Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Tuesday, June 9, 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 of information, visit www.MBbiz.com.
Announcing the City of Miami Beach Small Business Grant
The city is introducing a grant program to assist Miami Beach businesses affected by the pandemic. The program aims to prevent job losses and assist those small businesses affected by emergency orders and business closures by providing working capital to help retain jobs held by low-income residents.

Award recipients will receive grants up to $10,000 for use on any business expense, such as payroll, utilities, rents, and COVID-related expenditures. Award recipients must hire or retain, for a period of 12 months, one (1) employee that resides in a Miami Beach household earning 80% or less AMI*, otherwise the award must be repaid back to the City. The business is not required to hire a new employee if a current employee earns 80% or less AMI and is a Miami Beach resident.

Funding is limited, so recipients will be randomly selected using a lottery. There will be two lottery pools of $100,000 each: one for businesses participating in the MB Standard program and one for businesses who are not. For more information about MB Standard, click here.

Eligibility
To be eligible, the following must apply to the business:
  • 5 employees or less, including the business owner
  • Only “nonessential” businesses that were forced to shut down during the pandemic, pursuant to an emergency order (i.e. no restaurants, banks, grocers etc.)
  • Located in the City of Miami Beach, with a valid BTR since February 1, 2019
  • Good standing with the Code Compliance and Finance departments.

How to Apply
The application and instructions will be made available on the City website later this week. Applications will only be accepted between Monday, June 15 and Tuesday, June 23. Following closure of the application window, a lottery will be conducted to randomly select winners until funding is depleted. If your business fails to meet eligibility requirements, its application will be disqualified before awarding of the grant.

Stay tuned for additional information on how to apply.
MDC’s Acclaimed Hospitality Institute to Provide COVID-19 Re-Opening Training to Area Hotels
Miami-Dade College’s (MDC) Hospitality Institute will provide online COVID-19 re-opening training to employees at hundreds of hotels in both the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association and the Greater Miami and the Beaches Hotel Association , as part of the county’s ongoing initiative, The New Normal: A Guide for Residents and Commercial Establishments, issued by Miami-Dade County Mayor and MDC alumnus Carlos Gimenez to safely re-open businesses.

The program prepares a “lead trainer” who then provides ongoing training to other employees. To learn more, click here .
COVID-19 Business Impact Survey
The City of Miami Beach 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)

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 .