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News Article | May 12, 2017
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MIAMI, FL, May 12, 2017-- The marketing company have revealed their prime position allows them to engage with the fresh perspectives and innovative ideas of 27,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students attending the School of Business each year. Being so close to such an important educational institution provides the firm with the opportunity to recruit from a rich supply of new intellectual talent.About Omnifortuna Inc: http://www.omnifortuna.org/about/ "We've seen graduates bring in genuine enthusiasm and a constant stream of new, innovative ideas to our team. Honestly, we're very lucky to have Miami Dade so nearby - their educated approach has been a real asset to our firm," stated Managing Director Ryan Trac As a business dedicated to continued growth and development, Omnifortuna, Inc. are grateful for their desirable location - close to the largest institution in the Florida College System, with over 165,000 students currently enrolled at Miami Dade College. The College's Wolfson Campus, which houses the School of Business, is in particularly close proximity to the firm's HQ. Previous accolades of Miami Dade College include the school's recognition for growing and improving education in the area, an award presented to the College in November 2016 by President Obama.In addition to providing well educated candidates for potential positions with their team, the College has proven to be a useful reach tool for the firm, helpful in identifying what training and skills Omnifortuna, Inc. requires and how to map out training programs accordingly.This enviable location is not being overlooked by the company, and having access to such a vast pool of innovative young talent is only one of the many benefits on offer. Other benefits include their ability to stay ahead of the curve, with fresh talent joining the company straight out of education, the firm are able to continue growing as a leading sales and marketing firm.Omnifortuna, Inc. are constantly developing new sales and marketing strategies to ensure they are offering the highest possible quality of services. In line with the constantly changing market, the firm accurately adapt their services to evolve alongside the developing industry. This means Omnifortuna, Inc. are always creating fresh, dynamic campaigns carefully tailored to their client's target audience.Sources:To stay up to date with the latest news from Omnifortuna, Inc., follow the firm on Twitter @Omnifortuna and 'Like' them on Facebook


Maitland, FL, May 25, 2017 --( Congratulations to the following organizations: Adult Literacy League Atlantic Technical College, Arthur Ashe Jr. Campus Daytona State College DeSoto County Education Foundation, Inc. El Sol, Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource Center New Beginnings Family Literacy Program, Flagler County Schools Lake Worth West Resident Planning Group, Inc. Learn to Read of St. Johns County Literacy Council of Sarasota Literacy Volunteers of Leon County Miami Dade College, Hialeah Campus Parent Academy of St. Lucie County Sarasota Family YMCA United Food Bank of Plant City These mini-grants, awarded by Florida Blue Foundation and the Florida Literacy Coalition, will integrate health and nutrition information into the programs’ curriculum. The focus is to help students acquire the knowledge, literacy skills and resources that will help them navigate the medical system and make informed health decisions. More than 15,000 students from programs throughout Florida have benefited from this Initiative since 2009. There is a growing recognition among health care providers and adult educators around the country that limited English language and literacy skills can have a significant impact on one’s health. According to the National Adult Assessment of Literacy, 14 percent of Americans cannot comprehend basic health information. The study indicates that health illiteracy is especially prevalent among: 1) adults who did not complete high school, with 49 percent having below basic health literacy, and 2) foreign-born adults who have English as their second language. People who lack literacy and health literacy skills are much more likely to take medications incorrectly, be hospitalized and spend more time in the hospital than people with higher health literacy, and are four times more likely to have poor health. The potential for savings and better health are significant. Adult education, literacy and family literacy programs can play an important role in helping people to acquire these skills. "At Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation, we are committed to helping people and communities achieve better health," said Susan Towler, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, Florida Blue. "By partnering with the Florida Literacy Coalition and supporting the Florida Health Literacy Initiative, we are reaching more and more Floridians every day and positively impacting their health and well-being." The Florida Health Literacy Initiative provides training, resources and funding to assist Florida ESOL and family literacy programs to integrate health education into their instruction. The