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.
Babson College is launching South Florida’s first accelerator program for female entrepreneurs. The Women Innovating Now Lab is seeking applications for its first cohort in Miami, and Nelly Farra, formerly with MBAF, will direct the program.
Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Smith shares his passion for photography with Make-a-Wish recipient Mathew Glarum, a 16-year-old with sickle cell disease. Glarum got his wish granted to get a photography lesson from a pro through the streets of Wynwood.
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