Survival Threat
Featured article in the September 2020 Issue of The MReport
Written by Michelle Garcia Gilbert, Esq.

Minority- and women-owned companies are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. What can be done to ensure these companies don’t disappear?

The stats are in, and they are sobering. Over 50% of small businesses with employees, face immediate risks to survival due to the impacts of COVID-19.1 This represents about 4 million companies, with “small business” being roughly defined as those with fewer than 250 employees. Within the small business category are minority- and women-owned business enterprises (MWBEs).
Member Spotlight: Michelle Garcia Gilbert
The Solo & Small Firm Section member spotlight this week is on Executive Council member Michelle Garcia Gilbert, Managing Partner of Gilbert Garcia Group P.A. in Tampa. Michelle has practiced real estate and business law since 1989 and has substantial litigation experience in default and non-default cases, including jury and non-jury trials, motion practice and appellate oral argument. She also has managed the firm’s expansion into probate, estate planning, business transactional and corporate law. Read Michelle's member spotlight on Facebook.
5 for 5 Facebook Live with Michelle Gilbert and Working Women of Tampa Bay
Michelle Garcia Gilbert is a member of the Diversity Committee and would like to invite you to participate in "Miles for Justice" event hosted by The 13th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee & HCBA Diversity Committee. To register:
NetDirector writes:

For September’s Mortgage Banking Customer Spotlight, we wanted to focus on a firm that has been implementing and adapting in spite of the many hardships that 2020 has brought to the Default Servicing industry.
Congratulations to Gilbert Garcia Group, P.A.!

We had several employees celebrate their work anniversaries this past month. We congratulate Daniel on his one year with the firm, Angela on her three years with the firm and Eva gets huge kudos on her ten year work anniversary!
For our philanthropy this month, we decided to have another blood drive in order to help our community. We had a great turnout and thank everyone that participated in this drive!