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Post-Irma Resources for Business Owners

Post-Irma Resources for Business Owners

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, as business owners take inventory of damages and assess the well-being of their employees, managements must rebuild quickly without compromising safety and quality. They should also be on guard against fraud, false charities and other attempts to injure their enterprises.

Here is a list of tips and resources from local chambers of commerce, business alliances and networking organizations.


–Mentoring: SCORE provides localized mentoring, advice and direction through regional chapters, mentors and programs. Find a local chapter: score.org

–Hotline: Private sector hotline responds to calls from businesses and private sector support organizations. Phone: 850-410-1403

Assessments, Status

–Business Damage Assessment: The Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center activated a business damage assessment survey tool for businesses to report damages resulting from Hurricane Irma. Visit http://flvbeoc.org/index.php and then click on Hurricane Irma.

SERT: Open/close status of businesses is being posted to the SERT Tropical Storm Irma web page: http://floridadisaster.org/info/

–Charities: BBB Wise Giving Alliance has been made aware of vetted charities that are currently soliciting assistance to help those affected by Hurricane Irma. http://go.bbb.org/2xl1Bc2

–Disaster Relief: National Center for Disaster Fraud: activity pertaining to relief efforts associated with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Send complaints and report incidents to the toll-free NCDF hotline at 866-720-5721; http://usdoj.gov

Loans, Grants

–Agriculture: Financially stressed FSA farm loan borrowers affected by the hurricanes who have received primary loan servicing applications may be eligible for 60 day extensions. http://go.usa.gov/xRe8V

–Farm Programs: Special farm program provisions: A more complete listing of special farm program provisions http://go.usa.gov/xRe8p

–Florida Department of Economic Opportunity: (DEO) Disaster Unemployment Assistance Program to provide temporary income support to eligible individuals in counties approved for FEMA Individual Assistance. http://floridajobs.org

–Florida SBDC Network: the state’s chief provider of business assistance [Fl. Stat. 288.001]. For questions about the Emergency Bridge Loan Program, the U.S. SBA Physical and Economic Injury Loan Programs, and how the Florida SBDC can help, call: 850-898-3489 or visit [email protected]


–Florida Chamber of Commerce: http://flchamber.com

–Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association: http://frla.org

–Florida Retail Federation: http://frf.org/index.php/news/hurricane-irma


-Myflorida.com: Visit http://dms.myflorida.com, click on the Hurricane Irma banner to learn more about how to help

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Top Job Pick: Director of DevOps – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Top Job Pick: Director of DevOps – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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Director of DevOps

Role Description:

  • Manage and provide direction for the application development team in support of business operations and goals, and align the R&D team with business objectives as required by the business initiatives and industry.
  • Identify and resolve process inefficiencies.
  • Cultivate, disseminate, and enforce functional policies, procedures, and quality assurance best practices.
  • Provide technical and business leadership to project managers and programmers working on development project teams.
  • Liaise with software engineers and other stakeholders to assist with quality assurance, program logic, and data processing.
  • Participate in internal and external strategy sessions, and take part in establishing ongoing company roadmap.
  • Where necessary, prepare, establish, and monitor budgets.
  • The ideal candidate will possess outstanding soft-skills, strong written and verbal communication and be both a team ‘unifier” and leader.
  • Act as a client/prospect facing representative of the company, capable of making presentations to both small and large groups.


  • BS in Computer Science/MIS or equivalent work-related experience.
  • Experience in the Healthcare Industry
  • A strong technology background: hands-on in the past required, some current hands-on preferred
  • Experience with large-scale applications utilizing cloud-based architectures and infrastructure
  • Have demonstrated experience analyzing systems for weaknesses, developing sound plans for addressing them, and then implementing those plans.
  • Be security-minded.

Experience in driving process improvements, with a strong focus on leveraging technology for the establishment of fluid interactions and interfaces among teams.

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Last Chance to Register 10th Annual CIO Council Golf Outing – Call for Sponsors and Players – Sep 22

Last Chance to Register 10th Annual CIO Council Golf Outing – Call for Sponsors and Players – Sep 22

The 10th Annual CIO Council Golf Outing will take place on the morning of Friday, September 22 at the beautiful Jacaranda Golf Course in Fort Lauderdale, where we’ll enjoy a splendid day of golf and camaraderie.

