Deadline is Friday to Nominate a Deserving Business for Beacon Awards

Deadline is Friday to Nominate a Deserving Business
The 2016 Beacon Awards
 Nomination Process is Closing Soon
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

Panel Discusses Drivers and Indicators of Economic Growth
The Beacon Council Economic Roundtable Panel discussion on Feb. 17 focused on global, U.S., Florida and local Miami-Dade trends for economic growth as a way to inform decision-making. The event focused on the global economy – including some of the mega-trends that are currently impacting economies. Those include commercial and industrial real estate but also residential, employment and Trade & Logistics – one of our more specific business drivers. Panelist included: Dr. Tony Villamil, Principal, The Washington Economics Group; Tony Graziano, MAI, CRE, FRICS, Senior Managing Director-Miami, Integra Realty Resources; Eric Olafson, Cargo Development and Foreign Trade Zone 281, Port Miami; and Dr. Jaap Donath, Senior Vice President for Research & Strategic Planning at The Beacon Council. Larry K. Williams, President & CEO of The Beacon Council moderated the panel. 

Tech Innovation Exchange Fosters Dialogue Among Startups and Healthcare Companies
On Feb. 18, in support of The Beacon Council’s One Community One Goal strategy to grow target industries, the Beacon Council’s Technology Committee, co-chaired by Nelson Fonseca of Medina Capital and Kevin Levy of GrayRobinson, hosted a Technology Innovation Exchange session focused on the Healthcare industry. This roundtable meeting brought together the CEOs and CIOs of some of Miami’s leading healthcare companies with local emerging healthcare IT entrepreneurs. The goal was to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing companies in the healthcare sector and provide the opportunity for established companies and health-IT startups to learn from each other. Technological breakthroughs, regulatory environments and partnership building were key topics shared and discussed at this innovation exchange meeting. Startups learned how best to approach and work with larger companies and the larger companies previewed technology that can increase efficiencies in work flow and business model.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Receive High Percentage of A-rated schools 

The preliminary 2014-15 school performance grades for the Miami-Dade Public School System showed that Miami-Dade County has a higher percentage of “A” rated schools than many other public school systems in Florida. The Miami-Dade Public School System is the fourth largest school system in the United States and considered one of the top public school systems in the United States, evidenced by being awarded the Broad Prize in 2012. The community has put a lot of emphasis on education in order to create a world-class workforce for existing companies and those that are looking to establish operations in Miami-Dade County. 
Read more. 

World Trade Center Miami to Honor Five Leaders at 2016 International Women’s Day Luncheon
Five leaders in Florida’s growing trade sector will be honored at the World Trade Center Miami’s 13th annual International Women’s Day luncheon. More than 400 executives and professionals are expected to attend the event on Tuesday, March 8, at 12:00 noon at the Biltmore Hotel.

Miami Business Profile and Location Guide Helps Build Your Business

The Miami Business Profile & Location Guide provides information on how to properly go about setting up or expanding your business. 

Talent Development Network Speeds Process

The Talent Development Network is working to speed up the process of hiring an intern. Recently a new marketing internship was posted and 19 students applied within one hour of being notified. This level of success would not have been possible without the collaboration and continued support from our partners, stakeholders, and community leaders. The Talent Development Network is committed to improving the connection between students and employers in our community. Go to TDN to learn more. 

For more information about One Community One Goal, please contact Joe Hovancak, Vice President of One Community One Goal at

The 6th Edition of the World Strategic Forum – April 11-12 @ the Biltmore Hotel
More than 90 speakers and 1,100 participants are expected to be in Miami for this international economic development forum. Speakers include Luis Almagro Lemes, Secretary General, Organization of American States; Arnold Donald, President and CEO, Carnival Corporation; Jorge Quijano, CEO, Panama Canal Authority; Thierry Déau, Founding Partner, Chairman and CEO, Meridiam; Thomas J. Donohue, President and CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and Enrique García Rodríguez, Executive President, Development Bank of Latin America (CAF).

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

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. 

 Featured listing of the week:


801 Brickell
  • Address: 801 Brickell Avenue
  • City: Miami
  • County: Miami-Dade County
  • Zip Code:33131
  • Type: Office Building,
  • Min Size:2,505 sqft
  • Max Size:7,948 sqft


Publication Date: 
Monday, February 22, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
Feb. 22-28, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Did you know?

24 percent of U.S. tech and engineering companies created from 2008 to 2012 have an immigrant founder, according to the Kauffman Foundation.

The Beacon Council President & CEO is “unabashedly passionate” about Miami-Dade 


The Miami Herald Business Monday featured a Q&A with Beacon Council’s Larry K. Williams. 

“I’m unabashedly passionate about Miami-Dade being THE greatest place in the world to locate and grow your business. I look forward to a time when more of us believe it and are willing to stand up for this amazing place we call home.” 

The Beacon Council in the News

Airport to leverage pharma hub role to build medical shipping

Rosenberg family donates $1 million for scholarships
FIU news


Economic News:
Could Miami Be The New Hub For Black Entrepreneurs?


Life Sciences South Florida Webinar on Zika Virus 
Tuesday, Feb. 23

Life Sciences South Florida is providing a webinar on Tuesday, from 2-3 p.m. 

RSVP to Alexina at by today.

New World Center Service Jam 2016
Saturday, Feb. 27

The Global Service Jam is a 48-hour event where people come together in cities around the world to create and prototype new services and products that make a difference. Join people across the world by participating in the Miami chapter of the Global Service Jam and learn skills used by Apple, IBM, and other top-notch companies to drive innovation, delight customers, and reduce risk and project costs.

Miami Herald & El Nuevo Herald Conversations
Monday, Feb. 29

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

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


Bottom Side: 

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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