Here is a timely article about what companies should do to evaluate pricing. This is important for the coming year as the market is still adjusting. Enjoy the read:
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
It is necessary in business to take the time to forecast or project how your business will perform in the immediate and the long term future. Here are some basic tips:
Monday, November 16, 2009
Here is an interesting article about the SBA policies related to small businesses and thoughts related to adjustments that may need to be made in the definition of a small business. Adjustments definitely have their benefits and disadvantages. How much growth is too much? Read and feel free to interject your opinion in a comment:
At the University of Miami's Toppel Career Center
More than 50 Global Entrepreneurship Week events are planned at the University of Miami
November 16-20, 2009
7 p.m.: Six Degrees to Success: The Art of Networking, Storer Auditorium
Miami Dade College
Friday, November 13, 2009
Here is information on an upcoming business event for women:
Memoirs of a Woman
“Women Leading Extraordinary Lives”
And our Host
University of Phoenix
Invite you to a Power Packed Luncheon on
Friday November 20th 2009
12:00pm – 1:30pm
Leverage your competence and confidence to get the business you want, TODAY! This interactive luncheon will highlight how to make powerful new business relationships by:
· Making a great first impression
· Using communication effectively
· Building solid professional contacts
· Converting contacts into new business
· Cultivating business relationships
This luncheon will be fun, engaging, and will get you connected to new business immediately, so if you want to boost your bottom line, RSVP today!
David Suarez, Business Owner, Entrepreneur
David Suarez, MBA is President, CEO, and lead facilitator of Interactive Training Solutions, LLC and has worked with many organizations to create, and implement customized corporate training and team building solutions to address pertinent challenges and needs. A South Florida native, Mr. Suarez has been in the field of corporate training for over seven years, and has developed a full complement of workshops, strategies and solutions for small to large sized organizations. Mr. Suarez has been profiled in the recently released, The Actor's Other Career Book, as well as in The Miami Herald, Miami New Times, and The Street.
Mr. Suarez is active in the South Florida community volunteering his time with several charitable organizations. He enjoys cycling, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
For additional information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: Friday, November 20, 2009
Place: 11410 NW 20th St
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Time: 12:00 to 1:30 PM
Registration beginning at 11:30 AM
Admission: $25.00 In Advance
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Meet other women business owners and develop business relationships and friendships to support your business endeavors.
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The link below is for an article that helps business owners navigate the pros and cons of offshore businesses. The key to starting any new venture successfully is investigation, information and adaptation. You need to learn about the industry and see if your skills fit the venture well. Enjoy the read:
Managing labor and resources is especially important to small business owners in this economy. Here is a good article on things to do to establish daily forecasts:
Thursday, November 12, 2009
One struggle that many businesses face is how to quantify the value of the product or service that they provide. Here is an interesting article about what pricing figures should be based on; especially in services businesses. Enjoy the read:
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Here is the link to the weekly videos that I am putting together for the benefit of small business owners. I will also post the videos as blog entries here. Feel free to share with your friends and associates:
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Entrepreneur.com has an interesting article about the things that states are doing in order to assist their small businesses. Read here:
Monday, November 9, 2009
Make Your Business Global - Understand How Multilingual Website Marketing Can Work to Your Advantage
Here is an interesting article about some of the things that you can do to improve the online marketing that you are doing for your international business. Enjoy the read:
Creating the metrics that work for you:
One of the major issues that separates successful individuals from less successful individuals is the ability to create and adapt a workable plan. Because 2009 is coming to a close, now is an excellent time to establish your goals for 2010. There are many resources for planning and goal setting for businesses. I would like to outline three things that I have seen help in creating an effective plan: 1) creating metrics that work for you, 2) work the plan, and 3) adapt the plan.
CREATING METRICS THAT WORK FOR YOU
There first key element to establishing an efficient plan for your business is to establish proper metrics. Metrics are the figures that are used to measure how well you are working toward your goals. Good metrics are your stepping stones to achieve the goals that you have set. They also allow you to track how achievable your goals are. For example, if you want to achieve 5% growth in 2010, you metrics need to include the specific things that you will accomplish during the year to achieve that growth and the specific timeframe for accomplishment (i.e. marketing plans, improved efficiencies in pre-existing products/services, cross-selling, etc.). The more specific the scope and time of your metrics, the easier it is to evaluate your goals.
WORK THE PLAN
Now that you have laid out your metrics for the coming year in order to successfully achieve the goals that you have made for yourself, the next critical element is to actually work your plan. Do the things that you have decided that you need to do in order to achieve the goals that you have set for your business. All to often, business owners lay out a business plan that will benefit, adapt and streamline their business. Things they know that will help them to succeed, but when the time to implement comes, the owners/managers end up doing the same things that they have done in the past and end up getting the same results. When we set goals to make changes, we must make a consistent, focused effort to achieve the metrics that we have laid out for ourselves. This means that we must keep the goals and metrics in our minds. Three good ways to do this: create accountability, set time to follow up, and keep the goals and metrics in a place in your office where you will have consistent view of them.
