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Much has been written about and panel discussions and presentations have been devoted to what lies ahead for the economy in 2018. Any predictions are rooted in what happened over the last few years and what changes can potentially be expected on local, national and international levels, including policies related to taxes, immigration and regulatory measures. Looking beyond one year is much more difficult, but there are data sets that allow for some forecasting and it can be illuminating to see what past data tells us about the future.

Florida Trend

Interview with Jaret Davis of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council

Jaret Davis, chair of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, explains the Beacon Council’s economic development strategy, its primary areas of focus and the partnership’s origins.


Beacon Council launches ‘Advantage Miami’ business resource

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the county’s economic development organization, has launched Advantage Miami. a revamped business resource featuring entrepreneurs, innovators and young professionals.

Translation Provider Opens Miami Office

February 1, 2016

Expertness Business Consulting, a Brazil-based company that provides language translation services in English, Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Dutch and Italian, is developing the U.S. market by opening an office in Downtown Miami. 

The company, which assists global business executives with languages and cultural references, selected Miami for this location because of the community’s multilingual and multicultural environment. 

“Miami is our gateway to the U.S.,” Evandro Gois, President & CEO of Expertness Business Consulting said.

The Beacon Council worked closely with company leaders to identify potential office space including co-working spaces and other less traditional sites, and worked with Career Source South Florida to help find local talent. In addition, The Beacon Council provided demographic and wage analysis data for hiring employees at appropriate levels. 

“Expertness Business Consulting recognizes that Miami’s multilingual reach extends far beyond Spanish”, The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams said. “With more than 50% of our population being foreign born and 106 languages represented in our school system, Miami is a mecca for foreign language expertise.”  

Gois said the company is prospecting business using the WorldCity Database. WorldCity is a Miami-based media and event company that produces the Who’s Here Database of 1,400 multinationals in the Greater Miami area.

Source: Old Beacon Site

TQL will create 75 new jobs in Miami

January 28, 2016

Source: Florida Trend

Governor Rick Scott announced that Total Quality Logistics (TQL), one of the largest freight-brokerage firms in the country, will be expanding in Miami and creating 75 new jobs over the next three years. The expansion will also create a capital investment of approximately $600,000 in Miami-Dade County. This is the company’s sixth location in the Sunshine state, joining existing operations in Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Tampa Bay and Fort Lauderdale.

Governor Scott said, “TQL has created hundreds of jobs across the state and we are excited to announce their expansion in Miami today. Growing businesses like TQL mean more opportunities for Floridians to succeed and provide for their families. By cutting $1 billion in taxes and creating the new $250 million Florida Enterprise Fund this year, we will keep Florida on track to becoming first for jobs.”

The Miami expansion is in addition to the recent announcement that TQL will add 100 new jobs as a part of the Daytona Beach expansion and 200 new jobs as a part of their new carrier services division in Tampa. The company opened its first Florida location in 2010 and currently employs nearly 450 Floridians across the state. They have been recognized numerous times as a top employer both statewide and by publications in each city where it operates.

“We’re excited to continue to expand in Florida,” said TQL President Kerry Byrne. “Opening in a world-class city like Miami helps attract the kind of highly motivated employees who will allow us to grow our market share and maintain our leadership role in the third-party logistics business.”

The TQL expansion was made possible through partnerships between Enterprise Florida, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Miami-Dade County, and the Beacon Council.

Bill Johnson, Enterprise Florida President and CEO said, “Florida is the #1 state for transportation infrastructure in the country, making the Sunshine State the ideal location for logistics and distribution companies. We thank TQL for their continued commitment to Florida and congratulate them for the expansion of their logistics operation in Miami and their creation of 75 new jobs for Florida families.”

Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Executive Director Cissy Proctor said, “TQL is taking advantage of all that Florida has to offer to grow its thriving business. TQL’s expanding infrastructure across the Sunshine State is a testament to Florida’s business-friendly climate and skilled workforce.”

“I congratulate and welcome TQL to Miami-Dade County,” Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez said. “This expansion is further evidence of how investments in PortMiami such as the Deep Dredge Project and the construction of the Tunnel create jobs for our 2.6 million residents and support our local businesses.”

“One in five jobs in Miami-Dade County is in Trade & Logistics,” The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams said. “With the Panama Canal expansion this year, we expect those numbers to grow as more companies take advantage of the opportunities in Miami.”

The Miami office will open with a founding team of five current employees and plans to bring on at least four people in its first hiring class prior to opening. TQL plans to bring 75 new jobs to the city over the next three years. The office located in Museum Tower at 150 West Flagler Street, Suite 1450, Miami, Fla. 33130 is scheduled to open for business March 21, 2016.

TQL Miami is hiring now; interested applicants may visit for more information.


Total Quality Logistics (TQL) one of the largest freight brokerage firms in the nation, operates 42 offices – 39 satellite locations – in 20 states. TQL connects customers needing to move truckload freight shipments with carriers having capacity to move them. TQL is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its 2015 sales topped $2.2 billion and it employs more than 3,700 people nationwide. Connect with TQL on the web at, on Facebook at Total Quality Logistics or on Twitter @TQLogistics.

Enterprise Florida, Inc. (EFI) is a partnership between Florida’s businesses and government leaders and is the principal economic development organization for Florida. EFI facilitates job growth for Florida businesses through recruitment and retention, international trade and exporting, promotion of sporting events, and capital funding programs to assist small and minority businesses.


Source: Old Beacon Site

Logistics company to expand in Miami, create 75 jobs over three years

January 28, 2016

Soure Miami Herald

National freight-brokerage firm Total Quality Logistics will expand into Miami-Dade County with help from a tax break valued at up to $300,000.

TQL helps connect companies that need products shipped around the country with trucking firms. It expects to create 75 jobs in Miami-Dade over the next three years.

Read more here.

Source: Old Beacon Site

Freight brokerage to add 75 jobs in Miami after incentive deal

January 28, 2016

Sourcec: South Florida Business Journal

Total Quality Logistics plans to create 75 jobs over the next three years in Miami after qualifying for public incentives.

The Beacon Council, county economic development officials, Enterprise Floridaand the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity worked with the Cincinnati-based company on its expansion and $600,000 investment. Its new office is in Museum Tower at 150 West Flagler Street, Suite 1450, in downtown Miami.

Read more here.

Source: Old Beacon Site