Fostering Bilateral Trade and Investment Flows Between Brazil and Florida

"The impressive growth in the bilateral flow of trade, investments and tourists has turned Brazil into one of Florida's most important partners. The Brazil-Florida Business Council is, therefore, an important channel to encourage closer cooperation between business communities in Brazil and in the state of Florida.

As Consul General of Brazil in Miami, I am committed to working closely with the Council, in order to foster closer economic ties between both regions, especially at a time international trade has become a top priority to the Brazilian foreign policy."

Ambassador Adalnio Senna GanemHis Excellency the Consul General of Brazil 

"I want to thank the Brazil-Florida Business Council and Founding President Sueli Bonaparte for all you are doing to strengthen relationships between Florida and Brazil and create more opportunities for business and Florida families. Brazil continues to be Florida's number one international trade partner, and we want to make Florida first for job creation so families have more opportunities to live their dreams."

Rick Scott, His Excellency, the Honorable Governor of Florida

"Sueli, the amazing energy that you bring to this cause is astounding. I envision this organization and the relationship to go long beyond certainly my tenure as a mayor, and I think building a bond between Brazil and Florida, particularly between Brazil and Tampa, is going to be important. The Brazil-Florida Business Council can play a vital role to the economic growth of the city. If we are going to be the city we want to be, we will have to expand our horizons and be global in our perspective and global in our actions."

Bob Buckhorn, The Honorable Mayor of Tampa

A Message from the Founding President

Dear Friends, Members and Partners,

I recently had the privilege of having a conversation with Dr. Bolivar Lamounier, a renowned Brazilian Political Scientist, Senior Director of Augurium Consulting and author of several books on Brazil's political and economic perspectives.

Dr. Lamounier shared his views on what's ahead for Brazil in 2017 and why savvy investors and multinational corporations continue to invest in the world's ninth largest economy by nominal GDP, and the fifth largest by purchasing power parity. 

This special interview is a timely preamble to the 2017 BRAZIL BUSINESS FORUM to be held on January 24th at 4 PM at the Tampa Club. This highly-regarded business conference was designed to kick off the annual calendar of programs of the Brazil-Florida Business Council.

Confirmed speakers include Ambassador Adalnio Senna Ganem, Consul General of Brazil in Miami, Gabrielle Mandel, Senior Country Manager, United States Trade and Development Agency and Luis Wolf, Managing Director, KPMG Brazil. They will address the challenges and investment opportunities for corporations and investors and how the largest economy in Latin America can align trade and investment for sustainable growth.

I look forward to counting on your steadfast support and active participation to help us make 2017 another banner year for the Brazil-Florida Business Council, Inc.

Wishing you a healthy and a magnificent New Year!

Sueli Cristina Bonaparte

Founding President

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Council News

Os negócios entre Brasil e Flórida: tem muito acontecendo, mas é só o começo

Sueli Bonaparte conhece as relações de negócios entre Brasil e EUA como poucos. Ela atua nesse segmento desde o começo dos anos 90, quando exerceu, entre outras atividades, o cargo de diretora executiva da Câmara de Comércio Brasil-Estados Unidos de Nova York. Nos 17 anos em que exerceu esse cargo, Sueli ajudou a impulsionar a câmara à condição de principal fórum de negócios entre os dois países. Nascida e criada em Mirassol, no Estado de São Paulo, Sueli veio para os Estados Unidos em 1984 e de lá para cá tem se dedicado de corpo e alma ao desenvolvimento das relações comerciais bilaterais entre os dois países.

Em 2014, Sueli lançou sua mais nova empreitada, o Brazil Florida Business Council. Baseado em Tampa, no oeste da Flórida, O BFBC tem o objetivo de dinamizar o comércio e as relações empresariais entre o Brasil e seu principal parceiro nos EUA, a Flórida, e ajudar empresas e investidores das duas regiões a identificar oportunidades de negócios promissoras.

Read the entire interview here.

Council helps businesses in Brazil, Florida navigate bureaucracy

Brazil is Florida’s No. 1 trade partner when it comes to exports, but getting in the door isn’t easy. The Brazil-Florida Business Council provides a forum for business people to exchange ideas and network.

