FSBDC at Florida International University

FIU Downtown on Brickell - 1101 Brickell Avenue, South Tower Penthouse, 11th Floor
Miami, FL, 33131
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FIU Downtown on Brickell 1101 Brickell Avenue, South Tower Penthouse, 11th Floor Miami, FL 33131

About the Center

The Florida SBDC at Florida International University provides entrepreneurs with professional business consulting at no cost, management training, and vital information they need to grow and succeed in a complex and competitive global environment.

The FSBDC at FIU maintains a full-service office in Miami, serving emerging and growth businesses in Miami-Dade County.  Consulting services and training are also provided at several locations throughout our service territory.

The FSBDC at FIU is a member of the Florida SBDC Network, a statewide service network funded in part through cooperative agreements with the U.S. SBA, Defense Logistics Agency, State of Florida and other private and public partners; hosted by the University of West Florida; and nationally accredited by the Association of SBDCs.

Featured Area Consultant

Jacqueline Sousa

Regional Director

  • Education: MPA, Florida International University; BS, Journalism, University of Florida
  • Experience: 7 Years of Business Ownership Experience
  • Certifications: CIP-I Certified as a Competitive Intelligence Professional
  • Languages: English, Spanish

Samuel Pyne


  • Areas of Consulting: Information Technology, Database Management Systems, Systems Theory and Design
  • Education: BS, MS
  • Certifications: IT Director, Webmaster/Database Developer, GRE Instructor, Graduate Feeder Program Coordinator, Admissions Coordinator

Ricardo Newark


  • Areas of Consulting: Budgets, Business and Strategic Planning, Business Valuation, Cash Flow Management, Cost Control, Financial and Capital Access, Financial Metrics, Growth Acceleration, Inventory Control, Market / Sales Growth, Operation Manager, Revenue Generation, Start-up
  • Education: MBA, Harvard Business School; Industrial Engineer degree, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Certifications: Certified Business Continuity Professional, Export & Trade Counseling Certification Introductory SBA, Export Counselor, Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (CEDEP)
  • Languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese

Ricardo Weisz


  • Areas of Consulting: Business and Strategic Plans; Business Valuation; Cashflow Management; Financial and Capital Access; Financial Metrics; Growth Acceleration; Market and Sales Growth; Start-up; Technology; Website Planning and Development
  • Education: BS, Babson College
  • Experience: Over 35 Years of Business Ownership Experience
  • Languages: English, Spanish