Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Monday, January 4, 2021
We continue to provide our business community with the latest updates and tools from the City of Miami Beach during this pandemic.
Emergency Grants Available for Miami Beach Small Businesses
Small businesses in Miami Beach that have been hurt by the pandemic can soon apply for up to $20,000 in emergency grant money. The funds can be used to pay for rent, mortgage, utilities, payrolls, operating supplies and other types of business expenses.
 
As a condition of accepting the money, small businesses must retain or create one job filled by a Miami Beach resident of low-to-moderate income or the business must be owned by a low-to-moderate income wage earner. Businesses should be prepared to show 2020 and 2021 business tax receipts, tax returns, bank statements, payroll documents, invoices and proof of payment for eligible expenses.

The grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-qualified basis. Interested businesses are encouraged to review application guidelines and apply here. Applications may be submitted beginning on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9 a.m.
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 hereApplications are currently being accepted.
FPL Main Street Recovery Credit Program Now Accepting Applications
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 that began service on December 1, 2020, small businesses that were inactive for at least six months in 2020, and existing small businesses operating in communities under the Opportunity Zones Program designated by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Applications are currently being accepted here.
North Beach CRA Charrette
Join the City of Miami Beach for a public design charrette on the North Beach Community Redevelopment Agency Plan beginning January 11 - 15, 2021.

The goal is to plan for the future of the North Beach CRA. A charrette is rapid, intensive and includes a series of creative work sessions between the public and the design team to produce a plan for the future. Click here to view the upcoming sessions and register today!
Miami Beach Race to Trace Program
The City of Miami Beach has launched 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.

In order to assess businesses’ needs and measure the success of the program, the city is conducting a statistically valid survey.  Please take 5 minutes to complete the survey, here. The results will greatly contribute to the planning efforts for this program, and your input will remain confidential. 
For more information, visit the Miami Beach Race to Trace webpage or email info@race2trace.com.
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.