"Examining the Startup Nation"- An Entrepreneurship Article for Business Miami

"Examining the Startup Nation"- An Entrepreneurship Article for Business Miami

By Doreen Hemlock

A small country (the size of New Jersey) with 8.5 million people (fewer than New York City), Israel has the second-highest concentration of startups worldwide, after California’s Silicon Valley. It has more companies on the NASDAQ exchange than Japan, South Korea and India combined – a total of 93.

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"Alex Rodriguez Courtyard Dedicated, Honoring All-Star’s $500,000 Donation" - A Business Article for the University of Miami

"Alex Rodriguez Courtyard Dedicated, Honoring All-Star’s $500,000 Donation" - A Business Article for the University of Miami

By Lauren Comander | 02/23/17

Standing under a green and orange balloon arch, Alex Rodriguez talked about his lifelong love of the University of Miami that took hold during those Ron Fraser-era baseball games. “It made a huge impact on my life,” he said.

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"Cracking Compliance"- Compliance Theory for Health and Financial Industries for Business Miami

"Cracking Compliance"- Compliance Theory for Health and Financial Industries for Business Miami

By Lauren Comander

For the third year in a row, about a dozen undergraduate students gained valuable knowledge and experience in a growing field through the School’s Compliance Boot Camp. Ranging from freshmen to seniors, they each returned to campus a week early from winter break to study the basic concepts of compliance theory and practice in the health care and financial industries. They learned from business law faculty members Anita Cava and Mark Shapiro, as well as professionals in the field, then applied the information in developing case presentations on real-life compliance failures. The Boot Camp has proven so valuable that Shapiro is offering a new undergraduate business law course, The Art and Science of Compliance, this fall.

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"Anuj Mehrotra Steps In To Lead School As Dean Search Gets Underway" University of Miami Faculty Profile for Business Miami

"Anuj Mehrotra Steps In To Lead School As Dean Search Gets Underway" University of Miami Faculty Profile for Business Miami

By Rochelle Broder-Singer

Anuj Mehrotra will serve as interim dean of the School of Business while the University conducts a search for a permanent dean following the departure of Eugene Anderson. He stepped down after his five-year term ended this summer.

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"New Scholarship Funding"- An Educational Funding Article for Business Miami

"New Scholarship Funding"- An Educational Funding Article for Business Miami

By Rochelle Broder-Singer

A UNIQUE, recently endowed scholarship will offer new opportunities to students who wish to study international business, while helping increase the School’s diversity. Angel and Margie Gallinal created the Gallinal Family Endowed Scholarship, which will assist undergraduate School of Business students who are first-generation citizens and members of underrepresented minority groups. The students must plan to study international business.

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"Creating a New School"- An Alumni Article for Business Miami

"Creating a New School"- An Alumni Article for Business Miami

By Rochelle Broder-Singer 

In 2012, when he became president of the Latin Builders Association (LBA), the largest Hispanic construction and real estate association in the United States, Bernie Navarro had a mission for the industry organization: have a lasting impact on South Florida. Navarro is CEO of Benworth Capital Partners, one of South Florida’s largest private mortgage lenders, and is a member of the School’s Real Estate Advisory Board. He envisioned a charter high school run and supported by the LBA. Within months, the LBA Construction and Business Management Academy was a reality. This is the first business charter school started by a business association, such as the LBA, in the US.

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"Home Building for a Cause"- A Housing Article for Florida Trend

"Home Building for a Cause"- A Housing Article for Florida Trend

By Rochelle Broder-Singer | 2/27/2018

Shoe company Tom’s has thrived by promising to give a free pair of shoes to someone in need for every pair purchased. Andres Klein, founder and president of Miami-based real estate development firm BH Investment Group, thought a similar program could help non-profit Techo, which builds small transitional homes for families in need.

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"Drowning Out 'Whisper Ratings' "- A Short Research Article for University of Miami

"Drowning Out 'Whisper Ratings' "- A Short Research Article for University of Miami

By Rochelle Broder-Singer 

When a firm wants to issue a security – say, a bond or a bunch of mortgages packed together – it hires a credit rating agency to review the underlying assets and give the security a credit rating. Investors use the rating to make decisions about whether, and how much, to invest.

