February 24, 2015

Rokk3r Labs, journalist Lilia Luciano launch Coinspire, a video series with groundbreaking entrepreneurs

Coinspire

Rokk3r Labs and journalist Lilia Luciano officially announce the launch of Coinspire, a thought-leadership video series uncovering insights of groundbreaking entrepreneurs. Coinspire challenges the concepts of failure, self, risk, business, reality, success, and achievement through intimate interviews with some of today’s more innovative minds.

For the premiere of Coinspire, Lilia Luciano has conducted in-depth interviews with leaders from the entrepreneurial community:

 * Alexandra W. Wilson @AWilkisWilson - Founder, Gilt

* Benzion Aboud @benzionaboud - Founder, Saveology

* Chris Dannen @chrisdannen - Editor, Fast Company

* Gary Mahieu - Serial Tech Entrepreneur

* Jeremy Office - Principal, Maclendon

* John Stuart @jstuartFIUMBUS - Director, CARTA FIU

* Juan Carlos Ortiz @juancarlosortiz - CEO, DDB Latina 

* Juan Pablo Cappello @cappelloJp - Founder of private advising group

* Laura Maydon @limaydon - CEO, Endeavor Miami

* Rodolfo Saccoman @RodolfoSaccoman - Founder, AdMobilize

The interviews are presented both in full, demonstrating the continuity of thought and questioning involved, and segmented by topics, empowering viewers to explore their interests. Rokk3r Labs Chief Strategy and Creative Officer German Montoya says, “We are in an era where it is common to see the upstart entrepreneur disrupting the unsuspecting traditional business. We hope that with Coinspire, we can collectively catalyze this global movement to accelerate even faster.”

Visit www.coinspire.org for free access to the entire video series.

Lilia Luciano, an accomplished journalist, documentary film director, will serve as host and creative director of Coinspire in partnership with Rokk3r Labs. She is currently directing a feature documentary for HBO and has worked as a national correspondent for NBC News. Rokk3r Labs launches companies through its comprehensive cobuilding approach, with its specialized team of engineers, creatives and strategists.

Posted Feb. 24, 2015 

February 19, 2015

$1 million innovation prize program coming to Frost Museum of Science

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Rendering of Innovation Center planned for the Patricia and Phillip Museum of Science.  

By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

Imagine being able to watch and perhaps even contribute to the process of innovation in real time for a year. The Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science and the science nonprofit CappSci plan to launch a worldwide contest and bring the winners to the museum to build their concepts for all to experience.

Through a $1 million gift from Ted and Pascale van Kipnis Caplow, CappSci and the museum Thursday plan to announce a five-year series of annual prize contests and inventors-in-residence programs to develop solutions in the health and environmental sectors. The announcements are planned as part of the museum’s Innovation & Engineering Weekend, which extends through Sunday, at its current Coconut Grove location.

Prizes to be offered in 2015: one for the best invention to restore coral reefs, and another to help people detect and reduce their exposure to carcinogens, the museum said.

Building on CappSci’s experience with global competitions, the CappSci Inventors program will solicit submissions of prototype inventions with local relevance and global significance from around the world beginning Thursday. Two winners will be awarded 12- to 18-month residencies at the $300 million science museum under construction in downtown Miami’s Museum Park. Entry forms and more details on the prizes are available at www.cappsci.org.

In 2013, CappSci established the $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize, the world’s largest prize dedicated to saving the lives of children under the age of 5. But CappSci Inventors is the first contest CappSci has run with a residence program. The $1 million gift will support the program for five years.

CaplowMy goal is to find solutions to big problems, but I am also very excited about bringing the practice of science inside the four walls of the science museum,” said Ted Caplow, CEO of CappSci, an applied science company, and an engineer, social entrepreneur and philanthropist who lives in Miami.

Out-of-the-box thinking in both prize categories is needed now, Caplow said. “In the course of my lifetime, and I am 45, I have seen a complete change in the state of Caribbean corals. If you extrapolate that over another 30 or 40 years, scientists are saying that on this side of the world the reefs could be gone.”

While disappearing coral is a massive environmental problem, the healthcare prize tackles cancer. The challenge is to develop an innovative, affordable and portable technology to empower people to detect and/or avoid carcinogens, he said.