A portion of the proceeds will go toward supporting the CIO Council Scholarship Fund, helping to develop a stronger South Florida tech workforce.Invite a CIO and Enjoy a $100 Discount on the Day!

Enjoy the day with your favorite CIO  – The Annual CIO Golf Outing is a fantastic opportunity to spend the day with a guest CIO. Invite your favorite CIO to join your foursome and enjoy a great morning of Golf and a delicious lunch. Just present your guest CIO along with their business card at check-in on the day and we’ll give you a $100 refund on your foursome’s registration price.


  • 7:30am Check-in
  • 8:00am Tee-Time
  • 12:00pm to 2:00pm Lunch

Our event includes:

  • Breakfast
  • Practice Range
  • Roaming Drink Carts
  • Golf Cart and all fees
  • 4-person scramble
  • Catered luncheon and awards reception
  • Tremendous networking and camaraderie

If you have any questions, please contact Maurice Dubuc [email protected]  -or- Steve Earle [email protected]. Thank you for your ongoing support of the CIO Council.

Note: Registration closes September 20, 2017

SFBJ Tech and CIO Awards Nominations Open! – Oct 12

SFBJ Tech and CIO Awards Nominations Open! – Oct 12

2017 Technology Awards featuring CIOs AND Fastest Growing Technology Companies

Enjoy a cocktail reception and hors d’oeuvres with carving stations followed by an awards program with tasty desserts. Meet the CIO finalists and winners and watch as we countdown the fastest growing tech companies from number 25 to 1.

The 2017 Technology Awards honor the best of both worlds: The chief information officers (CIOs) who lead their organizations in delivering business value and innovative use of I-T AND the Fastest Growing Technology Companies in South Florida.

More info: https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/promo/guidetosfbjawards

Joint CIO – South Florida SIM Event – Oct 10

Joint CIO – South Florida SIM Event – Oct 10

You are invited to join the CIO Council and the South Florida SIM for a joint event.

If you are the CIO or senior most IT Professional at your company and you would like an invitation, please send email.

Anthony Puca, Microsoft
Topic: Trends in Cloud Security, Hyper Datacenters & Cloud Regulations


  • 5:30 to 6:00 Check-in
  • 6:00 to 7:00 Networking and Light Dinner
  • 7:00 to 7:30 Guest Speaker – Anthony Puca, Microsoft
  • 7:30 to 8:30 Panel Discussion, Q&A

Guest Speaker 7:00 PM-7:30 PM

CIO Panel 7:30 PM-8:30 PM

  • Johann Vaz, CIO BioTest Pharmaceuticals
  • Martin Ingram, CIO Arise
  • John Bruno, CIO Broward College
  • Greg Taet, CIO USG&E


CIO Council / SIM Joint Event

Anjali Leon Presents Agile Workshop with a Twist – Sep 30

Anjali Leon Presents Agile Workshop with a Twist – Sep 30

After a very successful first workshop back in April, I am offering the Value Driven and Adaptive Planning Workshop again and this time over a weekend at the end of September to accommodate those who have a hard time taking the day off.

Here is what the last cohort group said about the workshop:

  • “It was relevant, based on real life projects, experience circumstances. It was practical with recommendations that can be applied immediately.”
  • “Thanks for an engaging workshop – I’m excited to take new ideas back to work for improving planning!”
  • “I liked that it provided an in depth dive into my specific role as a business analyst.”
  • “Excellent level of engagement and balance between discussion detail and course progress. Great content knowledge”

People can register via Eventbrite here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/value-driven-and-adaptive-planning-workshop-agile-requirements-and-planning-tickets-35258639540 and I am currently offering $100.00 off the early bird rate until August 15 with the discount code: SOUTHFL

As you know, I am committed to doing my part to attract and retain the best talent in South Florida by building community. One way I do this is by partnering with companies to offer a free spot in my open enrollment classes for any South Floridian in transition (currently out of work) or an interested full-time student. For every 2 people a company sends to one of my qualifying training classes or workshops, it unlocks a free spot that will lift someone up and better position them for a new opportunity!

