Barry Institute of Community and Economic Development finalist for Miami Chamber of Commerce 'business corporate champion'

Barry University’s BICED (Barry Institute of Community and Economic Development) has been selected by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce as a finalist to the “business corporate champion” category for South Florida’s 2011 “Top 100 Minority Business Awards."

BICED, part of the Andreas School of Business, serves Miami-Dade county’s small businesses and organizations, both profit and non-profit, with skill development, job creation and retention as well as community service and volunteerism. BICED’s main objective is to strengthen community development and reduce economic disparity among these targeted groups.

Barry Institute of Community and Economic Development is up against four other non-minority business finalists; Southern Florida Minority Supplier Development Council, Miami-Dade Expressway Authority, Baptist Health South Florida, and University of Miami.

Among the “Top 100 Minority Businesses” selected by the chamber this year are Headquarter Toyota, Navarro Discount Pharmacy and Sushi Maki restaurants. These businesses represent the community’s outstanding minority and women-owned companies. The list of finalists and event sponsors will be included in The Miami Herald, Business Monday section, before the winner is announced.

The awards are presented by Bank of America and co-sponsored by The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald, certified public accountants Kaufman Rossin & Co. and Baptist Health South Florida, among many others. The awards are given in partnership with the South Florida Progress Foundation.

The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce will announce the winner on March 24th at Jungle Island during an awards luncheon.