Sky Zone wants to keep its South Florida fans jumping, and the SBDC at FIU is making sure that the indoor trampoline park’s expansion plans continue at a quick pace. Juan Brandt, who holds the franchise rights to Sky Zone in Miami-Dade County, opened his first Miami location inside a 32,000-square-foot warehouse in Doral in […]
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SBDC at FIU prepares Miami businesses for hurricane season
As the 2015 Atlantic Hurricane season got underway June 1, South Floridians kicked off a flurry of shopping activity to prepare their homes and businesses for what may arise. The College of Business’ SBDC at FIU is contributing to those efforts with a series of disaster preparedness workshops for Miami-Dade County businesses. The goal: to […]
SBDC at FIU opens new doors for Revpar Guru.
Growth and new opportunities led the founders of Revpar Guru, a back-end revenue management engine for hoteliers, to the SBDC at FIU. Today, the Miami Beach-based venture is on track to enter its next stage. The services offered by the SBDC at FIU and its expert financial consultants have been formative for Revpar, noted CEO […]
SBA Administrator offers guidance to small businesses at FIU
SBA Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet shared insights from her days as an entrepreneur and her career as a Cabinet member with South Florida small businesses gathered May 3 at the College of Business. Her audience: entrepreneurs hungry to get a business off the ground or to drive their ventures to the next level. During the roundtable […]
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 […]
FIU students: get your business plan ready, the Challenge is open!
Is your entrepreneurial spirit roaring? Are ideas for the next business trend swirling in your head? Start working–the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge and its FIU Track, exclusively for students and alumni, are up and running. The annual contest aims to showcase new ideas and provide a forum to attract investors. The challenge: to create […]
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 abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/applications, […]
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 […]