United Way Small Business United

United Way Small Business United 2021-07-02T15:11:19-04:00

Small Business United is a diverse group of business owners cultivating change in Miami through leadership and innovation.

As the back-bone of Miami’s economy, small businesses employ over half of our community’s workforce. One of the city’s hardest hit sectors following the onset of COVID-19, this unique group finds resiliency in comradery and connection. Members of Small Business United are empowered by culture, experience and the perseverance of our neighbors and friends. They adapt, grow and work tirelessly to change the future of our city. Members enjoy personal and professional opportunities to connect, grow their business and elevate company culture.

CONNECT

Join like-minded small business owners in discovering new and innovative ways to get involved in our community

ENGAGE

Network with community leaders and participate in professional development opportunities

LEAD

Activate leadership skills through seminars, workshops and business coaching

VOLUNTEER

Give back with community service projects that leave lasting and measurable impact

Be a stakeholder in Miami’s future. Become a game changer.

EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITIES

As a member of Small Business United, you can make an impact in people’s lives as you grow and achieve your business objectives. Exclusive virtual and socially distanced in-person opportunities include:

  • Access to networking with community leaders
  • Invitations to signature events and activities contributing to the community’s progress in education, financial stability, and health
  • Brand exposure and recognition
  • Invitations to professional development opportunities including: Business Breakfast series, volunteer projects, workshops and seminars, business happy hours, webinars and business coaching
  • Employee benefits include access to a wide range of United Way services such as the FamilyWize discount prescription savings program, free tax preparation through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, lunch and learn seminars for employees, and access to volunteer projects

Explore more benefits

Learn more about joining this thriving group by contacting 305.646.7163 or SmallBusiness@unitedwaymiami.org.

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

Small Business Spotlight

For this month’s Small Business Spotlight, we catch up with theAOinsight.

theAOinsight  group is a communications firm specializing in digital media, marketing, professional development, community outreach, advertising, and design, with our client portfolio ranging from small businesses to nonprofits, and municipalities. My love for serving and working with community based organizations and initiatives, as well as empowering other businesses, is at the foundation of our company’s culture. We love what we do because we get to elevate the stories of those we work with, and are constantly seeking opportunities for partnerships.  

The business philosophy is the same as my personal philosophy: Haz bien y no mires a quien. Do right, and don’t mind to whom. I believe that in doing right by others, and your community, positive impacts come to both parties.  

United Way works to support local CBOs and initiatives not only financially, but also through tangible resources, serving a wide range of residents in underserved communities, while at the same time developing and curating philanthropists and community leaders, at all ages and levels. They are open to new ideas, opportunities, and great to work with. It’s why I choose to approach United Way of Miami-Dade to partner on a nonprofit digital media cohort, now in its third year.  

With the support and encouragement of friends and mentors, I made the leap to move forward with my own business. It’s something I knew I always wanted to do… to have my own business. Initially we started off with event planning and marketing. After a few years, we shifted completely to digital media and marketing, and stopped producing in-person events. Via word of mouth, friends, former colleagues, etc., the opportunities started to come in as people started to recognize our quality of work and credibility.  

Aside from the basics like proper communication, planning, time management, etc., the biggest lesson I’ve learned is to keep going when times get rough. As my business started to grow, in its early stage we had financial struggles, like so many businesses. I was learning how to better price services, the billing process, how much to pay team members, which clients paid when, etc. Things got really real for a bit. I quickly found my silver lining, and realized that all I could do was keep going. I literally would ground myself to avoid going out, kept my head low and kept working away, figuring out how to grow, which direction to take, and when to say “yes” and “no”. I knew the finances would come with hard-work. In putting in the work, came the lessons learned and experiences that led and keep leading to growth. So, keep hustling and grinding, friends. Anything is possible with sweat equity, good intentions, focus and determination. 

Think like there is no box. – unknown  

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