ADAPT THE PLAN
Given both positive and negative advances over the past several years, our domestic and global economy has significantly changed. In order to succeed going forward, our businesses need to be adaptable and flexible. As you are working you plan and evaluating your metrics, you need to determine how effective that plan really is. As you properly evaluate the things that you are doing, you may need to make changes to the plan and metrics that you have created to fit the realities of your business. By remaining fluid and adaptable, you can better succeed in your business.
Now is a great opportunity for you to create a plan for success either personally or professionally. If you want feedback on what you are planning or how to implement your metrics, feel free to call me and we can discuss it.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Here is an amazing resource for startups from Mashable.com. A lot goes in to launching a new venture and one of the benefits of the internet is that it offers access to resources that allow people to educate themselves in the industry they are working in. This article brings a lot of those resources together:
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
What are you doing to keep your business afloat? Here is an interesting article from Entrepreneur.com that discusses the lengths that certain small business owners are going to in order to keep their businesses operating. Feel free to comment about some of the things you are doing in order to maintain your operations. Here is the article:
Here is an upcoming event hosted by the Columbian American Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in the variety of Latin American cuisine that Miami has to offer, this is the event for you to attend to enjoy the food and network with others. The information is explained below in Spanish.
La Cámara de Comercio Colombo Americana se encuentra actualmente organizando MIAMI DEGUSTA festival gastronómico que reúne la más selecta muestra de cocina de reconocidos chefs y restaurantes de Latinoamérica en Miami.
En este festival tendremos la presencia de los mejores restaurantes, chefs, y las industrias de alimentos, bebidas y catering las cuales organizan una serie de eventos culinarios ofreciendo a los visitantes una experiencia gastronómica única.
Durante el festival, se presentarán los platillos de los restaurantes participantes en una Gran Gala Gastronómica. También estarán presentes, en el pabellón de licor, las más reconocidas marcas de vino donde los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de catar los diferentes sabores de Latinoamérica.
Al finalizar tendremos la premiación de las diferentes categorías las cuales serán evaluadas por un jurado de 5 personas de los diferentes países participantes. El evento tendrá lugar el 12 de Noviembre del 2009- RUSTY PELICAN, KEY BISCAYNE 7:OO PM en un ambiente de luces, colores, olores y sabores que evocan a Latinoamérica.
Por este motivo, queremos invitarlo a usted y a la compañía que usted lidera a hacer participe de este gran evento, estamos seguros que será una gran oportunidad para mostrar sus creaciones llenas de sabor dentro de una cuidad que evoca la cultura Latinoamericana, MIAMI. El evento contará con la presencia de importantes personalidades del sur de la Florida, medios de comunicación y numerosos invitados de nuestra comunidad, que se darán cita esta noche para admirar y festejar al talento Latinoamericano y para estrechar y celebrar nuevas relaciones comerciales.
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Here is information on an upcoming event for exporter and finance companies to learn about the current export finance environment:
DEAR FLORIDA CLIENTS:
We are pleased to announce our upcoming seminar on international trade finance for Florida companies. We are working with the Florida International Bankers' Association (FIBA) to bring you this educational event where you can have all your export finance questions answered in one place. We will also offer one-on-one meetings with representatives of banks that are seeking to finance exports for Florida companies as well as the U.S. Export-Import Bank and Small Business Administration. Please register early and contact us no later than November 12, 2009 to schedule your one-on-one appointments. Please note that these appointments with the bankers and financial institutions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, with early registrants receiving special priority.
FINDING FINANCING FOR FLORIDA’S EXPORTERS
US Commercial Service and Florida International Bankers' Association (FIBA)
November 20, 2009
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Intercontinental West Hotel - Doral
2505 NW 87TH Ave, Miami, FL, 33172
For more information, please see the attached agenda (tentative) and flyer and register at either of the links below:
www.fiba.net (Events Calendar)
Don't miss this opportunity to learn first-hand from experts in the field of international trade finance and credit.
If you have any questions, please contact email@example.com or 954-356-6640, ext 13. We look forward to seeing you there!
Monday, November 2, 2009
Here is an excellent article on marketing from Small Business Trends. The holiday season offers both challenges and opportunities for marketing. This list is a great summary of alternatives that will allow you to take advantage of the climate and build your client base. Enjoy!
