Hollywood, FL — Returning for its fifth year, the Hispanic of Unity of Florida’s 2016 Entrepreneur Summit is a day-long learning and networking event showcasing the diverse array of businesses that contribute to South Florida’s economy.

This year’s event will be held on Wednesday, September 28, at Nova Southeastern University, in the Carl DeSantis Building, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. The Keynote and American Dreamer Awards & Conversation begins at 8:30 am.

Expected to draw more than 400 people, the Summit will provide emerging entrepreneurs and established business owners with access to seasoned experts and educational resources to help them grow their business. Attendees include a mix of business owners, entrepreneurs, Fortune 500 companies, economic development specialists, representatives from government agencies, small business experts, procurement officers, educational institutions, media and corporate partners, and others interested in entrepreneurship. The Summit’s presenting sponsor is Chase; other sponsors include JM Family Enterprises/Southeast Toyota Distributors, Nova Southeastern University, Memorial Healthcare System and WSVN Channel 7 News.

The Kauffman Foundation named Miami/Fort Lauderdale Number 2 among the nation’s best places to start a small business. And a report by the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council named Florida one of the best states to start a business. “We are excited about South Florida’s business growth. The area and the business landscape offers entrepreneurs and business professionals an opportunity to embrace collaboration, improve life and lives,” said Teresa Boyd, Chase Market Manager. “Chase is excited to be the presenting sponsor of the Entrepreneur Summit to help entrepreneurs and business focus on what matters most: operating and growing their business.”

The Keynote Speaker is Miguel “Mike” B. Fernandez, chairman of MBF Healthcare Partners, L.P., a private investment firm located in Coral Gables; the event’s breakfast and keynote are sponsored by Memorial Healthcare System. The American Dreamer Awards & Conversation, sponsored by JM Family Enterprises/Southeast Toyota Distributors, will be moderated by the renowned Tom Hudson of WRLN. 

American Dreamers are individuals who will be recognized for their steadfast success, business acumen and community service. The 2016 honorees include:

  • Brian Brackeen — Founder of Kairos
  • Dawn Dickson — Founder of Flat Out of Heels
  • Armando Leighton, Jr. — Founder of CRS Jet Spares
  • Rene Ruiz — Founder of Rene Ruiz Designs
  • Felipe Sommer — President and COO of Nearpod
  • Sion Tesone — President and founder of TISSINI

To view the all event speaker, moderator and honoree biographies, visit: www.hufesummit.org

“Launching a new business or running a small business comes with many challenges. We are excited that we again can bring together entrepreneurs and business professionals to collaborate, network, inspire and learn from each other. We have an exciting Summit this year and a great lineup of speakers,” said Josie Bacallao, Hispanic Unity of Florida President and CEO. “The Entrepreneur Summit is the perfect opportunity to not only gain valuable information, but to make connections and develop your small business network with like-minded professionals.”

Pricing: Complimentary Sponsored Admission

Parking:  Complimentary in the garage directly across from the Business School

For sponsorship information, contact: Josie Bacallao, HUF President and CEO, at 954-683-2028 or JBacallao@HispanicUnity.org

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