Key Ceremony Showcases New Local Companies

March 15, 2017

More than 300 business and community leaders participated in the 2017 Key Ceremony to recognize new and expanding companies assisted by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council. This year, 43 companies, which chose Miami-Dade were honored with a Key to the County by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Commissioners, city of Miami officials and other dignitaries. The event, which took place March 8 at the InterContinental Miami, included an interactive exhibit with the honorees. The companies represented a variety of target industries including aviation, technology, trade & logistics, entertainment, manufacturing and healthcare. And they are doing business in diverse locations throughout our community, from North Miami to Kendall.

“Tonight, we thank those businesses that fuel Miami-Dade County’s powerful economic engine,” Gimenez said. “There is no shortage of entrepreneurial talent in our community, and in partnership with the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, our goal is to provide businesses with the necessary environment and support to grow and bring even more jobs to our world-class community.”

“The key ceremony is our opportunity to salute the companies investing in Miami-Dade County,” Beacon Council Chair Jaret L. Davis, co-managing shareholder of Greenberg Traurig’s Miami office, said. “We are pleased to have assisted 43 companies in the past year. Together, they will create and retain more than 2,400 direct jobs and generate $162 million in new capital investment.”

 Here are a few highlights of companies that were honored:

CEEK VR – social virtual reality platform recently expanded, purchasing a building located in Liberty City thanks to new business opportunities with Universal Music and Google

– 70 new direct jobs

CEEPCO – design-build, minority-owned construction contractor and technical support consulting firm located in North Miami

– 35 new direct jobs

– $85,000 in new capital investments

Island Monkey Marketplace and Café – Caribbean fusion restaurant located in Perrine

– 7 new direct jobs

– $100,000 in new capital investments

Stephanie Creates – multifaceted production and promotions company focused on communities and cultures, located in Miami

– 14 new direct jobs

– $30,000 in new capital investment

Hip Rock Star – integrated marketing firm that relocated from Atlanta, located in unincorporated Miami-Dade

– 6 new direct jobs

– $25,000 in new capital investments

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