14th Annual Beacon Award Winners
Meet Miami’s Most Innovative and Successful Companies
The 14th Annual Beacon Awards will showcase some of Miami-Dade’s best businesses. The annual awards ceremony, to be held May 4 at the Hilton Miami Downtown, helps promote the One Community One Goal initiative to diversify the local economy and provide higher-paying jobs by highlighting Miami companies that have created jobs and invested in our local economy in a significant way.
Each week, we are highlighting some of the winners.
EcoTech is among the Miami’s first co-working space combined with green business incubator. The company supports 24 growing ecopreneur-driven Miami companies. EcoTech Visions is merging sustainability and tech by creating jobs, sustaining communities and protecting the planet. The company’s philosophy is that the solution for climate change is economic. The company is working to achieve its vision of an oxygen-surplus planet through sustainable companies and, at the same time, cross train the urban Miami workforce into green economy careers. The company is currently expanding to more shared and dedicated office space and a vertical farm.
Hospitality & Tourism
Life Sciences & Healthcare
Trade & Logistics
TOPP Solutions was established in 1995 as a high-level certified repair facility servicing manufacturers, insurance providers, and mobile network operators. Based in Miami, the company is a founding member of the West End Innovation Center, a technology hub for research and development, internships and job creation boosting the economy in the west end of Miami Dade County. The company is committed to bridging the “Digital Divide” with The Leon Project, where they take donated/used/broken tablets and E-condition them back to working order. The tablets are then distributed to autistic children from low-income families throughout Miami-Dade County. The company has also developed a strategic alliance with Florida International University School of Engineering in order to create green jobs and internships.
Easy Solutions is a security provider focused on the comprehensive detection and prevention of electronic fraud across all devices, channels and clouds. Last year, the company opened a new US Anti-Fraud Response Operation Center, known as the ROCK, in Miami. The facility houses the company’s fraud and threat intelligence team that provides round-the-clock proactive detection, analysis, mitigation and shutdown of attacks targeting the company’s more than 320 customers. The company nearly doubled its Miami staff since 2013.
The company’s products range from fraud intelligence and secure browsing to multi-factor authentication and transaction anomaly detection, offering a one-stop shop for end-to-end fraud protection. https://www.easysol.net/
Please join us to celebrate these great companies and the close to 100 nominated companies at the Beacon Awards on Wednesday, May 4th.
State of Black Miami Summit held at Florida Memorial University
Job creation, education, and economic prosperity were key themes throughout the recent “ONE HERITAGE: State of Black Miami which was held April 7. The summit focused on fostering joint action in Miami-Dade County’s diverse black population. Miami-Dade County Commission Chairman Jean Monestime – along with County Commissioners Barbara Jordan, Audrey Edmonson and Dennis Moss, and Miami City Commission Chairman Keon Hardemon co-hosted this free daylong conference that featured four separate panel discussions on Black Miami’s state of economic prosperity, community development, quality of life, and youth/next generation. The forum covered a range of topics including job creation, business opportunity, housing, transportation, education, health, youth violence, and criminal justice reform.
Meet The Beacon Council and Miami Partners @eMerge Americas
The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County, Miami Downtown Development Authority, Miami International Airport and other local organizations are working together to create a Miami experience at eMerge Americas.
Visit the Miami pavilion in the beginning of Section E and help us spread the word about the many significant developments in Miami’s growing tech ecosystem. Hear from leaders shaping the Miami tech ecosystem and reasons why companies from all over the globe are making the decision to locate in Miami.
Events at The Beacon Council Booth (E4) include:
Monday, April 18
The Beacon Council and ACCIÓ, represented by Jordi Baiget Cantons, Minister of Business and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia, will work together to promote economic and commercial relations between Miami Dade County and Catalonia.
Tuesday, April 19
Investor Spotlight – Javier Aviño, Partner, Government Relations and Land Development Group, Bilzin Sumberg
Tell us a little about yourself.
I grew up in Miami and absent my undergraduate years in Boston, have lived in Miami continuously. My wife (Luly) and I have 2 amazing kids (Matias and Emma) and we all thoroughly enjoy travel and tennis and even better travel with tennis. We have commenced a bucket list of tournaments in great cities that we want to visit.