The winners of CappSci Inventors will get a $100,000 budget to support their research and be provided lab space at the museum, Caplow said. During their residencies, inventors build out and test their technologies while seeking feedback from the public. Museum visitors can watch the inventors work, read interactive daily project logs, and discuss details of the project with an intern who will serve as a knowledge liaison between the inventor and the public, Caplow said.

The inventors will give periodic talks at the museum, and CappSci and the museum will also provide mentorship. The CappSci Inventors program will end with a demo day, when the innovators can present their work to investors who may help fund commercialization, said Caplow, who is on the museum’s board.

“There’s an emerging science and technology scene here in South Florida and the museum has a vital role to play in making it visible,” said Gillian Thomas, president and CEO of Frost Science. “What I love about this is that anyone around the world can apply but you will see the whole process develop here. Whatever great inventions come out of it will be relevant here but could also work around the world.”

In addition to this gift, the Caplows have previously donated $1 million to the new museum’s five-floor Innovation Center, which will provide classes, maker’s activities, public demonstrations and workshops celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship while also exhibiting the latest global developments. Separately, Caplow’s team and the museum also want to develop a Science Barge, a floating, urban sustainable farm and environmental education center similar to one he founded in New York, but also with marine-related exhibits and programming.

The announcement on Thursday will be followed by a panel discussion on the importance of competitions, featuring local leaders in science, medicine and business. The panel will be moderated by Florida Board of Education member and nonprofit leader Rebecca Fishman Lipsey, and include marine biologist Dr. Andrew Baker from University of Miami, medical entrepreneur Dr. Maurice Ferré, and oncologist Dr. Nicholas C. Lambrou. For more information on Innovation & Engineering Weekend, visit www.miamisci.org/iefrost.

Follow Nancy Dahlberg on Twitter @ndahlberg.

Posted Feb. 19, 2015

 

February 06, 2015

SBA's free Emerging Leaders program for small businesses accepting applications

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s South Florida District is seeking 17 Miami-Dade small business owners for its SBA Emerging Leaders program that will give them a three-year, tailored strategic growth plan for their businesses. 

For a second year, Miami-Dade County was selected to be part of SBA’s Emerging Leaders initiative, a federal training initiative that focuses on business executives poised for growth in historically challenged communities, said SBA South Florida District Director Francisco "Pancho" Marrero.  “This initiative will provide executives from 17 Miami-Dade businesses with the organizational framework, resource network, and motivation required to build sustainable businesses and promote the economic development within the county,” he said.

While the executive-level course is free for businesses accepted into the program, executives must commit to about 100 hours of classroom and out-of-classroom work.  The first class meets April 14 and will meet on alternating Tuesday evenings through October.

This will be the second program offered. Moises Montanez, owner of Miami’s Alta Home Remodeling, was among the 13 graduates from the inaugural Emerging Leaders Class. He is in the process of remodeling his general contracting business with the knowledge he gained from the class.

For the next class, SBA is again partnering with the Small Business Development Center at Florida International University. Classes will be at FIU Downtown on Brickell Center at 1101 Brickell Ave. in Miami. The curriculum called the StreetWise Steps to Small Business Growth includes instruction on financials, marketing and sales, resources (human resources, accessing capital and government contracting); and strategic growth planning.

Business leaders interested in the program should be the owner or principal in the small business that has annual revenues of at least $400,000; been in business for at least 3 years; and have at least one employee other than himself.

The application deadline is March 20.  The SBA South Florida district will make the final selection from the qualified applicants, said Marrero. 

Register at http://www.interise.org/sbaemergingleaders. 

More information about the program:

https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/fl/miami/resources/sba-south-florida-emerging-leaders-initiative-2015 

Posted Feb. 6, 2015

 

January 22, 2015

Miami Dade College accepting applications for 10,000 Small Businesses program

Miami Dade College  is  accepting applications for Cohort 5 of the 10,000 Small Businesses program scheduled to begin June 4, at the Wolfson Campus. The deadline for applications is Feb. 21.

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses (10KSB) is a classroom-based practical business education program that gives entrepreneurs valuable skills for growing their businesses, the opportunity to access financial capital and powerful networking opportunities, among other benefits, at no cost to participants.

