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For Immediate Release:
September 16, 2015
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Johanna Cervone

Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava Launches Small Business Academy

Miami, FL- The office of County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava is launching the District 8 Small Business Academy on October 1st.  The month-long program, the first of its kind by a County Commissioner, will provide training and resources to local businesses so that entrepreneurs have the tools they need for success.

“My office is dedicated to economic development in South Dade. We created the Small Business Academy with input from the priorities expressed at the South Dade Solutions Summit earlier this summer. Small businesses are the backbone of South Dade; they provide crucial services, create jobs and are vital community partners. The goal of the academy is for businesses to have the knowledge and resources to increase sales, hire employees and prosper. When we empower our small businesses, our community thrives,” said Commissioner Levine Cava.

The South Dade Solutions Summit was held in June of this year. Summit participants identified investing in our small businesses and encouraging new entrepreneurs as a priority.  The Small Business Academy will feature innovative workshops taught by leading business development agencies in South Florida. Academy participants will be provided with linkages to a network of private and public resources. The first workshop will focus on establishing start-ups for aspiring business owners. 

The academy is free of cost. Residents interested in participating can RSVP at

Sponsors for the District 8 Small Business Academy include: Partners for Self-Employment, Hispanic Business Initiative Fund, Economic Development Council of South Dade, Miami-Dade County Small Business Development Division, The Beacon Council, CareerSource of South Florida and the Florida International University Small Business Development Clinic, Economic Development Council of South Dade, Palmetto Bay Business Association, South Dade Chamber of Commerce, Chamber South, Greater Kendall Business Association, Cutler Bay Business Association