If you didn’t know why last week was so important to us champions for local businesses, it was Miami’s chance to celebrate National Small Business Week in style and thanks to Support Local, we did it big. Among the many highlights were the bustling meet-ups we hosted around the city, where dozens of local entrepreneurs came out to connect and relish in the growing small business landscape of the city.
At Meraki Greek Bistro, the Downtown Development Authority’s Business Concierge, Antoine Williams, set down with a dozen local businesses and shed a lot of light on the current economic landscape of the neighborhood. It was a great opportunity for business owners to sit down for a one-on-one chat with the city, and get some much needed answers regarding budgets and tactics to buildout a better storefront in Downtown. Some inspired collaborations and multiple grant applications later, our lunch was a success for the future of Downtown’s local economy.
The Anderson generously opened their doors for a special happy hour honoring local businesses and it was every bit as magical as you’d think. Over 40 small businesses showed up and got to rub elbows with big community builders like the City of Miami’s Chief Innovation Officer, Mike Sarasti in a casual setting not always available for owners. Over half of attendees discovered the local gem for the first time and have cemented local collaboration with both the venue and each other. More announcements to come there!
After a great in-depth chat with Della Heiman of The Wynwood Yard for a special Small Business Week-themed edition of Trow Knows CEOs with Mark Trowbridge of The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, a large part of Miami’s financial and creative sectors got to know first-hand the endeavors of one of Miami’s most empowering entrepreneurs. We then moved on over to Fort Lauderdale for a special expansion of Support Local FL to mark the beginning of our partnership with Choose 954. Over a dozen local business owners showed up for an intimate chat at BREW Urban Café and we’re happy to announce that Support Local will soon have new pages dedicated to the businesses that call multiple other Florida cities home. Stay tuned!