Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Friday, May 29, 2020
The City of Miami Beach is committed to working with our community businesses and stakeholders to keep everyone informed as this pandemic continues to unfold. Please find below the latest information on mandates/guidelines as well as business resources.  For a full listing information, visit www.MBbiz.com.
The MB Standard
As more businesses open, we want to ensure a high level of consumer confidence for residents and visitors as they visit establishments. Through our new decal initiative coined the MB Standard program, we intend to facilitate identification of those businesses who have committed to implementing additional measures to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 — beyond those already required by Miami-Dade Count or the city.
To participate in the program, businesses must agree to the following measures to achieve the MB Standard:
  • Have all employees tested for COVID-19 by the later of June 8, 2020 or the date of reopening
  • Provide monthly COVID-19 testing to all employees
  • Conduct temperature and health screenings of all employees daily
  • Have a contact tracing protocol in place
  • Provide monthly reports to the city noting how many employees were tested, numeric count of results and measures
The MB Standard recognition will help patrons feel more comfortable as they shop or eat at participating establishments because they know these places have committed to following best practices to curb COVID-19! Businesses that partake in the program will also be listed on the city’s Miami Beach Reopening webpage at www.miamibeachfl.gov/reopening .

Miami-Dade County Small Business
Assistance Forgivable Loan Program
Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners created a $5 million Small Business Assistance Forgivable Loan Program (SBAFLP) utilizing the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds allocated through the Federal Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).

The loans will be up to $25,000, with 0% interest and no origination fees. The "forgivable" feature of the loans rests on the ability of the small business borrower to retain jobs that are held by those of low or moderate income, meaning those who earn less than 80% of the annual Area Median Income. In Miami-Dade County, the annual AMI for a single person is $51,200.

To be eligible, the small business must meet certain criteria such as: having no more than 25 employees, providing some evidence of being impacted by COVID-19, and not previously having received assistance from other special COVID-19 programs, such as the federal Paycheck Protection Program. Click here to learn more.
COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
The city's Economic Development Department is evaluating the financial impact caused by the COVID-19 pandemic on our local businesses. The Business Impact Survey will help capture the impact on key issues, such as business operations, financial performance, employees and supply chains.

Results from the survey will be used by the city to evaluate opportunities for assistance.
Please click here to assist the city in capturing information regarding how COVID-19 has directly affected your business. ( Example: Financial, level of capacity and/or operation)
Miami-Dade County Small Business Box
Miami-Dade County is committed to helping businesses get back to work. If you’re re-opening your small business and need assistance, Miami-Dade County is offering the Back-to-Business box. These boxes come with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to assist with safety requirements.

Please see the requirements for small business owners here and follow the application process for the issuance of PPE. Supplies are limited and will be provided as available on a first come, first serve basis.
Best Practice for Social Distancing at your Business
Click here to view the Miami-Dade County best practices for social distancing at your business. Visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/reopening to view our guidelines per industry.

One Fair Emergency Fund
ONE FAIR WAGE Emergency Fund for Tipped and Service Workers is raising money for hospitality workers and will be making temporary cash gifts to workers as funding becomes available:
  • To contribute to this cause, please click here
  • To apply for these resources, please click here

Webinars and Workshops coming up
FIU PC Roundtable with South Florida's Hospitality & Tourism Industry Leaders
FIU President's Council Roundtable: South Florida Hospitality Industry Leaders offer an in-depth conversation about the new normal of our community's Hospitality & Tourism industry .

Tuesday, June 2
2 PM - 3 PM
To register, please click here

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 .
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