Friday, October 30, 2009
Here is information on an upcoming Miami Finance Forum Event:
The Miami Finance Forum is proud to present the $250 Million Florida Growth Fund with Greg Baty, Vice President of Hamilton Lane
Please join us Tuesday November 10th 7:30 am untill 9:30 am at Bankers Club where Greg Bety will present future plans in managing the $250 million Florida Growth Fund and investing in Florida
Bankers Club is located at 1 Biscayne Tower on the 14th floor.
Miami Finance Forum would like to thank our sponsor HOGAN & HARTSON LLP for making this event happen!
Don’t pass up this great opportunities to meet other financial professionals, learn about the Florida Growth Fund investment plan, discuss the topic of the day, and enjoy full breakfast
Please see the full invitation below
You MUST RSVP by November 8th to attend this event as space is limited!
Please contact Elena Djakonova at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Parking is available inside the building!
Admission is always complimentary for Miami Finance Forum Members! For our guests it is $40.00 if paid in advance and $50.00 if paid at the event
Everyone wants access to funds. Here is a unique contest that will allow business owners their 140 characters or less to pitch their idea. I love when companies buy in to new media! Here is the article:
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Here is some information on upcoming international business networking events in South Florida:
The First Step For A Successful Networking,
Is To Be Involved In One...
Networking con Americas Community Center
Jueves 29 de 2009
at Carlos Albizu University
2173 Nw 99th Ave
Doral, Fl. 33172
7:45 - 9:15 AM
Information is key in a recession and now is a great time to get information about how your company can get access to funds. Here is some information on an upcoming event:
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Business is about community. I am a firm advocate of businesses doing what they can to commit to their communities in a broader way. Here is an upcoming opportunity:
Here are some good tips related to using social media in a more productive way. The key to marketing is reaching your intended audience in a meaningful way. A way that sticks. Check out the tips from BusinessWeek:
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Please join us this Thursday, October 29th from 6pm-8pm for a special live remote broadcast of “The Ron Mann show” and the VIP with Tony Calatayud and Jorge Guevara
This week’s show will be broadcast live from the fabulous and always fun - Crazy Piano’s in Coconut Grove
Enjoy great entertainment, complimentary cocktails from Chivas 18 and an array of Chef’s Specialties….
Special Guests include:
City of Miami Commissioner Marc Sarnoff
former Miami Heat Player and Current Game Day Analyst – John Crotty
and as always, a few surprises..
Please join myself and my illustrious co-host – Adam (“Little Lubby”) Lubkin as we discuss the current state of the city in which we live
You can also tune into “The Ron Mann Show” live on the radio at 880AM or stream live on the Internet at www.880thebiz.com
Thursday, October 29th 2009 6-8pm
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Joint venturing is an excellent way for small businesses to compete as if they were “bigger.” A couple key elements to consider when contemplating joint venturing: 1) How healthy is the match and what are the collective goals?, 2) What protections are needed related to collective and individual liabilities or expenses?, and 3) What is the length of time and what are the conditions of the joint venture? These elements should be thoroughly discussed by both parties in order to determine whether or not to venture together. Here is a great article from BusinessWeek that gives further information in that regard:
Monday, October 26, 2009
Here is an article that gives business owners tips on how to manage communication across cultures. These principles of communication apply in domestic business as well as international business. The focus needs to be on ensuring that both parties understand one another. Here is the link:
A great opportunity for FL businesses to learn about doing business with Asia. Spread the word to business owners that you know that may be interested:
Friday, October 23, 2009
The Fiscal Year is Over... Now What?
Here is a good article in the OPEN forum about resources that small businesses can use to improve operations, increase profitability and manage marketing. The article focuses on online resources but does outline some beneficial offline sources as well. As with any resource, keep it simple. Don’t feel like you need to get caught up in everything, but instead find what works for you and utilize it. Here is the link:
Thursday, October 22, 2009
On my law firm website, I am compiling a list of small business resources. If you or someone you know is a small business resource, especially for small business and international business, please comment and I can add your information to the site. Also feel free to link to the list of resources. Check back frequently as the site will be updated with regularity. Here is the link:
Here is an article from Forbes.com that describes President Obama’s proposal to use some TARP money to assist community banks so that they can lend to small businesses. This is a promising prospect to all small businesses access to capital. Hopefully they do something that will incentivize lending so that the money will actually be lent to small businesses. Access to capital is critical to a small business' success. Here’s the information:
Export.gov is hosting a seminar for small business that will allow them to learn about export company support from the government. This is a great event for international small businesses in South Florida.
EXPORTS LIVE! REAL DEALS-REAL PROFITS
Learn how local businesses successfully grew their sales with government solutions. This unique trade event is specially designed for small and medium-sized businesses wanting to start or grow their international sales.
