Miami – How many businesses lose precious information every day during a simple blackout or computer freeze? How amazing would it be to work from home at any given day or time with access to company files? These topics and more are the subject of the fourth Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce 2011 Business Empowerment Networking Series (BENS) “Mission Possible: Cracking the Code: Business Technology”, presented by Comcast Business Class.  

This event, designed especially for small to medium businesses, will present strategies on integrating new tools in technology to streamline operations. Topics will include explore maximizing communications and collaborations through cloud technology, software-as-a-service (SaaS) and unified communications, all of which are key solutions to accelerating a company’s competitiveness in our always-on modern economy. The world has changed and this BENS event targets professionals interested in enabling access to data and operations from anywhere in the world, without boundaries.
The networking series will take place on Thursday August 18th, 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Jungle Island’s Treetop Ballroom, Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail; Miami, FL. The luncheon will feature keynote speaker: Jaret Davis, Co-Managing Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig PA; Kevin Michael, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Invizio; Mico Yuk, Director of Sales and Business Development at Benchmarkers Business Intelligence and founder of; Oscar Musibay, South Florida Business Journal Reporter and Marlon Hill,  CEO & Founding Partner at delancyhill P.A who was featured in the June 2011 issue of Black Enterprise Magazine, highlighting their transition to Cloud Technology, saving the firm 55% in operating costs this year alone.  
“Staying ahead of the curve with the integration of new technology is a smart business decision. Ideas like cloud technology allows minority business owners the flexibility of working remotely with all their information at the tip of their fingers, providing savings on annual operational expenses,” said Bill Diggs, President and CEO of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce.
This new series is open to the public and is $10.00 for chamber members and $20.00 for non-members.  Attendants are required to bring a laptop with them for interactive portions of the event. Exhibition space for your business is also available for $40.00 for members and $50.00 for non-members; however, space is limited.
For more information and to RSVP, please call The Chamber at 305.751.8648 or visit our website at Media inquiries should be directed to Circle of One Marketing – 305-576-3790
This business empowerment networking series is funded by a grant from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and presented by Comcast Business Class.
Jaret Davis, Co-Managing Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig P.A

Working out of Greenberg Traugri’s Miami office, Jaret Davis is the co-managing shareholder of the international law firm. As a principal shareholder in the firm’s corporate and securities department, Davis has represented numerous public companies with a particular focus on IT and health care/biotech sectors. Most recently, Davis served as lead shareholder of the legal team representing Terremark Worldwide, Inc. in connection with its acquisition by Verizon Communications, Inc. The purchase was Versizon’s largest since its acquisition of MCI in 2005. He has also served as primary M&A counsel for a variety of other public companies and funds. In addition to his work, Davis has been recognized by a number of publications and serves on several boards including the Miami Children’s Hospital, the American Diabetes Association, Friends of Little River, the Miami Coalition of Christians and Jews and City Year.
Kevin V. Michael, Invizio Co-Founder & Managing Partner

As co-founder and managing partner at Invizio, Kevin V. Michael oversees business development, strategic partnerships and client relations for the company. Invizio is a leading South Florida Information and Technology (IT) services company that specializes in serving as the single point of contact for all things technology to professional service organizations. The company offers computer support for everyday technology issues, on-going IT support, and management and monitoring services as a virtual IT department. Michael obtained a Bachelor of Science in information technology & Software Engineering from the University Of Miami College Of Engineering with majors in Computer Science and Computer Information Systems. He is also a Microsoft Certified IT Professional. As an active member of the South Florida community, Michael is a member of the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce, the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, and the Coral Gables Rotary Club. He also serves as the Treasurer on the Executive Committee of the University Of Miami College Of Engineering Alumni Association. 
Mico Yuk, Dir of Sales & Business Dev at Benchmarkers Business Intelligence & founder of EverythingXcelsius

Mico Yuk is a 2010 SAP Mentor and Founder of the popular weblog, and the ‘Xcelsius Gurus Network’. She also serves as part owner in the services end of Everything Xcelsius, where she manages 10+ Xcelsius/BOE consultants on the ground. A computer engineer by degree, she has been designing and implementing enterprise dashboards since 2006 and is considered to be one of the industry’s top Xcelsius dashboard developers in the world. Her work has not only been featured on the SAP Business Objects main Xcelsius website, but the Xcelsius Gurus’ LinkedIn group and Twitter profile are also used and featured on the SAP Business Objects Xcelsius home page, due to growing popularity. Her most recent accomplishments include being featured on a BOC Community PROFILE, being nominated as a 2010 SAP Mentor, conducting the 2008 #1 webinar for the SAP Business Objects network alongside fellow Xcelsius Guru, Ryan Goodman, presenting at conferences such as the 2009 Global Business Objects conference and SAPPHIRE 2010 in Orlando to a full crowd. She has also been invited to do numerous keynote speeches, webinars, and other highly visible events in 2010.
Marlon Hill, CEO & Partner of delancyhill P.A.

Marlon A. Hill is a founding partner, corporate attorney, and CEO of the law firm of delancyhill, P.A., Miami, Florida.  Mr. Hill serves as outside general counsel to a number of emerging small businesses, family-owned corporations, public and private institutions, and non-profit organizations.  Mr. Hill is a graduate of the Florida State University College of Business and Law and has been featured in the Miami Herald’s Top 20 Under 40 Business Leaders, ICABA Profiles, and the Daily Business Review’s Faces to Watch” issue as one of the “outstanding members of the emerging generation of South Florida business and professional leaders.”  Mr. Hill is one of the  Inaugural Fellows in the Miami Foundation’s Miami Fellows Initiative and a weekly commentator, D’ Peoples Politics, on Caribbean Riddims, WZAB 880AM, every Saturday at 4pm.
Oscar Pedro Musibay, South Florida Business Journal Reporter

Oscar Pedro Musibay covers real estate and tech for the South Florida Business Journal. He has been a journalist since 1992 and has won some of the state’s most important awards for his coverage of government and politics. In addition to his current turn at the South Florida Business Journal, he has worked at The Miami Herald, when it still mattered, the Miami New Times, The Daily Business Review and Miami Business magazine.

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