General Sources of Information

Buy Miami

A great way to get the word out for your small business is to advertise on BuyMiami.Biz 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, download the agreement and send it to us at

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.

Miami MBDA Export Center

The Miami MBDA Export Center, Operated by M. Gill & Associates, Inc., provides technical assistance to generate increased financing and contract prospects. The Center's mission is to increase the opportunity for ethic minorities and disadvantaged individuals to participate and suceed in the free enterprise system within the United States and in Global Markets, through the formation, development, preservation and growth of competitive, disadvantaged individuals & minority-owned firms. Funded in part by the U.S Department of Commerce- MBDA and the City of Miami, its strategic and in-kind cost share partner, the Center's consultants provide an array of both domestic and international assistance and growth services to small/minority-owned firms in the following areas:

  • Export- Ready Training
  • Export Marketing Plan Development
  • World-wide Export Sales Leads
  • In-Bound & Out Bound Trade Missions
  • Export Insurance, Finance & Bonding
  • Local  Federal Certification Assistance- SBE, MBE, CSBE, WBE, WOSB, DBE, ACDBE, 8(a), HUBZone, GSA
  • "Business Wedenesday"- Walk-in Seminars
  • Sourcing of Government & Commercial Contratcs and more

MBDA Export Center is located at:

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.

  • Miami District Office
  • 100 S. Biscayne Blvd 7th Floor
  • Miami, Fl 33131 Phone: (305)536-5521
  • Fax:  (305)536-5058
  • Email:

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

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

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.

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 their SBDC’s Certified Business Analysts and

Provide FREE and Confidential counseling in Selling to the Government (Federal, State and Local) through our PTAC Program 

SBDC just launched a new program called Growth Acceleration . The objective of this program is to 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
  • 1101 Brickell Ave
  • Miami, FL 33131
  • Tel 305-779-9230
  • Email: SBDC@FIU.EDU

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.

Grameen Bank

Grameen Foundation is a U.S. based nonprofit foundation that helps the world's poorest people achieve their full potential by providing access to essential financial services and information on health and agriculture that can transform their lives. It also developed tools to improve the effectiveness of poverty-focused organizations. Grameen Foundation's collaborative approach to poverty alleviation recognizes the multidimensional and complex nature of global poverty and it works with cross-sector companies and organizations to ensure lasting impact. It's significant achievements have received outstanding recognition in the BBC and the Standford Social Innovation Review. Grameen America and Grameen Foundation are independent sister organizations that share the vision of Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus to empower entrepeneurs around the world.

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