October 26, 2009
Successful Small Business Export Strategies:
Eight-City "Exports Live!" Seminar Series
Location: October 26th, 2009 - Conrad Miami Hotel 1395 Brickell Avenue (between 13th and 14th Streets) Miami, FL 33131,
Conrad Ballroom (Level Three)
For questions, call 305-503-6500
8:00 - 8:30 AM
Registration and Coffee
8:30 - 8:40 AM
Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Fred. P. Hochberg, Chairman and President
Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank)
8:40 - 9:00 AM
Opening Remarks - "Why Exports Matter"
Carol M. Browner, Director,
White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy
A discussion on the importance of exports to our economy and their positive impact on job-creation and economic growth.
9:00 - 10:15 AM
Panel Discussion - "Success Stories from Small-Business Owners"
Neal Asbury, Chairman, Florida District Export Council, Miami, Fla.
Luis Arguello, Sr., President, DemeTech Corp., Miami, Fla.
Ana Rivera, Vice President, Qualitas Trading USA Corp., Miami, Fla.
Robert S. Hans, Senior Managing Director, IOS Partners Inc.
A moderator-led discussion with small-business leaders on how they were able to use government products and services to grow their businesses through exports.
10:15 - 10:45 AM
10:45 - 12:00 PM
Panel Discussion with Agency Officials - "How We Help"
Diane Farrell, Board Member, Ex-Im Bank
Leocadia I. Zak, Acting Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA)
Luz Hopewell, Director, Office of International Trade, Small Business Administration (SBA)
Alison Germak, Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC)
Eduardo Torres, U.S. Foreign and Commercial Service, U.S. Department of Commerce
A moderator-led discussion with agency officials who explain how their products and services can help business owners expand their export opportunities.
12:15 - 1:15 PM
Luncheon and Remarks
U.S. Representative Ron Klein (D-Fla.), representing Florida's 22nd Congressional District
Speaker delivers remarks following luncheon.
1:30 - 3:30 PM
One-On-One Trade Counseling Sessions for Attendees
Guests are given the opportunity to have brief one-on-one meetings with agency officials and local export development officials to ask questions and learn more about how their products and services can be applied to specific businesses.
(Priority is given to those who register early)
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Included below is information for the South Florida Business-to-Business Expo. Expos are a great way to see what is out there, gain access to resources and grow your business. Go out and meet other business owners:
SOUTH FLORIDA BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS EXPO
@ Quality Inn Sawgrass Conference Center
1711 N. University Dr. Plantation, FL 33322
Thursday, November 5th, 2009
General Admission 4PM – 9PM Only $10
EXCLUSIVE “Exhibitor Only” Reception & Networking 1PM – 4pm
74 Sold-Out EXPO’S – 1st Ever @ This Hotel – 150+Exhibitors, 3K Business Executives
74 Consecutive Sold-Out Trade Shows, Over 14,250 Exhibitors, Over 262,000 Attendees, Millions of Dollars in Transacted Business, Partnerships, Alliances, Contracts, New Customers, New Relationships, New Products!!!
Broward County Chamber of Commerce, South Florida Chamber of Commerce, South Florida Business News Newspaper, Broward County I.T. Council, Broward County Real Estate Committee, Broward County International Committee, Broward County CEO Forum, & Many World Class Partners, Alliances and Chambers of Commerce!
The BROWARD COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE is a 501 c 6 Non-Profit Corporation
Traditional Chambers of Commerce are a thing of the past… At the Broward County & South Florida Chamber of Commerce, our “Highest Priority” is to “Bring Business to Our Members.” When you join this chamber, you, in effect are hiring a professional marketing company, a public relations firm, a multi-media consultant, an advertising company, a website marketing firm, a merchant services firm and an outside sales force at an incredible “mere” fraction of the cost. We promise to bring new customers to your door, to your website and calling on your phone! WARNING: This is not your grandmother’s chamber of commerce!!!
Clear Channel Communications will be promoting this Expo on all of its Radio Stations – Y-100, BIG 105.9, LOVE 94, 940AM, NEWS RADIO 610, 103.5 THE BEAT, ZETA ROCKS, MEGA 94.9. RADIO Advertising Gives you MORE BANG for the buck! Miramar offices are located at:7601 Riviera Blvd. Miramar, FL 33023 Phone: (954) 862-2000 http://www.ccmiami.com
ECONOMIC STIMULUS – TAKE ACTION - SHOWCASE YOUR BUSINESS!!!
Register to Exhibit at www.ChamberRSVP.com
Under one roof, businesses and professions serving a huge variety of market sectors. Meet with our area's buying community and decision-makers. Interact one-on-one with potential customers. Establish and build relationships with other vendors. Exhibitors demonstrate and showcase goods and services while making contacts and developing new clients. Technology, commerce, finance, manufacturing, insurance, healthcare, education, and more... It's All Here!!! There will be businesses participating from Miami-Dade, Broward & Palm Beach Counties!!!