objective is to help students develop basic literacy and English language skills while gaining information to make informed choices regarding their health and nutrition. The awards were recently presented during the 33rd Annual Florida Literacy Conference May 10-12 at Captiva, Fla. “The support of this Initiative reflects Florida Blue Foundation’s outstanding commitment to helping adult learners, many who are new to this country, become strong health advocates for themselves and their families,” said Greg Smith, executive director of Florida Literacy Coalition. “We are excited to partner with Florida Blue and this year’s grant recipients to help adult learners throughout our state achieve better health through education.” For questions, please contact Heather Surrency at (407) 246-7110 ext. 209, or via e-mail at surrencyh@floridaliteracy.org. About the Florida Literacy Coalition Established in 1985, the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) promotes, supports and advocates for the effective delivery of quality adult and family literacy services in the state of Florida. As a statewide umbrella literacy organization and the host of Florida's Adult and Family Literacy Resource Center, FLC provides a range of services to support more than 250 adult education, literacy and family literacy providers. Special emphasis is placed on assisting community-based literacy organizations with their training and program development needs. For more information, visit http://floridaliteracy.org. About Florida Blue Foundation Florida Blue Foundation is a trade name of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc. Florida Blue Foundation is a separate, philanthropic affiliate of Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield Company. The Foundation and its parent are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, please visit www.floridabluefoundation.com. Maitland, FL, May 25, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Fourteen programs across the state of Florida have been awarded a one-year grant, up to $5,000, for the implementation of a health literacy program to benefit their Adult Education, ESOL, and family literacy students.Congratulations to the following organizations:Adult Literacy LeagueAtlantic Technical College, Arthur Ashe Jr. CampusDaytona State CollegeDeSoto County Education Foundation, Inc.El Sol, Jupiter's Neighborhood Resource CenterNew Beginnings Family Literacy Program, Flagler County SchoolsLake Worth West Resident Planning Group, Inc.Learn to Read of St. Johns CountyLiteracy Council of SarasotaLiteracy Volunteers of Leon CountyMiami Dade College, Hialeah CampusParent Academy of St. Lucie CountySarasota Family YMCAUnited Food Bank of Plant CityThese mini-grants, awarded by Florida Blue Foundation and the Florida Literacy Coalition, will integrate health and nutrition information into the programs’ curriculum. The focus is to help students acquire the knowledge, literacy skills and resources that will help them navigate the medical system and make informed health decisions. More than 15,000 students from programs throughout Florida have benefited from this Initiative since 2009.There is a growing recognition among health care providers and adult educators around the country that limited English language and literacy skills can have a significant impact on one’s health. According to the National Adult Assessment of Literacy, 14 percent of Americans cannot comprehend basic health information. The study indicates that health illiteracy is especially prevalent among: 1) adults who did not complete high school, with 49 percent having below basic health literacy, and 2) foreign-born adults who have English as their second language.People who lack literacy and health literacy skills are much more likely to take medications incorrectly, be hospitalized and spend more time in the hospital than people with higher health literacy, and are four times more likely to have poor health. The potential for savings and better health are significant. Adult education, literacy and family literacy programs can play an important role in helping people to acquire these skills."At Florida Blue and the Florida Blue Foundation, we are committed to helping people and communities achieve better health," said Susan Towler, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, Florida Blue. "By partnering with the Florida Literacy Coalition and supporting the Florida Health Literacy Initiative, we are reaching more and more Floridians every day and positively impacting their health and well-being."The Florida Health Literacy Initiative provides training, resources and funding to assist Florida ESOL and family literacy programs to integrate health education into their instruction. The objective is to help students develop basic literacy and English language skills while gaining information to make informed choices regarding their health and nutrition.The awards were recently presented during the 33rd Annual Florida Literacy Conference May 10-12 at Captiva, Fla.