The curriculum includes one-on-one advice, clinics, and workshops administered by subject matter experts. Goldman Sachs professionals also serve as panelists and judges for the so-called scholar rehearsals, the “Rocket Pitches.” Participants will also learn to identify and evaluate opportunities, understand financial statements, hire, retain and lead employees, negotiate successfully and create a comprehensive growth plan, among other lessons.

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • * Owner or co-owner of a business
  • * Business in operation for at least two years
  • * Business revenues of at least $150,000 in the most recent fiscal year
  • * Minimum of four employees, including the owner

To learn more, please register for the upcoming 10KSB Informational Webinars on Wednesday, Feb. 11 at 1:30 p.m. here:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2069446174015959554

 To apply to  Cohort 5 of MDC’s 10KSB program, visit http://www.mdc.edu/10ksb  or call 305-237-7812

- Information submitted by Miami Dade College

January 15, 2015

Innovation Hub at Broward College opens

A new resource: Broward College’s new Innovation Hub.

The 5,400 square-foot facility, which is open to the public, is designed to be a mixed-use business incubator, focused on housing a dynamic community of startups, mentors, advisors and investors, and serving as a one-stop resource for business owners and innovators pursuing their entrepreneurial ambitions. It will offer access to mentors – through Broward College’s collaborative partnerships with Broward SCORE, the Small Business Development Center and the Enterprise Development Corporation – as well as angel investors, including New World Angels. There will be seminars and workshops on various business topics focused on specific skills helpful to startup companies that will also be open to the public.

At an open house on its Cypress Creek location on Thursday, Broward College celebrated its partnership with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, which is  seeking innovative solutions in sports business. Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo, who is a part-owner of the Strikers, joined Broward College officials, along with Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Jesse Panuccio and other local business leaders for a tour of the business incubator and discussion on possible opportunities.

The Innovation Hub offers several private individual offices, a shared co-working space, two small conference or mentoring rooms, as well as a fully equipped audio and video training or seminar room, which converts into two large board rooms with separate A/V capabilities. It also features 100Mps fiber broadband access hardwired Wi-Fi throughout the facility. The business incubator will provide opportunities for close collaborations with Broward College faculty, staff and students. Professors will work with their students and incubated companies on market research, branding, operations, financial planning and other business needs.

A portion of the Innovation Hub will be dedicated to sports-related startups as part of a collaboration with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. These startups will receive mentorship from Strikers staff and have the opportunity to pilot their ideas on the Strikers’ stadium, fans and athletes.

For more information on the Broward College Innovation Hub, visit http://www.broward.edu/innovationhub or contact Angela Nicoletti at 954-201-7939 or anicolet@broward.edu.

WhereBy.Us launches The New Tropic, with Knight funding

Miami-based media company WhereBy.Us launched The New Tropic, a new local journalism and events brand that serves Miami’s “curious locals” — people who are interested in exploring what the growing city has to offer and learning about and engaging on local issues. The launch is supported by $250,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

With the funding, The New Tropic recently began publishing a daily email newsletter curating local news and events, and sharing original stories and journalism work. Knight funding will also go to scaling and testing the WhereBy.Us model for local civic engagement that joins journalism, mobile news delivery and creative events to get people involved in shaping their city. To this end, the company will produce events such as art projects, field trips and community workshops around such areas as health, education, transportation, affordable housing and the environment. Users can sign up for The New Tropic newsletter and events at thenewtropic.com/join.

“Our goal is to help people be better locals and feel more connected in their city,” said Christopher Sopher, WhereBy.Us co-founder and CEO. “Miami is growing and changing in incredible ways. People sense that and want to be a part of it, but it can be hard to plug in. The New Tropic is designed to make that easier and help locals have the most awesome possible experience living here.” 

 

AGP to launch angel investor education series in Coral Gables

The angel network Accelerated Growth Partners (AGP), Greenberg Traurig, Knight Foundation and the Kellogg School of Management are teaming up to offer a series of angel investor education workshops.

Agp_logo_rgb_blancoThe Knight-supported AGP relaunched last summer and has been meeting regularly and inviting selected startups to present at their meetings. Under a new managing director, Nico Berardi, the group has grown in a few short months to 57 members and another 30 or so prospects. Some members have already invested in South Florida startups.

But along with presenting investors with many opportunities to invest in local startups, a key mission of AGP is investor education. It wants to grow the angel investor community in South Florida, and is one of a number of efforts underway in South Florida.

