Business Update for those Facing the Impact of COVID-19
Friday, June 12, 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.
Available Now! Application Form for City of Miami Beach Small Business Grant
The application form for the City of Miami Beach is now available online for the city's grant aimed at Miami Beach small businesses affected by the pandemic. The program aims to avoid 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 (Area Median Income), 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.

Household Size Low-Income (80%) AMI
  • 1 - Person $51,200
  • 2 - Person $58,500
  • 3 - Person $65,800
  • 4 - Person $73,100
  • 5 - Person $78,950
  • 6 - Person $84,800
  • 7 - Person $90,650
  • 8 - Person $96,500

How to Apply
To apply for the Miami Beach Small Business Grant, click here Applications will only be accepted between Monday, June 15 at 9 a.m. and Friday, June 26 at 5 p.m. Following screening for eligibility, applicants will be entered in either one of two lottery drawings:

  • (1) businesses participating in the MB Standard program
  • (2) businesses who are not participating in the program

For more information about MB Standard, click here or visit MBbiz.com . Following expiration of the application window, award recipients will be randomly selected by lottery until program funding is depleted. If a business fails to meet eligibility requirements, the business will be disqualified from consideration.
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 .
Coronavirus Resources
Events
Cities are using federal Community Development Block Grants dollars in innovative ways to meet the need for food, housing, and other COVID-related assistance. Find out how in a webinar hosted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies.

The webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 16 at 1 p.m. EDT. Register here and please send any questions you’d like answered in advance by email by June 15.

Resources

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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