How did you first get involved with The Beacon Council? Beacon Council has always been a critical organization in our community and for our law firm. I became involved because Beacon Council provides a platform that has an wide reach both from an industry standpoint and a geographic standpoint, which fits neatly within the context of my focus on international in bound and out bound investment.
What are (Greater) Miami’s top business assets?
Miami presents a great value compared to the more traditional U.S. markets, with real estate prices generally a third of New York’s. This creates a much lower barrier of entry, which is a major draw for many high-net worth individuals and firms looking to expand into the next major market. Obviously Miami has long been known as a real estate and hospitality mecca and we continue to see unprecedented growth in these key sectors but we are also seeing the emergence of new areas including technology and venture capital. Miami’s sophisticated financial center is incredibly adept at catering to international investors and Miami’s culture and climate are also a natural fit for Latin American as well as Chinese, Russian and European markets.
What are Miami’s biggest challenges?
As Miami grows and diversifies it must establish the key components to a healthy business ecosystem. Among those key components are viable sources of capital, viable housing and a transportation system that functions. Miami has come a long way and recently we have seen key venture capital firms establish offices in Miami investing in growth companies. We have also seen a focus on workforce and affordable housing and believe we will see continued focus on Miami-Dade County housing. With respect to transportation we will see continued efforts to improve on various modes of transportation including Trolley systems, Metrorail and Metromover. In addition, we will continue to see growth of alternatives to owning vehicles like Uber, Lyft, as well as increased bicycle ownership. Developers in the urban core areas are also looking to reduce parking requirements and provide mechanical and robotic parking in order to minimize the bulk and scale of high-rise developments.
What’s next for your business/industry?
Miami will continue to see an increased growth in mixed use developments where people will live, work, and socialize within the same general areas, without the need of driving long distances. There will be an increase in workforce housing and more transportation oriented developments around major transportation hubs. Miami will also see more creative design solutions within the urban core with less dependency on cars. Specifically, we will continue to see the rise of development in the urban core with rental housing that will specifically attract millennials and the desire to be in City Center with core services.
Miami-Dade’s Mission to China
Mario J. Sacasa, Senior Vice President, International Economic Development at The Beacon Council, is joining members of the Miami-Dade County Economic Development & International Trade Unit on April 11 on a mission to China with stops in Shaghai, Hangtzhou, Guangzhou and Taipei. Sacasa discussed the business development mission on April 4 during his radio interview on the Pete De La Torre Business Hour www.petebizradio.com.
China is the third largest trading partner for the Miami Customs District (which runs from Fort Piers to Key West and MIA, PortMiami, Port Everglades and Fort Lauderdale International Airport are the most important points of entry). Total trade in 2014 was about $6.6 billion. The Miami Customs District imported about $6.2 billion in goods from China and exported about $445 million to China. There are six multinational in South Florida from China, as well as four from Hong Kong. In South Florida there are approximately 15,726 foreign born individuals from China and Hong Kong – 7,337 in Miami-Dade; 5,627 in Broward and 2,763 in Palm Beach County.
Attention: Small Businesses
Apply Now for Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Cohort 9
Miami Dade College is accepting applications for the 10,000 Small Businesses Program, specifically Cohort 9. Join one of a series of available informational webinars through June 8. Deadline to apply is June 16.
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.
GIS Website Features Available Properties
The Beacon Council and Miami-Dade County website www.miamidadesites.com 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:
Did you know?
The Beacon Council Parking Reminder
The building’s parking garage at 80 SW 8th Street has reopened. The entrance is located on 8th Street about a block east of the former entrance. Stay alert as this is still a construction zone.
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The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Miami Branch is hosting a Green Jobs Panel
Wednesday, April 13
Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus
How Miami is implementing new technology to attract and retain investment
Thursday, April 14
African American Achiever Awards
Wednesday, April 20
Miami-Dade County Internal Services Department
Small Business Development Division
Access to Construction Contracts Free Informational Session
Friday, April 22
Contact Lawanda Wright-Robinson at 305-375-3186
31st Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council Annual Business Expo
Is your business ready to go global?
Free workshop for businesses
Tuesday, May 3
Contact (305) 779-9230 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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