FIU to open Florida Small Business Development Center

The Florida Small Business Development Center Network has awarded Florida International University a grant to establish a program that will help local companies grow and create new jobs.

The Florida SBDC at FIU, which will provide no-cost, one-on-one business consulting to local companies, will be a sister organization to FIU’s Eugenio Pino and Family Global Entrepreneurship Center, which offers workshops, seminars and networking events for entrepreneurs and business owners.

The new center will open in January. The College of Business is conducting a national search for an executive director who will oversee both the SBDC and Pino centers.

The Florida SBDC at FIU plans to operate out of multiple offices in Miami-Dade County and provide a team of experienced and certified professional business consultants with expertise in financial management, marketing, international expansion and the tech sector.


The season of the startup is in full swing. WebCongress wrapped up last week, the TigerDirect Tech Bash entertained our inner geek, and this week 14 South Florida startups will take the stage at the EDC’s Emerging Technologies Business Conference in Deerfield Beach.

The presenting companies at the Thursday event will be: AdMobilize, AppWorx, Elebev, ChampTrade, Cydec, DeliverLean, FlynStyle, Kipu Systems, LearnerNation, LevelBilling, Next Step, BookT, and Wind2share. The exhibit area will be expanded this year, accommodating about 40 startups. More info:

SIME MIA on Dec. 3 and 4 promises to be a unique event featuring dozens of big names in tech, including Caterina Fake, CEO of Findery, co-founder of Flickr and Hunch, and founding partner of Founder Collective; Navin Thukkaram, founder and former COO of Qwiki, which was sold to Yahoo! in July; and Francisco Alvarez, founder and partner of Riverwood Capital Partners. If SIME is on your wish list but the price tag is giving you pause, there’s hope: You could win two free tickets, as well as a one-on-one session with an international investor.

To apply as a Knight Foundation Entrepreneurial Fellow, make a 60 second (or less) video on why you should win and be creative. Upload it to Instagram, Facebook and/or YouTube by 11:59 p.m. Nov. 20. You must mention/tag @simemiami and @knightfdn and share it as much as possible on social media platforms using #SIMEMIA. Ten winners will be announced on Nov. 27. More info:

There are a few other deadlines coming up entrepreneurs won’t want to miss.

Monday-Wednesday: Vote in the University of Miami Launch Pad’s Elevator Pitch Contest. Vote at The finalists will compete live on Nov. 20 during Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Nov. 22: Last day to apply for the first class of Miami Dade College’s 10,000 Small Businesses Program. Find the application on:

Nov. 27: Deadline to apply to present at the Florida Venture Capital Conference in January. More info:


Looking for a jolt of inspiration and a helping of real conversation with your morning coffee? Then this new monthly event may be just for you.

CreativeMornings, a free breakfast lecture series for creative types, is coming to Miami. CreativeMornings/Miami will host it first event at 8:30 a.m. Friday at The LAB Miami in Wynwood.

There are 60 chapters around the world, and each chapter hosts a monthly event with a 20-minute talk about a global theme. This month’s topic is “bravery,” and Mike Tomas, who is CEO of Bioheart, a board member for Rokk3r Labs and chair of the FIU Pino Global Entrepreneurship Center, will be the featured speaker.

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