- Faith & Family
After nearly three decades of success in the public sector, Catherine Minnis found herself a casualty of the massive pink slips issued by her municipal employer. Minnis was laid off despite a stellar track record, leading two popular charity fundraising campaigns and serving three times as the public face of the National Football League’s Super Bowl Emerging Entrepreneurs program. Despite the slight, the FIU MBA graduate realized she “could do this” for herself and launched The Minnis Group [TMG].
“My layoff forced me into entrepreneurship,” she said. “It has been a great journey filled with blessings and challenges.”
TMG helps small business and not-for-profit organizations optimize profits by helping them attract grants, contracts and procurement opportunities. The firm also helps groups strengthen their public relations, community outreach and agency compliance efforts. During her time on the Super Bowl host committee, Minnis noticed many minority- and women-owned business could not take advantage of the opportunities set aside for them because they were not certified. This revelation gave her a mission and a customer base.“Many of these aspiring businesses were not prepared and could not handle the capacity to work with these partners,” she said. “Our firm is here to help people understand the importance of compliance and gain access to and win the bidding process.”
Transforming no into yes
Norma Kendall leads the South Florida-based Ann’s Janitorial Services, Inc. MTG helped transform the firm into a multi-million dollar full-service cleaning powerhouse.
“My company started with just me and my daughter,” Kendall said. “She [Minnis] helped me secure my certifications, licenses and helped develop my brand. Her work and care for me made the difference.”
TMG help the firm grow from two to 22 employees and secure several municipal; they provide janitorial services for Marlins Stadium.
Minnis says she has several creeds that she follows: 1) Know and understand your client’s expectations; 2) Even if you don’t have the capacity to get the job done by yourself, put together a team — premier vendors appreciate solid partnerships; 3) When you give your best to your clients, blessings come back to you.
By Zachary Rinkins
Miami Times writer