Sueli Bonaparte - President and FounderTAMPA, June 17 — Brazil is Florida’s No. 1 trade partner when it comes to exports. But getting in the door isn’t easy. Cutting through red tape and tariffs requires a sharp tool.

Enter Sueli Bonaparte, who for 17 years served as executive director of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce in New York City, slicing through bureaucracy to create international partnerships. After moving to Florida a few years back, Bonaparte said, she saw a lot of untapped potential for connecting business threads between this state and her native Brazil.

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Encontro realizado em São Paulo auxilia investidores brasileiros interessados em ingressar no estado da Flórida

Uma das maiores ambições de empresários brasileiros é fazer com que seu negócio seja reconhecido internacionalmente, porém, muitos não possuem as informações e regras para trilhar esse caminho.

Pensando em auxiliar esses executivos, as organizações Brazil-Florida Business Council (BFBC), Enterprise Flórida e APEX-Brasil, que trabalham na intensificação do relacionamento entre o estado da Flórida e o Brasil, realizaram no último dia 7 de julho, em São Paulo, um encontro com o objetivo de apresentar estratégias para o investidor interessado em ter uma fatia de seu negócio nos EUA.

Com o tema "Investindo na Flórida: desafios e oportunidades", o encontro foi apresentado pela presidente-fundadora, Sueli Bonaparte, e contou com a participação de líderes empresariais com filiais no estado americano.

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Member Spotlight

We are proud to highlight the following Council members in President's Circle and Patron membership levels. Learn more about prestigious companies who have selected the Brazil-Florida Business Council as their partner to foster business relationships between Brazil and Florida. If you wish to upgrade your membership category, contact Sueli Bonaparte at

A15 Investments is a Brazilian company investing in basic education in the United States. The company started operations in Florida, envisioning opportunities in the Sunshine State. Through a partnership with Kiddie Academy, one of the largest American franchisers of educational childcare, and leveraging 40 years education experience in Brazil,  it established the first school from scratch: buying the land, building the property and managing the school operations. The company plans to build dozens of schools in the coming years. 

Azul Linhas Aéreas Brasileiras S.A. is the highly successful Brazilian airline launched by JetBlue founder David Neeleman. The quality of its services has been acknowledged by many national and international awards.  In 2015 Azul was named by Skytrax World Airline Awards, for the fifth time in a row, as the " Best low-cost airline in South America." Azul launched their services in the Brazilian domestic market on December 15, 2008 between three cities: Campinas, Salvador, and Porto Alegre. The company's business model was based on meeting the demand for frequent and affordable air service to underserved markets throughout Brazil. Today, Azul is the airline with the greatest number of destinations served in Brazil. The company has a fleet of 140 aircraft, more than 10,000 employees, over 900 departures per day, 100+ destinations being served, and one-third of all the departures in the country. 

Gerdau is the leading company in the production of long steel in the Americas and one of the major suppliers of specialty long steel in the world. With more than 45,000 employees, Gerdau has an installed capacity of more than 25 million metric tons of steel and it is the largest recycler in Latin America, and around the world, it transforms millions of metric tons of scrap into steel every year.

More than a century ago, Gerdau began its expansion path and now has a presence in 14 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Peru, Spain, U.S., Uruguay and Venezuela.

Its products, sold on five continents, serve the civil construction, industrial and agricultural sectors. Gerdau products, in all their diverse forms, have a day-to-day presence in the lives of people. They are an integral part of the structure of homes, shopping centers, hospitals, bridges and hydroelectric plants; they are part of power and telephone lines; they are raw material for automotive parts and they can be found at work on the farm. For more information, click here.

Miami International Airport (MIA), located on 3,230 acres of land near downtown Miami, is operated by the Miami-Dade Aviation Department and is the property of Miami-Dade County government. Founded in 1928, MIA now offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport, is America’s second-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup over 100 air carriers and is the top U.S. airport for international freight. MIA is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of $33.7 billion annually and welcoming 70 percent of all international visitors to Florida. MIA’s vision is to grow from a recognized hemispheric hub to a global airport of choice that offers customers a world-class experience and an expanded route network with direct passenger and cargo access to all world regions.

