Key Biscayne

Key Biscayne

Entrepreneurs can make their elevator pitch in Key Biscayne


If you go

What: First Annual Speed Networker

When: 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday

Where: BB&T Bank, 600 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne

Cost: Free; register at

South Florida News Service

The Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce and the BB&T Bank have teamed up to host the First Annual Speed Networker, an event where business owners and entrepreneurs will exchange ideas by delivering an “elevator pitch.’’

“Participants basically put together a two-minute speech of who they are, where they work and what they do for their company,” said Paola Padovan, chair of the membership committee at the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce. “It’s basically speed dating, except the information is based on your business.”

Jacky Donate, the director of major gifts at the Miami Children’s Health Foundation, will be one of the participants.

“My job is to help raise funds and awareness for the hospital. Being able to meet people in the Key Biscayne community is a great opportunity for us because a lot of our patients do come from the Key Biscayne area,” said Donate, 29.

The goal is to promote collaboration among participants and develop new projects in Key Biscayne.

“We are hoping to get 50 members of the community that have some interesting ideas to pitch,” said Ashley Cayon, executive assistant at the Key Biscayne Chamber of Commerce.

Those interested must register at Each participant should come prepared to give a two-minute “elevator pitch’’ and bring 50 business cards to distribute. There are 50 spots available, and 26 had already been taken as of Tuesday.

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