FIU alumnus eyes global opportunity.

Florida International University (FIU) graduate Andres Franco (BBA ’08) touts the importance of having great vision. As founder and owner of Premium Vision International (PVI), the leading distributor of glasses and optical accessories in Colombia, South America, Franco is involved in an industry-wide campaign to make eyewear affordable for consumers in developing countries. “The major […]

Entrepreneur returns to campus to share the secrets of success.

When Doug Gallagher (MSM ’74) last walked across the Florida International University (FIU) campus, the young state university was home to around 5,000 students and only one or two buildings. Today’s FIU is quite a different place—a difference that greatly impressed Gallagher when he returned recently to speak at the College of Business Administration. One […]

Learn to attract venture funds.

Is your startup ready to attract investment? Although venture funding is more difficult to attain now, it’s not hopeless. Just last week, for instance, CapitalSouth Partners of Charlotte, N.C., and partner firm Florida Mezzanine Fund of Orlando announced plans to invest at least $77 million in high-growth Florida businesses, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Their first […]

Alumna finds optimal career satisfaction in her marketing company.

A complete business plan, networking and a birthday party were all part of the early success of Optimal Marketing Results, according to its founder Melany D. Michelena (BBA ’05). Parlaying her corporate experience working for others, and focusing on what she loved to do, Michelena now offers advice to other hopeful entrepreneurs.