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Hopefully your great idea takes off like a rocket.
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Over half of Miami-Dade’s workforce is employed by small businesses, and last year, The Kauffman Index ranked Miami’s metropolitan area number one in the country for Startup Activity. Scale Up Miami is a 40-hour training program at The Idea Center at Miami Dade College that helps entrepreneurs grow their small businesses with a focus on financial management, digital marketing, and more.

Daniel Beyra, Creative Director at The Creative Particle, says it’s easy to feel “siloed” as a small business owner. Scale Up Miami provided him and his cohort of entrepreneurs with “a space where we could freely discuss, collaborate and share solutions to our common challenges of growing and developing a business.”

Beyra also took advantage of Scale Up Miami’s one-on-one business coaching to help him grow his creative video agency. “A huge eye-opener for me was during the financing session. I learned to understand where I should invest the most time in looking for clients.” he said. “Not all clients are created equal.”

Ready to ace your business? Applications for Scale Up Miami’s next cohort are due on December 7. Dale!

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When some folks get into their older years they simply want to travel for fun or retire to the countryside, but not Julie Brumlik.

The “pop farmer,” and founder of Open Card Now, took a bike trip across Asia and eventually stumbled into her current job– creating 3D pop-up greeting cards.

We chatted with Julie about these jaw-droppingly intricate cards and how she creates an experience for a card receiver that is “full of life.”

Check it out on our Facebook page and browse all of her creations on her website.

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The rise of West Brickell? As a massive project is under construction next to their decades-old building, condo owners in a Little Havana building are asking for $5.2 million to anyone looking to buy the Habana Condos. The condo owners say that as Brickell has developed and expanded, the eastern portion of Little Havana has changed so drastically that they want to be paid enough to move to quieter parts of town. (Miami Herald)

“You beat yourself up mentally and physically.” More than a decade after Palm Beach multimillionaire Jeffrey Epstein was accused of organizing a “cult-like” group of underage girls to perform sexual acts, his accusers are coming forward and seeking justice. Epstein served only 13 months in county jail and never faced federal charges, or further investigation by the FBI. And the plea agreement Epstein reached was negotiated in part by current U.S. labor secretary Alex Acosta, who served as U.S. attorney for South Florida at the time. The Miami Herald’s deep dive into the case identified about 80 women who claimed to be molested or sexually abused by Epstein. Next week some of them will have a chance to discuss Epstein’s criminal history in a separate case that’s going to trial in Palm Beach. (Miami Herald)

Some major props. A chef with a lot of love for the 305 is in the running for a Nobel Peace Prize. José Andrés has built a name for himself in the kitchen, including at his two SoFlo restaurants Bazaar Mar and Bazaar by José Andrés. Plus he’s been recognized around the world for his philanthropic work in places like Puerto Rico and California. That’s why he’s been nominated by Maryland Congressman John Delaney for the prize. (Miami New Times)

Carbon cash. A trio of U.S. congressmen from Florida are among the sponsors of a bill that they hope will drastically reduce carbon emissions and help people pay for rising energy costs. The bill would charge a fee to coal producers and other companies that emit high amounts of carbon dioxide. Then the money collected from those fees would be allocated for taxpayer use to help with likely price increases from energy providers. (WLRN)

Trending the right way. The number of major crimes in SoFlo decreased in the first six months of 2018 compared to the same time frame in 2017, according to the latest numbers from the state’s law enforcement department. There were fewer reported robberies, aggravated assaults, and other serious crimes in Miami-Dade County, and those same types of crimes were also down across the state. (Miami New Times)

So salty. This summer was a rough one for Florida’s environment as toxic blue-green algae blooms spread across the state, and in Lake Okeechobee. (We explained that here). But scientists with the U.S. Geological Survey think they may be closer to cracking the case about what makes the blooms so bad for Florida. The blooms occur naturally in freshwater sources and scientists have identified the amount of salt water intrusion that makes the blooms go from harmless to toxic. (Miami Herald)

Check out this event from our advertiser, HistoryMiami Museum.

📷 Love Photography? Head to HistoryMiami Museum. View photography from around the world at the Miami Street Photography Festival with indoor and outdoor exhibits. Tickets free with pre-registration!

Our Partner Events

🗣️Today: Meet and listen to some Miami makers at TEDxWynwoodWomen (Wynwood)

📹Tomorrow – Thursday, Dec. 6: Learn from innovators and experts in media, technology, and art at the FilmGate Interactive Media Festival (Downtown)

🎭Tomorrow – Sunday, Dec. 23: Immersive theater meets historic motels, during Miami Motel Stories (MiMo)

🖼️Monday, Dec. 3 – Sunday, Dec. 9: Check out the work of emerging Miami-based contemporary artists at Prizm’s Art Fair (Multiple Locations)

🎨Wednesday, Dec. 5 – Sunday, Dec. 9: Explore the latest edition of Raw Pop Up in a historic abandoned department store. Get 20% off if you use this link. – Corrected date (Downtown)

🧘Saturday, Dec. 8: Find your center with Innergy Meditation and remain present this Basel season (Miami Beach)

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Around Town


🌳Ooooh and ahhh at the Deering Estate’s “Festival of Trees” – through Jan. 4 (Cutler Bay)

🎵Catch Actress perform at Floyd Miami (Downtown)

🗣️Watch a champ be crowned at The Moth’s GrandSLAM (Downtown)

👪Take a lunch break to learn about egg freezing and fertility options (Brickell)

😋Grab some noms and hear some tunes at the Miami Beach food truck and music fest (North Beach)

🎨Learn about some of the featured work at the PAMM with artist Oliver Sanchez (Downtown)


✍️Get your sketch on at the Wolfsonian (South Beach)

🏮See all of the lights at this lantern light festival (University Park)

🎙️Jam at this Motown tribute featuring Thelma Houston (Design District)

❄️Party holiday style at Ball & Chain (Little Havana)

🎥Catch a screening of “Imagine” – through Dec. 6 (Coral Gables)

🎺See Willie Colon live at the Fillmore (South Beach)

💋Catch the cult classic “Rocky Horror Picture Show” (Design District)

🎵Check out the Ashley Pezzotti jazz ensemble at MOCA (North Miami)


☀️Talk solar and learn about the industry at this one-day conference (Little Haiti)

🗑️Volunteer to clean up the beach at Matheson Hammock Park (Coral Gables)

🗣️Learn about solutions to SoFlo’s poverty issues (Little Havana)

🏊Join the “cannonball club” at this pool party (Upper East Side)

🎶See Willy Chirino and Lissette live at the Fillmore (South Beach)

🎸Party to celebrate the release of the new EP from Telekinetic Walrus (Wynwood)

📻Throw it back to the ‘90s and 2000s at this day party (Downtown)


🖼️Get an early start on Miami Art Week at the Mindy Solomon Gallery (Little Haiti)

🎸Catch Zach Deputy at the North Beach Bandshell (North Beach)

🏞️Learn about Everglades conservation at this discussion (Coral Gables)

🎅Bring the family to this parade of elves (South Miami)

🔥Watch the Heat take on the Utah Jazz (Downtown)

🧘Join the Maven Leadership Collective for a judgment-free yoga session (Little Haiti)


🏳️‍🌈Party with some of Miami’s best drag performers at Kill Your Idol (South Beach)

🎵Catch electronic artist Porches at Kindred Miami (Brickell)

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We’ll catch you tomorrow, Miami. ✌️

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