Strategy

Operations, Strategy, Success Stories

With Florida SBDC at FIU’s help, small business success stories thrive in North Miami Beach

Small business owner Melissa Guzman offers the beloved foods of her Caribbean homeland – but she veganizes them for healthier living. She should know – it’s helped her, too. Now she wants to expand The Caribe Vegan brand into retail. Darren Mendoza’s Lutong Pinoy restaurants are wildly popular with the […]

Disaster Preparedness, Economy, Operations, Strategy

How an integrated plan can help relieve supply chain pains

Even as the world begins to emerge from the Covid19 pandemic, its effects are still being felt throughout the supply chain that are resulting in delayed orders, rising prices, and customer frustration. Overall, 44% of small and midsize business decision makers believe supply chain issues could dampen holiday sales, a […]

Growth Stages, Operations, Strategy, Success Stories

IV Hydration Station in Key West grows in healthy ‘leaps and bounds,’ with help of Florida SBDC at FIU

Over lunch one day, Suzyjo Moore and Bobbie Vurro, both emergency room nurses, started talking about joining forces to open a new health and wellness small business. As they envisioned it, the  IV therapy company would offer IV hydration, hangover relief, energizing vitamins, minerals, athletic performance and immune boosting infusions. […]

Growth Stages, Marketing, Strategy

How to spot market shifts and react in a fast-changing world

The pace of change in the marketplace can be downright overwhelming. We’re talking technological changes disrupting industries, economic highs and lows and ever-rising customer expectations. Entire industries, such as taxis, didn’t see it coming and were clobbered. How do companies compete with all this market change and digital transformation seemingly […]

Growth Stages, Operations, Strategy, Success Stories

Heiga Studios finds the formula for success as a one-stop-shop for recording artists and companies

The story of Heiga Studios started in a garage, back in Malury Imbernon’s home country of Venezuela in 1998. After high school, Imbernon went to a recording school – she was the only female in her class — and after an internship at a large recording studio there she started […]

Economy, Strategy

3 models of entrepreneurship: Why Unicorn-Builders do better than Unicorn-Starters

By Dileep Rao – Guest Contributor The conventional wisdom is that there are two kinds of entrepreneurs: · Small-Midsized Business Owners (SMB): They comprise the bulk of entrepreneurs · Unicorn-Starters (U-Starters): This type uses the Silicon-Valley-style venture-development method to build a unicorn with capital-as-a-weapon. It seeks first-mover ideas, minimum viable products (MVP), product-market combinations, angel […]

Disaster Preparedness, Education, Strategy

Despite warnings of increased cyber risk, small businesses aren’t prepared for an attack. We have some tips

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the US government has warned that cyber attacks are much more likely. Yet, according to a new survey, small business owners are not more concerned or prepared for a cyber attack than they were a year ago. The CNBC|SurveyMonkey Small Business Survey polls over than 2,000 […]

Operations, Strategy, Success Stories

These Turkish food entrepreneurs turn up the heat with doner kebap that’s ready to eat

If you haven’t tried a delightful Turkish doner kebap yet, you will soon, if entrepreneur Ongun Kocabas has anything to say about it. Ongun, born and raised in Turkey was always inspired by his father, a successful business owner in the food manufacturing industry. After Ongun studied economics in Turkey, […]