General Sources of Information

Buy Miami

A great way to get the word out for your small business is to advertise on BuyMiami.com for free. The City of Miami launched Buy Miami as a way to help small business owners advertise their growing businesses and also provide the city’s residents with great value. To advertise on Buy Miami visit us at www.buymiami.biz, download the agreement and send it to us at kotero@miamigov.com.

Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center

The Florida Virtual Entrepreneur Center is a free web portal designed to connect entrepreneurs with business support organizations, programs and service providers who can support their new or growing business. http://flvec.com/miami-dade/

MBDA Business Center

MBDA Business Center: The U.S. Department of Commerce provides partial funding, and the City of Miami provides strategic partnering and in-kind cost-share support to the Center. The Center’s consultants provide technical assistance to small and minority businesses in: writing business plans and marketing plans; conducting feasibility studies; indentifying financing and developing loan and bonding applications; conducts financial analysis and prepares financial projections; helps with various certifications for SBE, DBE, CSBE, MBE, WBE, and federal certifications, provides construction services such as estimating, and sub-contracting leads. The MBDA Business Center also helps to source commercial and federal contracts, and assists with bid preparation. The Center hosts a free Quarterly Lunch & Learn series to provide training in Export, Government Contracting, Bid Preparation, Market Positioning & Branding. Free Seminars are also conducted for start-up firms, on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. at the Center’s Location:

  • MBDA Business Center Marie Gill – Operator/Executive Director
  • Jorge Iglesias – Construction & Procurement Specialist
  • 970 S.W. 1st Street Suites 405-406
  • Miami, FL 33130 Tel: 786.316.0888
  • Website: www.mbdabusinesscenterfl.org Email: jiglesias@mbdabusinesscenterfl.org

Small Business Administration

The federal government’s Small Business Administration provides financial, technical, and management assistance to help you start and grow your business. They also have a local office in South Florida you can call or visit. www.sba.gov

  • Miami District Office
  • 100 S. Biscayne Blvd 7th Floor
  • Miami, Fl 33131 Phone: (305)536-5521

Employ Florida

At the Employ Florida marketplace you can find resources about demographics, labor market services, training grants, education services, employer incentives and more. Visit their website at https://www.employflorida.com/assistance.asp.

SBA Advocacy

Learn about what is going on in Capitol Hill and how it affects your small business with SBA advocacy. Visit their blog at http://weblog.sba.gov/blog-advo/

The Beacon Council

A public and private non-profit agency working to support the business climate of Miami and Dade County. You can also visit them to find the latest county business development information. www.beaconcouncil.com

SBDC (Small Business Development Center at Miami-Dade County:

Provide FREE and Confidential counseling help to start-ups (business planning and execution) and established companies (access to capital, marketing, accounting, business plan, International Trade) through our SBDC’s Certified Business Analysts http://floridasbdc.org/main.php

Provide FREE and Confidential counseling in Selling to the Government (Federal, State and Local) through our PTAC Program http://www.fptac.org/ 

SBDC just launched a new program called Growth Acceleration http://floridasbdc.org/SpecialPrograms/GrowthAP/ The objective of this program is Learn to revitalize the growth of your business with the Florida SBDC's Growth Acceleration services designed to deliver substantive, professional consulting to qualified small and medium-sized businesses.

Seminars and Trainings.

  • SBDC in Miami-Dade
  • 8500 SW 8th St. , Suite 224
  • Miami, FL 33144
  • Tel 305.261.1638 • Fax 305.264.3567

O*Net Online

The O*NET program is the nation's primary source of occupational information. Central to the project is the O*NET database, containing information on hundreds of standardized and occupation-specific descriptors. The database, which is available to the public at no cost, is continually updated by surveying a broad range of workers from each occupation. Information from this database forms the heart of O*NET OnLine, an interactive application for exploring and searching occupations. The database also provides the basis for our Career Exploration Tools, a set of valuable assessment instruments for workers and students looking to find or change careers. Page | 29 The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is being developed under the sponsorship of the US Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA) through a grant to the North Carolina Employment Security Commission. http://www.onetonline.org/