Business Monday

New platform, events for start-ups

Want to learn from people who have been there, done that? More and more, successful entrepreneurs are sharing their stories in South Florida, as part of a regional effort to inspire innovation and nurture an entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Lifelong entrepreneur Seth Werner runs the nonprofit Entrepreneurs Workshop, an organization that provides education and scholarship opportunities to entrepreneurs who are launching, building and growing businesses. He and a partner recently launched an online educational service called ENTREPRENEURradio.

Werner, chairman and CEO of Harbour Real Estate Investments, and Marcy Rosenbaum, president of Consulting Alliance and producer/host of the Internet radio Livelihood Show, produce the new podcast series, which features 30-minute in-depth interviews with successful entrepreneurs, both local and nationally based.

ENTREPRENEURradio donates proceeds earned from sponsors and donors toward grants for students enrolled in entrepreneurship programs, said Werner. These students are then able to attend selected conferences and gain access to inspiring mentors and cutting-edge concepts. ENTREPRENEURradio has formed partnerships with Nova Southeastern University and University of North Carolina and others involving South Florida institutions are in the works, Werner said.

Recent podcast interviews have included Beverly Raphael, who took over as president and CEO of RCC Associates, a general contracting firm, after her husband’s sudden death and subsequently tripled the size of her company. Another interview was of Marcell Haywood, CEO of Dirt Pros, the sixth fastest growing privately-held company in South Florida, according to Inc. Magazine. Find their stories and others on this new resource at, which launched about 10 months ago, also offers entrepreneurial stories, albeit in shorter form. Here you will find short videos, Q&As and feature stories on South Florida entrepreneurs and changemakers.

If you would rather experience the interview in person, you can do that too in a growing number of regular events in South Florida that feature talks by South Florida’s most successful entrepreneurs.

The latest entry is a free speakers series hosted by The Idea Center @ MDC, a new entrepreneurship center for Miami Dade College students. The inaugural Pioneers @ MDC lecture will feature Juan Diego Calle, co-founder of .CO Internet and at 6 p.m. Wednesday. This event is free and open to the public. Find more information at (search on Pioneers @ MDC).

Startup Grind features an hourlong interview each month, usually the second Tuesday, and there is plenty of time for questions from the audience and networking. Past interviews have included Daniel Cane of Modernizing Medicine, Rodolfo Saccoman of AdMobilize, Mario Cruz of Choose Digital and John Duffy of 3Cinteractive. These interviews are also videotaped and archived on

Tech Cocktail ( also brings a local speaker series to Miami as part of its programming. It recently featured Andres Moreno of Open English. Creative Mornings ( features entrepreneurs from the creative industries who speak on a particular theme. Brainfood @ The LAB started the trend with insightful interviews of Maurice Ferre of Mako Surgical, Jose Vargas of, Albert Santalo of CareCloud, Hugh MacLeod of Gapingvoid and others.

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