Brickell City Centre Provides "First Peek" Tour

Brickell City Centre Provides 
“First Peek” Tour 
The Beacon Council guests received a preview of the Brickell City Centre’s new office building and restaurant. 
Brickell City Centre is a $1.05 billion mixed-use development. Strategically located in the center of the Brickell financial district, this is the single largest project currently underway in downtown Miami. Brickell City Centre is anticipated to bring a whole new level of urban living and sophistication to the area.
The Beacon Council guests received a “first peek” tour of the new Akerman Law Firm office and enjoyed culinary treats from Quinto la Huella, the featured restaurant at East Miami, opening in late Spring.    

Board of Directors Endorses The Underline and Receive Briefings 
from Community Leaders
Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava provides update during Board of Directors Meeting.


The Beacon Council Board of Directors endorsed The Underline, a 10-mile-long linear park to be located underneath the Metrorail. Miami-Dade Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, a member of The Beacon Council Board, provided a briefing from County Hall for Board Members and eMerge Americas CEO Xavier Gonzalez shared news about this year’s eMerge event scheduled for April 18-19, 2016. 
Bob Epling, President of the Community Bank of Florida and a Past Chair of The Beacon Council and Bill Duquette, CEO of Homestead Hospital, presented “Tomorrow’s South Dade”, a vision for further economic development in the south part of our county. The presentations help the Board gain a better understanding of the many assets we have throughout the county, specifically in South Dade. 
Special thanks to Penny Shaffer, Market President at Florida Blue for hosting this quarter’s Board Meeting. The Beacon Council showcases businesses throughout the community by periodically hosting meetings at various locations.  
Artist rendering of The Underline.

The Beacon Council announces Telemundo to Invest $250 Million to Build Global Headquarters in Miami-Dade
The Beacon Council is proud to announce that NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises’ has chosen Miami-Dade as the site for its new global headquarters, adding 150 new jobs and investing more than $250 million.
“This is great news for Miami-Dade County and Telemundo,” Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said. “Telemundo has been a major employer in our community for decades and its continued growth is further evidence that the company is an industry leader and that Miami-Dade County continues to be a place where companies of all sizes and across all industries want to be.”
Read more.
Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, provided a video announcement of the news sharing the vision for the unified company taking advantage of Miami’s assets to position NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises as a global leader.  
See video.

SBA Emerging Leaders Class 
Applications Now Open
The SBA’s 2016 Emerging Leaders executive-level intensive entrepreneurship training initiative is now accepting applications for the next Miami class. The Emerging Leaders Program has been a catalyst for expanding opportunities for underserved communities. Emerging Leader graduates have secured more than $1 billion in government contracts and accessed $73 million in new financing. The seven-month executive intensive entrepreneurship education series includes approximately 100 hours of classroom time per participant and provides the opportunity for small business owners to work with experienced mentors, attend workshops, and develop connections with their peers, city leaders, and financial communities. Interested applicants should register no later than March 1, 2016.To register or learn more click here

Miami Business Profile and Location Guide Provides Useful Information for Relocating or Expanding Businesses

The Miami Business Profile & Location Guide provides a quick reference guide for new or expanding businesses that includes county and state incentives, consulate information and other resources.

St. Thomas University President Elected to the Board of Catholic Colleges and Universities
Rev. Monsignor Franklyn M. Casale, president of St. Thomas University (STU), has been elected chair of the board of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), a Washington-D.C.-based association of more than 230 member institutions. Monsignor Casale, who was previously chair of the ACCU Investment Committee, will serve as chair for a two-year term. 

