Challenge deadline Monday for teens; other Miami small business news


Do you know an entrepreneurial high school student? Sure you do. South Florida is swimming in them. Remind them that the deadline for entering the Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge High School Track is 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 4.

High school students can submit up to a three-page business business plan (one addendum page for charts or photos is also allowed). Email the entry to Entrants should get a confirmation that the entry was received. If not, email Find the contest rules and tips on

A record number of entries, 122, flowed into the Challenge’s Community Track by its March 28 deadline. The first round of finalists in the Community and FIU tracks will likely be announced in Business Monday April 11. Good luck to all participants.


Continental National Bank and SBDC at FIU are taking applications for its GROW program, a 30-hour program to guide business owners as they develop a strategy and action plan for growing their businesses. The courses, on topics such as growth strategies, finance, marketing and branding, will be held Tuesday and Wednesday nights from May 24 to June 29. Applicant businesses must be at least two years old, have annual revenues of at least $500,000 and staff of at least five, including contractors. The deadline to apply for the free program is May 10. Apply here: For more information, call 305-779-9230. There will be two more programs later this year.

Miami Dade College is accepting applications for Cohort 9 of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program scheduled to begin Sept. 14 at the Wolfson Campus. It is a free classroom-based practical business education program that offers entrepreneurs skills for growing their businesses, the opportunity to access financial capital and networking opportunities. Applicant businesses should be at least two years old, have generated at least $150,000 in revenue in the most recent fiscal year and have a minimum of four employees, including the owner. To learn more, RSVP for an upcoming webinar here. Apply for the program here: The deadline to apply for Cohort 9 is June 16.


Videoo, a platform that helps brands and publishers engage audiences through video technology, has appointed Rob DeMillo as chief technology officer. DeMillo, currently a venture partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures, brings 20 years of video product and enterprise technology experience, including as former CTO of StudioNow, a video production marketplace, and Discovery Digital Networks. Based in San Francisco, DeMillo will be focused on developing new engagement and monetization functionalities for Videoo’s playlist experiences that help brands and publishers more authentically engage audiences through living media. “Rob brings a rare combination of CTO successes from both big public companies and a half dozen startups with sizeable exits. Most importantly, he is a master at building scalable technology products in the rapidly emerging digital video space,” said Videoo CEO and co-founder Barry Stamos.

Vigilant Biosciences, a developer of solutions that aid in the early detection and intervention of cancer, said that Cancer Prevention Research, a peer-reviewed medical journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, published an article on clinical research establishing proof-of-concept for the technology licensed and now under commercial development as part of the company's OncAlert Oral Cancer product line.

EcoTech Visions, an incubator, co-working and maker space for sustainable manufacturing businesses, has expanded and moved to a new facility. It’s now located at 6838 NW 18th Ave. in the “Green Corridor” of Liberty City, and will be hosting EcoTech: Broadway Place Open House on Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m.

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