Miami Dade College’s School of Business has been offering free seminars and workshops for small business owners since 2007. Originally known as the Minority Capacity Development Program, recruited minority- owned businesses located in low income areas in Miami-Dade County. As the program expanded over the years, a new name was adopted: Small Business Education Program. New areas were added targeting low and moderate income businesses, a Spanish tract was created, a business-to-business Expo, coaching sessions, panel discussions with local CEO's, and workshops designed for start-ups.
In 2014, the program was recognized by being part of a national initiative sponsored by the National Development Council (NDC),--one of the nation's oldest non-profit agencies specializing in community and economic development. The NDC held a workshop for program participants at Wolfson campus bringing an added value to curriculum that was part of the original schedule. Consequently, a new name was adopted: "Small Business Education Program/Grow Miami".
In the Spring 2017, we will feature six technical seminars for existing businesses, followed by several coaching sessions for participants who complete the first phase of the program. In addition to a 2-night workshop for start-ups in Spanish. All events will take place at Miami Dade College’s Wolfson campus.
Our goal has been to provide small business owners with increased knowledge about managing their business, with an emphasis on expansion, job creation, and revenue growth. Over the years, the program has assisted over 500 small business owners and entrepreneurs in Miami-Dade County.
We are thankful to Citi Foundation for their confidence and support as it makes it possible to continue offering this well-recognized program, free of charge.
Register today and be part of the experience!
Dr. Ana M. Cruz, Department Chairperson
School of Business, Wolfson Campus