing to help South Florida entrepreneurs

  The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Miami Dade College program has been helping small businesses grow since the first of its 16-week training programs launched in early 2014. In late August, the entrepreneurship program kicked off its 20th cohort. So far, 526 companies have graduated from the local […]

Disaster Preparedness, Economy, Education, Finance, Networking, Resources

Grit, pivots and a rallying cry: How MBF and its small business clients navigate this crisis

Michael Sellinger of Miami Bayside Foundation  recalls the early days of the COVID-19 crisis checking in on small business clients and offering MBF’s help.  Bayside is a nonprofit organization that mentors, holds training programs, and facilitates loans for small businesses in Miami’s underserved communities. His message: “There is nothing you can […]