February 2022

The City of Miami Beach Economic Development Department is pleased to provide you with this monthly business newsletter that includes the latest information and resources available for our business community.

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Savoring Generational Excellence: Fat Ronnie’s Culture & Cuisine

In honor of Black History Month, we are pleased to highlight Fat Ronnie’s Burger Bar, a fifth generation African-American owned restaurant located in the heart of Miami Beach. Read more on how this family owned business was passed on from generation to generation here.

Chick’N Jones Chef Amaris Jones: Driven, Diverse, and Delicious Cooking

Meet the newest addition to the popular TimeOut Market located in the heart of Miami Beach, Chick'N Jones, a modern fried chicken concept curated by chef, social media influencer, and TV personality Amaris Jones.

Read more >


Get started on your search for retail space at 456 W 41st St and this space in the heart of South Beach at 1510 Alton Rd.

To view other available properties, click here.


Miami-Dade's Strive305 Small Business Initiative and BizHack Academy to Offer Free Digital Marketing Training in 2022 

Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava’s Strive305 Small Business Initiative and Miami-based BizHack Academy have announced Season 3 of their Digital Marketing Master Class Series focused on how small businesses can use digital marketing to start the new year strong. The Season 3 Master Classes will cover essential topics for small business growth including Content Marketing, Google Business Profile, and Brand Marketing.

Click here for more info and to register.


Miami Beach Awarded $18.6 Million in Environmental Resilience Grants

The City of Miami Beach has been awarded $18.6 million through the Resilient Florida Grant Program. The awards include $10 million to create a resilient and thriving community in the North Beach Town Center, $7.6 million towards the city’s aging sewer system and $1 million to enhance the dune system along the beach to provide nature-based protection for upland properties. 

Read more here.

Miami-Dade District 4 Mom and Pop Small Business Grant

Small business owners in Miami-Dade's District 4 are invited to apply for Commissioner Sally Heyman's Annual Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program.

Applicants may be eligible to receive up to $5,000, depending on the number of applicants, which can be used for purchasing equipment, supplies, inventory, commercial liability insurance, security systems, advertising, marketing, making minor renovations, salaries/wages, and rent/mortgage.

Applications are due by noon on Feb. 18, 2022.

Click here to apply.

Miami Beach Offers Free Tax Preparation Services

Recognized as a best practice site by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for its fast and reliable tax preparation program, the City of Miami Beach will once again offer free income tax preparation services from Feb. 1 through Apr. 15, 2022 for households earning $57,000 or less and persons with disabilities.

Tax preparation services will be offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays via appointment and will be held in person when possible or via a drop-off method. Appointments can be made now through the end of tax season by calling 305.673.7491. Special services are offered to taxpayers with limited English skills or disabilities

For more information click here.

KKR Support for Small Business Builders Grant

Created as a key pillar of KKR's COVID-19 Relief Effort, KKR Small Business Builders (SBB) aims to support entrepreneurs and their small businesses around the world. The grants are designed to help business owners sustain their enterprises, maintain or create jobs, and spur economic opportunity as they respond to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and recover from its resultant economic dislocation.

Click here to review full program guidelines.


Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show

Feb. 16 - 20, 2022

The Miami International Boat Show and the Miami Yacht Show have joined forces to create the Discover Boating Miami International Boat Show. To purchase tickets, click here.

Click here to view a full listing of all upcoming events >

South Beach Wine & Food Festival

Feb. 24 - 27, 2022

The Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by Capital One (SOBEWFF®) is a national, star-studded, four-day destination event showcasing the talents of the world’s most renowned wine and spirits producers, chefs and culinary personalities.

All net proceeds from the Festival benefit the Florida International University Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management.

Tickets may be purchased here.

Miami Beach Live! A Celebration of Music, Art and Culture

The City of Miami Beach is proud to unveil Miami Beach Live!, a month-long celebration in March 2022 that will feature a variety of thrilling activations and live events designed to engage all five senses. Every Friday through Sunday from March 1 – March 29, 2022, Miami Beach Live! will host an exciting and diverse lineup of programming in and around Lummus Park and the beachfront areas from 10 to 13 streets.

Locals and visitors will be able to enjoy thematic weekend programming –including Dance, Pop, International, and Symphonic/Broadway– across an array of music, arts, culture, and culinary offerings. Every weekend throughout the month features a Friday night movie, Saturday evening headlining concert, and a Sunday dine-around spotlighting Miami Beach’s best-in-class culinary offerings and prix fixe menus.

For a full listing of events and to purchase tickets click here.

