Miami-Dade Beacon Council Annual Meeting Launches Innovation Focus

Miami-Dade Beacon Council Annual Meeting Launches Innovation Focus
Miami-Dade Beacon Council 2015-16 Chair Ernie Diaz, Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Miami-Dade Beacon Council Chair 2016-17 Chair Jaret Davis all discussed Miami’s potential for innovation during the Annual Meeting. 
The Miami-Dade Beacon Council Annual Meeting kicked off the organization’s new fiscal year by showcasing innovation as a way of building business in Miami-Dade County. To highlight the theme, the audience engaged in interactive networking activities that promoted target industries and business markets, and local innovators and entrepreneurs spoke about succeeding in a new technological environment. 
“There is nothing more important for the economic prosperity of Miami-Dade County than the success of our economic development efforts,” said Miami-Dade Beacon Council Chair 2015-16 Ernie Diaz. “Like all of our businesses, economic development is competitive and intense. Miami has a global brand that needs to continue to be marketed as a business destination. We should keep in mind that the areas that have the most aggressive economic development efforts win.”
More than 400 people attended the event, presented by Florida Power & Light and held at the Miami Marriott Dadeland Hotel, also celebrating Miamian’s affection for their hometown with a “Vote Miami” election theme. Before the event began, attendees “networked with purpose” by sharing ideas on how innovation impacts local target industries and business markets, sponsored by Greenberg Traurig. 
“Our role will be to help local businesses co-mingle with other industries and technologies to create new products or services,” the Miami-Dade Beacon Council 2016-17 Chair Jaret Davis said. “We are activating a connect and grow concept to create connections that can hatch new and innovative ways of doing business.”
Miami-Dade Beacon Council thanks our Sponsors for supporting this event. 
Ernie Diaz Tribute-HD
Ernie Diaz Tribute-HD
Beacon Annual Meeting - Vote for Miami-Dade v5-HD
Beacon Annual Meeting – Vote for Miami-Dade v5-HD

Miami-Dade Beacon Council Names 
2017 Board of Directors  

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council announced its 2017 Board of Directors and Officers. The leadership group includes many of Miami’s most well-known business leaders and representatives of the community’s successful small businesses, and leading government officials.

For a complete list of BOD members, click here.

Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program Activated 

Florida Gov. Rick Scott recently activated the Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program as a result of Hurricane Matthew. The bridge loan program helps bridge the gap for small businesses between the time impact occurs until other resources are available, including insurance claims or federal assistance. 
Under the program, eligible small businesses in all 67 Florida counties, including Miami-Dade County, may apply for loans for up to $25,000 for 90 or 180 day terms. To be eligible, a business must: 
* Have been established prior to October 3, 2016;
* Have between two to 100 employees; and
* Demonstrate economic or physical damage as a result of Hurricane Matthew.
Deadline to apply is Nov. 11. 

New Free Miami-Dade County App Helps Job Seekers
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and CareerSource South Florida has launched a new mobile App called EMPLOY MIAMI-DADE to assist job seekers find a career. 
Download the FREE app today or visit Employ Miami-Dade online services at  

For more information on the Employ Miami-Dade,
 call 305-594-7615 


Publication Date: 
Monday, October 17, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
Oct. 17-23, 2016 NEWSLETTER
Left Side: 

Annual Meeting attendees “voted” for the No. 1 reason Miami-Dade is the Best Place for Business: Here are some of the responses:

“Miami is resilient!”
“[We] work hard & play hard”
“People value their relationships and love doing business in beautiful weather”
“- Exceptional creative energy” 

“The welcoming, supportive nature of other businesses & peers”
“It’s the place where I feel like I’m home, even though I”m not from here”

More responses coming soon.

The Miami-Dade Beacon Council in the News
Forget national divide, just ‘Vote Miami’
Miami Herald
Does South Florida’s burgeoning tech scene need some oomph
Crain’s Miami

Did you know? 
For the past three years companies assisted by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council have occupied about 1 million in new square footage each year. 


Town of Miami Lakes is Offering Access to Capital Workshop 

Thursday, Oct. 20

Going Global
Presented by Jean Monestime
Miami-Dade Commission Chairman
Tuesday, Oct. 25
9 a.m. to noon
Gwen Margolis Community Center


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


Source: Old Beacon Site