May 28, 2024

GovCon Giants honored among South Florida’s 50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders 2024


Legacy South Florida Magazine, a part of M•I•A Media Group, announced their “50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders for 2024” and we are proud to share that South Florida Tech Hub member Eric Coffie made the list. 

Ft. Lauderdale-based M•I•A Media Group LLC is one of the nation’s largest Black publishers of its kind, with more than one million readers bi-monthly. The company publishes Legacy Miami, Legacy South Florida and M•I•A magazines. Legacy Miami and Legacy South Florida are business/news publications serving South Florida’s Black community with insightful articles and information on business, careers, politics, education, culture and social commentary. Founded by Dexter Bridgeman in 2004, the publications are distributed through the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel newspapers.

On Saturday, May 18th, M•I•A Media Group celebrated their 20th anniversary with a black-tie gala held at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel. Legacy South Florida magazine has been at the forefront of showcasing and recognizing South Florida’s Black affluencers and influencers for two decades, providing indispensable business and public affairs multimedia content throughout the region.  This milestone coincides with the unveiling of Legacy’s annual list honoring South Florida’s “The Most Influential & Powerful Black Professionals Of 2024.” These distinguished leaders represented a multitude of industries from legal to retail to technology and many others.

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Eric Coffie, CEO & Founder at GovCon Giants

One of those leaders was Eric Coffie, Founder & Chief Executive Officer at GovCon Giants, who says his mission in life is to “help small businesses achieve overwhelming success in the federal marketplace.” After the real estate market crashed in 2007 Coffie launched a successful consulting company helping small business owners earn millions in revenues via federal small business programs. Then, he decided he wanted to help even more small businesses to the very same. In August 2016, GovCon Giants was born.

“I’m excited that I’ve been named one of the 50 Most Powerful and Influential Black Business Leaders for 2024 by Legacy Miami Magazine,” shared Coffie.

“Being on this list inspires me to keep making a positive impact and helping others succeed. Thank you to Legacy Miami Magazine, and everyone who has believed in me!”

Govcon Giants has been providing resources to help small business owners successfully grow their federal division. The organization’s goal is to guide and educate small businesses through the black box of federal contracting. Govcon Giants provides resources and customized training for small business owners to determine critical decisions needed to register, identify, negotiate and win federal contracts. Eric offers a free government contracting course for those interested in learning what it takes to get started.

Eric Coffie is also the host of the #1 YouTube channel, GovCon Giants, providing government contracting education. He is a life-changing coach who has helped thousands of people win contracts with the US government. His YouTube channel, Govcon Giants, teaches entrepreneurs how to navigate and succeed in the federal government arena.

Dinkinish O’Connor, Editor-In-Chief, Legacy Magazine

“We are excited to celebrate black folks creating opportunities and making inroads in a region where traffic is not the only overwhelming force. At times, the fight for economic dignity is equally frustrating,” said Dinkinish O’Connor, Editor-in-Chief of Legacy Magazines. “What inspires me about many of the people featured in this issue was their resilience and ability to rise despite challenge after challenge.”

The publication also featured a Bea Hines-authored tribute to the late Nancy Ancrum, immediate past Pulitzer Prize-award-winning Miami Herald editorial director.

“Power is in one’s resilience. Nancy showed us that,” Dinkinish continued. “A beloved and indomitable force in journalism, Nancy died shortly and unexpectedly after retiring from The Miami Herald after 40 years of service. She was my editor and my friend.”

Additionally, ODP Corporation, parent company of Office Depot, was recognized with the “Corporate Citizenship Award.” The Boca Raton-based parent company of Office Depot, often partner with community organizations that distribute funding and resources back into the community such as Boys & Girls Clubs, Mark Cuban Foundation’s AI Bootcamp, and South Florida Tech Hub. ODP also launched the nonprofit, Elevate Together, which encourages and supports success among Black & Hispanic-owned small businesses.

To see the full list of this year’s South Florida leaders, visit or click here.