Office space: new strategies, from architecture to technology, emerge amidst COVID-19.

From raising questions about shared offices and open floor plan designs to increased telecommuting and new means of client and employee interaction, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disrupt the office setting. Rethinking architecture, construction, furniture placement and design, alongside greater integration of technology, will shape the workplace of the future. How should workplaces adapt to […]

Building redundancies can help businesses rebound in a global crisis

Building redundancies can help businesses rebound in a global crisis

The fast-spreading COVID-19 pandemic emphasized that global businesses need to be more resilient in their international production structures. Few businesses are prepared to deal with the unexpected, according to a new paper from Florida International University’s College of Business (FIU Business). Researchers found that strategies that favor redundancies in the configuration of assets across a […]

FSBDC at FIU helps South Florida dental practice begin its recovery.

South Florida dentist Nolyris Alvarez is cautiously optimistic. Her dental practice, Oral Facial Comprehensive Care, has begun a slow recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Payment arrangements are set with creditors. Patients are going to the dentist again. Many of her employees returned. But costs continue to increase, and monthly billings are down between 30 and […]

Florida SBDC at FIU Business helps small businesses obtain $24.1 million in COVID-19 aid.

Florida SBDC at FIU Business helps small businesses obtain $24.1 million in COVID-19 aid.

As small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic struggle to hang on, the Florida SBDC at FIU Business (FSBDC) has helped owners in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties navigate disaster assistance programs, getting funds into the business’ hands and developing strategies to weather the crisis. As of June 2, 2020, the FSBDC has helped local businesses obtain $24.1 million in […]

Cellular retailer turns to FSBDC to develop a “new normal” strategy.

UNICOMM Paging & Cellular, considered an essential business, wasn’t ordered to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. But it may as well have, as stay-at-home orders kept customers away and sales plummeted? “Our company is brick and mortar retail, and we depend on door swings,” said Sam Brejt, CEO of UNICOMM. “Sales were down 80 percent […]

FIU Business Introduces New Online Masters Programs in Finance, Accounting, Supply Chain Management.

FIU Business introduces new online masters programs in finance, accounting, supply chain management.

To meet the growing demand for fully online programs, a trend that has been magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, FIU Business has introduced an Online Master of Science in Finance for fall 2020. In addition, online offerings of the college’s existing master’s degree programs in accounting and supply chain management will start in the 2020–2021 academic year. […]

Florida SBDC at FIU Business guides small business owners to obtain $5.9 million in COVID-19 aid.

Florida SBDC at FIU Business guides small business owners to obtain $20.8 million in COVID-19 aid.

Amid increasing challenges, small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic try to plan for an uncertain future. The Florida SBDC at FIU Business (FSBDC) has obtained $20.8 million in assistance for businesses in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties as it works with them to redirect their strategy and resources as the economy slowly opens. “Our team […]

Supply chains and the coronavirus: why are shelves empty? Insight from FIU Business.

Supply chains and the coronavirus: why are shelves empty? Insight from FIU Business.

As U.S. shoppers, panicked by COVID-19, have stockpiled food, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, meats and other essentials, retailers are still unable to keep enough merchandise on their shelves. The coronavirus pandemic has strained supply chains like never before. “The excessively high demand at the retail level sucked up all the inventory available in the chain […]