American Entrepreneurship Award in Partnership with Miami Dade College and the Idea Center at MDC to Host Small Business Expo

Small Business Expo will be followed by the second annual American Entrepreneurship Awards

Miami, FL – The American Entrepreneurship Award, a non-profit that aims to support American start-up businesses and entrepreneurs, in collaboration with Miami Dade College (MDC) will present a Small Business Expo to highlight some of Miami Dade County’s own small businesses as well as business support services offered throughout the county. The small business expo will take place at the Idea Center at MDC on Friday, June 23, from 4 – 6 p.m.

The small business expo will be immediately followed by the second annual American Entrepreneurship Awards ceremony, where winners of the annual business plan competition will be announced. The ceremony will take place at Tuyo, MDC’s acclaimed restaurant located at the top floor of the Miami Culinary Institute.

All members of the community are encouraged to attend both the expo and ceremony. Both events are free of charge and open to the public

Past American Entrepreneurship Award winners from Miami-Dade County are:

  • StatLab Mobile ( a complete mobile laboratory with the capabilities to test blood and urine samples on site at any location. Their goal is to provide quality blood testing for the insured and the uninsured at a fraction of the traditional cost.
  • ValueDoc ( a free online health and wellness marketplace where cash or self-pay patients find local, quality, pre-screened doctors offering basic services, like dental cleaning, cardiology consultations, MRI, urgent care visits, plastic surgery, physical therapy, acupuncture, skin consultation, etc., at discounted prices of up to 80% off retail.
  • CourtBuddy ( an automated legal matchmaking system that pairs consumers and small businesses with solo attorneys for a-la-carte legal services based on an individual’s budget.
  • Loudhouse – MDC student winner, Hakeem Muhammad founded an evolving company that changes the perspective on how music is created in American culture.

Additional local AEA supporters include The Miami Herald, Miami Dade College and The Idea Center at MDC.

About the American Entrepreneurship Award

The American Entrepreneurship Award was launched in 2015 as an annual award with a $500,000 funding commitment from its founding sponsor, The Libra Group. AEA provides winners with a share of $250,000 in business start-up funding, as well as mentorship and business support services.  Each year, the Panel of Judges will select business ventures from each of the localities identified that demonstrates the best in community entrepreneurship. The prizes will give the winning businesses everything they need to get off to a flying start: a range of support services including the provision of an expert mentor, plus straightforward funding with no charges, no interest and no complexity.

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About Miami Dade College

Miami Dade College (MDC) is the higher education institution with the largest undergraduate enrollment in the America, with more than 165,000 students. It is also the nation’s top producer of Associate in Arts and Science degrees and awards more degrees to minorities than any other college or university in the country. The college’s eight campuses and outreach center offer more than 300 distinct degree pathways including several baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety, supervision and management, nursing, physician assistant studies, film, engineering, biological sciences, and others. In fact, its academic and workforce training programs are national models of excellence. MDC is also renowned for its rich cultural programming. It is home of the Miami Book Fair, Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the National Historic Landmark Miami Freedom Tower, a major sculpture park and large art gallery and theater systems. MDC has admitted more than 2,000,000 students and counting, since it opened its doors in 1960. For more information please visit