On the heels of the Chamber’s South Florida Good to Great Awards®, now is the perfect time for business leaders to look in the mirror and see how we can challenge our organizations to grow further, embracing the concepts in Jim Collins book.

Miami is a city that has been built on the entrepreneurial spirit and small businesses growing exponentially to make our destination the business hub it is today.

Speaking with Danette Gossett, chair of the Business Excellence Committee, we had the chance to discuss what has defined those businesses that have demonstrated “Greatness” and her advice for organizations looking to continue down a path of success.

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While Miami’s presence as an entrepreneurial capital continues to grow, one sector that has always been strong for the destination is banking. As the Gateway to Latin America, many multinational financial institutions have called Miami home, and the Chamber is looking to grow that footprint even wider as we target Chinese investors.

In advance of the upcoming Banking & Finance CEO Roundtable (register here), I spoke with Alex Rey, head of the Chamber’s Banking and Financial Services Committee about pressing issues facing the industry and keys to business growth in South Florida.

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South Florida is a community of entrepreneurs who have grown their business based on hard work, a geographic edge and the culturally diverse environment we live in everyday. Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra (MBAF) is a prime example, as the Miami-based accounting has gone from a firm of 12 starting in 1969, to more than 500 principals and CPA’s today.

MBAF and its leadership have taken an active role in our business and civic community, leading many organizations including Chamber. As a Chairman’s Circle member, they know that getting out is the best way to forge new relationships to grow their business.

I recently visited MBAF’s office and spoke with Tony Argiz, Frank Gonzalez and Hernando Gomez about how MBAF has engaged with Chamber in helping to grow the company into one of the Top 40 accounting and advisory firms in the U.S.