DATE: October 10, 2012                                                     MEDIA CONTACT:

Kiskinis Communications, Inc.

Melissa Nobles 305-447-1224      

Close to 150 people recently attended a fundraising event for the MBF, an organization dedicated to advancing City of Miami minority businesses and supporting the next generation of community leaders. More than 50 of the Foundation’s 2012 student scholarship recipients from Miami Dade College, Florida International University and Florida Memorial University were recognized during the evening.

The event was held at downtown Miami’s newly opened Avenue D Jazz and Blues Lounge, a recipient of one of the seven loans awarded by the MBF.

“The MBF is proud to foster young entrepreneurs,” said Nathan Kurland, chairman of the Foundation. “It is our mission to encourage young minority students in our community to continue their business education by providing them with the financial resources to make it happen.” Kurland added, “Tonight is the first of many events that Avenue D will be hosting. It’s a great addition to Miami’s energetic nightlife.”

Special thanks to the event’s sponsors and Foundation’s partners Avenue D, Bacardi, CAMACOL, Global Investments Realty, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Miami DDA, Panther Coffee, TOTALBANK, Florida International University, Florida Memorial University, GGP, Miami Dade College and SCORE.

To view photos from the event, please visit the Foundation’s photo gallery here. For more information on the MBF, call (305) 379-7070 or e-mail info@192.186.227.164.

About MBF

The MBF, a City of Miami-based non-profit established in 1986,  has created and administers a loan program for minority businesses, has established a scholarship fund for minorities studying entrepreneurship and business, and provides technical assistance to community and development organizations in the City of Miami. For more information on the MBF, visit www.miamibaysidefoundation.org.