“The support of this Initiative reflects Florida Blue Foundation’s outstanding commitment to helping adult learners, many who are new to this country, become strong health advocates for themselves and their families,” said Greg Smith, executive director of Florida Literacy Coalition. “We are excited to partner with Florida Blue and this year’s grant recipients to help adult learners throughout our state achieve better health through education.”For questions, please contact Heather Surrency at (407) 246-7110 ext. 209, or via e-mail at surrencyh@floridaliteracy.org.About the Florida Literacy CoalitionEstablished in 1985, the Florida Literacy Coalition (FLC) promotes, supports and advocates for the effective delivery of quality adult and family literacy services in the state of Florida. As a statewide umbrella literacy organization and the host of Florida's Adult and Family Literacy Resource Center, FLC provides a range of services to support more than 250 adult education, literacy and family literacy providers. Special emphasis is placed on assisting community-based literacy organizations with their training and program development needs. For more information, visit http://floridaliteracy.org.About Florida Blue FoundationFlorida Blue Foundation is a trade name of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida Foundation, Inc. Florida Blue Foundation is a separate, philanthropic affiliate of Florida Blue, Florida’s Blue Cross and Blue Shield Company. The Foundation and its parent are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, please visit www.floridabluefoundation.com. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Florida Literacy Coalition


News Article | May 4, 2017
Site: co.newswire.com

Rick Chaffin, from Dallas, TX, has recently been awarded a prestigious basketball scholarship. Uniquely, he did not request for the scholarship, but it was offered to him during his final year in high school. He was contacted by Miami Dade College, whose scout saw Rick Chaffin play in high school and was impressed with his skills and with his grades, where he will now be studying. His parents say: "Rick is a bit of a local celebrity because his basketball skills are so impressive. However, we have always urged him to focus on his education, telling him that good grades come first. Somehow, he has always managed to do both, and we're so proud that he has been contacted by Miami Dade College with a full basketball scholarship. He really does us proud." Rick Chaffin's case is quite unique, because competition for basketball scholarships is usually very intense. "Americans are hooked on basketball and basketball is one of the most played sports in America. This is why gaining a sport scholarship for basketball can be hard due to the high number of applicants. Universities and colleges award basketball scholarships to very talented basketball players, which enables the athlete to participate in collegiate, intercollegiate matches and national championships." Yet, rather than having to apply for a scholarship himself, Rick was contacted by the school, offering him a place and a full scholarship. Miami Dade College is very proud of the fact that 93% of its students graduate without any debt at all, which they achieve by offering scholarships, grants, and assistance with financial aid. Nevertheless, the school rarely offers this type of scholarship without someone asking for it, which is a true testament to Rick Chaffin's talent. Rick Chaffin instantly accepted the space at Miami Dade College, where he will be studying toward a bachelor's degree in emergency management. "The Bachelor of Applied Science in Public Safety Management is a workforce-driven degree designed with several track options that provide education and training, leading to immediate employment possibilities for students in numerous careers in public safety. This comprehensive curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, analytical, written and oral communications, as well as research skills designed to prepare today's learners for entry-level, mid-management, and upper level supervisory positions within Public Safety agencies such as the FBI, DEA, ICE, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service and others." This degree fits in perfectly with Rick's personal interests, which he has always put first, despite his love for basketball. He says: "Missouri is frequently hit by natural disasters. We have had tornadoes, floods, ice storms, and severe storms. I have grown up with these unfortunate events, and have witnessed the damage they can do to people's lives and the community as a whole. I am really looking forward to studying toward an emergency management degree, and I already know that I will be taking the Catastrophic Event Response Management concentration." Meanwhile, Rick Chaffin continues to play his favorite sport, which is basketball. He is a member of the high school team, and has already started coaching young players at the same time. For him, basketball is his second passion, one that he aims to continue to do for a long time to come. According to his parents: "Rick really feels that he can change the world with basketball by bringing unity to communities. And we are so proud of him." In fact, Rick Chaffin himself says he was inspired by the story of the Gainesville police officers who, after receiving a noise complaint about children playing in the street, decided to join in rather than chastise them. The video went viral, and Shaquille O'Neal then joined them for a rematch.


