Meet Some of Miami's Newest Expanding and Relocating Companies on March 9

Meet Some of Miami’s Newest Expanding and Relocating Companies at the 

Key Ceremony on March 9


Join Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Mayor Tomas Regalado and other VIPs to honor 53 companies establishing or expanding operations in Miami-Dade County at the 2016 Key Ceremony on Wednesday, March 9 at the Conrad Hotel, presented by TD Bank. 

Here’s a few of the companies to be honored at the event: 

AVENUE PLANET, a provider of virtual 3D shopping experiences will display their interactive technology at the Key Ceremony for guests to shop virtually among the world’s most famous shopping districts; 

NBCTelemundo Universal Enterprises, recently chose Miami-Dade for its new global headquarters, adding 150 new jobs and investing more than $250 million;

BAUDUCCO FOODS, a leading manufacturer of baked goods from Brazil; 

– CASA DE NOVELAS, a Miami-Dade based fashion start-up and designer of menswear and jackets;

HEINEMANN AMERICAS, a Hamburg, Germany-based operator of duty-free retail stores;

CUBE CARE, a provider of products and textiles for healthcare and commercial interiors.


The Beacon Council assisted each new company with their relocation or expansion. Please join us in helping welcome all of these deserving companies to our community. 


RSVP now. 


The Beacon Council conducts Business Development Mission in Spain


More than 120 participants attend Beacon Council Seminar in Madrid


The Beacon Council delegation was hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos.



The Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization, recently conducted a business development mission to Barcelona and Madrid, Spain led by Chair Ernie Diaz, Regional President for TD Bank in Florida, and The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams.

During the mission, The Beacon Council partnered with the Madrid Chamber of Commerce to provide a business seminar for over 120 Spanish business people interested in learning about doing business in Florida and Miami-Dade County. Attorneys Sarah Tobocman and Maria Acevedo-Belt with the Gunster law firm provided information regarding U.S. immigration law and how to set up businesses in Florida. The delegation was hosted by the U.S. Ambassador to Spain James Costos. Mission participants held one-on-one business meetings at the Madrid Chamber of Commerce and at Enterprise Florida. The delegation also toured Telefonica’s Innovation Center. In Barcelona, members of the delegation attended the Mobile World Congress, one of the largest mobile technology events in the world. 


Read more.

Read and view news coverage from Spain. 



Investor Spotlight: Jeffrey Feldman,
Co-Founder of Feldman Gale


Feldman Gale is an intellectual property law firm based in Miami since 1995. Jeffrey Feldman, co-founder,  has lived in Miami since 1972. 


How did you first get involved with The Beacon Council? 

I became involved with the Beacon Council through Sheldon Anderson (Past Chair of The Beacon Council) and The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami Residency. The Beacon Council’s mission to grow Miami’s business community, and create a stronger community overall is very appealing to me. The Beacon Council seeks to “lift all boats” in our community.

What are Miami’s top business assets?

Miami’s top business assets are its diverse multicultural population, the beauty of the city and its reputation as a world class destination. Miami is the best place for my business because it’s my home.

What are Miami’s biggest challenges?

Miami’s biggest challenges are traffic, weather-related risks and a lingering perception that we are a tourist destination as opposed to a serious business venue.

What’s next for your business/industry?

Privatization of dispute resolution, the acceleration of dispute resolution proceedings and the heavy reliance on technology coupled with the marginalization of human interaction which is essential to dispute resolution.

What do you like best about living in Miami?

Friendships that expand over 40 years, watching Miami’s renaissance in full bloom and The Cleveland Orchestra’s Miami Residency. I am in love with South Florida and have been for many years. Miami is my home.

Tell us something people may not know about you.

I am a private pilot and I flew competitive aerobatics in the 1970s. I am also a new pianist.


The Beacon Council urges Florida Legislature and Governor to Work Together to Fund Performance Based Jobs Incentives

In a letter to legislative leaders, The Beacon Council urged the Florida Legislature and the Governor to work together during this budget process to adequately fund the Florida Enterprise Fund. Larry K. Williams, President & CEO, described how Miami-Dade competes with other regions worldwide that offer attractive incentive packages to companies looking to expand or relocate. “While most private sector jobs are created by a favorable business climate, the use of performance-based incentives make a difference in today’s globally competitive market,” Williams said in the letter. “With current funding allocations as stated in the Transportation and Economic Development budget committee, we would not have been able to attract a company like NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises that is building a new $250 million global headquarters in Miami.”


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.


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The Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge and Bootcamp Begins


The popular Miami Herald Business Plan Free Bootcamp returns Monday, March 7. At this bootcamp, you’ll learn the basics of writing a short business plan and pitching your company to investors from leading entrepreneurs/investors. 


The Miami Herald Business Challenge is an annual business plan contest for entrepreneurs.  Deadline is March 28

Sheri Colas-Gervais, Vice President, Economic Development & Urban Initiatives at The Beacon Council is participating as one of the judges. Winners are profiled in the Miami Herald.


Read more about the bootcamp.

Read more about the challenge.


Miami-Dade Quality of Place Featured in Business Profile & Location Guide 


From the city center to the beaches to the suburbs, the diversity of Miami-Dade has many surprises in store for those who expect nothing but the beach. Read about your neighborhood in The Miami Business Profile & Location Guide


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).

Use promo code MCONF15 for a 15% discount.


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 website 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:


IIT Medley Phase IV

·         Address: 11040 NW 124 Street

·         City: Medley

·         County: Miami-Dade County

·         Zip Code:33178

·         Type: Class A

·         Min Size:22,000 sqft

·         Max Size:88,500 sqft





Publication Date: 
Monday, February 29, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
Feb. 29-March 6, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Did you know?

In 2014, 26,650 Spaniards visited Miami-Dade County, a 6.6 percent increase over 2013.


Member News: The Beacon Council Congratulates Walter Robinson

The Beacon Council congratulates Walter Robinson, Principal at Robinson Commercial Real Estate, for being honored at the University of Central Florida College of Business Administration’s 17th Annual Business Hall of Fame event. He received an Entrepreneurial Alumni Award. Robinson is a member of The Beacon Council Executive Committee.

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Miami Herald & El Nuevo Herald Conversations


Monday, Feb. 29


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Talent Development Network invites you to participate as a showcase partner at upcoming Miami Job + Internship Fair on March 3. 


The “Job Flea” is not your traditional job fair: we have partnered with Arts + Entertainment District and media company The New Tropic to create a unique experience for students, young professionals, employers and community leaders from around our great county.


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Key Ceremony

Wednesday, March 9 @ Conrad Hotel Miami


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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.


The Business of Health Care: Going Global

Monday, March 21

@ University of Miami

Exchange ideas on the globalization of health care with 700 professionals.

Read more. 


14th Annual Beacon Awards

Wednesday, May 4 @ Hilton Miami Downtown



Read more about sponsorship opportunities.


National discussion on freight planning kicks off in Atlanta and Miami


Department of Transportation has launched a series of roundtables on the freight economy that they are planning to take around the country. It’s timely to have the conversation now because the recently enacted FAST Act is the first reauthorization bill to provide dedicated funding for freight investment in the country.  And to receive funding, states will be required to have a freight plan in place.  


Read more. 


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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