Bank of America, StartUP FIU, and The Underline Reveal Winners of First Small Business Boot Camp: South Florida Caribbean News



Natacha Metayer of JNCY Jewelers

[MIAMI] Bank of America, in partnership with Start-up CRF and The underline, announced the 10 winners of the inaugural Miami Small Business Bootcamp at a ceremony at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami-Dade County. The winners ranged from a mother-daughter duo specializing in Argentinian treats to the creator of a tandem bike for cyclists with special needs. Everyone has received an invitation to present their products and services. Taking place at the Small Business Holiday Village at The Underline for two consecutive weekends. From December 10 to 12 and from December 17 to 19. Each winner also received a stipend of $ 2,000 to complete their small business operations.

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Jeremie Etienne from InSeason LLC - Bank of America, StartUP FIU & The Underline Reveal Small Business Winner

Jérémie Etienne from InSeason LLC

Prior to being selected, the winners participated in a small business bootcamp at StartUP FIU, alongside 30 other local entrepreneurs. This two-week bootcamp aimed to build the skills of entrepreneurs in a variety of topics. It ranges from team building and leadership development to raising capital. In addition to navigating the supply chain system.

At the end of each week, bootcamp attendees had the opportunity to pitch their business to an esteemed panel of judges, including representatives from the FIU, Bank of America, The Underline, Black Angels Miami, and Whole Foods. . The 10 winners were selected based on various criteria including their unique value proposition, economic feasibility, marketing and growth strategy, entrepreneurial spirit and overall presentation.

“Together with StartUP FIU and The Underline, we know that empowering small businesses with the right tools will help to have a direct impact on our local community and economy,” said Gene Schaefer, President of Bank of America Miami. “The goal of this collaborative effort is to generate positive impact where it’s needed most, inspire Miami’s entrepreneurial spirit and accelerate sustainable growth.”

Bootcamp winners

The full list of inaugural Bank of America Miami Small Business Bootcamp winners includes:

  • Courtney Kohout from Courtney cookies: Organic, vegan, low glycemic index cookies
  • Ivo D’Aguiar from Nidus foods: Personalized meal delivery service
  • Jenifer Schwartz from Maven baker: Traditional French pastries and freeze-dried guilt-free cheesecake
  • Jérémie Etienne from InSeason LLC: Well-being service provider
  • Maurice Williams from Status Plus Productions LLC: Streetwear clothing and accessories
  • Natacha Métayer from Jewelers JNCY: Rings and personalized jewelry for the minority bridal community
  • Paula Chavez from Paula’s pastry: Traditional Argentinian Alfajores
  • Randa Quran of Socially strong: Integrated marketing / brand consulting service
  • Rose Jean from Mayhem Corp T-shirt: Custom clothing printing
  • Shelley Patterson from Bikes for Every Body LLC: Manufacturer and distributor of The Buddy Bike®, an alternative tandem for cyclists with special needs

“We are grateful for the support and partnership of Bank of America and The Underline in our mission to help South Florida small businesses thrive every step of the way of the entrepreneurial process, from concept and creation to launch, to promotion and beyond, ”said Emily Gresham, associate vice president of research and economic development at FIU and co-founder of StartUP FIU. “Congratulations to the winners of the Miami Small Business Bootcamp. We look forward to seeing their future growth and success. “

“We are very honored to partner with Bank of America and CRF to bring small businesses and entrepreneurial opportunities to The Underline,” said Meg Daly, CEO / Founder of Friends of The Underline. “The outdoor economy is proving to be one of the best ways to provide equitable access and experiences to everyone, including emerging Miami businesses.”

Highlight the holiday village

The Underline Holiday Village will be open to the public from December 10 to 12 and December 17 to 19 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The village will be located in Brickell Backyard’s Promenade Station Grove, across from the North Entrance of Brickell Metrorail Station, SW 1st Ave and SW 9th Street. Visitors are encouraged to take the Metrorail to Brickell Metrorail station, exit north, and walk towards the holiday lights and vendor carts. Those who wish to drive can use the public parking lots in downtown Brickell and the Publix Mary Brickell Village.

Address racial equality

This initiative was created as part of Bank of America $ 1.25 billion, five-year commitment to advance racial equality and economic opportunity. The effort is aimed at opening doors for local small businesses. Especially by further accelerating Bank of America’s commitment to address racial equality and opportunities in local Miami communities.



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