Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Wednesday, September 2, 2020
We continue to provide our business community with the latest updates and tools from the City of Miami Beach during this pandemic.
SBA Disaster Declaration - May Flooding Event
Miami-Dade County has received a Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Declaration for the flooding that occurred between May 26 and 27, 2020.
This Declaration makes low-interest disaster loans available for homeowners and businesses affected by this incident. The SBA will be operating virtually and has established a Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center to assist homeowners and businesses to apply for these disaster loans. You can apply directly here.

Virtual Disaster Loan Outreach Center (VDLOC)
Open: Monday - Sunday (7 days/week) from 8 AM – 8 PM
Via email or by phone 800.659.2955

These services are only available for the Florida disaster declaration as a result of flash flooding on May 26 - 27, 2020, and not for COVID-19 related assistance. View a fact sheet about the disaster loans here.
Hotel Workers Impacted by COVID-19 Can Apply for Financial Support & Professional Development Training
The Hotel Worker Relief Program has officially launched!

This program, developed in partnership with Miami Dade College (MDC) and the Greater Miami and Beaches Hotel Association (GMBHA), provides financial support and professional training to hospitality workers impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Up to 2,500 eligible hospitality workers will receive financial compensation in the amount of $1,000 for successfully completing a hotel training workshop. Administered by Miami Dade College, the program and workshops will take place over the course of two days and will include a curriculum for the professional development of hotel workers, including employment skills training, opportunities for advancement in the hotel industry, and exposure to other career paths.

Applications and additional information about the program can be found here.
Miami-Dade County's Hospitality Industry Grant (HIG) Program
Local, independently-owned and operated restaurants and non-home-based caterers impacted by COVID-19 are eligible to apply for relief monies through the Miami-Dade County Hospitality Industry Grant Program.

The $30 million HIG program will be calculated based on individual percentages of eligible costs incurred, with a maximum award of $25,000 per establishment. The program will award grants to a maximum of two (2) establishments per restaurant/hospitality group. Priority will be given to applicants that have a single establishment. If an applicant has two or more establishments and requests assistance for both, then a single application must be submitted. Learn more and apply here.
RISE Loan Program
The RISE Loan program is now open to Miami-Dade County businesses impacted by COVID-19. The maximum loan amount a business can receive is $30,000. 
To be eligible, a business must operate within Miami-Dade County, be in operation for a minimum of 2-years, have gross sales of less than $2 Million and have 25 or fewer employees or independent contractors. Complete details on this program are available here.
To request assistance as an impacted business or employee, please email with your contact information and needs. All inquiries will be responded to via phone or email by a Resource Agent.

For a full listing of resources and information visit
View our frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 or email