Tampa International Airport is consistently ranked among the world’s top airports, serving nearly 18-million passengers with routes to more than 70 destinations around the world, including London, Panama City, Zurich and Havana. In the past few years, the airport has received top awards on the state, national and international levels, including being named the No. 2 domestic airport in reader polls by both Travel + Leisure magazine and Condé Nast Traveler. CNN also listed TPA as the only U.S. airport among ten of the world's most loved airports. Tampa International recently broke ground on the largest construction program in airport history as it expands its main terminal and builds a 1.4-mile people mover extending to a new rental car facility. Tampa International Airport is the flagship airport of the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority, which operates all publicly owned airports in Hillsborough County, Florida. For more information, click here.

T-Grão Cargo Terminal de Granéis S/A was founded to operate the privatized grain silos complex located at Pier 26 in Brazil's Port of Santos, the largest and most active cargo port in Latin America.

The company's origins date to 1998, when it won the public bidding process to operate the old Santos Port silos. The Company’s management then initiated an ambitious modernization project to upgrade its facilities, ensuring it would be able to meet the increasing volumes of Brazil's grain trade.

Today, the concrete silo walls are the only remaining original part of the old Santos Port Silos. All other equipment in operation has been replaced by modern hardware which allows the terminal to be fully automated.

T-Grão is finalizing its expansion project to reach a total bulk grain storage capacity of 114,000 metric tons. The project has resulted in transforming the operation into a bi-directional terminal that handles both imports and exports simultaneously, all while keeping different grain products, such as wheat, soybean and maize, completely segregated.


January 24, 2017

The Tampa Club

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Networking After Work
(For BFBC Members)

February 28, 2017

Posto 9- A Brazilian Gastropub

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Annual Membership Luncheon (For BFBC Members)

March 8, 2017

The Tampa Club

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Networking After Work
(For BFBC Members)

April 11, 2017

Fleming's Steakhouse Wine & Bar

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Brazil Outlook for 2017


Honoring Mayor Bob Buckhorn at the Brazil-Florida Business Awards Luncheon


Brazil at the Crossroads

Brazil Outlook for 2016


"Sueli is relentless in pursuing excellence for Brazil-US relations, and she should really be congratulated for that. Honestly, we highly respect her work and all the great things she’s done now, she’s doing it here."

Gary Spulak, Embraer Aircraft Holding, Inc.

"I'd like to say how excited we are for the launching of the Brazil-Florida Business Council and the important work they'll do in further connecting Brazil's and Florida's business communities and promoting Brazilian companies in Florida.

David NeelemanAzul Brazilian Airlines

"It is important to work with partners such as the Brazil-Florida Business Council to help counsel and advise American companies about doing business in Brazil."

Stephen KnodeUnited States Commercial Service

"Brazil continues to be Florida's largest global market for trade and FDI. The partnership between the Brazilian Office of Enterprise Florida and the Brazil-Florida Business Council play a vital role to capitalize on business prospects in both regions."

Fabio Yamada, Enterprise Florida Brazil


TozziniFreire Received the American Lawyer Global Legal Awards 2016

NEW YORK, NY - TozziniFreire Advogados is a winner at The American Lawyer Global Legal Awards 2016 in the “Global Finance Deal of the Year: Aviation Finance” category, for participation in Latin America’s first aircraft-backed enhanced equipment trust certificates (EETC), worth US$1 billion, issued by LATAM Airlines. Alexei Bonamin was TozziniFreire’s partner responsible for this deal.

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Mattos Filho is recognized by Chambers & Partners as Brazil Law Firm of the Year

MIAMI, FL - During Chambers Latin America Awards 2016 held on September 16th in Miami, Mattos Filho was elected Brazil Law Firm of the Year by the distinguished British legal directory. This award, for which more than one hundred law firms were considered, takes into account an annual survey, which includes interviews with clients on the firms' performances in their respective practice areas and their professionals, as well as innovation and excellence of the services they offer.

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MIA hosts roundtable with South Florida airport directors and federal legislators

MIAMI, FL - Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio T. González hosted a roundtable discussion today at Miami International Airport with five fellow airport directors, federal legislators from Florida, and Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, to discuss common issues facing Florida’s airports.

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