Small Business, Big Impact
Small businesses are the backbone of the Miami-Dade economy. As a small business owner, you are in it for the long haul. Your business is rooted in the community – and community involvement can be a valuable recruitment and retention tool for your company.
By choosing to become a United Way Small Business United member, you can build your business and employee morale. It is simple and affordable for your business to assume a place of leadership in our community. This initiative makes philanthropy easier and more rewarding for the business community in Miami.
Benefits of Membership
Employer benefits include:
- Brand exposure and recognition on social media and website
- Networking opportunities to help grow your business
- Volunteer and team building opportunities where owners can connect and engage with their employees
- Professional development opportunities including:
- Business Breakfast series
- Business happy hour
- Volunteer projects
- Meet & Eat networking dinner
- Business coaching
- Invitations to United Way of Miami-Dade events
Employee benefits include:
- Access to a wide range of United Way services, including:
- FamilyWize discount prescription savings program
- Free tax preparation through Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
- Lunch and learn series
- Access to United Way of Miami-Dade funded programs
Small Business Spotlight
For this month’s Small Business Spotlight, we catch up with Ivan Mladenovic, President & CEO of Preemo.
1. Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?
Preemo is a Managed IT Company, focused on helping businesses in South Florida leverage technology to improve efficiency, increase profitability, and to be at the forefront of their industry in technology adoption. Our philosophy is to deliver “fanatical IT support”, so that each company we provide services to has the same, exceptional client experience. Our business support 100+ businesses in South Florida, focusing on legal, medical, finance, and manufacturing/distribution verticals.
2. Why are you passionate about your commitment to United Way?
United Way focuses on causes that are important to me, and it allows a central, organized way for me to contribute to my community (both in time and money), and know that my efforts are being maximized. I appreciate the level of professionalism with which the organization operates, and it has been a great place for me to meet business leaders in our community, as well as develop great friendships.
3. How did your business get started?
I started Preemo in 2009 in my kitchen, after losing a well paying job as an IT Director. Preemo first evolved as a retail, B2C business, providing computer and phone repair services to walk-in customer. That part of the business was rebranded as “TechBar” and Preemo diverged into exclusively focusing on IT for businesses. We’ll be celebrating our 10 year anniversary this year.
4. What is a lesson learned?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned is perseverance. The nature of starting and growing a small business is tough, at times, and the emotional rollercoaster can easily discourage even the most thick skinned entrepreneur. With patience, our business has matured tremendously, and as our team grows and takes ownership of their roles, the business evolves in way even I had not imagine. While we appreciate this evolution, we remain humble, and always strive to be better, faster, and more agile.
5. What’s your favorite quote?
“Work hard in silence. Let success be your noise.”
ANNUAL DONATION LEVELS
- Certificate of support
- Company listing on unitedwaymiami.org
- Mention in United Way’s general communications
- Access to United Way’s giving communities
- Employee resources (prescription savings card, VITA tax preparation, United Way Center for Financial Stability)
- Networking events
- Professional development opportunities
- Access to all open volunteer events
- Complimentary access to the United Way Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards
In addition to $1,000 benefits
- Social media mentions
- Membership for 2 employees in United Way’s giving communities: LINC, Young Leaders, Women United or Continue United
- 2 managed employee engagement opportunities
- Lunch and Learn seminars
- Complimentary access to selected events
In addition to $2,500 benefits
- Membership for 1 additional employee in United Way’s giving communities: LINC, Young Leaders, Women United or Continue United
- 1 additional managed employee engagement opportunity
- Preferred seating at Small Business United events
- Opportunity for additional feature in printed and/or digital assets
In addition to $5,000 benefits
- 2 additional managed employee engagement opportunities – customizable and tailored
- Membership to United Way Tocqueville Society, an influential group of business, civic and philanthropic leaders who share a passion for the community
- Opportunity to receive tickets from our donated sporting event ticket inventory