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Build With Us @ Suffolk’s Business Accelerator Program Honors Minority Graduates

The company is one of the largest contractors in Florida.

The Build With Us @ Suffolk business accelerator program recently held a graduation ceremony for the 12 participants in an eight-course program. Three of the 12 were from Miami/South Florida-owned businesses. Over 200 small businesses from across the country have graduated from this program.

Suffolk, known for building some of the area’s most significant projects, is committed to developing solutions for small businesses in its local communities. They launched Build With Us @ Suffolk to provide a practical opportunity for M/W/VBE and SBA-certified firms, particularly minority, women, and veteran-owned small enterprises, to enhance their capacity.

Historically, large construction projects have underrepresented minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) as subcontractors, which has significantly impacted the opportunity to employ people and businesses in communities. This situation also hinders the ability to address economic inequality for women and communities of color.

The eight-course curriculum offered by Build With Us @ Suffolk provides M/W/VBE and SBA-certified firms with an opportunity to expand their businesses, establish valuable relationships, and leave their unique mark on the construction industry. The curriculum covers several topics, such as risk management, project management, technology, preconstruction, business development, estimating/purchasing, and access to capital.

The graduates will be matched with a mentor from Suffolk Construction. These mentors will continue to meet with them monthly, providing guidance and support as they form partnerships within the local industry.

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky

Editor-in-Chief

BIOGRAPHY

Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.