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For Immediate Release:
January 12, 2011

Media Contact:
Laura Philips

Parks Offers an Alternative Solution to Grow Your Small Businesses in Tough Economic Times

Reach your target market with affordable resources at parks countywide

(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- 
You may have a New Year's resolution to start or expand your own business-maybe you're a personal trainer who's always wanted to have his own fitness boot camp or a drama teacher who's always dreamed of having her own theatre company; well Carpe Diem, seize the day!  The Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department (MDPR) invites you to follow your heart's desire and embrace your entrepreneurial spirit, while it helps you save cash and grow your business with attractive and affordable potential locations to run your business from at its 263 parks, county-wide.

"Our parks provide affordable spaces where entrepreneurs can have access to basic service and administrative support.  While integrated networking opportunities help you connect with the clients you need to reach," said MDPR Director Jack Kardys.  "We want people to know that even in these tough economic times, it's more important to think outside our boxes and look to the countless resources that are available to you within the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department system."

The sky's the limit on program offerings being sought, from music lessons or cooking classes to teaching digital music production or providing video gaming.  It starts with MDPR's Invitation-to-Bid (ITB), a special invitation to individuals who are looking to start or expand a business in Miami-Dade County.  Providers of family-friendly, health, fitness and art-oriented programs or services are encouraged to submit an ITB application today.  

For more information, please contact MDPR Contract Manager Jon Seaman, 305-755-7974,, or Miami-Dade County Procurement Agent Herman Ramsey via e-mail at

About the Miami-Dade Park and Recreation Department
Nationally accredited, a three-time winner of the National Gold Medal Award, 2009 Florida Governor's Sterling Award winner for excellence in management and operations, Miami-Dade Parks is the third largest county park system in the United States, consisting of 263 parks and more than 12,848 acres of land.  It is one of the most unique park and recreation systems in the world.  Made up of more than just playgrounds and athletic fields, it also comprises out-of-school, sports-development, and summer-camp programs; programs for seniors and people with disabilities; educational nature centers and nature preserves; environmental restoration efforts; arts and culture programs and events; the renowned Zoo Miami and the Deering Estate at Cutler; the Crandon Tennis Center, home of the Sony Ericsson Open; golf courses; beaches; marinas; campgrounds; pools; and more. For information about MDPR the public can call 3-1-1, or visit


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