Networking

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 […]

Marketing, Networking, Strategy

Enterprise Florida to award grants for virtual international trade shows

International trade shows have gone virtual, too, and the state wants to help small businesses access the resource. Enterprise Florida announced this week that it is launching a resource to help Florida’s small and medium-sized companies safely build their international business connections. The Virtual Trade Show Grants Program will allow companies to […]

Finance, Government contracting, Marketing, Networking

Doing business with local and state governments: the pros and cons

Many small businesses that have no experience contracting with government at any level often begin with the federal market. No so fast. Federal Government Contracting Officers will look for contractors that have past experience with either state or local government contracts, said Luis Batista, procurement specialist with  Florida PTAC at […]