“It seems that every person I meet in Miami is entrepreneur and that’s a very good gauge of how rich this city is with opportunity,” Lee Rosen, chairman and CEO of Miami-based Healthy Bees LLC, shares proudly one afternoon over coffee.
Healthy Bees is the creator of breakthrough product BeesVita Plus, which is a supplement that is designed to improve the health and general well-being of honey bees. Bees are known to be the biggest contributors to food production worldwide and have, over the years, significantly declined in numbers. Lee Rosen’s company aims to change all that.
But that’s not what this interview is all about. In this piece, we talk about the Miami business environment — and there’s no better way to measure true success than to speak with somebody who has emerged from the ground up.
According to the latest GEM report, while 22 percent of the population in Miami have started of run new business over the past two years. That’s compared to the 12.6 percent of Americans in other cities. The 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report by Babson College also listed this south Florida city as having the highest rate of new business activity in the US, or twice the national recorded average. Those are impressive numbers.
“Miami is a city with large businesses and corporations, but much of its activity is about small operations. That’s not just in terms of tourism and entertainment industries. It’s also turning out to be a hotspot for tech-related startups,” adds Rosen.
The same Babson College report also adds that while 57 percent of the Americans surveyed said they saw positive opportunities for business in the last two years, a whopping 65 percent same the same in Miami alone. In fact, even local businesses are starting to aspire for an international presence. Lee Rosen’s Healthy Bees is a good example.
“Miami is the place to be, there’s no doubt about that. And I’m glad we started here,” ends Rosen.