BERARDI PhotoAGP's new Angel Education Series will consist of six workshops aimed at training the Miami investment community in the intricacies of angel investing. "The curricula is very specific to educating investors in making angel investments," said Berardi (pictured at left). These workshops will cover a range of topics such as Valuations, Portfolio Strategy, Post-investment Relationship, Legalities of Angel Investing and Picking Winners.

“The premise behind the Series is that while Miami startups are booming, the investment community today doesn't have enough tools to invest in early-stage tech ventures,” added Berardi. “With an all-star team of sponsors and speakers, we're attracting potential investors to come out and learn how to include angel investments as a part of their broader portfolio.”

The inaugural workshop on Jan. 28, 'An Overview', will be taught by the Angel Research Institute and take place at the Kellogg School of Management in Coral Gables.

 The Series will:

• Teach early stage investing principles providing basic tools and resources.

• Provide a clear picture of the intricacies of South Florida i.e. opportunities and constraints

• Showcase local investment platforms, current angel investors and key members of the entrepreneurial local ecosystem.

The sessions are free for SEC-accredited investors. Registration is required, space is very limited and accredited investors will get preference.

For more information and to register for the  first session: https://agpeducation.eventbrite.com

Posted Jan. 15, 2015; Photo of Nico Berardi by Catarina Ayubi

 

December 17, 2014

Addressing the tech-talent gap, LaunchCode expands to Miami

The innovative job-placement nonprofit founded by Square co-founder Jim McKelvey received $1.25 million in funding from the Knight Foundation. LaunchCode is already signing on companies and partners and will open early next year. 

By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@MiamiHerald.com 

Jim McKelvey, the co-founder of the mobile payment company Square, believes you don’t need a computer science degree or be a 20-something male to get a good job in technology.


Jim mckelveyAt the same time, a tech-talent shortage is one of the oft-cited challenges facing Miami and other cities and the job market just doesn’t work efficiently, McKelvey said. So he started a job-placement nonprofit, LaunchCode, to address the talent gap by opening the field of motivated and qualified applicants in an innovative way.

LaunchCode, based in St. Louis, matches aspiring technologists with local companies through paid apprenticeships that lead to long-term careers. On Wednesday, the organization announced it will expand to Miami, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

To be sure, the talent gap is also a national challenge. According to projections by the U.S. Department of Labor, 1 million U.S. programming jobs will go unfilled by 2020. "The mission of LaunchCode is to take the entire economy and change it from one of scarcity of technical talent to at least neutrality if not abundance," said McKelvey, adding that a Silicon Valley study showed that every tech job brings four other jobs to an area.

The Knight Foundation is investing $1.25 million, over three years, to support LaunchCode’s Miami opening early next year. LaunchCode launched in St. Louis in 2013 and this will be its first expansion.

“What we really like about LaunchCode is how it provides the opportunity to reach into all the communities across Miami, particularly the underserved communities, and provide people a way to get the skills to then move into really compelling jobs in tech,” said Matt Haggman, Miami program director of the Knight Foundation.

LaunchCode has hired a coordinator to lead the local expansion effort and has partnered with Miami Dade College’s new entrepreneurship hub, its Idea Center. LaunchCode has already signed on some companies that will hire apprentices and is actively looking for more, said McKelvey, who bought a vacation home in Miami area in 2010 and made South Florida his family’s permanent home this summer.

In an interview at The LAB Miami on Tuesday, McKelvey explained that a typical job seeker coming to LaunchCode would already have some programming skills. LaunchCode would do a skills assessment, and if needed, would connect the seeker with additional education. For this, LaunchCode has partnered with Wyncode and Ironhack, in addition to Miami Dade College, and online training programs such as EdX.

But the key to the model is making the good match, considering not just the skills fit but the candidate's desires and company culture, too. And so far it’s working: Since launching in St. Louis a year ago, 90 percent of LaunchCode’s 130 placements have quickly led to full-time positions with companies such as MasterCard, Enterprise and Anheuser-Busch. Nearly half of the people LaunchCode placed were unemployed before joining the program, and 42 percent did not have a college degree, McKelvey said. LaunchCode has placed people from ages 15 to 59; about 30 percent of its placements were women — that’s a high percentage for tech jobs.

