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At Granny Nannies of Miami we are constantly working toward our mission to be a valuable resource within the community we serve. We are committed to supporting our neighborhoods in a positive way. As part of that, we have been featured on news publications and we have invested ourselves to provide videos that help support this mission. We are consistently updating this page, so stay tuned!



PRESS RELEASE: May 1, 2019

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Contacts: Meghan Phelan Goicouria, Owner of Granny NANNIES of Miami & The Florida Keys, 305-591-1818, meghan@grannynannies.com

Re: Book Drive

Granny NANNIES of Miami, a private duty home care agency that assists with daily living care in client’s places of residence, is a drop off location for all your used books & magazines. With your help, your gently used books and magazines are donated to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities for residents to enjoy, read, and thumb through. Most facilities have libraries and reading areas specifically designed for residents to have a quiet place to read. Help us make sure they have a revolving door of book and magazine supply.

Granny NANNIES of Miami makes quarterly drop-offs to local facilities with your donations. This quarter we dropped off books and magazines to supply the library at The Riviera Health Resort located at 6901 YUMURI STREET, CORAL GABLES, FL 33146.

Riviera Health Resort is a state-of-the-art, 223-bed facility, which offers guests a unique health care experience combining post-acute and rehabilitation services within a luxury boutique-hotel environment.

Located in the heart of Coral Gables, this luxurious five-story Mediterranean-style building caters to the needs of guests that require short and long term care as they transition from the hospital to their home. To learn more about The Riviera Health Resort you can go to https://rivierahealthresort.com

Please help us by dropping off your books at our main office in Coral Gables or calling/texting Meghan for a pick up at 305-600-4305. If you would like to join our lists of donation drop off centers please contact Meghan.

MAIN OFFICE: 95 Merrick Way, Suite 710, Coral Gables, FL 33134 305-591-1818

Check our Instagram and Facebook for quarterly drop off locations and pictures.



PRESS RELEASE: August 26, 2018

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Contacts: Morgan Huling, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 305-446-1657; mhuling@coralgableschamber.org Nikki Deas, Vine Communications 305-447-8678; nikki@vinecommunicationsinc.com

Re: Merrick-in-the-Making Award

The inaugural Merrick in the Making Awards was presented on June 19, 2014, at the historic Biltmore Hotel, an iconic property dreamed up by Merrick himself in 1925. With the partnership of City National Bank, these awards presented in three (3) different categories that mirror a younger George Merrick’s life. These awards are presented in contrast to the George E. Merrick Award of Excellence that honors a legacy of service to Coral Gables in one of Merrick’s passion projects. Our partnership with City National Bank is designed to shine a spotlight on younger leaders who are poised for greatness, already achieving significant recognition for their personal and professional pursuits. As this is the first year of the awards, a select committee of community leaders will determine the three honorees, which will be announced in advance and honored on the eve of the Chamber’s annual conference.

Merrick was born in the Pittsburgh suburb of Springdale, Pennsylvania. His father, Solomon G. Merrick, was a Congregationalist minister. The family moved to Miami, Florida from Duxbury, MA in 1898 when George was 12 years old. He attended Rollins College in Winter Park. In October 1915, George Merrick was appointed by the governor of Florida as the county commissioner in District 1. He spent the next 15 months on the commission championing the building of roads in South Florida, including major arteries that would later serve to connect his well-planned community of Coral Gables with the fast-growing city of Miami. Merrick helped usher the vast majority of all road construction projects in Dade County, including the construction of South Dixie Highway (US 1), the Tamiami Trail across the Everglades, the County Causeway to Miami Beach, Ingraham Highway (later known as Old Cutler) along the coast, the Miami Canal Highway and many others. These improvements allowed the population of Greater Miami to quadruple from 1915 to 1921, transforming a pioneer territory into a burgeoning metropolis.

Beginning in 1922, on 3,000 acres of citrus groves and land covered in pine trees which his father had left him, Merrick began carving out a town along the lines of the City Beautiful movement. He designed the new town in great detail, featuring wide, tree-lined boulevards, delicate bridges, and serene, urban golf courses. Merrick's secret was his passionate devotion to aesthetics.

George Merrick is credited with the establishment of the University of Miami in Coral Gables in 1925 with a donation of 600 acres of land and a pledge of 5 million dollars. The following year, weeks before the start of the inaugural school year, a devastating hurricane on September 17–18 followed by the Great Depression ended Merrick's dreams at Coral Gables. He moved to Matecumbe Key, where he opened his Caribee Club not far from the famous Long Key Fishing Campon nearby Long Key.

The monstrous Labor Day Hurricane of 1935, called the "Storm of the Century", destroyed almost everything on the Middle Keys, including Merrick's Caribee Club. He became the postmaster of Miami in 1940 and died in 1942 at the age of 55.

To pay homage to our Chamber founder, the Merrick in the Making Award categories include the following (criteria noted):

Innovator – Merrick was a celebrated innovator, creating one of the first planned communities in the United States when he founded Coral Gables and marketing it to the world in ways that were unheard of at the time.

