Strategy

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, Operations, Strategy, Team

The faces of agility and resiliency: How small businesses are fighting back

With her indoor restaurant closed, Cheesburger Baby’s owner Stephanie Vitori sought out partnerships to help keep her business afloat. In addition to pivoting to takeout and delivery only at her location, she partnered with a bar to run their commercial kitchen, serving up Cheeseburger Baby’s delicious burgers and fries to […]

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 […]

Disaster Preparedness, Operations, Strategy

Against the odds, Cheeseburger Baby owner says ‘I’m going to find a way’

The year 2020 kicked off like a winner for Cheeseburger Baby. The Super Bowl, the Miami International Boat Show and the South Beach Wine and Food Festival were huge for the small Miami Beach business known for its tasty classic-style burgers and accompaniments that have served celebrities, residents, workers and […]

Economy, Finance, Strategy

How small businesses use crowdfunding to raise capital – even during a pandemic

In the challenging capital-raising environment that we are in, entrepreneurs have been increasingly tapping their own crowds. That crowdfunding appears to be trending now perhaps shouldn’t be surprising. In survey after survey – even before the coronavirus crisis –  access to capital is always one of the biggest challenges cited […]