25+ Reasons to Exhibit at South Florida Business EXPO: Secure new business contacts, develop prospect database, accelerate the sales process, access the decision maker, provide hands-on exposure to products and services, identify and assess new markets, maintain market viability, introduce a company to a new market, launch a new product or service, counteract competitor claims, generate media exposure, build brand awareness, recruit new distributors, retailers or representatives, recruit personnel with specialized skills, network with the regional business community, expand your business out of county and Internationally, gain customer feedback, maintain profile with competitors, test the market for new product or service development, identify and assess new markets, getting your customers to buy more, maintain or extend relationships with existing clients, trade show return-on-investment is lasting, market research, prevent client switching.
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_6' Table Pkg $250
_8' Table Pkg $295
_6’x8’ VIP Pkg $450.00
_6’x16’ Premier Pkg $1,075
Membership & Exhibitor Packages
Membership & Exhibitor Package 1 Includes:
-6 Ft. Table Expo Package (Preferred Space)
- 1 Year Broward County/South Florida Chamber Membership
-Free $250 Ad In the South Florida Business News Newspaper
- Full business listing in our 4 Color Referral Directory
-Your Member Discount faxed and e-mailed to all members
-One free article, coupon, classified ad & job listing
-Directory Listing on 3 Different web sites plus Much More……
ONLY $450.00* (Value $2,420)
Membership & Exhibitor Package 2 Includes:
-6’ x 8’ Large VIP Exhibitor Package
-1 Year Broward County/South Florida Chamber Membership
-Free $450 Ad In the South Florida Business News Newspaper
- Full business listing in our 4 Color Referral Directory
-Your Member Discount faxed and e-mailed to all members (2x)
- 2 free articles, coupons, classified ads & job listings
-Directory Listing on 5 Different web sites plus Much More……
ONLY $650.00* (Value $2,960)
Log Onto www.ChamberRSVP.com to Exhibit at this Show and pay on-line
Company Name __________________________________Contact Name___________________________________
__6 Ft Table $250 __8Ft Table $295 __6’x8’+ VIP $450 __6’x16’+ Premier $1,075 += Larger space available upon written request
_Pkg #1-6’ Package & 1yr Membership $485* _Pkg #2 VIP & 1yr Membership 6X8 VIP $685* #3_6x16 + 1yr Membership $1,295*
*= + One Time $35 admin fee __$1,000 Silver Sponsor __$2,000 Gold Sponsor __$3,000 Platinum Sponsor – Sponsorships Include Membership
General Admission = $10 x __=$____ _Check ck.#_____ Tot Amt $______ Electricity – $75 Extra
Log Onto www.ChamberRSVP.com to register and pay on-line
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Any refunds requested on this show will be honored towards future shows or advertising. BCCC is a 501 C 6 Non-Profit Organization
Fax With Payment To (954) 566-3398
Or Mail to B.C.C.C. 1640 W. Oakland Park Blvd, Ste. 403, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33311
Broward County Office #2 B.C.C.C. Broward County Chamber Building, 2425 E. Commercial Blvd, Ste.103 Ft. Laud, FL 33308
7040 W. Palmetto Park Rd. Suite 4-635 Boca Raton, Fl. 33433
701 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1550, Miami, FL 33131
INFO: Broward (954) 565-5750 Palm Beach County (561) 683-8414 Miami-Dade (305) 278-1811
__Wednesday, October 28th – South Florida & Miami-Dade County International Business Trade Show & Seminars at Miami Free Zone, 2305 NW 107th Avenue, Doral, FL 33172 – 4pm – 9pm. Join the Broward County & South Florida Chamber of Commerce and the South Florida Business News newspaper as we partner with dozens of other Chambers of Commerce and other International Organizations to bring you one of the LARGEST INTERNATIONAL TRADE SHOWS IN SOUTH FLORIDA. Over 250 Exhibitors and Thousands of Business Executives in attendance. You can log onto www.ChamberRSVP.com to register to exhibit!
__Thursday, December 10th – South Florida Business-To-Business EXPO & International Trade Show in Pembroke Pines/Miramar Business District. 100+ Exhibitors and 2,500+ Business Executives.
__Tuesday, December 15th – Happy Holidays Fort Lauderdale Intracoastal Networking Cruise along the Winterfest Boat Parade Route 3 days later without the crowds. Join over 300 Business Professionals for Great Food, Drinks, Awesome Networking & Holiday Cheer!
