Freebees will be buzzing around Miami in a new way, thanks to FIU’s SBDC.

A new form of advertising and a new method of transportation – FREE transportation – has been wowing the Miami and Miami Beach areas since 2012. A fleet of fully customized open-air electric cars, called Freebees, cruise the crowded streets offering free, short-distance rides to anyone in need. “Each Freebee is dedicated to marketing a […]

Creativity and optimism reigns as local entrepreneurs go before “Shark Tank.”

Hundreds of South Floridians came out to showcase their products and ideas before a crew of casting agents for ABC’s reality show “Shark Tank.” In all, 650 entrepreneurs ventured to the Miami Beach Convention Center for the show’s open casting, including two local entrepreneurs from the SBDC at Florida International University (FIU). The January 15 […]

Ready to swim with the Sharks? Audition for ABC’s “Shark Tank”, Jan. 15 in Miami Beach

“Shark Tank”, the ABC reality show where entrepreneurs pitch their companies to multimillionaire investors, is looking for bait. The program’s casting team will hold an open call in Miami on January 15 at the Miami Beach Convention Center during the Small Business Expo. If you’re ready to pitch, bring a completed application, available at, […]

SBDC at FIU helps Mia Senior Living Solutions secure future growth.

Conchy Bretos has seen firsthand the difficulties that aging seniors living in public housing face when trying to access services, often becoming “older and invisible” while trying to retain some sense of independence. She launched Mia Senior Living Solutions in 1995 as a consulting firm that aimed to help low-income elderly and disabled adults stay […]

March 21 deadline: Apply for SBDC at FIU’s first Emerging Leaders initiative.

The Small Business Development Center at Florida International University (FIU) has been selected as the host location for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Emerging Leaders initiative, a seven-month intensive training program designed to help business owners and executives take their businesses to the next level. The application period for Emerging Leaders is now open, and […]