West Campus Gallery Exhibition|The Museum of Contemporary Art + Design| in Collaboration with Contemporary Art Projects USA |Chris Delias, Austria Miami, FL, May 05, 2017 --( Two issues have developed into our society's highlights and an important part of the fashionable industry. The first one is the digital cell-phone as a picture taking camera with the ability of allowing its users to take selfies that are then posted in Social Media pages to be seen through the same cell-phone or another, as well as in a personal computer. The second issue is branding. It will refer to the clothing of the posers, and even to the brand of their car. In addition to brands such as Chanel, Vuitton, Nike, Ferrari or Lamborghini, just to name a few, today distinguished just by a simple logo or pattern that entitles the bearer to feel a somewhat superiority, there is now the digital practice of working with symbols to reduce wording and sentences. This has created the fashion of communicating by using "emojis" or "emoticons" that have shortened our language to like or unlike, smiles, tears or hearts, just to express with one only image what we feel or think on almost anything happening in our lives. This can be at the same time a positive or negative phenomena according to the point of view from which we judge it. Certainly, it is making to communicate universal for anybody, no matter where they are or what language they speak, going beyond location and the nature of the event portrayed. However, according to artist Chris Delias: "3D printing is revolutionizing the way we design and build things. Several Social Media concepts have tried to digitalize our daily lives and the relationships between humans, all they do is make our lives more public and predictable. But: Social Media is just the symptom! The root cause of this sickness is superficiality. The result is what I call 'Anti-Real-Relationship' demonstrated in the artificial connections and relationships on various social media. For me it is terrible to see how real friends, real relations and feelings become less important and more voyeuristic. Of course, these social media have revolutionized the way we communicate and made it easier to stay connected regardless of where we are at any given moment. Everything that makes our lives easier and faster has a chance to be successful, but it leaves a gap between the digital and the real. My art intends to close this gap... My art should depict emotions, humans, faces in a way that you can't find in our digitalized society. For me the spotlight is on the beauty of humanity, it’s my first priority – emotions caused by love, music, harmony... But, not only the sunny side of the world will be represented in my art – people don't just love one another – they hate and fight – they lose, feel intense pain, experience crushing war and destruction, all of which are part of human interaction... My work should not show the reality 1:1 – the colors, proportions and poses I use are reflective of my emotions and feelings during the painting process. It is an interactive process between my soul, the model or person and the canvas – an interactive realism. My art is a projection of the reality to my soul." Mariavelia Savino is the Curator of the exhibition. For more information contact: Contemporary Art Projects USA info@contemporaryartprojectsusa.com Tata Fernandez, Director Mariavelia Savino, Chief Curator 786-262-5886 Miami, FL, May 05, 2017 --( PR.com )-- Miami Dade College West Campus Gallery – under the umbrella of The Museum of Contemporary Art + Design, and in collaboration with Contemporary Art Projects USA – will host the first Solo Exhibition of Austrian Contemporary Artist, Chris Delias titled: #CityofLife. The exhibit will be curated by Mariavelia Savino, Contemporary Art Projects USA's Chief Curator, and held at West Gallery, 3800 N. W. 115 Avenue in Doral, Florida. The opening reception will take place on May 18, 2017, at 11:00 am.Two issues have developed into our society's highlights and an important part of the fashionable industry. The first one is the digital cell-phone as a picture taking camera with the ability of allowing its users to take selfies that are then posted in Social Media pages to be seen through the same cell-phone or another, as well as in a personal computer. The second issue is branding. It will refer to the clothing of the posers, and even to the brand of their car. In addition to brands such as Chanel, Vuitton, Nike, Ferrari or Lamborghini, just to name a few, today distinguished just by a simple logo or pattern that entitles the bearer to feel a somewhat superiority, there is now the digital practice of working with symbols to reduce wording and sentences. This has created the fashion of communicating by using "emojis" or "emoticons" that have shortened our language to like or unlike, smiles, tears or hearts, just to express with one only image what we feel or think on almost anything happening in our lives. This can be at the same time a positive or negative phenomena according to the point of view from which we judge it. Certainly, it is making to communicate universal for anybody, no matter where they are or what language they speak, going beyond location and the nature of the event portrayed.However, according to artist Chris Delias: "3D printing is revolutionizing the way we design and build things. Several