United Way Small Business United

United Way Small Business United 2021-02-25T17:40:38-05:00

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
    • Workshops/seminars
    • Business coaching
    • Webinars
  • 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

For more information, contact us at (305) 646-7163 or smallbusinessunited@unitedwaymiami.org

Small Business Spotlight

For this month’s Small Business Spotlight, we catch up with ANDER & Co.

1. Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?

ANDER & Co is a Miami-based communication and digital strategy firm with national and global reach. We possess a deep understanding of how to influence audiences through creative strategies via traditional and digital media relations, valuable brand partnerships, social media and creative marketing –  all with the goal of positively impacting the bottom line for corporate, real estate, and hospitality brands. My business philosophy is that authenticity breeds authenticity, a mantra that permeates into everything we do.

2. Why are you passionate about your commitment to United Way?

There is a strong sense of camaraderie and support within United Way that symbolizes the collective effort of this great organization. It is the essence of “uniting” not only to benefit the cause, but mutually share in the spirit of good people working together for others. My further involvement in the Small Business United giving community aligns with my entrepreneurial passions and celebrates the backbone of our local economy, of which I’m so proud to be a member and fellow small business owner.  

 3. How did your business get started?

My business partner and I knew there was a gap in the Miami market for a public relations firm that could integrate traditional and digital communications strategies for corporate, real estate and hospitality clients in a hand-on manner – not only to be the future of the industry, but drive novel, contemporary campaign ideas that are never duplicated. A testament to ANDER & Co’s approach is that our client partners very often say they’ve never experienced a more successful collaboration to drive brand awareness and business opportunities…and we all have fun in the process.

 4. What is a lesson you have learned?

A critical lesson is to always be conscious of practicing self-awareness and understanding how your actions impact others. This cannot be learned from a book, but by paying close attention to controlling your behaviors and attitude. I have found that the inability to recognize this cognitive state creates roadblocks for people in their relationships, whether business or professional. Emotional intelligence is so important to building lasting connections, which are important to me.  

5. What’s your favorite quote?

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” Henry David Thoreau

Small Business United Annual Donation Levels and Benefits

  • Certificate of support
  • Company listed on unitedwaymiami.org
  • Mention in United Way’s general communications
  • Access to United Way’s giving communities
  • Networking events
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Access to open volunteer events

In addition to $1,000 benefits

  • Logo listed on unitedwaymiami.org
  • Social media mentions
  • Membership for 2 employees total in United Way’s giving communities: LINC, Young Leaders, Women United, or Continue United
    Employee resources (FamilyWize discount card, VITA expert tax preparation, United Way Center for Financial Stability)
  • 1 managed employee volunteer opportunities
  • Lunch and Learn Seminars (Example topics are Money Management, How to Improve Your Credit Score, Budget 101, and Parent Resources)
  • Discounted ticket packages for selected United Way events

In addition to $2,500 benefits

  • Logo linked to your website
  • Membership for 1 additional employee in United Way’s giving communities: LINC, Young Leaders, Women United, or Continue United
  • 1 additional managed employee volunteer opportunity
  • Opportunity for additional feature in printed and/or digital assets
  • Opportunity to be highlighted at an event
  • Entered into a drawing for CEO to attend the Tocqueville Society Grand Reception
  • Preferred seating at Small Business United events
  • Complimentary access to selected events

In addition to $5,000 benefits

  • 2 additional managed employee volunteer opportunity
  • Membership for one to United Way Tocqueville Society, an influential group of business, civic, and philanthropic leaders who share a passion for the community
  • Opportunity to attend monthly Tocqueville Tuesday events
  • Attend the Tocqueville Society Grand Reception
  • Listed as a sponsor of a giving community event
  • Invitation to attend Annual Meeting and Volunteer Awards
  • Opportunity to receive tickets from our donated sporting event ticket inventory

Small Business United Partners