PLEASE RSVP __More Info __Exhibitor Registration __Free Vip Passes for Oct. 28th Expo
__Please send us Free VIP Passes for Miami Free Zone Expo on Wed, October 28th @ in Miami-Doral, FL.
__Our company would like to submit articles or press releases in the South Florida Business News newspaper.
__Please send us Membership information that we may be included in the “Official” South Florida Referral Directory.
__Please send us information on attending the “Doing Business with Broward County Government” Seminar.
__Please send us advertising pricing so that we may place an ad in the New 2009 South Florida Referral Directory.
__Please send us sponsorship information for the October 28th, November 5th, December 8th expo or another future expo.
__We Would like to be a distribution point for the FREE South Florida Business News Newspaper __25 Copies __50 Copies
__We would like to be a distribution point for the 2009 Official South Florida Referral Directory __15 Copies __30 Copies
FAX REPLY TO (954) 566 – 3398 or e-mail Publisher@SouthFloridaChamber.org
It is not hard to find networking organizations that seek to bring businesses together in order to provide a forum to promote your products or services, but many do not focus on the role of the entrepreneur in the local economy. This article outline two new organizations that focus specifically on entrepreneurs and their unique situation:
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Each Tuesday, I will share a business/law tip for small businesses that are just getting started. This week: Know your friends and keep them close.
What do I mean when I say “know your friends and keep them close." This means that you need to know who your resources are either from a referral standpoint, business development standpoint, strategic partnerships, or business management support. There are three things I would advise doing related to "knowing your friends." They are: 1) setting up a team of strategic advisors, 2) creating referral sources and 3) remaining in contact.
Each small business is different but I believe many small business would greatly benefit from setting up a team of strategic advisors. Sit down and think about your strengths and your weaknesses then consider who you know that can complement those strengths or build up your weaknesses. Individuals to consider a strategic advisors are: a lawyer, an accountant, a marketing or public relations advisor, and a sales expert. The benefit to evaluating your business with this team of advisers is that it will allow you to understand both your needs as well as your services and build your business accordingly.
“Creating Referral Sources”
Most everyone that you know probably know somebody that can use your goods or services. But how can you tap into that resource without appearing overbearing, demanding, or desperate? The key is in matching people to needs. Make a list of what your business needs are and then make a list of the individuals that you personally know that can help address that need. This is especially important relative to referrals. What are your products or services? Who do you know they can best assist in client acquisition relative to those products and services? Create the lists and connect the dots.
“Remaining in Contact”
following up and following through are sometimes the most difficult things for small businesses to incorporate into their business. It is not simply enough to make one initial contact or to send one e-mail or to make one phone call. We can work directly with our contacts to know how often we should contact them and by which means. Our contacts need to know who we are, what we do, and how we can help them or their associates. Everyone is busy. Everyone forgets. That's why we consistently need to be reminded. They're excellent programs for small businesses can access in order to automate this constant contact process. Research and evaluate which method is best for you.
Included below is the tip of the day for small business readers of BusinessWeek. These are some timely tips for businesses as marketing is critical for success but budgets are not what they used to be. I especially agree with the first point… We need to re-connect with our communities. Find people that are complimentary to our efforts. Collaborate to success. Here is the link for more information:
Next Thursday, October 29, 2009, there is a great event to support the role of women in business and the positive impact that they are having in South Florida. This event is sponsored by LatinBiz. Information is included below:
Thursday, September 3, 2009
Written in an unapologetic manner, this interesting article in Entrepreneur focuses on the importance for small business owners to take personal accountability for the management and success of their business, even in times of economic difficulty. A truly successful business is managed in such a way that it can weather the storms as well as sail in the sunshine. The latter is easy to do, the former is where many businesses stumble. Check out the pointers expressed and let me know what you think:
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Here is an upcoming business networking event in Miami. For those small businesses in the area, it is a great opportunity to meet other business owners and service providers, especially if you are interested in international business.
Monday, August 17, 2009
For those businesses who are concerned about the environmental impact of what they do, this article in BusinessWeek gives an excellent summary of why even small businesses can be engaged in planning a more sustainable business culture. An important element of compliance planning within any business is to be aware of progressive regulations related to the environment as well as other business legal matters. Enjoy the insights!
In this morning's Miami Herald, there was an article that outlined the stimulus money that is coming in to South Florida. Not enough projects are being made available to small businesses. I hope this article inspires people in South Florida to work together to create opportunities for small businesses. Now is an excellent time to explore opportunities to collaborate and form strategic partnerships in order to succeed in breaking out of this economic downturn. Have a read and hopefully it gives you ideas as to how to succeed.
Monday, August 10, 2009
Given the state of the global economy, it is essential for businesses to explore alternative markets. Given advances in technology, transportation, and logistical support, more than ever, small businesses are able to be market players internationally. But just because you can do business internationally doesn't mean that you should. International business requires a different type of preparation, cultural understanding, and business management style. Here's an interesting article about certain marketing strategies businesses can use, and should use, when operating internationally.
