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A Missouri-based nonprofit studying trends in entrepreneurial activity ranked the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area No. 2 on its list for startup business activity.

The Kauffman Foundation's annual report ranks 40 metropolitan areas based on their startup activity.

This year, Austin, Texas ranked No. 1. The top 10 list included San Jose, Calif.; Los Angeles; Denver, Colo.; San Francisco; New York; Houston; San Diego, Calif.; and San Antonio, Texas.

Tom Hudson

Higher than New York, Chicago and Dallas. Better than Atlanta, Seattle and Houston. South Florida's entrepreneurial activity is third highest among the nation's largest metropolitan areas.  Only San Francisco and Los Angeles ranked higher in the group's annual index of entrepreneurial activity.

Why Miami?

Nadege Green / WLRN

EcoTech Visions is tucked away in a nondescript mall between the busy Northwest Seventh Avenue corridor and I-95.

Pandwe Gibson, founder of the shared space for green manufacturers, is directing workers on last minute preparations for EcoTech's Nov. 20 grand opening.

In this space, eco-friendly entrepreneurs -- or eco-preneurs -- will grow and expand their businesses. They will collaborate where possible and create jobs for the surrounding community.

Vernon Moxey

Hundreds of girls from all over South Florida will be taking part in a Girl Power summit in West Palm Beach this weekend. The event is designed to inspire the girls to see themselves as leaders. 

Participants will attend workshops on topics such as public speaking and handling stress, and they'll hear from accomplished young women who have achieved success in the areas of science and philanthropy.

The youngest speaker is a Miami business owner in the third grade.

Miami Herald

When you’ve spent your entire life on a communist island where staples like eggs and chicken are rationed, lunch in Miami can be overwhelming.

Ask Sandra Aldama, a Cuban mother and former special education teacher who made her first visit to the United States this month. Settling into a downtown Italian restaurant as waiters whizzed by with plates of fettuccine alfredo and veal parmesan, Aldama was almost certainly reminded of what the average Cuban can’t get at home.

Twenty-two states and the District of Columbia now have laws allowing for some form of medical marijuana.

Florida appears poised to join the club. Polls show that voters there are likely to approve a November ballot measure legalizing marijuana for medical use.

If it passes, regulations that would set up a market for medical marijuana in Florida are still at least a year away. But cannabis entrepreneurs from around the country are already setting up shop in the state.

Courtesy of Funky Buddha

KC Sentz and his brother Ryan opened the Funky Buddha Brewery in June of 2013. It was the first production microbrewery in Broward County, and the best known in South Florida. The brewery added a bottling line recently, a milestone for craft breweries, and this May the Sentz brothers announced plans to expand.

Before seeing success as a brewery owner and manager, KC Sentz worked in engineering. But before that, he got his paycheck from Mickey D's.

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A study calculating the rate of people to companies in the U.S.' 15 largest metro areas ranked South Florida third for entrepreneurial activity.

The Kauffman Foundation analyzed Census data and figured out South Florida's rate at .43 percent, 15 percent higher than the national average. San Francisco and Los Angeles received the top two spots.

Starting Up In South Florida By 9 Entrepreneurs

Apr 3, 2014
Diego Saldana-Rojas

We caught up with several South Florida entrepreneurs about their trials and triumphs in starting a business in South Florida. 

Jordan Melnick started "Sktchy", an app that connects artists with subjects to draw, paint or sculpt.

Q: What was the moment you realized South Florida would work well for your business?

Pandwe Gibson started EcoTech Visions, a business incubator with a focus on environmental companies.

Q: What is the most difficult part about starting a business in South Florida?

Tom Hudson

Before making beer in Palm Beach, Mike Halker served on a bomb squad with the U.S. Army. That cool under pressure has served him well as the founder and head of Due South Brewery, a craft-beer company based in Boynton Beach. 

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