Tag: small business

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, 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 […]