Wednesday, August 26, 2015

8/26/2015: Small Business Lending

Jonel Hein, SBA South Florida District 
The SBA reports a 50 percent increase in lending to small businesses in South Florida in the past year. Ms. Hein, deputy district director for the SBA in South Florida, joins us to talk about local lending trends, opportunities and resources.


Leslie Lunak, BankUnited
BankUnited is providing $1 million to help the Urban League of Broward loan money to small businesses throughout Florida. Ms. Lunak, CFO for BankUnited, discusses the investment and the businesses and communities that will benefit from the Urban League's small business fund.

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

08/19/2015: F'd Up Nights Miami looks at how business failure can turn into success.

Stephanie Rosado, F'd Up Nights Miami
Stephanie Rosado organizes monthly talks focused on business failure. The goal is for business owners to share their struggles and their successes so others can learn from them. She tells us how F'd Up Nights Miami became a popular international speakers forum for businesses to share their experiences.

Sebastian Ortega-Chuber, GRO Realty Partners
Sebastian Ortega-Chuber shared his failures at F'd Up Nights in July. He says a business failure can lead to success if you're willing to learn from the experience. Sebastian offers some examples of his business failures. Find out how he turned things around to come out on top.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

08/11/2015: Small Business Workshops in Spanish

George Gremse, Broward SCORE Chair

Under the leadership of Broward SCORE Chair George Gremse, the organization started offering workshops in Spanish with Hispanic Unity of Florida. That was four years ago. This year Bank of America awarded the partnership a grant to continue offering the workshops at no cost to business owners. 


Ana Maria Ceballos, Hispanic Unity of Florida
Hispanic Unity joins us this week to talk about the Spanish-language workshops that are scheduled throughout the summer and fall.

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

07/29/2015: Turning a hobby and a passion into a business

Pam Bruno, Comedian
Unemployed but with a dream of becoming a famous comedian, Pam Bruno decided to launch her standup career at age 65. She turned to SCORE for help marketing herself to comedy club owners and to broaden her audience. Pam's on social media - Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. She's playing as many local clubs as possible. Pam talks about the challenges of launching her dream career late in life.  

Suzanne Moe, Community Art Cool Ties  
Suzanne and Marcela Noriega moved to Homestead and immediately noticed hundreds of farmworkers toiling in the hot sun. They created artistic cool ties filled with nontoxic polymer crystals. When soaked in cold water, the tie absorbs the water and expands into a gel, which stays cool for hours. They gave them to farmworkers but soon found they had a business, generating revenues to keep their community project running.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

07/22/2015: Knight Foundation's investment in entrepreneurship in South Florida and the Tom Tom Magazine SCORE business story.

Matt Haggman, Knight Foundation
The Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has invested $50 million in supporting organizations that fuel startups and entrepreneurship. Matt Haggman, program manager for Miami, discusses Knight Foundation's investment strategy, its impact and future plans for South South.

Mindy Abovitz, Tom Tom Magazine
How do you start a magazine for female drummers? You turn to SCORE. That's what Mindy Abovitz of Brooklyn - yes, New York - did. Mindy is an avid SCORE client in NYC and in Fort Lauderdale. Mentors in both cities helped her start and grow her magazine, which will soon be available on Virgin Atlantic Airways.

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

07/15/2015: Bidding for government contracts and using SocialPubli to promote your business online

Ismael el-Qudsi, Internet Republica

Internet Republica, an Internet marketing company in Miami, recently launched, a social media platform that links advertisers with social media influencers. The goal is to give companies access to people with a strong social media presence to help spread their messages. Internet Republica's Ismael el-Qudsi tells how the platform works and how much it costs.

Kim Prenter, SBA South Florida District
The federal government has millions available in contracts for small businesses. Kim Prenter, a lending expert and spokesperson for the SBA South Florida District, tells us what's available, how to access these contracts and why your small business should bid for government work.

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Friday, July 10, 2015

07/08/2015: How Edward Calixto financed his new business 'Speedy Gecko'

Speedy Gecko​ founder Edward Calixto talks about how he funded his new business. Find out why he sold a property instead of asking for a loan or family for help at 3 p.m.

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