Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneurship
8:48 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

In Miami, A Hub For Green Product-Makers

Founder of EcoTech Visions Pandwe Gibson stands near raised garden beds at the incubator's North Miami-Dade location.
Credit 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.

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Cooking
9:14 am
Fri October 10, 2014

At Age 8, This Miami Entrepreneur Is Giving Advice To Adults

Taylor Moxey makes all of her creations from scratch and says she taught herself how to cook.
Credit 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.

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Latin America Report
6:44 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

The Cuba Debate: Can Capitalist Rookies Thrive In A Communist Revolution?

Visiting Cuban entrepreneurs speak at Miami Dade College this month.
Credit 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.

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Shots: Health News
5:24 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Entrepreneurs Buzzing Over Medical Marijuana In Florida

One of three marijuana plants growing in the backyard of a 65-year-old retiree from Pompano Beach, Fla. He grows and smokes his own "happy grass" to alleviate pain.
Carline Jean MCT/Landov

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 9:05 am

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.

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Sunshine Economy
1:08 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Burgers Before Beer: 5 Questions For Funky Buddha Brewery Co-Owner

Before he went into the beer business, Funky Buddha co-owner KC Sentz (second from the left) was an electrical engineer at Motorola, though his first taste of the working life was at a McDonald's when he was 14.
Credit 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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Business Blossoming
3:34 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

South Florida Third Of 15 Metro Areas In Entrepreneurial Activity

Credit 401(K) 2012/Flickr

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.

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News
1:21 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Starting Up In South Florida By 9 Entrepreneurs

Credit 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?

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Sunshine Economy
2:13 am
Thu March 20, 2014

From Farm To Brewery: 5 Questions For Craft-Beer CEO Mike Halker

Credit 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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Tech Startups
5:47 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

Miami Beach Tech Hub Responds To Mayor With Invitation

Levine addresses Rokk3r Labs, accompanied by his dog, Earl.
Credit Hillary Lindwall/WLRN

A Miami Beach tech company invited Mayor Philip Levine to their lab for a visit this week in response to comments Levine made at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting last month. Levine said he could not see Miami Beach becoming a tech hub.

"It's the dumbest idea in the world," Levine said at the Mayors meeting, according to the Washington Post. "People cling on to things that are not the highest and best use for their city. Miami Beach is never going to be a high tech hub. As much as it sounds great, it's sexy, that's not who we are."

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The Sunshine Economy
6:30 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Doing Business While Black

South Florida business owners: (from top right) Felecia Hatcher of Feverish Pops, Adrian Foster of Foster Construction, Suzan McDowell of Circle of One Marketing and Kevin Michael of Invizio
Credit Tom Hudson

The quartet pictured above own and operate their businesses.  Some may consider them black businesses.  Some may not.  But they all operate in a commerce climate in South Florida that has been partially shaped by an economic boycott 24 years ago. In 1990, South Florida’s tourism industry was boycotted by blacks for three years.

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Community Contributor
5:39 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Why I Moved To Miami And Other Techies Should, Too

Auston Bunsen's Miami apartment.

A lot of my friends in the San Francisco Bay area (looking at you, Adam), New York and Seattle often ask me "why I still live in Miami." This post will, hopefully, explain why I love Miami so much as a Web developer and entrepreneur.

When I refer to "Miami," I mean the downtown area, where everything is walkable or dense -- not Miami Beach, North Miami, Coral Gables or South Florida.

1. Affordability is the name of the game.

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Topical Currents
1:00 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Reclaiming Our Democracy

http://www.reclaimingourdemocracy.com/

    

10/14/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with “social entrepreneur” Sam Daley-Harris. A Miami native, he founded the public interest group RESULTS, in 1980, and was instrumental in the microcredit movement.  His book, RECLAIMING OUR DEMOCRACY:  Healing the Break Between People and Government has been updated and reprinted for a 20th Anniversary Edition. 

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Journalism
7:00 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Why This $350 Million Online Language School Moved To Miami

Open English is an online language school that has taught English to 100,000 students in more than 40 countries since 2006.

When Andrés Moreno, the chief executive officer of Open English gets off the plane in Bogotá, São Paolo, Caracas or pretty much any other major Latin American city, people who recognize him from the company’s TV ads stop to ask for photos and autographs.

So why, with all this notoriety, did the CEO of a $350 million dollar company that specializes in teaching English online to Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking students move the company’s main office from Latin America to Miami three years ago?

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Journalism
6:00 am
Wed June 12, 2013

Building Miami's Silicon Beach One Startup At A Time

A warm greeting on the wall of office space inside The Lab Miami.
Credit Marie Gilot

As classmates at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Wifredo Fernandez and Daniel Lafuente were “always cooking up ideas for businesses” that the pair dreamed of launching.

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