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ICYMI, Scale Up Miami applications are open for (small) business. The free program’s deep dive on financial management, digital marketing and leadership techniques helps Miami entrepreneurs grow their businesses.

Eduardo Reyes is the founder of Mediamerse, an advertising agency that uses 360-degree video marketing campaigns to connect clients and customers in immersive digital experiences. The main barrier for a start-up business isn’t the lack of funding, Reyes said, “it is the limited connections and contacts to initiate the adventure.” That’s exactly the support that he found in Scale Up’s second cohort.

Reyes cites the diversity of entrepreneurs and businesses as a key to the program’s success. “I learned a super valuable lesson, how to put my attention in the important tasks/goals of my journey. Entrepreneurs tend to do everything and at the same time. Scale Up is like an advisor that focuses you on what things are urgent and what things are important,” he said. “And the impressive backgrounds of the mentors and speakers makes the experience unique.”

If you’re ready to think bigger about your small business, Scale Up Miami’s next cohort starts soon — the deadline to apply is December 6th. Get on it!

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If your rent check just cleared, or money’s a little tight, Art Basel can be a pricey proposition.

So we’re here to help you experience the best of this week’s festivities like a VIP, even if you don’t quite have that VIP money.

Our first tip? Be an Instagram sleuth. By following Miami Insta influencers, you can get a last-minute tip on where the real cool kids are partying. Looking for some of those accounts and want some more of our best tips? Here’s the full lowdown on how to navigate your way to the high life this week.

Plus here’s our full guide to Basel.

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(Friday) night’s alright for fighting. Or at least it seemed that way as two Little Havana community parties battled for the right to celebrate on the last Friday of the month. But after City of Miami Commissioner Joe Carollo’s “Little Havana Fridays” event replaced the long-running Viernes Culturales last week, the Viernes Culturales organizers are moving their event from the last Friday of the month to the third, to avoid competing with Carollo’s party. (Miami Herald)

And speaking of Little Havana. The neighborhood has a new flag that features a gigantic rooster and a combo of the Cuban and U.S. flags along with more than a dozen other flags from places like Mexico, Brazil and Puerto Rico. There’s… a lot going on. But as Art Basel reminds us this week, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. So we suggest judging the new flag’s “beauty” for yourself. (Miami New Times)

Major Miami arts news. The Knight Foundation has awarded $37 million in funding to 22 SoFlo arts organizations to help support their work. Organizations like O Cinema, Miami New Drama, Borscht Film, and many more were among the recipients. And the funding also includes $6 million to support the Knight Arts Challenge, which is an open call for ideas from artists, over the next three years. (Miami Herald)

Snipes sticking around. After being suspended by Gov. Rick Scott late last week, Brenda Snipes announced over the weekend that she was not going to retire from her role as elections supervisor in Broward County. She had initially announced plans to leave her post in January after widespread criticism for her department’s miscues in counting and reporting votes in the midterm elections, but now she plans to fight the suspension. (Sun Sentinel)

Now the real work begins. Every amendment on the November ballot, except for one, was approved by voters. But that was only the beginning of the process. In next year’s legislative session, state leaders will likely have to approve new laws for any amendments that require changes to the state constitution. And disagreements over how the amendments will be executed, and which ones actually need new legislation, could lead to political battles and lawsuits. (Orlando Sentinel)

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Our Partner Events

🎨Tomorrow – 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. (Downtown)

💃Thursday: Catch Disco Soul ft. Gavin Turek & Yoli Mayor at the Yard (Wynwood)

📹Through Thursday: Learn from innovators and experts in media, technology, and art at the FilmGate Interactive Media Festival (Downtown)

📽️Friday: Watch a special Art Basel edition of Black Lounge Films’ with this screening of “Through A Lens Darkly” (Overtown)

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

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

🍽️Thursday, Dec. 13: Enjoy dinner and a movie as the Wynwood Yard and O Cinema team up for this special series  (Wynwood)

🎄Thursday, Dec. 13: Celebrate the wonder of the holidays at the biggest startup party in the Magic City (Little Haiti)

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


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Around Town


🔥Watch the Heat take on the Orlando Magic (Downtown)

🍪Bring the family to hang with Santa Claus on National Cookie Day (Kendall)

♀️Celebrate women innovators at this X Miami party (Downtown)


🍻Dance and check out some art at this happy hour (Wynwood)

🎄Catch “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” on the big screen (Brickell)

🎺Listen to some jazz from the French Horn Collective (Downtown)

😋Nom on all the things at this food truck festival (North Bay Village)


🎉Join in the grand opening of the new community space The Urban (Overtown)

🍴Grab breakfast at this urban garden exhibition (Wynwood)

🌊Celebrate the Miami River at a screening of “Water!” (Cutler Bay)

⚡Hunt for Pokemon at this hip-hop themed meetup (Allapattah)

✊Check out the opening night of (F)empower’s futuristic exhibit “2040” (Liberty City)

🐶Bring your pup to get a pic with Santa Paws (Brickell)


🎉Celebrate the 7th anniversary of Gramps (Wynwood)

🌳Take in the sights at this one-day art exhibition at the Kampong (Coconut Grove)

🛌Catch a new-age version of a classic at “Sleeping Beauty Dreams” (Downtown)

😎Drink and dance the day away at Basel Playa (Mid Beach)

🎶See the Zarabanda band live at the Normandy Fountain (North Beach)

🎸Take a break from Basel at this Jacuzzi Boys show (Allapattah)

📵Dance the night away at this phone-free party (Wynwood)

🕺Jam at a Basel edition of Peach Fuzz (Mid Beach)

🎤Catch Emily Estefan live in the Jungle Plaza (Design District)

📻Party with DJ Jazzy Jeff at Foxhole (South Beach)


🎅Grab breakfast and a photo with Santa Claus (Brickell)

🎁Watch “How the Grinch stole Christmas” on the water (North Miami Beach)

📻Party at a Basel-edition of Fool’s Gold Day Off (Wynwood)

🌈Join the Wigwood crew and drag queen Queef Latina at 777 International Mall (Downtown)

🏥Get a check up and other free services at this health fair (Liberty City)

🎥Take a Basel Batman break at this screening of “Batman Returns” (Coral Gables)

💪Check out a women-only arm wrestling tournament (Little Haiti)

🎻See Christian McBride live at the Pinecrest Gardens (Pinecrest)

Going to one of these? Take us with you! Email a pic to [email protected] or tag @thenewtropic on Instagram. See more upcoming events on our events page, and add your own events with a New Tropic membership.


Marcelo Carneiro and Jessica Rose Fisher! They each won a pair of tickets to Raw Pop Up, a multi-sensory experience in an abandoned department store, happening tomorrow night.

Congratulations to them! And if you weren’t a lucky winner, stay tuned for more giveaways.

We’ll see you tomorrow, Miami.


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