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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.

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
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Make a difference in countless lives with an annual investment of $1,000 or more.

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Contact Me

Want to learn more about joining this thriving group?

Contact us at 305.646.7163 or smallbusinessunited@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

For this month’s Small Business Spotlight, we catch up with Isadora Velazquez, Esq.

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Small Business Spotlight

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

We are a full service immigration law firm; which means we represent individuals in Court proceedings, apply for a wide variety of visas locally and through embassies, and work closely with our clients to fulfil their US immigration needs. We are an all female immigrant firm, meaning we are all women who are either immigrants or from immigrant families. This unique characteristic helps us better understand our clients’ needs and emphasize with them to provide better representation.

Why are you passionate about your commitment to United Way?

United Way is essential for many of my clients. Immigrants are often conscious of the need to avoid appearing as a possible burden to the US. This means that they refuse access to many benefits they are entitled to in order to avoid the said appearance. The United Way offers helpful resources to help them without government involvement, which makes them feel better accepting the service. I will always be grateful to the United Way for going above and beyond.

How did your business get started?

Although I had been lucky to work with wonderful colleagues and partners, my office administrator and I realized that we greatly enjoyed the flexibility offered by working independently since the autonomy would afford us the opportunity to serve more clients in a better way. We opened Isa Law in 2019 and have grown since as we learn to go beyond just offering excellent legal services and learn how to actually run a business.

What is a lesson you have learned?

Being a great immigration attorney is not enough to run a successful business. Being Board Certified opens the door to quality representation but even the best attorneys can rely on essential employees and contractors, like a good accountant who can actually track the numbers. Also, we can always learn something new from a colleague. Luckily the Immigration Bar has excellent immigration attorneys and we are always available for each other. There is always room for growth.

What’s your favorite quote?

“There’s only us
There’s only this
Forget regret– or life is yours to miss.
No other road
No other way
No day but today”

– Rent by Jonathan Larson

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