Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness, Economy, Education

You’re invited to join this conversation about small business lending and navigating a crisis

In Miami, a coalition of funders, leaders and  local Community Development Financial  Institutions came together to ensure that as many of our small businesses as possible would survive the pandemic. The RISE Miami-Dade Fund (RISE), which the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners seeded with CARES Act funding, distributed $20 million to […]

Disaster Preparedness, Finance

COVID relief grant program for micro-businesses extended, expanded

A Coral Gables-based bank and local nonprofit have renewed their micro-grant program supporting micro-businesses. Amerant Bank recently announced it’d be continuing the initiative it began with Branches, a community empowerment org, amid the pandemic last year. The partnership’s micro-grant program sought to provide funds to mom-and-pop operations who were hit hard by […]

Disaster Preparedness, Economy, Finance

COVID relief: Deadline for Shuttered Venue Operations Grant (SVOG) is Aug. 20

Here is an Aug. 11, 2021 press release with information about the Shuttered Venue Operations Grant program offered by the SBA. The deadline looms: Aug. 20. Today, the U.S. Small Business Administration is announcing a call to all eligible Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) applicants seeking economic aid for live entertainment small […]

Disaster Preparedness, Economy

Survey: Almost all Florida small businesses negatively impacted by pandemic, but outlook lifts

The Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, the Florida Chamber Foundation, CareerSource Florida, and the University of West Florida Haas Center today released new data from the second phase of a research study to understand the impacts of COVID-19 on the state’s small businesses as the pandemic and subsequent economic impacts surpassed the one-year mark. […]

Disaster Preparedness, Education

In wake of Surfside tragedy, disaster loans available to impacted businesses

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity announced that financial assistance is now available to small businesses and nonprofits in declared disaster areas after the tragic collapse of the oceanfront condo building in Surfside.. The funds are available through the U.S. Small Business Administration in the form of low-interest Business Physical […]

Disaster Preparedness

It’s hurricane season again. Is your business prepared? Here are some resources

The Florida SBDC Network, the state’s principal provider of small business assistance, urges small business owners to prepare for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season, which began yesterday, June 1, and extends through November. According to a forecast by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season is predicted […]