Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Thursday, December 3, 2020
We continue to provide our business community with the latest updates and tools from the City of Miami Beach during this pandemic.
Miami Beach Launches Race to Trace
The City of Miami Beach announced the launch of Race to Trace, a new program intended to provide focused COVID-19 contact tracing and other health resources to Miami Beach hotels, restaurants as well as cultural venues. Funded under a grant from The Rockefeller Foundation, the program will provide businesses with a dedicated strike team of seasoned contact tracers from the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in Miami-Dade County to keep employees and patrons safe.

The Rockefeller Foundation awarded grants to the City of Miami Beach and Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to further the goals of its National COVID-19 Testing & Tracing Action Plan. The Plan supports reopening the economy through a combination of effective testing, contact tracing and strengthening of data platforms and public education campaigns to better track and monitor the spread of the disease.

For more information, click here
FPL Main Street Recovery Credit Program
FPL is excited to announce the Florida Public Service Commission has approved the Main Street Recovery Credit Program aimed towards providing credits to qualifying small businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic.

Qualifying small businesses would receive a monthly 10% credit on the energy charge portion of their electric bill for the duration of the program. The company will implement the FPL Main Street Recovery Credit Program for qualifying small businesses in January and offer bill credits through the end of 2021. Establishments in FPL’s service area that are eligible to apply for the program include new small businesses, small businesses that were inactive for at least six months in 2020, and existing small businesses operating in federal Opportunity Zones in FPL’s service area.

Beginning next month, interested businesses can apply for the program here
SFRPC Small Business Loans Available Through Cares Act
The South Florida Regional Planning Council (SFRPC) has secured funds from the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration (EDA) to capitalize a small business revolving loan fund for businesses adversely impacted by COVID-19. These funds, provided pursuant to the March 2020 Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), will be administered by the SFRPC through its Revolving Loan Fund CARES Act Program.

Small businesses, sole proprietors and 501c3 Organizations located within Miami-Dade County are eligible for loan amounts ranging from $25,000 to $500,000 based upon the borrower's needs, repayment ability and the amount financed.

For more information on program guidelines and to apply, click here.
Miami Beach Restaurant Reimbursement Grant Program
The Miami Beach Restaurant Reimbursement Grant is open to restaurants in the city that are not part of a chain or franchise. Mobile food trucks, pop-up restaurants, carts, restaurants within hotels, nightclubs, bars without restaurants and home-based businesses are not eligible to apply. Participating restaurants may not have any outstanding code violations, liens, pending litigation, outstanding ad valorem property taxes and must meet all other program requirements.

Due to the volume of restaurants, this is a first-come, first-qualified, first-served grant of up to $1,000 in expense reimbursement for third-party delivery service fees. The program is available for eligible restaurants located within the city of Miami Beach.

Interested applicants can review program guidelines and/or create a new profile to submit their application here. Applications are currently being accepted.
To request assistance as an impacted business or employee, please email ResourceCenter@miamibeachfl.gov 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 www.MBbiz.com
View our frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19 or email MBCovid@miamibeachfl.gov.