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MDC Offers Free Business Workshops for Inner City Small Businesses

Open to minority-owned businesses in Overtown, Liberty City, Allapattah, Little Haiti, and Wynwood-Edgewater. Application deadline is Tuesday, June 10th
Training workshops

Miami, June 4, 2008 - Beginning this summer, the Miami Dade College (MDC) School of Business at Wolfson Campus will invite minority and women-owned businesses, from some of Miami’s most underserved communities, to participate in free training workshops designed to sharpen their business skills and broaden their knowledge. 

Led by industry experts, the workshops are part of MDC’s Minority Business Capacity Development Program, sponsored by the CitiFoundation. Offered every Wednesday evening for nine weeks starting June 18th, the workshops will cover everything from tax planning and marketing to writing effective business plans, winning government contracts and securing financing.

“There is a significant gap between the knowledge required to successfully run a small business and the knowledge actually held by small business owners in Miami,” said Dr. Ana Cruz, director of the School of Business. “This is the gap MDC aims to fill.”

With a population of 123,285 people, the qualifying area for the program includes the communities of Overtown, Liberty City, Allapattah, Little Haiti, and Wynwood-Edgewater. Any small business in this geographic location that has been operating for at least one year may register for the program.

“These are challenging economic times for our local business owners,” said Jane Zucker, MDC program manager for minority business development. “It’s critical to stay current with business trends and to constantly make new connections – from customers, to suppliers, and sources of capital. This program is a very targeted, rapid-fire way for businesses to get help in key areas and maintain their competitive edge.”

Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, June 10, 2008.

For more information on the program or to request an application please contact: Jane Zucker, 305-237-7430 or


Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist

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