“We were surprised how quickly people can acquire employable skills,” said McKelvey, about his experience in St. Louis. “We had people with no relevant programming skills get to full-time employment in under six months, and these aren’t rare cases. We were also surprised how receptive the companies were.”

Indeed, building the large network of companies willing to take on the apprentices, rather than always opting for the conservative route of selecting people with experience, is the key to success in the LaunchCode model, McKelvey said: “We need to sign up every company in Miami that hires programmers or IT people. The good news is, no company has ever said no.”

Companies commit to considering LaunchCode applicants for low-paying apprenticeships. But these temporary apprenticeships typically last no more than a couple of weeks or months, at which time companies hopefully hire the applicants full time. No long-term apprenticeships: "There needs to be incentives on both sides to get married of date someone else," McKelvey said. "We are not a charity ... Our mission is to place not hundreds but thousands of people."

RegoLeading LaunchCode’s aggressive expansion effort in Miami will be Mariana Rego, a University of Miami industrial engineering graduate who worked for several  years at UBS in New York, and recently co-founded Design Thinking Miami, a nonprofit that hosts social and educational events to foster design thinking.

Rego, who joined LaunchPad because she wanted to "make a difference," will focus on the first phase of the organization’s development — forming partnerships with Miami area companies. Rego said that in the past two weeks, she has signed on 10 to 15 companies, and she expects to meet with Miami’s biggest employers after the new year.

For instance, Rego said, LaunchCode has already signed up advertising and digital agency República, Univision and its television network Fusion, and tech companies Senzari, YellowPepper and Kairos. “LaunchCode is a unique organization that’s going to have a tremendous impact on South Florida’s tech labor market. República is proud to be one of LaunchCode’s very first committed companies,” said Jorge A. Plasencia, República’s CEO.


Matt_haggman_2014_preferred.jpg.200x0_q85Haggman said LaunchCode is an important piece of Knight’s strategy to grow the entrepreneurial ecosystem, and that together with MDC’s Idea Center, Venture for America and Enstitute – other recent Knight investments – LaunchCode will help lower barriers in order to match up job seekers with employers. “Our bet is that the talent is here,” Haggman said. “We just have to make it easier to connect employers with the talent.”

Leandro Finol, executive director of Idea Center, said the center plans to model a program after a popular course at Harvard, CS50, an introduction to programming, and once the students prove their skills they will be able to get good jobs through LaunchCode. “We are the perfect partner for LaunchCode. Because we are so massive with many campuses, we are very convenient to all the different companies,” he said.

Companies that want to be a part of LaunchCode should email mariana@launchcode.org. The sign-up process takes less than 10 minutes. Learn more at Launchcode.org.

When LaunchCode is ready for job seekers, there will be an open call, McKelvey said. “We need the next couple of months to work with the companies and identify the jobs and skills so we can do our job and make good matches.”

Follow Nancy Dahlberg on Twitter @ndahlberg.

Posted Dec. 17, 2014

December 14, 2014

Susan Amat: Ways to make your pitch count when courting investors

By Susan Amat

SusanamatThis year, I have been lucky enough to see startups pitching in five continents. Sometimes it happens in a room with hundreds of people; more often it is a couple of guys across a table. Some are full of confidence regardless of the quality of their business. No matter where I am, most startups prepare a pitch with the goal of getting that person to hear every word of the presentation. Many entrepreneurs fail to realize that no matter how awesome your product is and how incredibly rich and powerful you will be, potential investors and strategic partners must want to work with you before anything else will happen.

Think to your own interactions. If you like someone, you are more likely to want to learn more, spend more time with them and support their efforts. When the speaker doesn’t engage you, the fabulous features of their offering may be ignored because you have already tuned out, or the negative feelings you may have toward the presenter have transferred to the product.

In pitching to 1 to 1,000, the most common mistake many entrepreneurs make is in fielding questions and comments from judges or other designated “experts.” It is unfortunate when everyone is in awe of a great pitch and the speaker ruins all the excitement about his business by becoming defensive or rude in a response to a question. Triggers for undesirable reactions include but are not limited to: 1. “Dumb” questions; 2. Condescending questions; and 3. Rude or disrespectful comments.

