Economy

Economy, Resources

Broad coalition of organizations ask South Florida small businesses to encourage COVID-19 vaccinations

The Health Foundation of South Florida, Miami-Dade County, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Coalition of Miami-Dade Chambers of Commerce have joined forces to launch the “We Did It,” a pledge program that calls on the region’s small businesses to encourage employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The […]

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 […]

Economy, Education, Government contracting, Growth Stages

How StartUP FIU Procurement pivoted programming during pandemic and the lowdown on big plans ahead

It’s been nearly three years since Florida International University launched StartUP FIU Procurement to help minority-led small businesses grow and navigate the world of government and anchor institution contracting. Let’s check in with StartUP FIU Procurement Director Barbara Cotto and see how they are doing. The small business incubator was […]

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. […]