I appreciate today’s tip from BusinessWeek. In order to be able to truly enjoy and succeed in any effort in life, an individual must take time away from the “task” in order to develop themselves. What does self development mean, though? I personally believe that it varies person to person, but there are some critical elements that need to occur.
1) Self development should be initiated by reasonable self evaluation. Take a look at strengths and weakness and determined when they can work hand in hand.
2) Self development should include measurable and easily quantifiable metrics. Instead of saying that you want read more. Focus on what specifically you would like to read and when you would like to accomplish it by.
3) Create a plan for success. When you road map out your individually development, you can coincide that with the goals you have within your business.
For more ideas, here is the article:
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Included below is information on an excellent small business event coming up on August 11. This event will focus on emerging technologies and innovation. There is also information included below about the TRDA and how they are of assistance in incubating emerging technology companies. Also of interest is a list of companies involved in this event. Hopefully you can take advantage of the resource and the event. This information was provided to me by Lindsey Levy of pushhere.com.
TRDA SHOWCASES EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES AUGUST 11
-- Small Businesses Present New DoD and NASA Funded Technologies--
ORLANDO, Fla. (August 6, 2009) — Technological innovation is what drives the American economy. And, it’s small technology businesses that help generate most of the economic growth as measured by job creation, output and productivity. Although launching a small tech business isn’t easy, organizations like the Technological Research and Development Authority (TRDA) provide invaluable opportunities for these high-growth, high-tech businesses to succeed.
On Tuesday, August 11 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., TRDA will host the Technology Opportunity Forum 2009 at the TRDA Business Innovation Center, 1050 W. NASA Blvd., Melbourne, Fla. The Forum showcases some of the most promising, federally funded technologies under development in the southeast
This event offers entrepreneurs, investors, strategic partners and others the unique chance to review emerging technologies and initiate relationships with 23 small, advanced technology firms who are developing technologies for the Department of Defense and NASA. Each of the participating companies is a recipient of a Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) grant to develop and commercialize an emerging technology.
The Technology Opportunity Forum will consist of presentations and exhibitions from companies in the areas of communications, power electronics, electromagnetics, life sciences, medical devices, mechanics, sensors and software.
The Forum’s presentations, exhibition area and poster materials are designed to provide attendees access to emerging technologies and the companies behind them, leading to engagements ranging from procurement, to licensing, to strategic partnering.
Supporting The Technology Opportunity Forum as sponsors are: Berman Hopkins, Wright & La Ham CPAs and Associates, LLP; Harris; Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, P.A. Attorneys at Law; Roetzel & Andress A Legal Professional Association; and Spacecoast Business.
For general inquiries, such as registration and event information on the TRDA’s Technology Opportunity Forum, contact:
(321) 872-1050 x 103
The Forum registration fee is $50.00. Online registration is available at www.trda.org.
The TRDA Business Innovation Center helps start-up technology firms in Central Florida grow into financially viable, freestanding, high-growth companies. It offers clients access to intensive mentoring, modern office space, shared office resources, business services, professional development and training, investor networking and more for one monthly fee.
Launched in 1987, the TRDA is an agency of the state of Florida that leverages federal, state and private resources to develop and implement technology-based programs in four target areas: education, business incubation, energy and technology transfer. Since its inception, the TRDA has leveraged tens of millions of dollars in funding to support its education and economic development programs. By infusing new technology into businesses and schools, the TRDA helps to strengthen the economy and education throughout the state and nation.
For more information, visit trda.org.
Lindsey Levy, Push.
407-841-2299 ext. 1041
Companies participating in the TRDA's Commercialization Assistance Program are:
1. Accelogic (Weston, FL) — A research and development company specializing in the extreme acceleration of linear algebra problems through computational methods optimized for massively-parallel supercomputers and field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs), for applications such as fluid dynamics, weather modeling, molecular design, and oil exploration.
2. Advance Magnet Lab, Inc. (Palm Bay, FL) — A manufacturing, technology and product development, and testing company specializing in electromagnetic technology with solutions in propulsion, power generation, materials processing, and medical devices.
3. Aerotonomy (Ft. Oglethorpe, GA) — An aeronautics research and prototype manufacturing company, specializing in airframes and control technologies for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).
4. AERONIX, Inc. (Melbourne, FL) — An engineering services and systems integrator company, transitioning from services to product development; specializing in communications technology especially radio software, hardware components, and intellectual property for high- speed wireless networking.
5. AET, Inc. (Melbourne, FL) — An engineering and development company specializing in integrated circuits and sensors in harsh environments.
6. APECOR (Orlando, FL) — A research and development company specializing in advanced power electronics especially high power density, high efficiency, and digital control.
7. Benedict Engineering Co., Inc. (Tallahassee, FL) — An engineering consulting firm specializing in design and development of material handling systems.
8. CANVS Corp. (Coral Gables, FL) — A research and development company founded to create color night vision and innovative imaging solutions.
