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Doing Business

Town's Online Business Directory: www.MiamiLakesMarketplace.com
The Town’s website and mobile app feature the Miami Lakes Marketplace, an online business directory, which is free to Miami Lakes businesses. Simply register your business at www.MiamiLakesMarketplace.com to manage your own page on the Town’s site to include photos of new merchandise, services or menu items, upcoming events, available job opportunities, and even include weekly coupons!

Be our guest at a monthly Miami Lakes Chamber of Commerce Luncheon
We would also like to extend an invitation to attend a Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. Each month, the Town selects two new businesses to attend the monthly luncheon to sit at the Town’s designated table along with the Director of Communications & Economic Development, Nicole Singletary, and some of the Town’s elected officials. We encourage all new businesses to attend as it is a great opportunity to network and meet the Town’s elected officials.

Market your events on the Town's Community Calendar www.miamilakes-fl.gov/commcalendar
Promote your business events on the Town's Community Calendar hosted on the Town's website and social media pages. The Community calendar features events, meetings and programs held in Miami Lakes that are free, open to the public, and organized by local businesses and non-profit organizations. Click here for the submission form. 

Local Business Preference Program
The Town of Miami Lakes seeks to enhance contracting opportunities for local businesses. The Local Business Preference Program targets and gives preference to qualified local businesses in the procurement of goods and services. The local business preference ensures that all local businesses not only have an opportunity to participate in the procurement process, but gives them a competitive advantage in the selection process.
Qualifying businesses must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be established and registered with the Town for at least 6 months
  • 10% of workforce must reside in the Town
  • Goods or services must be provided by local office (for companies with multiple offices)

For more information about doing business in Miami Lakes, please contact:
The Office of the Manager at (305) 364-6100

UPCOMING EVENTS 

 

BUSEINESS AFTER HOURS NETWORKING MIXER

Team Work Makes Dream Work! Save the date for the Town of Miami Lakes and its Economic Development Committee’s (EDC) Business Networking Mixer on Thursday, October 26th from 5:30 PM to 7 PM LOCATION TBD.

Our last two events drew more than 50 attendees from local area businesses. Join this dynamic group of professionals and build your network.

The Town’s EDC focuses on not only promoting economic development in Miami Lakes by attracting new business, but also ensuring that our current businesses and professionals remain pleased with the Town’s services.

If you are a local restaurant and interested in participating, or for more information about the Town’s Economic Development Committee, please contact Nicole Singletary at singletaryn@miamilakes-fl.gov 

Support your community’s workforce and market your establishment!

 

 

 PAST WORKSHOPS:

Thursday, February 23rd "Need Financing? Crowdfunding Workshop"

The Town of Miami Lakes and its Economic Development Committee hosted a Crowdfunding panel workshop cosponsored by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and MICROscholarships Inc.

In 2015, it was estimated that worldwide over $34 billion was raised through crowdfunding. Crowdfunding (or crowdsourcing) is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people. Crowdfunding makes use of the easy accessibility of vast networks of people through social media and crowdfunding websites to bring investors and entrepreneurs together. Crowdfunding has the potential to increase entrepreneurship by expanding the pool of investors from whom funds can be raised beyond the traditional circle of owners, relatives and venture capitalists.

The workshop educated participants about the federal and state regulations behind the market’s functionality. In addition to crowdfunding, the panel discussed other forms of investment such as accredited investors, and the importance of a business plan and its role in obtaining investment.
The workshop panelists included:
Althea Harris, Small Business Administration
Senen Garcia, SG Law Group
Raju Mohandas, Founder of BridgePoint Financial Group
Orlando Espinosa, Co-founder of MICROscholarships Inc. and Emineo Media

For the presentation, click pdf here (1.86 MB)

Thursday, January 26 "How to do Business with Miami-Dade County”

The Town of Miami Lakes and its Economic Development Committee hosted a free business workshop presented by Commissioner Esteban Bovo Jr.’s Office, in partnership with the Miami-Dade County Internal Services Department which oversees Procurement Management for the County.

