In The Spotlight

We’re celebrating women-owned businesses everywhere, as well as the outstanding progress female

October is Women’s Small Business Month, a month dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the female entrepreneurs that strengthen our local communities. As a City that champions small businesses, The City of Miramar EBD is excited to bring awareness to the women-owned businesses and to celebrate the outstanding progress that female and female-identifying business owners have made and continue to make.

Spotlighting Women-Owned Businesses in Miramar

Throughout the month of October, we’re highlighting Miramar Businesses owners who self-identified as women-owned. The City of Miramar is dedicated to supporting our female and female-identifying business partners, not only during Women’s Small Business Month but beyond. If you would like to nominate a business please Click Here

  1. Saman Movassaghi

    Meet Saman Movassaghi, Esq:

    Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez, Esq. is dedicated to producing the results her clients need. She has over 18 years of experience helping both corporate and individual clients navigate through the murky waters of US Immigration Law. As the Managing Attorney at Florida Immigration Law Counsel, Saman Movassaghi Gonzalez and her team are capable of representing and helping individuals looking to attain family, employment and investment visas. Her experience in successfully representing clients in front of the Department of Justice for cases involving Deportation/Removal Proceedings will lead to success in your case.  Counselor Gonzalez is also experienced in helping corporate clients through the process of filing for Employment-Base  Visas, Labor Certifications, and Business/Investment Visas. She takes on the entire case from start to finish, simplifying the process for her clients and allowing them to focus on their business.  Her goal is to ensure that those who want to live the American dream have a professional fighting for them and making the process as painless as possible.  She earned a B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington in Political Science, a minor in Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from the St. Thomas University School of Law at the age of 22. Mrs. Gonzalez is very active in the South Florida community and speaks regularly on various immigration and diversity issues throughout the State of Florida.  She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Iranian American Bar Association and past president and current board member of the Florida Muslim Bar Association. She is previously served in the Committee of Diversity and Inclusion with the Florida Bar. She is a former Adjunct Professor at Nova University School of Law where she taught Immigration Law. She can personally understand the struggle of immigrants navigating through the bureaucratic process of immigration law and dedicates herself fully and provides her personal attention to every case. She prides herself on developing a strong relationship with each client and is not afraid of pushing the envelope and looking for answers where other attorneys have failed.  She makes it her goal to provide you with the best representation for immigration matters because she believes it’s time for you to live the American dream!

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  2. Kristi Mooti Persad

    Meet Kristi Mooti Persad, B.S.C. ’11, M.B.A. ’14:

    Co-Founder and Managing Director, Premium Quality Group of Companies

    Kristi launched Premium Quality Group of Companies (PQGC) together with her brother and business partner in October 2014. PQGC is a full-service event company where she has held the position of Managing Director since inception. She made her first business acquisition in 2015 with the asset purchase of party rental company Tio Fiesta Events, followed by the acquisition of linens manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer Linens Design Inc. in 2016. A few months later in January 2017, another acquisition followed when PQGC took ownership of all-inclusive event venue La Vie en Rose Banquet Hall. PQGC launched a photography and videography company Captivate Productions later in 2017. In June 2020, Kristi merged all existing brands together as Premium Quality Events, a full service, one-stop shop for all your event needs. She also sits on the advisory board for her family’s company, Premium Quality Meats, located in Trinidad and Miramar, FL.

    Kristi holds both a Bachelors of Science in Communication and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Miami. She is also a Six Sigma Champion and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. During her studies she won several awards including the Dr. William R. Butler Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Principles of International Educational Exchange, The Dean’s Leadership Award, Emery Means Findley Jr. Endowed Fellowship and was inducted into the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. She is currently a volunteer leader at the University of Miami’s Young Alumni Leaders Council and sits on its executive committee as programming co-chair.

  3. Rhonda Sheffiled

    Meet Mrs. Rhonda Sheffiled:

    Rhonda Sheffield is the owner of  Good Hearts Home Care Agency in Miramar Florida.  Good Hearts Home Care is a Non-Skilled Home Care Agency founded to serve and meet the needs of the community with Personal Care, Companion/Sitter, Homemaker service, and Post-operative care. Motto: “Good Hearts with Caring Hands”. Her desire is to make a positive impact in the lives of people. As a business owner, Rhonda is always focusing on positive ways to improve the community through outreach and giving back to those who are less fortunate.        

    Rhonda is Board Certified Life Coach, Speaker, Published Author, Mentor, Marriage Counselor, and a Phenomenal Entertainment Host. Her purpose is to equip, inspire, motivate, encourage and empower individuals to a place where they are able to understand their purpose, gifts, and self-worth.

