The 14th Annual Beacon Awards Salute Business Achievers

The 14th Annual Beacon Awards Salute Business Achievers
Nearly 500 business, government and community leaders attended the 14th Annual Beacon Awards, honoring corporate citizens and organizations that strengthen the Miami-Dade economy. The ceremony held May 4 at the Downtown Miami Hilton honored Tibor Hollo, Chairman & President, Florida East Coast Realty with the Jay Malina Award sponsored by Wells Fargo. Miami-Dade Commission Chair Jean Monestime “enthusiastically applauded” the success of The Beacon Council and the honored companies. Beacon Board Member and County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava noted she would be a “regular” at all future Beacon Awards. Beacon Council Chair Ernie Diaz provided welcoming remarks and President & CEO Larry K. Williams thanked the attendees, partners and sponsors. Eliott Rodriguez, CBS4 anchor, moderated the ceremony. 
The Distinguished Award winners were: 
  • Baptist Health South Florida: Chairman’s Award, sponsored by Dosal Corporation; 
  • LaunchCode: Education Award, sponsored by Bank of America and
  • TOPP Solutions: Corporate Responsibility, sponsored by Florida Blue. 
The Industry Award winners were: 
  • FEAM: Aviation, sponsored by Boeing; 
  • Ocean Bank: Banking & Finance, sponsored by AXA Advisors; NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises: Creative Design, sponsored by FirstBank; 
  • EcoTech: Entrepreneurship, sponsored by Florida International University; 
  • ACCOR North America: Hospitality & Tourism, sponsored by American Airlines; 
  • FIU Center for Children and Families: Life Sciences & Healthcare, sponsored by Baptist Health South Florida; 
  • FreeBee: Small Business, sponsored by Carlton Fields; 
  • Easy Solutions; Technology, sponsored by Florida Power & Light; and 
  • PortMiami: Trade & Logistics, sponsored by SunTrust. 
Board of County Commission Chair Jean Monestime noted the importance of small businesses.
County Commissioner and Board Member Daniella Levine Cava said she was glad to see a corporate responsibility award.
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Trade & Logistics Committee Assess Industry
On April 29 and hosted by the Miami Dade College West Campus, the Trade & Logistics Committee brought together a core team of action-oriented professionals interested in assessing how well the industry is fairing in the current economic environment. Industry leaders who participated in the event were asked to identify the top three impediments to the growth of International Trade & Logistics in Miami-Dade County. Topics included a need for more awareness of Export Finance Options and the difficulty of building consensus for funding major initiatives from local private pubic partnerships. 
This was the first of a three part series in which the final meeting will focus entirely on “How best to tell Miami’s story”. 

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.
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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:


6520 SW 24 ST
  • Address: 6520 SW 24 ST
  • City: Coral Terrace
  • County: Miami-Dade County
  • Zip Code: 33155
  • Type: Retail, Other
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Publication Date: 
Monday, May 9, 2016
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May 9-15, 2016 NEWSLETTER
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Did you know?
Payroll jobs in Miami-Dade County are at historic levels of 3.1 percent annual growth, a full point above the national average of 2.1 percent. 

Wages in the Banking & Finance sector increased 12.4 percent from 2011-14.

Wages in the Trade & Logistics sector increased 11.3 percent from 2011-14. 

The Beacon Council in the News

FIU Center for Children and Families receives Beacon Council’s Life Sciences & Healthcare Award
Vote online for most visionary Miamians; deadline is May 16  


The Beacon Council, Action Coach and Miami Growth Advisors have partnered to present a panel discussion on: 
Opportunity requires Thinking, Planning and Action
Friday, May 13

Legacy Magazine Dealmaker Symposium
“Harnessing Our Collective Power “
Friday, May 13
Your chance to interact
with the most powerful
players in business/industry
and government…
Historic Lyric Theater
8:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Vitalize Florida: GrowFL to Convene Second-Stage Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders 
Friday, May 20
This CEO Summit Provides Critical Insights about Complex Business Challenges and Opportunities to Strengthen Florida’s Business Climate.
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B2B Sales Jump: Why Sales in 2016 is Different, and How You Should Adapt
Wednesday, May 25
Enjoy the breakfast and catch up to the world of sales in a community of business professionals. Now that the buyer has more information, channels and power to decide, get the latest updates on new sales strategies and tools for selling B2B. We will talk about what has been happening faster or not evolving in sales. How to select new technology, tools, tactics and techniques. What many companies have been doing well, wrong or missing:


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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