Small Business United
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.
Join like-minded small business owners in discovering new and innovative ways to get involved in our community
Network with community leaders and participate in professional development opportunities
Activate leadership skills through seminars, workshops and business coaching
Give back with community service projects that leave lasting and measurable impact
Be a stakeholder in Miami’s future. Become a game changer.
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
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
For this month’s Small Business Spotlight, we catch up with Sweet Butter Hospitality Group.More Small Business Spotlights
Small Business Spotlight
Tell us about your business; and what is your business philosophy?
Sweet Butter Hospitality Group is a multi-conceptual hospitality group that manages, develops and features a portfolio of various brands. These brands include WeShuckin Restaurant, Juanitas Kitchen Catering, The Candy Girls Gourmet Confectioners, The Sweet Butter Pop-up Dinner Show Tour and other associated products. Our restaurants are set to have an edgy, vintage restaurant experience, mostly with a live performance component. Our company seeks to develop a conglomerate of brands in and around hospitality showcasing foods, music, history and culture from the various southern regions of the United States. Our goal is to take you on a journey back to an era when life was groovy and food was something you experienced and not just ate.
Why are you passionate about your commitment to United Way?
I am passionate about community, service and small businesses. My personal values align with the United Way Mission, and I’m excited to be a part of the change that South Florida is making to improve our community.
How did your business get started?
I started out in non-profits when I founded a mentoring organization for teenage girls at 19 years old. A few years later my family went through a tragedy where my mom and great grandma passed a month apart. My grandma had been taking care of both of them and decided she would retire from her county job and leave town, not knowing where she’d end up. As a way of keeping her near, I decided to pitch to her to start a family catering business. Her response was, “I’ll help you, then you’re on your own”. A few years into the business, I secured our first of many government contracts as well as corporate and private clients. Years later, I formed a hospitality group to house the catering business, bakery business and restaurants that I developed since we got started on this journey. Long story short… we can’t keep grandma out of the kitchens of the business, no matter how hard we try. Our family tragedy ended up being a guiding force to what my grandma calls her life’s purpose, and her only regret is not getting into the hospitality industry sooner.
What is a lesson you have learned?
A lesson I’ve learned is to trust my journey. Everything usually works out for my benefit, even in what appear to be bad times. And if I remain positive in tough times, I’ll soon realize what I need to learn and who I need to touch on the way.
What’s your favorite quote?
I have several that I say all the time (probably something that my grandma or mom said all my life), but I don’t think I have a favorite.
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