Economy

Disaster Preparedness, Economy

New Florida COVID-19 survey reveals how small businesses have fared and how they try to fight back

The majority of small businesses in Florida have been greatly negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. That was one of the key findings of a new survey and report on the state’s small businesses conducted by the Florida Chamber Foundation, the Florida Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network, and the […]

Disaster Preparedness, Economy, Operations, Resources, Strategy

Covid crisis spurs coffee business to refocus on core strengths and community connection

The java tastes unique and delicious in a shop that delivers an uplifting and welcoming experience. And all the while, the proprietors are successfully facing down the challenges of the pandemic economy. Gail Hamilton Azodo and her husband Uchendu Azodo opened SIPS, a coffee roasting company and eatery, in July 2019 […]

Disaster Preparedness, Economy, Education, Finance, Networking, Resources

Grit, pivots and a rallying cry: How MBF and its small business clients navigate this crisis

Michael Sellinger of Miami Bayside Foundation  recalls the early days of the COVID-19 crisis checking in on small business clients and offering MBF’s help.  Bayside is a nonprofit organization that mentors, holds training programs, and facilitates loans for small businesses in Miami’s underserved communities. His message: “There is nothing you can […]

Economy

More manufacturing could fuel a resilient post-COVID economy in South Florida

With the growing realization that the COVID-19 impacts will continue to ripple through the economy well into the future, researchers at Florida International University’s Metropolitan Center dove into the need for economic development planning for a post-Covid environment. The challenge: “Making our core industries less vulnerable to economic shocks while […]