Social Media concepts have tried to digitalize our daily lives and the relationships between humans, all they do is make our lives more public and predictable. But: Social Media is just the symptom! The root cause of this sickness is superficiality. The result is what I call 'Anti-Real-Relationship' demonstrated in the artificial connections and relationships on various social media. For me it is terrible to see how real friends, real relations and feelings become less important and more voyeuristic. Of course, these social media have revolutionized the way we communicate and made it easier to stay connected regardless of where we are at any given moment. Everything that makes our lives easier and faster has a chance to be successful, but it leaves a gap between the digital and the real. My art intends to close this gap... My art should depict emotions, humans, faces in a way that you can't find in our digitalized society. For me the spotlight is on the beauty of humanity, it’s my first priority – emotions caused by love, music, harmony... But, not only the sunny side of the world will be represented in my art – people don't just love one another – they hate and fight – they lose, feel intense pain, experience crushing war and destruction, all of which are part of human interaction... My work should not show the reality 1:1 – the colors, proportions and poses I use are reflective of my emotions and feelings during the painting process. It is an interactive process between my soul, the model or person and the canvas – an interactive realism. My art is a projection of the reality to my soul." Mariavelia Savino is the Curator of the exhibition.For more information contact:Contemporary Art Projects USAinfo@contemporaryartprojectsusa.comTata Fernandez, DirectorMariavelia Savino, Chief Curator786-262-5886 Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from Contemporary Art Projects USA


News Article | November 18, 2016
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The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) has released it’s ranking of Florida’s Best Vocational and Trade Programs for 2016-2017. The higher education resource and information site chose 38 Florida colleges for the list, highlighting both two- and four-year schools offering on-campus or online trade and vocational training. Schools scoring highest include: Florida State College at Jacksonville, Pensacola State College, Palm Beach State College, Santa Fe College and Daytona State College (four-year schools) and Hillsborough Community College, Tallahassee Community College, City College Altamonte Springs and Hollywood campuses and Charlotte Technical Center (two-year schools). “Most jobs in the U.S. do not require a Bachelor’s level education, and only 30 percent of the labor force in the U.S. has a four-year degree as of 2009,” said Doug Jones, CEO and Founder of the Community for Accredited Online Schools. “These Florida schools are providing excellent education options for students interested in trade or vocational careers, which are projected to be some of the fastest-growing industries in the nation through 2024.” To qualify for placement on Florida’s Best Trade Schools list, the Community for Accredited Online Schools requires colleges to meet several minimum quality standards. Each college must be regionally accredited and carry public or private not-for-profit status. All schools on the list must also offer career placement services to help maximize student success. The site analyzes each qualifying school based on more than a dozen unique factors, such as student-teacher ratios, graduation rates and more to come up with scoring. A full list of the ranking and the data points and methodology used to determine the Best Trade Schools in Florida can be found at: Broward College Chipola College City College - Fort Lauderdale College of Central Florida Daytona State College Eastern Florida State College Florida Gateway College Florida SouthWestern State College Florida State College at Jacksonville Gulf Coast State College Hodges University Indian River State College Johnson & Wales University - North Miami Keiser University - Fort Lauderdale Lake-Sumter State College Miami Dade College Northwest Florida State College Palm Beach State College Pasco-Hernando State College Pensacola State College Polk State College Remington College - Heathrow Campus Remington College - Tampa Campus Santa Fe College Seminole State College of Florida South Florida State College St Petersburg College State College of Florida - Manatee-Sarasota Valencia College Webber International University About Us: The Community for Accredited Online Schools (AccreditedSchoolsOnline.org) was founded in 2011 to provide students and parents with quality data and information about pursuing an affordable education that has been certified by an accrediting agency. Our community resource materials and tools span topics such as college accreditation, financial aid, opportunities available to veterans, people with disabilities, as well as online learning resources. We feature higher education institutions that have developed online learning programs that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational success. environments that include highly trained faculty, new technology and resources, and online support services to help students achieve educational and career success.


