Wynwood is no longer the only place you can drink a pint of freshly brewed beer. M.I.A. Beer Co. — a full production brewery in Doral which opened its taproom a year ago but has been in the beer distribution business for about three years — is a hidden gem treasured by local craft beer lovers.
Coconut Grove just got a new juice, smoothie and health food café, but Juicense owner Mariana Diez says she doesn’t want customers to just drink and leave. Diez, a certified dietitian, welcomes people to stay and talk to her about their nutrition concerns.
Miami-based tech startup Octopi builds and sells a modern and smart Terminal Operating System (TOS) that helps seaport terminal operators manage operations, track cargo, and communicate electronically and in real-time with their commercial partners.
Mobile manicure salon Pretty Nails 2 Go offers a range of nail and wax services including acrylic, gel nails, eyebrows and lip waxing and currently serves the Brickell, Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Doral and Midtown areas.
Zoe Terry, who suffered a stroke at age 2, was bullied as a child for having kinkier hair and darker skin than other girls. But on her sixth birthday, Zoe decided to turn those negatives into positives and, with the help of her mother, jump-started her own business.
South Florida’s new foodpreneurs are on trend: Their products are often artisan made, healthy and convenient. Still, high startup costs and the challenges of dealing with perishable products can derail concepts before their first product is consumer. Fortunately, a number of organizations dedicated to food entrepreneurs are sprouting up to help.
Filthy Food’s premium cocktail garnishes add new and creative twists to drinks. The family business employing about 30 people creates, produces and sells its line from its Miami Gardens manufacturing facility and distributes across the nation.
Half Moon Empanadas specializes in making and selling empanadas that are “made from scratch, by hand and with the best ingredients.” Its MIA location is one of the airport’s best selling concessions per square foot. The founders now have multiple locations, 40 employees and plans to expand beyond South Florida.
Shanti Bar, a line of energy and protein bars sold in more than 150 venues, is created, manufactured and distributed by a Miami-based startup. The Olympic champ and soccer star Hope Solo recently endorsed Shanti Bar as her performance bar of choice.
Locally, 10,000 Small Businesses at Miami Dade College has helped 230 companies grow their businesses, adding revenue and jobs. Revenues have more than doubled for Miami entrepreneur Enrique Torres’ business, Excellent Fruit & Produce. Still, challenges remain for small businesses, as a new study by Babson College shows.
The free short-haul ride service in downtown Miami and Miami Beach has added an app, vehicles and territory. Working with the Small Business Development Center, Freebee has a multi-city expansion plan.
Innovation hubs free and open to the community as well as FIU students and faculty are planned for the Modesto Maidique campus, the Biscayne Bay campus and West Kendall near Tamiami Airport. One center will be for food entrepreneurs; the other two are planned for all industries. StartUp FIU’s new accelerator is taking applications at startup.fiu.edu.
EcoTech Visions, an incubator for green manufacturing businesses, began moving into its new headquarters this month, planned to be a net-zero building. CEO Pandwe Gibson shares her vision and reflects on progress so far for EcoTech.
For some students, completing a school project is just another assignment for a grade, but for 18-year-old Armando Martinez, it turned into Florida’s first ever-CREAM franchise, a dessert company specializing in the ice cream cookie sandwich.
Jacq’s Organics will co-host a green beauty event at the Bodhi Tree House in Miami. The event is aimed at bringing awareness to the popular and ever-budding “green beauty industry,” a health-conscious movement putting chemical-free products on the market.
The Miami metro area ranked No. 3 in the nation for the number of women-owned firms. Florida ranked No. 1 in the nation for the growth rate of women-owned firms. But the vast majority of these firms are one-woman businesses or employ solely contractors.