Whether you are coming to Miami as a first-time business traveller or looking at it as a more permanent proposition, the City of Miami has a lot to offer the entrepreneurial minded. Here Gavin Walsh, a leading business owner based in Miami has shared some of his favourite things about this vibrant city and reveals what it was that inspired him to call the city home after running a string of successful businesses throughout Europe.
Situated on Florida’s South-eastern tip, Miami is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. From the strong Cuban influences of Little Havana to the irresistible atmosphere of the Little Haiti Cultural Complex which showcases the very best of Afro-Caribbean culture, Miami has so much more to offer than sprawling sandy beaches and a pleasing climate.
Aside from its white sand, colourful art deco buildings, coastal hotels and trendsetting nightclubs Miami is also a growing hub for business innovation. Its Downtown district is south Florida’s largest central business district and is home to many major banks, research institutes and cultural attractions. With so much to see and do in Miami, business owner Gavin Walsh has shared a brief beginner’s guide to visiting and conducting business in Miami.
Top 3 Reasons to start a business in Miami
- Miami has a great millennial talent pool, which is great news for businesses looking to tap into a younger market. As well as many graduates from Miami State University, choosing to remain in the city, Miami also attracts millennials from all across the world with its idyllic coastline, active lifestyle and beautiful weather.
- Florida itself has no state tax, which can be a huge benefit to new or expanding businesses who may be keen to keep outgoings as low as possible.
- Miami is a gateway into South and Latin America, so for any ambitious company looking to one day expand to South America, the potential is on the doorstep!
The City is serviced by Miami International Airport (MIA), which is just 8 miles northwest of downtown Miami. Once in the heart of the city, the best way to get around is by the Metro System, which is made up of 90 bus routes, 23 miles of rail and a free elevated light railway called the Metromover. If you’re planning on using Metrorail or Metrobuses be sure to purchase an EASY Card or EASY Ticket, available at any Metrorail station and most supermarkets.
Where to Stay
4441 COLLINS AVENUE, MIAMI BEACH FL. 33140
For many seasoned travellers to Miami, no trip is complete without a stay in this iconic 1950’s hotel. Situated on the famous millionaire’s row in a prime coastal location Fontainebleau has been a revered Miami landmark for over half a century. The 22-acre oceanfront hotel is home to signature restaurants by the county’s top chefs; two chic nightlife venues; a luxury spa, an endless stretch of pristine beaches and state-of-the-art conference and event facilities. The hotel’s 1504 rooms are stylish and sophisticated and include a top of the range 20” iMac® to help you stay connected in-between soaking up the sun!
Where to Eat
Opened in downtown Miami by acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval, Toro Toro shakes up the traditional steakhouse experience cleverly blending Pan-Latin flavours and creative sharing plates. Boasting a comfortable and chic Miami vibe, Toro Toro is also a highly praised cocktail bar, serving handcrafted drinks made from only the freshest ingredients. However be aware, Toro Toro operates a business casual dress code seven days a week, so turning up straight from the beach is a big no-no.
Garcias Seafood Grille and fish market offers some of the freshest seafood in the city, so be sure to book your table early! The restaurant has been a Miami staple for nearly 50 years and is still owned and run by the Garcias family. As such, the menu is a lively blend of Cuban flavours and simple home cooking.