Miami-Dade County awards millions of dollars in contracts for purchase of goods and services each year. Doing business with the County is now easier than ever. Miami Lakes businesses were invited to learn about the streamlined operations, simplified procedures, and required documentation via the new online vendor registration portal. 

For more information, please email lborjes@miamidade.gov or contact Commissioner Bovo’s district office at 305-820-8424.

Thursday, October 20th "Access to Capital": 

The Town of Miami Lakes and its Economic Development Committee hosted an “Access to Capital” business workshop on Thursday, October 20th in Town Hall Council Chambers.

Cosponsored by the Miami-Dade Beacon Council, the program began with our keynote speaker Althea Harris of the SBA (Small Business Administration).

Attendees then had the opportunity to meet one on one with local financial institutions and lenders.

BankUnited
JetStream Federal Credit Union
Linedman Group
Popular Community Bank
Seacoast National Bank
TD Bank
US Century Bank

July 27th Workshop on Social Media and Marketing 

The workshop led by Robert Rodriguez, Senior Instructor of Technology Services for the Miami Association of REALTORS was geared to teach entrepreneurs the importance of building their brand online using social media to increase exposure and generate leads. Workshop highlights include understanding each social media platform, their target market, and the most fitting channel to reach their niche.

For the presentation, click here 

May 25th Workshop with CareerSource South Florida

Workshop held in partnership with CareerSource South Florida, the statewide workforce policy and investment board. Their partners include the State's Department of Economic Opportunity, 24 local workforce development boards and 100 career centers throughout Florida. Together, they help connect businesses with the talented workforce and training needed to succeed and grow.

CareerSource South Florida educated businesses about their flexible, business-driven grant programs to help companies advance and grow their workforce and remain competitive.

March 30th Workshop with SCORE: Simple Steps to Grow Your Business

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to educating entrepreneurs and helping small businesses start, grow, and succeed nationwide. SCORE is a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), and has been mentoring small business owners for more than fifty years.

SCORE’s Simple Steps to Grow Your Business provides a road map to help you achieve the goals you have set for the growth of your business. For the complete presentation, click  pdf here (1.76 MB)

JOB FAIR: April 30th  

The Town of Miami Lakes, through its Youth Activities Task Force and Economic Development Committee hosted a High School Student Job Fair on Saturday, April 30th, 2016 at the Mary Collins Community Center. The event was intended to bring the community together by matching local talent with local businesses.

The Town of Miami Lakes encouraged the entire local business community to participate in this dynamic event. 

 

The Town of Miami Lakes offers numerous opportunities for promoting your business while giving back to the community. Partnering with the Town of Miami Lakes and its Committees, will give your business the opportunity to be associated with high quality programs and events that engage participants of all ages and abilities. 

 
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Night of Art & Culture
Hispanic Heritage Concert
Jazz Concert in the Park
Irish-Scottish Heritage Concert
Black History Concert
Symphony of the Americas
Holiday Storytelling
Women’s History Month Luncheon & Awards
Paint-a-Picture for Mom
Father’s Day Fishing Tournament
Independence Day Celebration 

Click here to download the CAC Sponsorship Package

 
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Forums
Socials
Senior Games
Health & Fitness Fair
Lunch Bunch & Bingo
Field Trips

Click here to download the EAC Sponsorship Package

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Community Bike Rides
Home Improvement Expo
Homeowners/Condominium Association Community Meetings

Click here to download the NIC Sponsorship Package

 
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Just Run
Halloween: Nightmare on Montrose
Movies at the Park
Bike Rodeo
Spring Fling: Annual Egg Hunt

Click here to download the YATF Sponsorship Package

 
 
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Public Safety Appreciation Day 

Click here to download Sponsorship Package

 
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Veterans Day Parade 

Click here to download Sponsorship Package

 
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Family Tree Program 

Click here to download Order Form

 
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Veterans Memorial Brick Program 

Click here to download Order Form

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Vendor Opportunities 

Click here to download Vendor Opportunities Package

Welcome to the Town of Miami Lakes Internship Resource Center. This page is dedicated to providing resources for local employers looking to develop internship programs and for students in search of internship opportunities. We invite you to become familiar with the information available on this page and encourage you to continue learning about all the great benefits internships have to offer for students as well as employers.