News Article | March 2, 2017
Site: motherboard.vice.com

Aidan Augustin had a problem. His marketing company had relocated to Austin, Texas, in the hopes of securing enough venture capital to grow. He quickly realized he had a choice: Stay and fight it out with hundreds of other companies for funds, or move to a smaller market where he'd have to scramble to find willing venture capitalists. Augustin, co-founder of Feathr, made an unconventional move for a serious start-up. He went to Florida. A Florida native, he sees the state as a compromise—an area where he can have access to venture capital and talent without the intense competition and high cost of living found in Austin, New York or Silicon Valley. "Here, we could be a big fish in a small pond," he said of moving his company to Gainesville, Florida. Florida has long been a state divided. Between the sandy beaches filled with retirement homes, Little Havana, the Deep South and its swampy Everglades, the Sunshine State has always resisted a solitary definition. Florida's start-up scene is no different. Several cities are vying for the de facto role of being the state's tech capital, but there's no clear winner yet, even as access to funding increases and entrepreneurs move to the state's urban centers. "I always wonder if we collectively are preventing one city from being especially successful, kind of cannibalizing each other. It might be net better for our state to have one hub." "The start-ups in the state still have a very difficult time raising money compared to hubs in New York, Texas—and of course Boston and California." As enthusiasm for start-ups has spread over the past three years, the cities of Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Gainesville have emerged as the likely candidates to one day be the state's own Silicon Valley. In fact, the state has a history of successful start-ups: The music-streaming giant Grooveshark and virtual reality platform Magic Leap both got their start in Florida. But while some in the tech industry say each city has its own niche market, others worry limited venture capital is being spread too thin. "Florida's start-up scene is trending upwards with hubs in Gainesville, Orlando, and Miami specifically," University of Florida business professor Jim Parrino said. "The start-ups in the state still have a very difficult time raising money compared to hubs in New York, Texas—and of course Boston and California." Ricardo Mesquita, CEO of The Lab Miami, said South Florida's tech scene is focused on hospitality, hospitals, tourism and Latin America—much like the city itself. Miami Beach and downtown Miami are dotted with a half-dozen hospitals, while the city's entrepreneurs are incubating businesses focused on virtual doctor visits, digitized hospital records, and nanoparticle drug delivery. A quick trip up three hours north, and you'll find the tech scene is more focused on a new space race, including tapping into commercial space travel. Small-scale companies exist alongside tech behemoths like SpaceX and Blue Origin. Earthrise Space, for example, is a non-profit agency that selects college students to work on commercial and government space contracted projects and aims to be part of the team that wins Google's Lunar XPrize for landing the first private rover on the moon. One Orlando company, brandVR, creates virtual reality experiences at Kennedy Space Center. "Almost every major city in Florida has a start-up tech scene," Augustin said. "I always wonder if we collectively are preventing one city from being especially successful, kind of cannibalizing each other. It might be net better for our state to have one hub." Inside The Lab Miami, a popular co-working space for start-ups, employees from 3D printing businesses work steps away from app developers, technology lawyers, and day traders. Mesquita said Miami's start-up scene is differentiated by its immersion in the South and Central American markets, as well as its ability to offer Hispanic entrepreneurs entry into US markets. "We have a lot of entrepreneurs coming in from Latin America. They want to set up their businesses here to launch them in the American market," he said. "I think that Miami still has the connectivity, the diversity, the connection to Latin America that doesn't happen elsewhere." Businesses that thrive are often focused on providing services for the area's biggest industries: namely, its hospitals and hotels. South Florida is home to burgeoning start-ups like Modernizing Medicine, a medical tools business founded in 2010 that is valued at more than $91 million, and mobile finance company YellowPepper, valued at $39 million. Uber and Apple recently opened branches in the area, too. The venture capital also started pouring in last year—although The Miami Herald recently reported VC funding waned in 2016—and incubators are setting up shop, including Miami Dade College's The Idea Center backed by the Knight Foundation. The swath of the state from Tampa through Orlando to Cape