9. Cesaroni Technology, Inc. (Sarasota, FL) — A research and product development facility with engineering and prototyping capabilities specializing in ammunition, heat exchange, robotics, and propulsion technologies.
10. CFD Research Corp. (Huntsville, AL) — An engineering research and development services company with capabilities in multi-physics simulations and engineering/biological/chemical testing and evaluations; dedicated to technology and product development for aerospace, life sciences, materials, and energy.
11. Circular Logic (Boca Raton, FL) — A research and development company specializing in advanced acoustic signal processing technology, which approaches human auditory performance in speech processing, neural implants, military intelligence, and music processing.
12. Digital Authentication Technologies, Inc. (Boca Raton, FL) — A technology development company with receiver and authentication server system, which captures RF signals and utilizes neural network signal processing to create and verify unique location footprints in real-time.
13. Engineering Acoustics, Inc. (Casselberry, FL) — A research and development and low volume manufacturing company specializing in acoustic and vibrational transducers and systems for defense, biomedical and geophysical applications.
14. OptiGrate (Orlando, FL) — A research and development, prototyping, and low volume manufacturing company specializing in holographic optical elements in photosensitive glass for spectral and thermal stabilization of high-power lasers and Raman laser sources.
15. Mainstream Engineering Corp. (Rockledge, FL) — A thermal control and energy conversion manufacturing company with research and development capabilities and technical focus on vapor compression systems, high heat flux cooling systems, advanced diesel engine development, solar and wind powered systems, advanced materials, advanced batteries, ultra capacitors, fuel cells, and conversion of organic materials to fuel (biomass conversion).
16. MtronPTI (Orlando, FL) — A manufacturing company with product development capability specializing in electronic signal frequency control products such as quartz oscillators, resonators, filters for applications in communication, radar, and navigation markets.
17. NanoEngineering Corp. (Wellington, FL) — An engineering and development company specializing in miniaturized, precision instruments with high resolving-power for detection, measurement, and analysis of nanoparticles (including viruses) and molecules.
18. Novel Engineering Solutions, Inc. (Ft. Walton Beach, FL) — A research and development company specializing in geothermal energy generation.
19. Photon-X (Huntsville, AL) — A 3D image processing and optoelectronics engineering and development company, focused on 3D cameras and 3D video applications.
20. RINI Technologies, Inc. (Orlando, FL) — A research and development, prototyping, and low volume manufacturing company specializing in heat exchange and cooling products.
21. Securboration (Melbourne, FL) — A research and development company specializing in software that enables organizations to adapt. Utilizing Semantic Web technologies, executable workflows based on dynamic policies leverage distributed SOA assets to enact business processes in domains that range from a single business process to global inter-agency process automation tailored to user’s needs.
22. The Athena Group, Inc. (Gainesville, FL) — An engineering and design firm with applied research capability, specializing in data security and signal processing for digital electronics.
23. Transgenex Nanobiotech, Inc. (Tampa, FL) — A biotech R&D firm specializing in nanotech-enabled drug delivery systems for cancer and HIV treatments and for biomarker-aided diagnoses.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It is critical for businesses to improve communication, both internally and externally. In order to maximize efficiencies, people need to know clearly what is expected and also know that they have the right to communicate alternatives. Business Week has an excellent article on why we fail in our communications:
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
One of the questions that small business owners need to ask relates to how they present themselves and their business to the public. Who or what is the “face” of the business? Here is a great article that outlines some of the pros and cons of being the face of your own business:
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Twitter and Social Media can be great ways to advertise upcoming business events that you are involved it. The principles presented in this article give a great summary of ways to use social media to market many facets of your business, not just events.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
The thing that sets apart a successful entrepreneur from a day dreamer is the ability to come up with the RIGHT idea and then do the RIGHT things to achieve that idea. Here are some thoughts on coming up with YOUR big idea:
Friday, July 3, 2009
Today’s tip from Business Week is helpful in business and in life. When assigning blame to any problem, it is best done with a mind to finding a solution to the problem. Read on here:
Thursday, July 2, 2009
One of the things that most small business owners neglect is ongoing business training. Many do not have the time to go back to school and get an MBA or take university courses in business. Even so, it is still necessary for these business owners to get training. That is why this resource from the SBA is beneficial. They have a myriad of different topics that small business owners can learn on their own time. Check it out:
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
All businesses face it, but what makes some businesses thrive and overcome and what causes others to fail in the face of difficulty? Lecturer, Ron Finklestein, outlines ways that businesses can overcome the adversity they face.
Monday, June 29, 2009
Imbedded are links to some videos of a webinar by business plan expert, Tim Berry, on how to develop your business plan. Planning and re-planning are critical to the success of any small business. Each is a good resource.