Attention Businesses in Miami-Dade
Deadline is Feb. 26
The 2016 Beacon Awards
 Nomination Process Has Begun
Apply Today 
The 14th Annual Beacon Awards nomination process has begun including a new social responsibility category. 
The Beacon Awards to be held May 4 are bestowed annually to Miami-Dade County businesses who have led the way in creating new jobs and investment, as well as providing the leadership to grow their industry. 
The most prestigious honor of the evening, the Jay Malina Distinguished Award, will be given to an individual whose leadership and notable contributions have helped grow the local economy. Jorge Perez received the Award in 2015.
Awards categories include: Education, Small Business, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility (NEW), plus Target Industry Awards: Aviation, Banking & Finance, Creative Design, Hospitality & Tourism, Life Sciences & Healthcare, Technology, and Trade & Logistics.
Deadline: Friday February 26, 2016

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Register today for SUP-X Startup Expo

SUP-X: The Startup Expo is a two-day international startup conference and expo that will be held at the Broward Convention Center in Ft. Lauderdale on Feb. 16-17. The event is expected to draw 1500+ startup and early-stage entrepreneurs, angel and VC investors and related service providers from throughout North America. 

Discounted tickets available here
Email SUP-X at

Application Deadline for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program extended until Feb. 17

Miami Dade College is still accepting applications for the 10,000 Small Businesses Program, specifically Cohort 8 scheduled to begin May 26, 2016, at the Wolfson Campus.
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) is a classroom-based practical business education program that gives entrepreneurs several benefits including valuable skills for growing their businesses, the opportunity to access financial capital and powerful networking opportunities at no cost to participants.

RSVP for informational webinars running until Feb. 10.

GIS Website Features Available Properties
The Beacon Council and Miami-Dade County features available vacant industrial and commercial properties. It is based on user-defined criteria for Miami-Dade County utilizing geographically based demographic and business information. 
It also enables commercial real estate brokers to register and highlight available parcels. Listings are provided at no cost and reach a targeted audience including Site Selectors/Consultants, Real Estate Developers, and businesses pursuing new opportunities in Miami-Dade County. Listings are featured regularly in this newsletter. 
For more information, contact Jennifer R. Hernandez, Director of Economic Development at The Beacon Council.

 Featured listing of the week:

Blue Water Holding

  • Address: 10900 NW 25th Street
  • City: Miami
  • County: Miami-Dade County
  • Zip Code:33172
  • Type: Class A
  • Min Size:5,896 sqft
  • Max Size:5,896 sqft


Publication Date: 
Monday, February 15, 2016
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Feb. 15-21, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Did you know?

Miami-Dade is ranked in the top 5 with the metropolitan areas most exceeding in job growth expectations – Forbes

The Beacon Council Parking Garage is Open for Business

We are pleased to report the building’s parking garage at 80 SW 8th Street has reopened. The entrance is located on 8th Street only.

The Beacon Council in the News

Let’s entice the film industry again –

Miami Herald

Tax incentives helped encourage Telemundo
expansion in Miami-Dade – 

Member News
Akerman Partner installed as President of Orange Bowl Committee
Akerman LLP announced that partner Michael Chavies with the Litigation Practice Group has been installed as the 78th president and chair of the Orange Bowl Committee.


Economic Roundtable – Preview 2016 
Wednesday, Feb. 17 

@The Beacon Council
This event is for Beacon Council Investors exclusively.
RSVP here

Miami Herald & El Nuevo Herald Conversations
February 29

Miami’s International Women’s Day Luncheon
March 8

Key Ceremony
Wednesday, March 9 @ Conrad Hotel Miami
Read more.
Read more about sponsorship opportunities.

14th Annual Beacon Awards
Wednesday, May 4 @ Hilton Miami Downtown
Read more about sponsorship opportunities.

5th Annual Miami Taste of Brickell Food and Wine Festival 
Saturday, March 19
@609 Brickell Avenue at the
First Presbyterian Church of Miami (entrance is at Brickell Park)
Read more.


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Our Mission:
As Miami-Dade County’s official economic development partnership, The Beacon Council is charged with bringing new, job-generating investments to the community, while assisting existing businesses in their efforts to expand. By doing this, The Beacon Council facilitates the creation of quality jobs for each and every resident of Miami-Dade County. The Beacon Council is an accredited economic development organization. 
Will you join us? Call Member-Investors at (305) 579-1326(305) 579-1326


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