Miami, Florida


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Miami Business Signs

Miami is popularly known as “the only major city in the United States conceived by a woman, Julia Tuttle.”  Tuttle was a local citrus grower from Cleveland, who in the late 19th century convinced Henry Flagler, a railroad tycoon, to expand his Florida East Coast Railway to the area that would become Miami.  For this, Tuttle is considered the ‘mother of Miami’.  The city was incorporated on July 28th, 1896 and named for the nearby Miami River, which was taken from Mayaimi, the historic name for Lake Okeechobee.

Today, Miami has a population of 419,777, making it the 42nd most populated city proper in the US.  Miami’s metropolitan area is considered the fourth-largest urban area in the country, home to around 5.5 million.  In 2012, the city was classified as an Alpha-World City in the World Cities Study Group’s inventory, ranking seventh in 2010 on the list of United States cities in terms of finance, culture, commerce, fashion, entertainment, education, and other sectors.

Miami has a GMP of $257 billion, which gives it the rank of 20th worldwide in GMP, and 11th in the country.  Many well-known companies are headquarted in or around the Miami area, including: Alienware, Bacardi, Burger King, Carnival Cruise Lines, CompUSA, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Telefonica USA, UniMAS, Telemundo, Univision, and U.S. Century Bank.

Due to its proximity to Latin America, Miami also serves as the headquarters of Latin American operations ‘for more than 1400 multinational corporations’, including Disney, Exxon, American Airlines, FedEx, Microsoft, Yahoo, Oracle, Sony, Visa International, and Wal-Mart.

Miami has a large Latin American population, and therefore has become the major television production center and most important city in the U.S. for Spanish language media.  Companies and channels such as Univision, Telemundo, and UniMAS are headquartered there, along with their production studios.  Indeed, in 2011, according to Miami Today News, 85% of Telemundo’s original programming was filmed in Miami.

Miami is also home to the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, which opened in 2006 and is the second-largest performing arts center in the country (after the Lincoln Center in NYC).   The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts houses the Florida Grand Opera.

The streets of Miami have hosted several professional auto races, the Miami Indy Challenge, and later the Grand Prix Americas.  The nearby Homestead-Miami Speedway hosts NASCAR national races.  The city also holds the Sony Ericsson Open (a major tennis tournament) annually.  Miami has four major sports teams, with an MLS expansion team on the way.  The NFL’s Miami Dolphins play at Sun Life Stadium and have won two Superbowls (’72 and ’73).  During the 1972 season, the Dolphins achieved the only perfect season in NFL history (so far), winning all of their games.  The NHL’s Florida Panthers play at the BB&T Center.  The NBA’s Miami Heat play in American Airlines Arena, and have won 3 titles.  MLB’s Miami Marlins play at Marlins Park, and have won 2 World Series.

Attention small business owners (both current and prospective) in the Miami metropolitan area!  The following resources could help you:

Apply for a Business License in Miami

Business in Miami

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce

Looking to order Miami business signs?

Advertise your business!  Contact one of our authorized members:

561 Signs
1200 Clint Moore Road, Suite 1
Boca Raton, FL 33487

7168 Pembroke Road
Miramar, FL 33023

9040 SW Bird Rd.
Miami, FL 33165

6652 NW 77th CT
Miami, FL 33166