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Business Plan Bootcamp

 When: 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 17

Where: Miami Dade College Auditorium, Room 1261 (Building 1), Wolfson Campus

Cost: Free (free parking is available in the MDC lot at 500 NE Second Ave.; entrances are on Northeast Fifth and Sixth streets.

Register: Please visit (Choose the Business Plan Challenge logo)

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 What to enter: Three-page business plan

Who can enter: Entrepreneurs with businesses less than 2 years old or with business ideas. There is a Community Track, FIU Track and High School Track.

Entry deadline: April 5

Email entries to:,,

Contest rules, judges’ bios, other info:

Find out more: Nancy Dahlberg, Challenge coordinator, will be at the Miami Open Coffee Club at MEC261, 261 NE First St. in downtown Miami, 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday to answer your questions, or you can always email

Want to know what should go into a winning business plan? How do you pack the most important elements into a couple of pages? What impresses investors in a pitch — and what turns them off? We’re here to help.

Whether you are planning to enter the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge or just want to refine a short business plan you already have, register for our free Miami Herald Business Plan Bootcamp on March 17 (see box for details). This panel discussion will include tips, investor insights and plenty of question-and-answer time.

The Bootcamp presenters, all Business Plan Challenge judges who are also serial entrepreneurs, investors and mentors, are:

•  Melissa Krinzman (moderator), founder of Venture Architects, which positions private companies for capital-raising success, and co-founder of Krillion Ventures, a new venture capital fund that provides Seed and Series A stage funding to tech-enabled companies in Miami, New York and San Francisco.

•  Richard Ginsburg, co-founder of G3 Capital Partners, an early-stage investment company in South Florida, a former CEO of two publicly traded security companies, and a mentor.

•  John Hall, executive director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses at Miami Dade College, a new program focused on helping companies scale, and former managing partner or president/CEO of five businesses.

•  Rob Strandberg, president of Enterprise Development Corporation of South Florida (EDC), a public-private partnership that assists emerging science tech companies, and a former CEO or director for tech companies.

•  Mike Tomas, CEO of Miami-based Bioheart, mentor and active investor in early-stage technology and biotech companies, and chairman of FIU’s Pino Global EntrepreneurshipCenter.

The Business Plan Bootcamp begins at 6:30 p.m at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson campus, auditorium 1261, Building 1. We expect a capacity crowd so please register today by going to the event page at and click on the Business Plan Challenge logo.

The Business Plan Challenge deadline is April 5, and you can find contest rules, judges’ bios and other information on I will be at the Bootcamp to answer your questions about the Challenge, and you can also email me at ndahlberg

Follow Nancy Dahlberg on Twitter @ndahlberg

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