Employer Resources
Interested in starting an internship program in your organization? 

Intern Recruitment
Once the framework for an internship program is set in place, the next step is to recruit top local talent. South Florida is home to an array of great colleges and universities. Each educational institution typically will have a Career Services Department as well as dedicated staff that can assist with the recruitment of student interns within their institution. They can help match students with available internship opportunities in your company.

Talent Development Network (Miami)
Talent Development Network matches Miami's local students with internships at top employers in fast-growing career fields that include:

  • Aviation
  • Creative design
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Banking and Finance
  • Information technology
  • Life sciences and health care
  • Trade and Logistics

Supported by Miami's major academic institutions - Barry University, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, Miami Dade College, Miami-Dade County Public Schools, St. Thomas University and University of Miami - TDN is uniquely suited for its mission: fostering an environment of growth and success through internships for the South Florida region.

Click Here to register your company and participate in this great local initiative!

Here are some keys contacts at local colleges and universities that can help with recruitment efforts:

-FIU (Florida International University)
Career Services ---Main Campus
Point of Contact: Efigenia Gonzalez-Duran
Title: Associate Director, Employer Relations
Phone: 305-348-2423
Email: egduran@fiu.edu
Career Services Website
Employer Registration Portal/Other Information

Career Services---Biscayne Bay Campus
Point of Contact: Harold Clayton
Title: Associate Director, Career Services
Phone: 305-919-5770
Email: heclayto@fiu.edu
Career Services Website
Employer Registration Portal/Other Information

 

-UM (University of Miami)
UM Topple Career Center
Point of Contact: Anna Kenney
Title: Assistant Director, Internships|
Phone: 305-284-5451
Email: toppel-internships@miami.edu
Career Services Website
Employer Registration Portal

 

-St. Thomas University
Point of Contact: Christina Lopez
Title: Director, Career Services
Phone: 305-628-6688
Email: cclopez@stu.edu
Career Services Website
Employer Registration Portal

 

-Barry University
Point of Contact: Joyce Carpio
Title: Employee Relations Coordinator, Career Development Center
Phone: 305-899-4842
Email: jcarpio@barry.edu
Career Services Website

 

-Florida Memorial University
Point of Contact: Athena Jackson
Title: Director, Career Development Center
Phone: 305-626-3782
Email: athena.jackson@fmuniv.edu
Career Services Website
Employer Registration Portal

 

-Miami Dade College
Career Services—Wolfson Campus
Point of Contact: Tony Guzman
Title: Career Advisor, Wolfson Campus
Phone: 305-237-7049
Email: aguzman4@mdc.edu
Career Services Website
Employer Registration Portal

 

-DeVry University
Point of Contact: Antonio Cobas
Title: Director of Career Services 
Phone: 954-499-7872
Email: acobas@devry.edu
Career Services Website

 

-Keiser University
Point of Contact: Carmen M. Perez-Padron
Title: Director of Student Services
Phone: 305-596-2226
Email: cperez@keiseruniversity.edu
Career Services Website

 

-Miami International University of Art & Design
Point of Contact: Lindsey Rodriguez|
Title: Director of Career Services
Phone: 305-428-5959
Email: lmrodriguez@aii.edu
Career Services Website

 

-NSU (Nova Southeastern University)
Point of Contact: Diane Kline
Title: Associate Director of Career Development
Phone: 954-262-7203
Email: kdiane@nova.edu
Career Services Website
Employer Registration Portal

 

-FAU (Florida Atlantic University)
Point of Contact: Jennifer Blythe
Title: Internships Interim Director, Boca Raton Campus
Phone: 561-297-3533
Email: jblythe@fau.edu
Career Services Website
Employer Registration Portal

 

-Broward College
Point of Contact: Shermone L. Mitchell
Title: Career Center (Director of Academic Affairs)
Phone: 954-201-7515
Email: ccn@broward.edu
Career Services Website
Employer Registration Portal

 

Student Interns
Adding an internship component to your higher education efforts can be greatly beneficial for your professional career. Internships offer valuable opportunities to bring your textbook knowledge out of the classroom and into the workplace. More importantly, internships give you field experience and help you establish professional working relationships that have the potential to produce viable work opportunities upon the completion of your degree.