Join SFIMS for Havana Nights onboard the Biscayne Lady – Oct 20

Join SFIMS for Havana Nights onboard the Biscayne Lady – Oct 20

The 14th annual NNE will begin at 5:00 pm on October 20th at Shooters Waterfront Fort Lauderdale. There will be a Pre-boarding party between 5:00 PM – 6:15 PM.

The Biscayne Lady will set sail from 6:30 PM -10:30 PM along the Intracoastal Waterway.

Calling all Digital Marketers

Want the opportunity to make powerful connections while sailing the beautiful Fort Lauderdale seas with some of the most elite digital marketers in South Florida? Then, make sure to mark Friday, October 20th, 2017 in your calendars, as The South Florida IMA will be hosting its annual Nautical Networking Event, Havana Nights style.

Get ready to board the Biscayne  Lady and network with professionals from the nation’s top reputable brands and build a foundation for lasting business relationships. The cruise will feature over 300 of the savviest digital marketers from around the country, including ADT, Bacardi, BrandsMart, Carnival, Office Depot, Sony, Zimmerman, Sapient-Razorfish, Havas, Starmark and many more of South Florida’s biggest brands and agencies.

Tickets will sell out fast so make sure to purchase your spot now by clicking here. Table sponsorships start at $1,500 for a half-table (5 seats), while a full table costs $2,500 (10 seats).  Premium sponsorships begin at $3,500.

For more information, click here or e-mail us at [email protected]


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Filling Up Fast! CIO Track at ITPalooza – Dec 7

Filling Up Fast! CIO Track at ITPalooza – Dec 7

The CIO Council with be hosting a lunch and breakout sessions at the 6th Annual ITPalooza.

As this event is for CIO/CTO/CSO and Senior IT Management, you are requested to Apply for a ticket through the ITPalooza event page.

CIO Council and ITPalooza present a series of sessions focused on the CIO with speakers and presentations designed to address current CIO concerns and interests. The breakout sessions are designed for CIO Council members and their designated I.T. team members.

  • CIO Focused Activity
  • CIO Council invitation luncheon and CIO focused track
  • Guided CIO/VIP tour of the exhibit
  • The CIO track is lead by CIO Council board member Greg Taffet, CIO US Gas and Electric Inc.


11:30 – Check-in
12:00 – 12:50 – Networking, Lunch, and presentation – in VIP lounge
01:00 – 01:45 – Keynote Address
02:00 – 02:30 – 1st CIOC Session
02:45 – 03:15 – 2nd CIOC Session
03:30 – 04:00 – 3rd CIOC Session
04:00 – 05:00 – Guided VIP/CIO tour of exhibit
05:00 – Networking, VIP dinner

Restoration under way!

Restoration under way!

I hope that you fared well during the storm and I know that there is a lot of work to do to bring our infrastructure back on line. Vast areas of Florida have suffered damage but crews are out working around the clock to bring back power and other essential services.

FPL is warning of a multi-week restoration process.

CEO Eric Silagy told a news conference that he expects full power restoration after the storm to take “multi-weeks,” as it did after the Category 5 Hurricane Andrew struck South Florida in 1992.

“Plan for extended and prolonged outages,” FPL spokesman Rob Gould told reporters. “We expect, given the fact the storm has slowed down, many of our customers will be out for a day or longer, given that, much like emergency responders, our crews cannot get out and work. It’s just too dangerous.”

Event Status:

Due to the wide-spread disruption in many areas, it’s not clear exactly which events will be held this week. Please check with the organiser to be sure before you set out.



Tech Night at the Ballpark – NAF Miami Fundraiser – Sep 16

Tech Night at the Ballpark – NAF Miami Fundraiser – Sep 16

Join us for Tech Night at the Ball Park NAF Miami fundraiser

Saturday, September 16, 2017, – Brewers v Marlins – 7:10 PM

We are in the process or organizing pre-game networking and will update this post as well as social media with details as they become available.

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