New Leaders Taskforce "My Miami" Showcases Opportunities for Young Professionals

New Leaders Taskforce “My Miami” Showcases Opportunities for
Young Professionals

From “Why Miami?” to “My Miami” was the theme of the Miami-Dade Beacon Council New Leaders Taskforce third annual networking reception and entrepreneur focused program on June 22 at the East Miami Hotel. The New Leaders Taskforce connects local young professionals and students with business leaders to help them better understand career opportunities in Miami-Dade. 

Keynote Speaker Carlos Migoya, President & CEO of Jackson Health System, encouraged young professionals to take advantage of Miami’s openness by noting “this is a town where nothing is given to you, but you can get anything you want” with hard work. He said prioritizing relationships is essential to being successful in business. “Every business is a people business,” he said. Topics also included Miami-Dade’s growing startup community and development of more public spaces, as well as the area’s first virtual-reality conference. The Beacon Council Chair Ernie Diaz opened the event discussing job-generating accomplishments from the past year and Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams talked about the importance of talent development in recruiting businesses to Miami. Oscar Lopez, NLT Chair, closed the event by thanking the NLT members for reaching 3,000+ young professionals. 

Thank you to Moderator Mark Trowbridge, President & CEO, of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce; and Keynote Speaker Migoya for sharing personal experiences and their knowledge of Miami. Thank you to Panel Moderator Ann Keil, reporter with WSVN; as well as panelists Brian Brackeen, CEO of Kairos; Mary Spio, President, of CEEK VR; and Tico Aran, Co-Founder/Director of Operations, of JOJO Tea; for their insights.

Thank you to our sponsors: Florida International University College of Business, MiamiDDA, JP Morgan Chase, Greenberg Traurig, Florida East Coast Realty, Carlton Fields, FirstBank, FEAM, Goldman Sacks 10,000 Small Businesses, Bank of America, WeWork, eMerge Americas, Invest Miami and Pete De La Torre Radio Show. Thank you to East Miami Hotel for providing the stunning Miami skyline as a backdrop.

To find out more about the New Leaders Taskforce, contact Marc Schlags at The Beacon Council


View more photos.


 Village Council Takes Big Leap Toward Downtown Palmetto Bay


The Palmetto Bay Village Council approved the site plans for the first two downtown projects at a zoning hearing on June 21, catapulting the dream of Downtown Palmetto Bay into fruition.

Read more. 


Global Tax Forum in Miami: Economic Panel Forecasts Miami’s Growth 

Baker Tilly International, one of the world’s leading networks of independently owned accountant and business advisory firms, recently hosted BTI Global Tax Forum in Miami. Baker Tilly International – “Staying competitive in today’s global business environment through international tax planning,” hosted by Cherry Bekaert’s Miami office, showcased Miami and Florida as a global leader.
 “The excitement created by the event brought to the forefront the breadth of opportunities we have in South Florida. The content of the program created awareness of what our community has to offer from a local and international perspective to owners and investors. The forum also offered insights on how to make informed decisions as a result of opportunities brought by the expansion of the Port, the continued growth of our real estate sector, and the booming technology community”, said Beacon Council investor and Managing Partner of Cherry Bekaert’s Miami office, David W. Appel, CPA. 
Florida Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera provided keynote remarks regarding Miami-Dade and Florida economies. The Beacon Council President & CEO Larry K. Williams moderated a panel titled “Economic Forecast Megatrends.” The session centered around the business/investment opportunities in South Florida and overseas. Panelists included:
* Andria Muñiz-Amador, Director, Public Affairs and Communications, PortMiami,
* Özgür Kıvanç Altan, Consul General, Republic of Turkey in Miami,
* Brian Dill, National Leader, International Tax, Cherry Bekaert 
* Sherry Jin, BTI China.


