Entrepreneurship FORUM: The Future of Small Businesses

The Scene

Small Businesses are the backbone of the United States economy. According to the Small Business Administration, they generate 44 percent of all U.S. economic activity. Not only do small businesses support the economy, they heavily define the character of their communities as well. Small businesses help keep the circulation of money at the local level, which allows for the faster adaptation of new economic trends. Investing in small businesses is investing in the overall health of our communities. 

The Problem

Despite all of the good that small businesses provide, they are struggling. CNBC reports that an analysis done by Yelp found that almost 100,000 small businesses in the U.S. have closed permanently since the pandemic began. Businesses in the service sector and minority-owned businesses have been hit the hardest. Miami, becoming more of a cultural and economic epicenter every day, has felt the tragic effects of the pandemic on its small business community. 

The Solution

The aftermath of the pandemic still continues and has left many questions unanswered. For one, what is next for small businesses in Miami? What are the economic development trends for small businesses and what resources do they need from the public and private sectors to get started and thrive?

Join us as we invite two economic experts, Michael Finney from the Beacon Council and Abby Melone from Capital Analytics to answer these questions, for our second Entrepreneurship FORUM. On April 29th at 12pm EST, we’ll discuss the future of small business, entrepreneurship in Miami, and more.

The Panelists

As President and CEO of the Beacon Council, Michael Finney champions economic growth and job development.  He strives to make Miami-Dade a world-class business destination. He holds a Master of Arts in Human Resources from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Saginaw Valley State University.

Abby Melone is the Founder, President & CEO of Capital Analytics, a dynamic media company that produces annual economic research and cutting-edge digital content. Capital Analytics’ platform informs on key business trends via the company’s deep analysis formulated through one-on-one discussions with over 200 top CEOs in each market each year. A Rutgers University-New Brunswick graduate, Abby Melone started her career in publishing at Wiley, one of the United States’ top Fortune 500 companies. Melone is experienced in hosting, organizing, and speaking at large-scale conferences and has successfully done so in over eight countries.

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