Searching for Internship Opportunities

A great place to start your internship search is with the help of your school’s Career Services Department. These departments are staffed with professionals that can assist you with everything from preparing a resume to connecting you with employers that are actively looking for student interns. Make sure that you visit your school’s Career Services Department and gain access to all of their resources available to students, recent graduates and alumni.

You can also do an external search for internship opportunities which can be done at your own pace and time. Here are some external links to consider:

NOTE --- These are external sites. The Town of Miami Lakes does not endorse any specific site, use at your own discretion

Interested in participating in the Town of Miami Lakes College Internship Program?

Click Here for more information.

Opening a Business

The Town of Miami Lakes is at the forefront of providing its business owners with information and support to help their businesses “Grow Beautifully”.

This Miami Lakes Business Handbook was created as a way to encourage entrepreneurism and business development. Starting your business can be difficult at times. This guide seeks to help you along the way by providing resources and basic information to get you started in the right direction.

 

STEP ONE
Choose Your Location.

Before speaking with a Zoning Information Specialist, go to the Town Website: www.MiamiLakes/FindZoning/ to learn more about the property you wish to purchase or rent for your business.

Confirm with the Zoning Department that the desired use is allowed in the zoning district where you are looking to locate your business by calling (305) 512-7128 or via email at: zoningdepartment@miamilakes-fl.gov.

 

STEP TWO
Click here for CERTIFICATE OF USE APPLICATION

For questions, contact the Town’s Building Department via email at buildingdepartment@miamilakes-fl.gov or by phone at (305) 821-4015.

Click here for the necessary steps before submitting the application.

 

STEP THREE
Once you have obtained DERM and Fire approval, return the certificate of use application to the Building Department for final processing.

 

STEP FOUR
Click here for BUSINESS TAX RECEIPT APPLICATION

*Please note: Each agency or professional business office is required to have a business tax receipt and each professional working out of such location is required to appear as a Licensee.

The Town is committed to promoting continued growth and expansion of the business community and is equally committed to retaining and supporting our current business base.

In an effort to show our appreciation, the Town alongside its Economic Development Committee has established a Business Welcoming Committee. The program is designed to assist Miami Lakes businesses and provide your company with the opportunity to let us know how the Town can further assist you in your business endeavors. The Town is also happy to assist in coordinating a ribbon cutting ceremony, as well as promote your community events on the Community Calendar hosted on the Town’s website.

Welcome to the Town of Miami online local business directory: www.MiamiLakesMarketplace.com

The Town of Miami Lakes is working to continue to find ways to promote our businesses and strengthen the local economy.

Recognizing that supporting our local businesses is vital to the economy, the MiamiLakesMarketplace.com is a tool for residents and visitors to discover the many locally-owned businesses that truly make Miami Lakes a special community with a "hometown" feel.

Through this initiative, the Town hopes to highlight and strengthen the local business economy by promoting our local businesses and the services they offer. 

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Businesses:
The online business directory listing is 100% free to Miami Lakes businesses. Each business will be able to manage their page and presence on the site to include photos of new merchandise, services or menu items, upcoming events, available job opportunities, and even include weekly coupons!

Residents and visitors:
Search for a new doctor, place to eat, or shop using keywords like “pizza” or “dentist”. The interactive mapping portion will then bring up all the local business within that category, and even provide driving and walking directions! You can also sign up to receive weekly coupon and job opportunity updates.

The Town of Miami Lakes is working to enhance our relationship with the business community and will continue to find ways to promote, highlight, and strengthen the local economy to ensure your business continues "Growing Beautifully".

The business directory can also be found Town’s mobile application. To download the Town’s FREE mobile app, simply go to your mobile device’s App store and enter "Town of Miami Lakes" or click either of the links below.

 

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