Success Stories

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 […]

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. […]

Disaster Preparedness, Operations, Success Stories

Grandson successfully takes the helm of Key West Marine Hardware, with the help of Florida SBDC at FIU

Key West Marine Hardware is a family business through and through. Business owner Nick Formico says his grandfather opened the store in the 1960s and then raised Formico’s mother and uncle in the business, as well as himself. “I grew up in the store. I used to work here every […]

Operations, Success Stories

Florida SBDC at FIU helps this founder start up so Front Page Retail can help emerging food & beverage brands stand out

Daniel Quinones worked for 10 years in the consumer goods and packaging industry for companies like Nabisco and Coca Cola. And while working with them during the pandemic, he realized he has always had a love for emerging brands. The small independent companies that had fabulous products, but they didn’t […]

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, Success Stories

Florida SBDC at FIU helped launch 114 small businesses and secure $117 million in investments, making it the 2022 Center of the Year

The Florida Small Business Development Center (FSBDC) at Florida International University’s College of Business (FIU Business) has been recognized as the Florida SBDC Network Center of the Year for 2022. In 2021 the FSBDC at FIU assisted 2,050 clients, providing over 20,660 consulting hours. FSBDC at FIU consultants also led the state network in access […]