Canaveral has been dubbed the "High-Tech Corridor" by a collection of local economic development organizations, and tech ventures there are typically focused on electrical engineering, communications, wireless and problems related to commercial space flight. Gainesville's start-up scene is smaller, but as the home to STEM-focused University of Florida, it has a steady source of early employees. The university opened a co-working start-up space, the Florida Innovation Hub, in 2012 to provide matching funds and mentoring to help students' companies get off the ground. The building is now filled with about two-dozen start-ups, University of Florida spokesman Steve Orlando said. But the heart of Gainesville's start-up scene came from a now-defunct business. The city's biggest start-up, Grooveshark, collapsed in 2015 after a legal battle with Universal Music Group, Sony Music Entertainment, and Warner Music Group over copyright issues. This ended up spinning off a dozen or so new businesses from former employees, Augustin said. Despite the crash of the music streaming business, Gainesville-based Admiral CEO Dan Rua and Augustin each attribute their current businesses in part to Grooveshark. "When forest fires happen, it creates entirely new growth. When you have layoffs, it creates this next explosion," said Rua, who had been an investor in Grooveshark. "When they were wrapping up last year, Facebook and Google [were] flying in to pick up this talent with big packages… Everyone at Admiral is a former Groovesharker." Despite the half-dozen university-funded student incubators across the state, the input from various city chamber of commerce departments and the lack of a state income tax, Florida has a long way to go before it's ready to compete with New York, Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas. Experts said that barrier has less to do with a lack of a tech capital, but much more to do with a lack of capital. "There's actually a lot of money in the state of Florida, private capital, but most of these people are not active angel investors," Augustin said. Rua, who spent much of his career as an investor, said the network for getting private individuals' money into start-ups isn't there yet. Forbes magazine notes out of the nation's 400 richest people, 40 call Florida home. Plus there are about 383,000 millionaire households in the state. So far, they've preferred to spend their money on real estate and other investments, Rua said. But he thinks they could be convinced to become angel investors if they see the potential. "The big missing piece is the capital. We have the talent, we have the tech," Rua said. "The state needs more early-stage funds. It remains an absolute green field." That lack of funding, especially early-stage investors, will continue to hold Florida back, Parrino said. "Although Florida is one of the largest states in the country by population, the share of VC dollars coming to the state is less than 2 percent of the [national] total of VC funding on an annual basis," he said in an email to Motherboard. "Traditional series A investors that would historically invest in seed rounds have mostly moved to a funding criteria that requires proof of concept (meaning revenue generating companies)," Parrino added. "This has made it increasingly difficult to raise seed financing and angel investing continues to fill the gap in that area." Until the start-up community figures out how to bridge that gap, they'll keep growing and honing their niche environments—all competing for the same small pile of cash. "There just was not sophisticated early-stage capital," Rua said. "Early-stage VC funders that will get involved when there's no income or little income are the lifeblood of areas like Silicon Valley or Austin." Get six of our favorite Motherboard stories every day by signing up for our newsletter.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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beYOUteous, a handcrafted jewelry line started by Lawrence Jean-Louis, will be a participating maker at the Miami Maker Faire taking place at Miami Dade College's Wolfson campus. West Palm Beach, FL, February 16, 2017 --( Founded by Lawrence Jean-Louis, a creative with a fondness for all things unique and handmade, the name beYOUteous is a play on both the phrase "be you" as well as the word "beauteous." The event will feature inventions and interactive exhibits across the exciting maker movement spectrum, from technology to industrial arts, science, arts, music, crafts, and more! The city of Miami is joining select cities around the world to host larger-scale Maker Faires in 2017, including Rome, Paris, Tokyo, Atlanta, New York and Shenzhen. Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It's a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. Shop online at www.beyouteous.com What: Maker Faire Miami at MDC When: Saturday and Sunday, April 8 – 9, 2017 Where: MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave. West Palm Beach, FL, February 16, 2017 --( PR.com )-- beYOUteous, the line of handcrafted beaded jewelry with the message of embracing individuality, feminine strength, and empowerment will be a participating maker at the Miami Maker Faire taking place at MDC's Wolfson campus in downtown Miami.Founded by Lawrence Jean-Louis, a creative with a fondness for all things unique and handmade, the name beYOUteous is a play on both the phrase "be you" as well as the word "beauteous."The event will feature inventions and interactive exhibits across the exciting maker movement spectrum, from technology to industrial arts, science, arts, music, crafts, and more! The city of Miami is joining select cities around the world to host larger-scale Maker Faires in 2017, including Rome, Paris, Tokyo, Atlanta, New York and Shenzhen.Maker Faire originated in 2006 in the San Francisco Bay Area as a project of the editors of Make: magazine. It's a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do.Shop online at www.beyouteous.comWhat: Maker Faire Miami at MDCWhen: Saturday and Sunday, April 8 – 9, 2017Where: MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 N.E. Second Ave. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from beYOUteous


News Article | November 23, 2016
Site: news.yahoo.com

President Obama honored actors Robert De Niro, Cicely Tyson, Tom Hanks and Robert Redford with the nation's highest civilian honor. They are among 21 people Obama recognized with the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House on Tuesday. Honorees from the sports world include basketball players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan, along with veteran broadcaster Vin Scully. Other honorees are philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, polymath physicist Richard Garwin, architect Frank Gehry, designer Maya Lin, "Saturday Night Live" producer Lorne Michaels, attorney Newton Minow, mathematician and computer scientist Margaret H. Hamilton, and Eduardo Padrón, president of Miami Dade College in Florida. Posthumous honors went to Native American advocate Elouise Cobell and Rear Adm. Grace Hopper. (AP) See more news-related photo galleries and follow us on Yahoo News Photo Tumblr.


News Article | November 3, 2016
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Today Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes announces the release of "Throw It All Away”, the latest single by Miami-based DJ/Producer Duo CASHÆ. The single features fellow recording artists Trxth and Stige and is currently available for streaming and download at the Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes website. CASHÆ is currently seeking press opportunities, interviews, features, and more. They can be reached through their official website. About CASHÆ: DJ DUO PRODUCERS, Abomb and Joseph Michael met in a sound recording class Spring of 2014, while attending Miami Dade College. Abomb introduced himself after overhearing Joseph Michael singing and playing his own rendition of 'Santeria' by Sublime on the piano. Recognizing each other's true talent and potential to be business partners, they expressed a mutual interest in collaborating. Once in the studio, the vibe between them musically and personally was undeniable. Three months later, Abomb and Joseph Michael joined forces to open their own studio. The bangers began to flow unstoppably. With sounds and skill sets complementing each other so effortlessly, they decided to make the collaboration official in 2016. Joseph Michael would sing and produce, while Abomb would produce and rap. Together, they named the new DJ duo CASHÆ. CASHÆ fuses together two of the most popular music genres, underground rap and EDM, to cater to today's Millennial and Gen z demographics. Their unique sound weaves and marries together multiple cultures at once, providing a global appeal to the masses. Through this sheer rhythmic perfection, critics have coined it as the future of Miami sound: Tropic Trap. CASHÆ'S most recent musical collaborations include SMLE, Boobie Black, Tory Lanez and Kevin Gates. About Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes: Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes are the most widely distributed mixtapes in the world, with over 100 million downloads/plays generated by over 300 volumes officially hosted by major artists. Coast 2 Coast has a solid reach in the new music industry with a digital magazine, DJ coalition, industry tips blog, yearly convention, and more. Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes represents a unique opportunity for artists of all urban genres, from major to indie. For more information, visit http://www.coast2coastmixtapes.com.


News Article | February 15, 2017
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beYOUteous, a handcrafted jewelry line started by Lawrence Jean-Louis, will be a participating maker at the Miami Maker Faire taking place at Miami Dade College's Wolfson campus.

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