It is extremely difficult to explain what your business is and what you have been doing in the many months/years you have devoted to it in five minutes. While you live and breathe your business, these people may not know the space, understand your unique twist or comprehend a key assumption that you take for granted. Often entrepreneurs fail to tailor their pitch to the audience to the extent they should, leading to major communication challenges that may result in unfortunate interactions after the pitch. You can come back from that easily, smiling while explaining how something works in an educational but respectful manner. That is a great opportunity for you to find ways to incorporate more language to tie together concepts that may not be obvious to your audience.

The darker situation occurs when challenging or seemingly obvious questions are specifically posed to elicit a reaction. It may come veiled in a smile, or from the person you had most wanted to impress. It may start with a harsh criticism, that she has seen that 100 times or a statement like “that won’t work.” Or perhaps a simple question to explain how you arrived at your assumptions with an arrogant tone.

The key to overcoming unexpected questions and comments is practicing responses as much as you practice your pitch. Always ensure your tone is professional and you will earn respect and possibly a new advocate.

Let’s explore a few scenarios to get the best results in your pitch:

* Pitching to 20-10,000 people requires showmanship. Letting your passion for the product flow and staying high energy is key. If you aren’t excited about what you are doing, no one else will be. Questions will likely come from a pre-set group, so research who they are beforehand so you can offer answers that may incorporate their interests, backgrounds or expertise.

* Three to 20 people can be made to feel like an intimate group simply by introducing yourself and shaking hands around the room if feasible. Find ways to use humor or engage members of the audience briefly. With 20 or fewer people you can make eye contact with each person in the room at least once.

<bullet>If you are speaking to one or two people, ask them about themselves. Be friendly! Your presentation should be more of a conversation that naturally flows from the introductions. While some of us hate “small talk,” it really makes a difference in creating the initial connection and sets a tone for a different level of rapport. Without it, investors often go straight to everything that is wrong and what won’t work. With it, I have witnessed many of those same investors give valuable guidance and supportive critiques. Even if they don’t like your idea, the real goal is for them to believe in you.

Susan Amat is the founder and CEO of Venture Hive, an entrepreneurship education company in Miami. Follow @SusanAmat on Twitter.

Posted Dec. 14, 2014

 

November 06, 2014

Happy birthday to Miami-Dade SCORE, helping small businesses for 50 years

By Senen Garcia

SermenStartups are generating a buzz about business in Miami, and that’s exciting.

Forbes, The Wall Street Journal and MSNBC are reporting about South Florida’s startup explosion and the revival of an economy hampered by the recession. Incubators, accelerators, launch pads and charming co-work spaces are fueling what many are calling the “New Miami.”

But what of traditional Miami and the groups that have supported small businesses for decades — chambers of commerce, the Small Business Adminstration, community development organizations, business development offices and nonprofit business groups?

This month Miami-Dade SCORE turns 50. That means 50 years of helping thousands of local businesses start, grow and succeed. The all-volunteer nonprofit relies on the expertise of 93 business mentors — retired and in business, young and old — to help entrepreneurs realize their dreams.

SCORE and its counterparts are the traditional Miami. We give business workshops in libraries. We meet with clients at Starbucks. We set up tables at neighborhood business fairs. We mentor clients by Skype, phone and email.

We quietly and successfully help the businesses that are not making headlines generate revenues that keeps the local economy going and growing.

Our clients are the local businesses you frequent every day — the dry cleaner, franchisee, law firm, yoga studio and family restaurant. They are businesses like Viking Defense, a company founded by a former federal immigration officer. Viking owner Rickey Brantley turned to SCORE to grow his small security company. SCORE mentors guided him through the process that resulted in several loans, the expansion to 35 employees and several government contracts.

SCORE mentors helped Sky Zone in Doral find a location, draft a business plan and prepare loan documents that led to a $900,000 SBA loan two years ago when small business lending was even tougher.

Traditional Miami doesn’t often promote its successes, but you see its good work every day. Panther Coffee — the acclaimed local coffee roaster attracting national attention and expanding throughout the county — opened its doors and grew with SCORE’s guidance. RHouse, the Wynwood restaurant opened by chef Rocco Carulli, relied on SCORE as well.

As the New Miami captures the headlines and the spotlight, know that traditional Miami will always be here to guide and help business owners, no matter their industry.

New Miami? Traditional Miami? The fact is we’re all in it together to build one big, vibrant and prosperous Miami.

Senen Garcia is chair of Miami-Dade Score and an attorney in Coconut Grove.