Take Care of Our City

The City of Miami Beach needs you to join our Spring Break Safety Campaign. Whether you are a business, a hotel or a cultural center, we want to promote what you have going on during the month of March to our residents and visitors. 

The ask is simple – send us a high resolution image of you or your business, your top safety tip for how visitors can enjoy Miami Beach safely, and a list of your top 3-5 things that people must do to enjoy their time in Miami Beach. Our designers will create an image like the one you see above, with a unique QR code that will link out to a web page dedicated just to you and your business. It’s the perfect way to promote safety in our City during Spring Break, while showcasing the amazing things to do in our City during this time. To take part, click the link and submit your form here.

Miami Beach Convention Center

Upcoming Events


Mar. 3 - 4, 2022

PBEXPO 2022 celebrates the innovations that strengthen the aviation & aerospace community, featuring new practices, live education, and networking opportunities – all under one roof in the heart of Miami Beach.

To register, please visit here.


Mar. 6 - 9, 2022

ViVE merges the leadership of CHIME and the digital marketplace of HLTH to create a technology event focused on the business of transformation in healthcare. To purchase tickets click here.


Miami Beach Emergency Small Business Expense Reimbursement Grant - Funding Still Available

Small businesses in Miami Beach are encouraged to apply now for a $20,000 emergency grant for rent, mortgage, utilities, payroll and operating expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic as funding is still available.


The grants are awarded on a first-come, first-qualified basis. Interested businesses may apply here.

Miami Beach Vacant Storefront Cover Program

The City of Miami Beach relaunched the Vacant Storefront Cover Program in a continued effort to improve the appearance of vacant, street-level commercial buildings and support the lease-up of retail spaces throughout the city.

First unveiled in 2019, this initiative supports property owners, brokers, realtors and property managers by wrapping vacant storefront windows free of charge with one of five artistic designs preapproved by the city.

Click here to learn more about the program and how to get started. Interested brokers, realtors, property owners and managers should apply here and email the completed application to Mbbiz@miamibeachfl.gov.

Miami Beach Expedited Plan Review and Permitting Incentive Program

The City of Miami Beach is committed to diversifying the local economy by attracting and retaining targeted industries including financial services and technology.

As part of this effort, the city is also offering an Expedited Plan Review and Permitting Program to incentivize targeted relocations, including expansions and associated development for companies.

Click here to review full program guidelines.

Miami Beach Job Creation Incentive Program (JCIP)

The City of Miami Beach is offering the Job Creation Incentive Program (JCIP), a performance-based incentive adopted by the City Commission. The program aims to strategically attract new financial services companies and technology firms while helping existing businesses expand in Miami Beach to increase the number of high-wage jobs.

Click here for more info and application details.

Pop-Up Venue Permit

Pop-up venues are temporary retail spaces that can be used to promote and sell products of all types, ranging from food and beverages, clothing or unique gifts. The concept has the potential for low overhead, low risk and is a great way to introduce yourself to the market, generate buzz, increase sales and extend the reach and exposure of your business. To apply for a City of Miami Beach Pop-Up Venue permit click here.

Miami Beach Film & Production Incentive Program

Making movies and other film projects in Miami Beach has never been easier! New guidelines, less restrictions – and a new incentive program to subsidize productions in Miami Beach.

To review program guidelines and to apply, click here.


Become A Registered City of Miami Beach Vendor

The city has finalized the transition to a new financial software system. One of the many new features now available is our online Vendor Self-Service webpage, allowing city vendors to easily update contacts, attachments (W-9) and commodity information. The Vendor Self-Service (VSS) webpage will also provide you with purchase orders and payment information.

Click here to register

Looking for Bid Opportunities?

If you would like to be notified of available competitive solicitations released by the City of Miami Beach, you must register your company through Periscope S2G, Supplier-to-Government by clicking here.

Registration is easy and will take only a few minutes. Refer to the guide for instructions on how to register and submit an electronic bid here.


COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Site Near City Hall

Nomi Health continues to operate the testing and vaccination site located on the first floor of the Pennsylvania Garage (G9) at 17 Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The site operates seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Vaccines are administered until 6 p.m., while testing continues until 7 p.m.

The site is also administering the COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 and offering single booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those eligible to receive them. Nomi Health has opened an additional walk-up testing site at 8400 Collins Ave. This location also operates seven days a week from 8 a.m.to 7 p.m. with no appointment necessary. It offers both rapid and PCR tests.

Click here for more information.


Visit MBBIZ.com or contact the Economic Development team here for more information on resources, finding the perfect location(s) for your business expansion or to share feedback on the newsletter and/or information for future articles. 


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