The Innovator Award was presented to Bradley L. Barreto with Coral Gables Title he is someone who has achieved a “first” in their career and has used unorthodox methods to achieve their goals through philanthropy.

Entrepreneur – Merrick was ahead of his time as a business leader, founding the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce in 1925. His work as a commissioner helped build the major infrastructure of Miami-Dade County, an important tool when he founded his own development corporation that put Coral Gables on the map (literally).

The Entrepreneur Award was presented to Meghan Phelan Goicouria owner of Granny NANNIES of Miami and The Florida Keys; she is someone who has been unabashed in their desire to create a new business, changing the lives of others along the way and making an impact that will likely last a generation

Builder – From his earliest days, Merrick was a builder – of things, of people and of our beloved community. He created a City out of 3,000 acres of citrus groves, designing and “building” a new town in intricate detail. He gave money to “build” an international university and “built” a grand hotel that stands as a testament to his memory today.

The Builder Award was given to, Evan Benn of Indulge Magazine, he is someone who has charged into a business venture head-first and built it from the ground up, without fear of failure or rejection; he is someone who channels a young, upstart George Merrick, the founder, and builder of our community and our Chamber.



PRESS RELEASE: April 9, 2018

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Contacts: Morgan Huling, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 305-446-1657; mhuling@coralgableschamber.org Nikki Deas, Vine Communications 305-447-8678; nikki@vinecommunicationsinc.com

GABLES CHAMBER TO HONOR STELLAR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS WITH 12TH ANNUAL GABLES RISING STAR AWARDS

Coral Gables, FL – On Wednesday, May 2nd, the Chamber’s young professionals committee, the 20/30 Group, will host their 12th annual Rising Star Awards at INFINITI of Coral Gables.

Established in 2006, this awards program began with a single award presented as part of our Chamber’s signature monthly networking event, Good Morning Coral Gables. With the unwavering support of the 20/30 Group, the Rising Star Awards has grown to honor six categories and is known as the Rising Star Awards Signature Soireé.

Patrick O’Connell, Senior Vice President of Business Development with EWM Realty International shared that “EWM is committed to training, fostering, and recognizing the next generation of business and community leaders in South Florida. The Rising Star Awards is a great opportunity to celebrate accomplished young professionals and to encourage their continued involvement in our community,” when asked why EWM Realty International has chosen to sponsor the Rising Star Awards for the past nine years. This year’s finalists are:

Shining Star Award
Sponsored by UF Coral Gables
Meghan Goicouria, Granny NANNIES
Amanda Pizzaro, The Salty Donut David Uribe
Prestigious Image Barbershop

Model Star Award
Jacqueline Nordstrom, Doctors Hospital
Mey-ling Perez, iBERIABANK
Erin Sutherland, Bank of America

Executive Star Award
Sponsored by Mercantil Bank
Marc Finch, Dominion Builders
Hanna Thorton, The Conroy Martinez Group
Ryan Holtzman, Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.

Executive Star Award - Non-Profit
Angela Bolaños, Coral Gables Museum Corp.
Dr. Breny DaParre Garcia, Florida International University
Isabelle Pike, Branches

Sustainable Star Award
Sponsored by Waste Management
Virginia Ansaldi, Coral Gables High School
Sebastian Aristizabal
Danielle Arnwine, The Climate Reality Project Campus Corps at FIU

Shooting Star Award
Sponsored by EPGD Business Law
Benjamin Douglas Consulting
International Finance Bank
Northwestern Mutual

“Being a finalist in the Rising Star Awards is a prestigious title in itself. I feel as though I have already won a great deal just being recognized as a young business leader in the Coral Gables community,” Says Meghan Goicouria. “It is with great pride that I look forward to supporting the Coral Gables chamber for years to come as I am honored and grateful for their support” She adds

This program is made possible through the stellar support of our title sponsor EWM Realty International and our dazzling supporting sponsors: Bacardi USA, UF Coral Gables, Waste Management, Mercantil Bank, EPGD Business Law, our host INFINITI of Coral Gables and Frames USA + Art Gallery!

About the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce The Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce represents more than 1,600 members and is the second largest business association in Miami-Dade County. For more than 93 years, our mission has been to foster and enhance the economic interests of the Coral Gables community, while advancing the quality of life of our members, partners, neighbors and visitors

For more information on our Chamber, please visit www.coralgableschamber.org, find us on Facebook at www.facebook/coralgableschamber or follow us on Twitter or Instagram@GablesChamber.



Finalists for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Meghan Goicouria the owner of Granny Nannies (of Miami) is a finalist for Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2018 Business Excellence Forum and Awards. 

Gala Awards Night in San Diego, CA Will Prove Rewarding 

San Diego, CA - Meghan Goicouria, Owner, of Granny Nannies (of Miami), was named a Finalists for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2018 Business Excellence Awards, which will be held at Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA on February 19, 2018.