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"Balancing Accounts"- An Article for Business Magazine

"Balancing Accounts"- An Article for Business Magazine

By Rochelle Broder-Singer

When Hillelene (Bluming) Lustig (BBA ’55) was a student at the School of Business, there were only two other women studying accounting with her. “It was a different world back then,” says the 78-year-old, who still works as a CPA. “In my era, most women either became a nurse or a teacher.” None of it would have happened, though, without the help of a great-uncle.

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"Major Gift Supports Entrepreneurship, Promenade" - An article for Univeriversity of Miami School of Business

"Major Gift Supports Entrepreneurship, Promenade" - An article for Univeriversity of Miami School of Business

By Lauren Comander

Through a significant gift, the Finker-Frenkel Legacy Foundation created the Business Plan Competition Endowed fund, which will forever finance the annual University of Miami Business Plan Competition, hosted by the School of Business. The foundation’s gift also financed renovations of the School’s outdoor gathering and study space, which was dedicated Nov. 14 as the Finker-Frenkel Family Promenade.

Now in its 16th year, the Business Plan Competition awards nearly $50,000 in prize money annually to University of Miami students and alumni to help them launch or grow startup ventures.

Fall 2017 BusinessMiami magazine

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University of Miami - Conference Coverage

University of Miami - Conference Coverage

As publications consultant to the University of Miami School of Business from 2000-2018, Rochelle served as publisher and editor of the school's twice-a-year magazine for alumni, students, donors, faculty, staff and community. In addition, many conferences hosted by the UM School of Business were covered by Rochelle and the RB Editing team. Conference coverage spanned accross a variety of global business industries including Real Estate and Healthcare. 

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"Retail market feels squeeze" - Business insight article for Miami Herald

"Retail market feels squeeze" - Business insight article for Miami Herald

By Rochelle Broder-Singer | 8/10/2008

''Retail follows residential'' has always been a maxim in real estate.

And as housing prices soared and new condos multiplied, retail too saw glory days. In 2007, average asking rent at most retail shopping centers in Broward County grew for the fifth straight year. And in Miami-Dade County, retail rents hovered at nearly $30 a square foot in 2007, reports real estate services firm CB Richard Ellis.

But this year, the housing bust has put a big dent in consumer spending, and unemployment is up sharply. That means a dramatically changed retail real estate scene.

''Apprehensive,'' is how Stephen Bittel, chairman of Miami Beach-based real estate developer, broker and manager Terranova Corp., puts it. ''You've got everyone -- developers and landlords on one side and tenants and banks on the other -- fearful to commit capital to anything new,'' he said.

Retailers are either closing stores or scaling back locations. Slowing spending is squeezing ''mom and pop'' operators out of the market. That trickles down to shopping center developers, which are having more trouble securing tenants and lenders. In turn they are getting more willing to cut deals on rents and tenant improvements.

''Projects that were being planned are being rethought as tenants retreat,'' said broker Lyle Stern of Koniver Stern Group in Miami Beach.

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"Demands Health for Medical Offices" - Commercial real estate article for Miami Herald

"Demands Health for Medical Offices" - Commercial real estate article for Miami Herald

By Rochelle Broder-Singer | 5/12/2008

When real estate developer Linda Rozynes lost a South Miami-Dade apartment building to a storm in 2000, she knew she would rebuild the property -- as medical offices.

That was Rozynes' foray into the booming medical real-estate sector, a niche fueled by an expanding senior-citizen population and the trend of performing procedures outside of hospitals. Medical office rents are averaging $28.49 per square foot in Miami-Dade County and $24.05 in Broward, with occupancy at 95 percent in both counties, according to CB Richard Ellis.

The demand has drawn established medical developers and newcomers like Rozynes, as well as office condo developers targeting doctors.

Physicians seeking office space have some unique issues. First, they often spend as much as $50 to $100 per square foot to customize their offices, because they require specialized equipment -- such as plumbing and cabinetry, reinforced floors for heavy equipment and lead-lined rooms for X-ray machines and CT scanners.

''The cost for them to improve their space is extremely high,'' said Kenneth Weston, CEO of medical realestate specialist Kenneth Weston & Associates. ``So for them to move from office to office is extremely expensive.''

