Suffolk Construction launches program for minority- and women-owned businesses

September 28, 2015


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Importance of Landing Solid Internship During College

September 28, 2015

Landing that first great job is a huge priority for college students and it can also be a big stress. Stats show one of most critical things students can do to break into the career they’re pursuing is securing a good internship.

Andres Diaz, 20, said an internship is helping him launch his career. Diaz is still a year and a half from finishing his bachelor’s but said he’s already in a dream job working in I-T at Interport Group in Doral.

“The best part is that I get to do what I love every day,” Diaz said. He works with a handful of other paid interns at Interport Group, a logistics company that moves $1 billion in merchandise around the world each year.

“Now we’re looking for the newest and the brightest to take us to the next level and we can’t find them unless we spend time with the interns,” said Gary Goldfarb, the chief strategy officer at Interport Group.

Interview with FIU’s Jonnu Smith


[MI] Interview with FIU's Jonnu Smith

As part of NBC 6’s College Week, Adam Kuperstein interviewed FIU Golden Panthers tight end Jonnu Smith. (Published Monday, Sept. 28, 2015)

Diaz found this paid internship through a new program called the Talent Development Network housed at FIU. The Beacon Council, which promotes jobs in Miami-Dade County, created the program after hearing complaints that local businesses couldn’t find new talent and higher education students couldn’t find work.

Beacon President Larry Williams said internships launch careers, “About 80 percent of interns get hired by that same company.”

Just ask Adam Rogers. He started as an intern at Ultimate Software in Weston about 19 years ago. Now, he’s the chief technology officer at the billion dollar tech company.

“Over 95 percent of the interns that get internships here will receive offers for full time positions,” Rogers said.

Like FIU alumnus Dionny Santiago, who has a full time job testing the company’s software.

“I learned a lot about presentation skills, which are skills that can be applied to any field,” Santiago said.

The company is growing so fast it has about 100 interns working in South Florida. For students at FIU, they can get additional help connecting to the corporate world at the new tech center.

An internship coordinator works with students to find the right match. Companies are regularly invited to recruit students and even work on projects with them.

Ranu Jung, the interim dean for FIU’s College of Engineering and Computing, said internships are critical because students are able to network and build important relationships.

“At the end of it, it is making connections. You get to know people. They get to know you,” Jung said.

Experts said this competitive job market means students have to be aggressive finding and securing an internship, but that hard work will often end up in a job. They said professors and college counselors are great places to find an internship that fits them.

The Talent Development Network (TDN) is open to higher education students across Miami-Dade. Pay for these interns generally runs between $12 and $18 an hour.

For more information about TDN, click here.

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August 24, 2015

MIAMI, Fla. — Recognizing that “When we empower our small businesses, our community thrives,” Miami -Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava, is launching the District 8 Small Business Academy on Oct.1.  The month-long program, the first of its kind by a County Commissioner, will provide training and resources to local businesses so that entrepreneurs have the tools they need for success.

“My office is dedicated to economic development in South Dade. We created the Small Business Academy with input from the priorities expressed at the South Dade Solutions Summit earlier this summer.”

In 1996, Levine Cava, a member of the Miami-Dade Commission’s Prosperity Council, founded Catalyst Miami (formerly called Human Services Coalition of Dade County), to help low and middle income families through education and advocacy. At Catalyst Miami, she launched the Prosperity Campaign to help people increase their income and savings. That initiative, in alliance with the business community, chambers of commerce, the United Way, and local banks, has brought in hundreds of millions in income tax credits and other programs, money reinvested in the local economy.

“Small businesses are the backbone of South Dade; they provide crucial services, create jobs and are vital community partners. The goal of the academy is for businesses to have the knowledge and resources to increase sales, hire employees and prosper,” Levine Cava added.

The South Dade Solutions Summit was held in June of this year. Summit participants identified investing in our small businesses and encouraging new entrepreneurs as a priority.  The Small Business Academy will feature innovative workshops taught by leading business development agencies in South Florida. Academy participants will be provided with linkages to a network of private and public resources. The first workshop will focus on establishing start-ups for aspiring business owners.

For the academy, Levine Cava is once again collaborating with organizations from the public and private sector; including Partners for Self-Employment, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, Economic Development Council of South Dade, Miami-Dade County Small Business Development Division, The Beacon Council, CareerSource of South Florida and the Florida International University Small Business Development Clinic, Economic Development Council of South Dade, Palmetto Bay Business Association, South Dade Chamber of Commerce, Chamber South, Greater Kendall Business Association and Cutler Bay Business Association.


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TriRail chief says downtown Miami link is ‘going to happen’

September 2, 2015

Despite lingering questions about funding, Tri-Rail trains are expected to begin operating between downtown Miami and Palm Beach County by 2017, the commuter rail service’s chief said Wednesday.

“It’s going to happen,” said Jack Stephens, executive director of Broward-based South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, SFRTA. “We’re looking at having it operational in the first or second quarter of 2017.”

The authority is still seeking a large chunk of the funding for the project from the Florida Department of Transportation. But Stephens’ statements, in interviews with el Nuevo Herald, the Miami Herald and at a Beacon Council transportation conference in Miami on Wednesday, marked the first concrete indication that the Tri-Rail plan to bring its passenger trains to downtown Miami will be a reality. Previously, Stephens had spoken about the plan optimistically, but made it clear that the service had not secured total funding to implement it.

The service, which is expected to increase Tri-Rail ridership by 2,000 passengers, is significant because it will provide the first commuter rail link to downtown Miami from Palm Beach and Broward counties. A large number of employees who work in downtown Miami government and private offices live in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

During his Beacon Council presentation, and later in interviews, Stephens said most of the roughly $70 million that Tri-Rail needed to execute the plan had been committed by a variety of agencies and governments in Miami-Dade. Contributors include Miami-Dade County, the city of Miami, two Miami community redevelopment agencies and the Downtown Development Authority.

“We got all the local money,” said Stephens.

Stephens, however, acknowledged that Tri-Rail was still waiting for one last hard commitment for roughly $20 million from the FDOT, which had said it would contribute money once the local authorities approved their own commitments. Stephens said one issue holding up the state is an insurance complication because of the interaction of private and public rail passengers on about a four-mile stretch of line near 71st Street.

He said state lawmakers may need to address the issue through legislation.

“They have not released the money,” Stephens said. “They haven’t said no, which is good. But they’ve said there are some additional requirements before they invest the money in this project.”

The transportation authority has sought the funding in order to begin building its downtown station platforms either in the fall or by early next year, with the expectation that its trains will start rolling into and out of downtown within two years. Stephens said he expects that the state will want to participate in the project once they’re comfortable, but said he will recommend to his board that the authority move forward with construction with or without money from the Florida Department of Transportation.

“I would hope construction would be able to be begun this fall, but no later than March or April next year,” Stephens said. “We’re really looking at having it done and operational, if everything goes the way we expect it, the first or second quarter of 2017.”


Stephens has said that once the Miami downtown-Palm Beach County service is operational, Tri-Rail will assign 50 weekday trains to run its two services.

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