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Through September, the Miami-Dade Office of Film & Entertainment
issued 3,327 permits worth an estimated economic boost of more than
$123 million. The lion's share of about $77.5 million were for still
photo shoots. In its most recent newsletter, the office says it
is working on establishing one-stop permitting in 2001 as well as
setting up a "user-friendly website," an e-photo library
and increased marketing.
ACQUIRING FIDUCIARY: Franklin Resources
Inc. has signed to acquire Fiduciary Trust Co., which has a Miami
office headed by President and CEO Teresa Valdes-Fauli Weintraub.
The all-stock transaction was valued at about $825 million. Based
on current assets, the addition of Fiduciary Trust will bring to
more than $280 billion the dollar value of assets Franklin manages
worldwide, according to a Franklin spokesperson.
JAPAN TRADE POST:
The Japan External Trade Organization named Shinkichi Kiuchi chief
executive director of its Atlanta office, which oversees the association's
trade and investment promotions in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama
and Florida. Mr. Kiuchi had been director of import promotions for
the organization in Tokyo.
North Shore Medical Center, 1100 NW 95th St., announced it has received
accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare
Organizations. The commission's on-site survey of the center was
AVENTURA TENANT: Furniture manufacturer
and interior designer Alan Cohen announced the opening of Aventura
Design Group Inc. in Loehmann's Fashion Island. The store had been
in Hollywood. Details: (305) 466-1440.
WLRN RECORD: WLRN
Public Radio & Television, 172 NE 15th St., announced it surpassed
its goal and set a record by raising more than $300,000 during its
fall pledge drive in October. The station had set a goal for the
drive of $285,000, according to a publicist.
The Learning Network is presenting a free workshop, "E-commerce
for business owners," from 1-4 p.m. today (11/2) at WLRN, 172
NE 15th St. Details: (305) 995-2492.
Chamber South is holding a networker from 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at
Daiquiri Daze in the Shops at Sunset, 5701 Sunset Drive. Features
include 2-for-1 drinks and $1 beer. Details: (305) CHA-MBER.
The South Beach Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual
luncheon Friday at noon in Monty's on the Beach, 300 Alton Road,
Miami Beach. Guest speaker is Jorge Gonzalez, city manager of Miami
Beach and this week's featured Miami Today profile executive. Cost
is $45; $40 for members. Details: (305) 534-1903.
GREATER DATE: The
Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce fall general membership meeting,
committee sign-up and networker will be held from 5-8 p.m. Nov.
6 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay Hotel, 1601 Biscayne Blvd. The
agenda includes plans to show a goals conference video and member
business displays. RSVP. Details: (305) 577-5490.
TO THE NORTH: The Greater Miami Chamber
of Commerce Northern Area Council is holding a networker from 5:30-7
p.m. Nov. 8 in the Aventura Mall, 19501 Biscayne Blvd. RSVP. Details:
BOMA TALK: The area chapter of Building
Owners & Managers Association International is holding a luncheon
talk, "Staying Competitive Through Education." at 11:30
a.m. Nov. 8 in the Rusty Pelican, 3201 Rickenbacker Cswy. Guest
speaker is James C. Williams, board chairman for BOMA International.
Cost is $30; $25 for members with reservations. Details: (305) 530-0083.
The Transportation & Expressway Authority Membership of Florida
has elected Sonny Holtzman chairman. Mr. Holtzman is chairman of
the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority and a founding partner with
the law firm Holtzman Krinzman Equels & Furia. He inherits his new
post from Wayne Rich of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority.
Members of the Transportation & Expressway Authority Membership
of Florida, founded in 1997, meet quarterly to discuss and develop
such issues as the design, financing, marketing, operations and
maintenance of Florida's toll roads.
STATEWIDE POST, TOO: Gov.
Jeb Bush named William H. Kerdyk Sr. to the South Florida Regional
Planning Council. Mr. Kerdyk is founder of Kerdyk Real Estate, 2631
Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, and a former City of Coral Gables
The Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce is holding a general membership
orientation from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 6 in the Wyndham Miami Biscayne Bay,
1601 Biscayne Blvd. At the session, chamber Chairman Philip Blumberg
will preside. Also planned is a Business After Hours networker with
product exhibits, food, drink and a chance to win tickets for two
from American Airlines. RSVP. Details: (305) 577-5490.
MORE CHAMBER BIZ:
The Greater Miami Chamber is also sponsoring its Hispanic marketing
seminar from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the Wyndham Miami. Scheduled
speakers include Patricia Diaz Dennis, senior vice president with
SBC Communications, and Wayne King, assistant secretary of marketing
for the Florida Lottery. Cost is $120 by Nov. 10. Also, the chamber's
"Top Hispanic Businesses Luncheon" is Nov. 17. Details:
Priscilla Ferreira, (305) 577-5470.
CHAMBER WOMEN: The Greater Miami Chamber's
women in business group is holding a two-hour forum at 8:30 a.m.
Nov. 14 in the Wyndham Miami. Mike Adams of Mike Adams & Co. is
scheduled to speak. Cost is $50; $25 for members. Details: Helen
Colby, (305) 577-5426.
BRICKELL KICKS: The
new Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant at 1201 Brickell Ave. is offering
DirecTV's NFL package on game days "football fans are
no longer content to watch the one game network programming offers,"
says General Manager Terry Rentzepis. The games are shown on nine
large screen TVs. Details: (786) 425-1130.
Miami-based FFI Fragrances announced it will acquire Elizabeth Arden
and Elizabeth Taylor cosmetics and fragrances from Unilever Group.
Publicists for FFI says the purchase will be made with $190 million
in cash and $50 million in preferred stock. Combined, the companies
saw sales exceeding $800 million over the past 12 months.
CHANGE IN NOMENCLATURE: Arthur Andersen
Consulting announced late last week that effective Jan. 1 it will
operate worldwide as Accenture, a "global management and technology