Then there's that location factor: Physicians need to have their offices close to their patients and, for many specialists, near a hospital.

Rozynes' 37,000-square-foot building, for example, is on Sunset Drive near 87th Avenue, close to Baptist and South Miami hospitals.

Still, leasing was a bit slow because of competition from office condos. In 2007, 652,329 square feet of office space sold, a good chunk of it targeted at the medical industry.

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"Landlords working hard to keep tenants" - Commercial real estate article for Miami Herald

"Landlords working hard to keep tenants" - Commercial real estate article for Miami Herald

By Rochelle Broder-Singer | 11/2/2008

During the real estate boom, losing a tenant didn't matter so much. Any tenant, whether office, industrial or retail, could easily be replaced.

Now, empty space is taking longer to lease every month. Amid a credit crunch and a slowing economy, tenants who can pay the rent are suddenly a hot commodity.

That leaves landlords working overtime to keep the tenants they have. They are more focused than ever on renewing leases, willing to negotiate terms and offer concessions such as tenant improvements, months of free rent and sometimes even reduced rental rates.

Landlords are also trying to keep tenants happy by paying more attention to the appearance and upkeep of properties and responding faster to maintenance requests and complaints.

''Typically people don't like to give concessions, but the reality is the reality,'' said Barry Sharpe, whose Hialeah-based Sharpe Properties owns retail, warehouse and office properties.

Some landlords are going so far as to extend help to tenants that are struggling to stay in business.

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"Eureka Moments" - Highlighting Florida inventors for Florida Trend Magazine

"Eureka Moments" - Highlighting Florida inventors for Florida Trend Magazine

BRIGHT IDEAS

By Rochelle Broder-Singer | 9/2010

Outside the halls and laboratories of its universities, Florida is home to a thriving community of inventors working to turn their ideas into commercial success . The creations of some, such as Ronald Sargent, who lives in Fort Lauderdale, are high-profile: Sargent invented both the Porta Potti camping toilet and the "Dancing Water" fountains at Walt Disney World's Epcot park. Other inventors, such as Thomas Arthur of Medley, create high technology: Arthur invented a "medical systems integrator" that combines displays from multiple pieces of medical equipment onto one flat-screen display. Yet other inventions reflect Florida-born inspiration: ImpactShield, a hurricane shutter made from a fabric that stretches over windows, was invented by Miami's Cameron Gunn. The History Channel's "Modern Marvels" selected ImpactShield as one of the top inventions of 2007.

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"The Dos and Don'ts of Government Contracts" – Conference Coverage for American Express Open

"The Dos and Don'ts of Government Contracts" – Conference Coverage for American Express Open

By Andrea Carneiro

Government contracts are a ripe opportunity for small businesses, but navigating those opportunities can be daunting for even the most seasoned business owner. At a recent American Express OPEN for Government Contracting: Success Series event in Miami, experts shared their advice to help companies win contracts with the government. From solicitation to execution, here are the dos and don'ts of perfecting your plan—straight from those who have done it.

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"Fashion Dreams in Miami" - Around the State Section for Florida Trend magazine

"Fashion Dreams in Miami" - Around the State Section for Florida Trend magazine

By Rochelle Broder-Singer

In January, Istituto Marangoni, a fashion school in Milan, Italy, opened its first U.S. outpost. The school offers short courses, as well as associate’s, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fashion, design and business. The parent school’s alumni include Moschino designer Franco Moschino and Domenico Dolce of Dolce & Gabbana. Hakan Baykam, the Miami school’s president, sees the school as the first step in developing a serious fashion industry in Miami. “Education is where everything starts in the fashion industry,” he says. “We want to create a hub to launch new designers … in America and worldwide.”

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"Keep Your Gift Wrapping Under Wraps" – Short Research Story for University of Miami School of Business

"Keep Your Gift Wrapping Under Wraps" – Short Research Story for University of Miami School of Business

By Lauren Comander

If you’re feeling pressure to step up your gift wrapping as the holidays near, then wrap your mind around findings by Uzma Khan, associate professor of marketing at the School. Drop the bows and the carefully crafted corners and keep things simple, she says, or you’ll be setting the gift recipient up for disappointment. 

Fall 2017 BusinessMiami magazine

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