NBCTelemundo Tour Illustrates Spanish-Language Programming’s Success

The Beacon Council CMO Susan Greene and Executive Vice President of Economic Development Dyan Brasington toured NBCTelemundo’s Hialeah headquarters.  Sandy Lighterman, Film Commissioner with Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment, Jeff Mayzurk and Jeff Stamatis of Telemundo, provided the guided tour of the massive studio complex which produces an average of 800 hours of programming annually. Services include multiple stages, lighting, grip, cameras, control rooms, scenery, props, remote production, post production, and support services. Universal Telemundo Enterprises is building its global headquarters at a new site in Miami-Dade County, creating 150 new jobs and investing more than $250 million. The new building will house 1,100 employees, with the capacity to expand to approximately 1,300. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises’ new headquarters will bring all of the division’s offices, broadcast and production operations, under one roof including the Telemundo Network, Telemundo Studios and Telemundo International, as well as its cable network NBC UNIVERSO, its digital media operations. The company will be poised to provide Spanish-language programming and multiplatform connections to the growing U.S. Hispanic market and audiences around the world.


Get Ready…

The Beacon Council’s
One Community One Goal  

Annual Event is One Month Away 

Check out last year’s event…

OCOG Report to the Community 

Thursday, July 21

@University of Miami Donna E. Shalala Student Center 

8 to 11 a.m.

Free admission





Entrepreneurship: EcoTech Visions


EcoTech Visions is a new business incubator and accelerator designed to assist entrepreneurs in creating, planning, and launching innovative and “green” manufacturing businesses in South Florida. More specifically, the company supports the development and assists start-ups in the planning and production of products that are manufactured with recycled materials.


Investor News: Access to “Invest Miami 2016”

Miami-Dade Beacon Council Members have free access to the publication’s online library. The publication, sold for $129, is a research apparatus showcasing Miami’s current trends and developments, told by top business and civic leaders.

Read more. 


On September 15th and 16th this year in the recently inaugurated EAST hotel in Miami, will be hosting a Forum with a regional mission. The LATAM LEADERS FORUM: Building a New Road Map for Sustainable Growth will bring together the region’s most influential Business  and Public Sector Leaders and Entrepreneurs to SPEAK, CONNECT AND THINK about how to generate sustainable growth for Latin America and the companies doing business in the region.

Read more.


Miami-Dade Schools Launch Paid Summer Internship Program 

The Miami-Dade Public School System announced its paid summer internship program for its students to gain work experience at local companies. The students will be paid during their internship through a grant. Therefore there is no cost to the participating company. The grant will also cover liability insurance to further reduce the impact on the employer. This is a great opportunity for companies to have a motivated student work on a project and for students to learn about their chosen field. Read more.Fill out form. 


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.  Contact Stephannie Cetoute,
Manager, Research & Strategic Planning,


 Featured listing of the week:


Owner-User or Investment Opportunity

·         Address: 1900 NW 89th Place

·         City: Doral

·         County: Miami-Dade County

·         Zip Code: 33172

·         Type: Call Center, Flex …

·         Min Size:79,271 sqft

·         Max Size:79,271 sqf




Publication Date: 
Monday, June 27, 2016
Publication Date Long: 
June 27-July 3, 2016 NEWSLETTER
Left Side: 

Did you know?

LATAM Airline Group’s 1,400 daily flights carry 90 percent of air traffic in seven Latin American markets.

Read more.



Our feature story last week incorrectly named the Rotary Club of South Miami. We apologize for the error. 


Miami News

U.S. – bound hotel brands pick Miami first

Read more.


Miami is a global business hub for the Latin music industry

Read more.


The Beacon Council in the News

Canada’s Governor General David Johnston eyes Miami links – Miami Today





Miami Minority Business Development Agency 
Business Center

Open House
Thursday, July 7

5:30 to 8 p.m.
9499 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 204, Miami, FL 33138 

Read more.


The Idea Center Workshops & Events for Small Businesses


To see and participate in upcoming events for small businesses / entrepreneurs at the The Idea Center @ Miami Dade College


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


Source: Old Beacon Site