The Business Excellence Awards honor the “best of the best” results in small and medium sized businesses from around the world, and showcases exceptional results for business owners, entrepreneurs, their teams and their companies. The regional award  covered the Southeast Region in which she and her team won the same title in  November, 2017. This award showcases individuals and their companies on an international stage. The Business Excellence Forum and Awards are sponsored by  ActionCOACH, the world’s number one business coaching firm. Celebrity Host Vivica  A Fox, ActionCOACH Founder and Chairman Brad Sugars and ActionCOACH Executive Chief Operating Officer Angie Fairbanks will be presenting. 

Meghan Goicouria and her company, Granny Nannies, have carved out a niche in the  Elderly Home Care industry in Miami, FL.  "Since joining Doug Barra at ActionCOACH in 2017, I have seen growth in the double  digit mark well into my 7th year of business. Before Doug, I didn’t have the tools necessary to take my business to the next level. Doug has been pivotal in assisting me with building a strong administrative team and an in house sales force. As a young  entrepreneur it’s easy to fall off course. With Doug he lays a clear picture and helps to  create a roadmap which guides me to my ultimate goal. Being named a finalist for Young Entrepreneur of the year means so much to me, my family, and my team. It’s proof that  with hard work and a strong mentor the possibilities are endless.” 

The 2018 Business Excellence Forums and Awards are part of ActionCOACH’s ongoing commitment to innovation, business excellence and business re-education for owners and teams who operate and work in small-and-medium sized businesses.

In addition to the awards ceremony, the Business Excellence Forum will feature seminars with top speakers in the world of business, including Darren Hardy, Chris Voss, Elizabeth McCormick, Travis Bell, Dr. Tony Alessandra, Mark Thompson and ActionCOACH Founder and Chairman Brad Sugars.

For more about the Business Excellence Forum and Awards, please visit www.thebusinessexcellenceforums.com #BeAwarded #BEFA2018



SABEFA Young Entrepreneur of the Year

Meghan Goicouria of Granny NANNIES of Miami was Announced as a Winner in Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 South Atlantic Business Excellence Awards 

Miami, FL – 11/13/17 – Meghan Goicouria owner of Granny NANNIES of Miami has been named a winner in The Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the South Atlantic Business Excellence Awards, honoring the best of the best small businesses in the Southeastern USA. Award winners were announced at the 2nd Annual South Atlantic Business Excellence Forum and Awards (www.SABEFA.com), which took place in Coral Gables, FL on Monday, November 13.

Granny NANNIES of Miami is a leader in the private home care industry providing assistance in daily living to individuals choosing to age in place (in their own home) in the Miami-Dade community.

The Business Excellence Forum and Awards honors the accomplishments, achievements, value and  contributions of small businesses and their owners worldwide… “the best of the best” in  pro-growth small business practices and outstanding entrepreneurial results in an exciting setting of innovation, networking, education and incredible results. Awards categories included: Best Overall  Company, Fastest Growing Company, Best Community Impact, Best Customer Service and Young  Entrepreneur of the Year. Finalists are selected by a diverse group of experienced judges and, from  that group of finalists, one winner from each category is awarded.

"It means a great deal to me, my family, and my team winning this award. We strive to provide our community with a meaningful service and we pour our heart and soul into the work we do," says Meghan. 

For more information on the South Atlantic Business Excellence Awards, please visit www.SABEFA.com. Applications for the 2018 awards will open in early 2018. 



International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day

Meghan Goicouria was one of four Miami Woman Business leaders invited to The Diplomat Beach Resort to speak on a panel for International Women’s Day.

Miami, FL 03/08/2018 This International Women’s Day we’re celebrating women and hearing about these four incredible women’s real life experiences. First the panel shared stories about their journey to success. After that the panel answered some prepared questions and opened it up to the audience to ask questions.

  • Ruth Raposo, Director of Housekeeping for The Diplomat Beach Resort
  • Meghan Goicouria, Owner of Granny NANNIES Miami
  • Tina Brown, Executive Director of the Overtown Youth Center
  • Mary Rogers, Vice President and General Manager of the Fontainebleau Miami Beach

These women business leaders were given an opportunity to speak about their organization & the journey that brought them to where they are today.

Granny NANNIES of Miami is a leader in the the industry for private duty home care. They assist the elderly and persons with disabilities with activities of daily living by referring licensed bonded and insured nursing assistants to their client’s place of residence so they can age in place with dignity.

International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. "The story of women's struggle for equality belongs to no single feminist nor to any one organization but to the collective efforts of all who care about human rights," says world-renowned feminist, journalist and social and political activist Gloria Steinem. Thus International Women's Day is all about unity, celebration, reflection, advocacy and action - whatever that looks like globally at a local level. But one thing is for sure, International Women's Day has been occurring for well over a century - and continues to grow from strength to strength, says the promoters on their site at About us. www.internationalwomensday.com/About

“I was so honored to be asked to speak on this panel of intelligent, hardworking, and successful women of the South Florida community. Being on stage with such a dignified group was empowering, listening to the other speakers and answering questions from the audience was so inspiring to me personally and professionally. It was a beautiful event inside and out and I look forward to next year, “says Meghan

For more information on the Diplomat Beach Resort or International Women’s day visit, www.diplomatresort.com and www.internationalwomensday.com

For More information on Granny NANNIES of Miami please visit GrannyNannies.com/Miami


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