    She is the CEO/Founder of Treasure of Love Mentoring Inc. and the Co-Founder of Marriage DO Matter Inc.  Treasure of Love mission is to empower young ladies to become Self-Confident in all areas of their lives while developing into “The Total Woman. Rhonda is the co-founder of Marriage ‘DO” Matter with her husband Darrell Sheffield. The purpose of Marriage “DO” Matter is to provide biblical, realistic and transparent perspectives to marriages while providing workshops, individual counseling, couple counseling, and biblical studies to empower and strengthen them spiritually.

    Rhonda is also the Co-Author of the 31 Devotional Journal for Marriages. The book was inspired and written to encourage and prepare couples and singles, how to build and strengthen their relationship with God and with each other. She's also Co-Author of Cream Colored Sisters as she shares her story When Betrayal Leads To Your Blessing. Rhonda is also the author of Forever Daddy’s Girl: Treasuring His Love & Memories. The book was inspired after the passing of her father. The book helps to encourage young learners and adults to grieve the death of a loved one by treasuring the memories that were created.  Rhonda Sheffield is a Serial Entrepreneur and always tells people "Do what you  love and love what you do and PUSH forward."

  4. Patty Garcia

    Meet Patty Garcia:

    Patricia currently works in R&D systems Group, Inc. as President since 2004. R&D is a minority-owned Family (IT) information technology Solutions Company located in Miramar, FL. Specializing in telecommunications providing businesses basic telephone communications to full IT services.  In 2021, she also became President of the Miramar Pembroke Pines Regional  Chamber of Commerce and Weston FL chamber of Commerce as an integral part of her community. Her latest accomplishment is graduating from Leadership South Broward and becoming a Project Management Professional (PMP)

    Patricia holds a Bachelor in MIS/Ecommerce from Barry University where she studied Management Information Systems with a concentration in E-commerce.  Patricia is affiliated with a variety of IT professional organizations including Mainline Information Systems, the top 2 business partners in the U.S, and others.

  5. Ms.Garrie J. Harris

    Meet Ms. Garrie J. Harris:

    President / Co-Founder of Alpha1 staffing. With more than 20 years of staffing experience and fueled by a burning passion for what she does, Garrie Harris has built Alpha1 Staffing into a business with a true heart for employees and employers. Under her vision Alpha1 staffing partners with businesses providing solutions from recruitment, assessment, training, development, and career management, to outsourcing and workforce consulting. Garrie Harris is an expert in maintaining long-term contractual relationships with companies across many industry sectors and government municipalities throughout the Southeast region.

    As the leader of Alpha1 staffing, Garrie Harris makes sure that delivering quality, personalized experience to both the employer and career seeker is the Alpha 1 mandate. Alpha1 Staffing/ Search Firm understands the important role PEOPLE play in every aspect of the success of our careers, businesses, our day-to-day lives, and our world. That is why the goal of serving, assisting, and developing people is at the very heart of our business.

Did you know?

  • In 1972, women only owned 4.6% of all businesses in the United States. As of 2019, women-owned 42% of all businesses.*
  • 99.9% of women-owned businesses are small businesses (500 employees or fewer).†
  • Women-owned businesses grew 21% from 2014 to 2019, and businesses owned by women of color grew at double that rate. Numbers for black women entrepreneurs grew the fastest, with an increase of 50%. In fact, as of 2019, women of color accounted for 50% of all women who owned businesses.*
  • There are nearly 13 million women-owned businesses in the United States, employing 9.4 million workers and generating revenue of $1.9 trillion.*

You can read more about these facts and a host of information in The National Women’s Business Council 2020 Annual Report and  The 2019 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, which is published by American Express. Definitely worth a full read.

Resources for women-owned businesses

There are some helpful groups supporting and promoting women entrepreneurs:

  •, a crowdfunding platform for women entrepreneurs to raise money, get coaching, and make connections
  • MWBE Enterprises, Inc., a way to find consulting for obtaining minority and women-owned business certification
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) (, an advocacy organization for women
  • SBA, providing information about certification Women-Owned Small Businesses (WOSBs)
  •, a link to applicable crowdfunding platforms

Celebrating Women in Business

Additionally, if you’re looking for other ways to celebrate National Women’s Small Business Month, October is a great time to network. Make a special effort to connect with women in your field and build meaningful connections. For women, utilizing established local business groups can help women in various fields find like-minded peers.

Larger organizations like the National Association of Women Business Owners, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, National Association for Female Executives, American Business Women’s Association, and National Women’s Business Council all host events and help connect women with similar business interests. 

* According to American Express State of Women-Owned Business Report
According to U.S. Small Business Association Office of Advocacy