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Small Business Week 2022

Join Miami-Dade County’s Small Business Development Division (SBD) to celebrate Small Business Week from May 2-6.  The SBD Division will join many national and local organizations to celebrate the critical contributions of entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Learn best practices, contracts, SBE Certification and much more.  To register click here,  under the Outreach Section, click on the “events” tab and select the event and date you’d like to attend. 

Oasis at Miami Gardens "First Friday Business Breakfast Session"

Every "First Friday" of the month, Oasis Business Incubator at Miami Gardens will host a series of business workshops on various topics that will empower, as well as equip business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs. This month, on May 6, we will be speaking about The Business Advantage: Educating | Empowering | Equipping.  Bring your experience, bring your questions, your concerns, and an open mind to receive vital information and free resources that will take your business to the next level.

North Miami Beach Small Business Expo

On May 10, the City of North Miami Beach will host the NMB Small Business Expo. Petra Brennan, our Director of Tourism Business Enhancement will be in attendance connecting small businesses to tourism business opportunities.  Featuring more than 100 of NMB’s best businesses and attracting over 2,500 attendees, the event offers businesses of all sizes the opportunity to showcase their specialty and target customers.

Business Grant Program From the City of North Miami Beach

From Marketing to Technology, apply to receive up to $5,000.  The City of North Miami Beach wants to empower you as a business owner and help you reach your full potential in the community.  To view requirements click here, the deadline to apply is May 12.

Multi-Chamber Networking Event: Cocktails & Conversations

Don’t miss out on this chance to engage, exchange and enjoy!  Connect with other area chamber members to expand your network. Hosted by the Greater North Miami Chamber of Commerce and held at FIU’s Biscayne Bay Campus Kovens Conference Center on May 17 from 6-8pm.  Learn more here. 

37th Annual Business Expo Virtual Trade Fair: Formula for Success

On May 18, join the Florida State Minority Supplier Development Council’s 37th Annual Business Expo Virtual Trade Fair.  ⁠The Business Expo will help you connect and grow your business through power-packed workshops, a MasterClass & CPO Forum.  Meet certified MBE suppliers with capacity, participate in the Supplier Diversity Roundtable and register for the Super Matchmaker where you can meet 1-on-1 with Corporate & Government Buying decision makers.

Miami + Tech: What Does it Mean for the Black Community?
Join the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce on May 20 for their annual symposium and business leaders luncheon. A fireside chat with also be held featuring AJ Yawn, Founder and CEO of BYTECHEK. To register click here.
Miami Bayside Foundation host WE ARE MIAMI 2022
Miami Bayside Foundation will host the WE ARE MIAMI 2022 event on May 26 from 6-8pm. The networking reception will take place at The Historic Alfred I. duPont Building at 169 East Flagler Street, 2nd Floor in Downtown Miami. The annual event brings together community partners, small businesses, and supporters as they celebrate shared successes. The Miami Bayside Foundation (MBF) is a nonprofit organization designed to advance economic development in South Florida through the support of minority businesses and education. For more information and to purchase tickets click here.
U.S. Small Business Administration Offers Two Free Training Courses to Help Navigate Government Contracts

Each year, the United States government awards billions of dollars in federal contracts to businesses in order to meet the needs of government agencies. There are also state and local government contracts available for businesses looking to get started in contracting. If you are considering joining the world of government contracting, there’s a lot of information to know. Sometimes it can be overwhelming, but the goal of these online seminars is to simplify the government contracting process. On May 26, learn from government contracting expert Felicia Streeter about how she won her first $7 million contract during this lunch and learn Do’s and Don’ts of  Government Contracting:  How I Won My First $7 Million Contract. Does your small business need access to more capital? If so, on May 27 join What is SSBCI? Learn About the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) Program to learn about the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 from government contracting expert Tommy Marks. This act reauthorized and expanded the State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) program, which was originally established in 2010. 

Spanish Small Business Training Workshop

The Miami Bayside Foundation in partnership with the GMCVB’s Tourism Business Enhancement program is graduating another class, fully in Spanish on May 12, as part of the Small Business Training.  The 14-session training is geared to small and mom & pop businesses interested in growing their business venture and learning sustainable practices around entrepreneurship. To learn more about the Small Business Training program, contact Petra Brennan, Director of Tourism Business Enhancement.

Are you a Small Business Owner in Miami Trying to Scale

The Idea Center at Miami Dade College are accepting applications for Cohort 7 of the Scale Up Miami Program. Scale Up Miami is a 12-week hands-on business program developed with one goal in mind: get you and your business ready to scale! Learn more about the program that will help you understand your business better and tackle your daily challenges in all areas of operations including marketing, finance, and strategy.

The Idea Center at Miami Dade College Launches Entrepreneur-in-Residence Program
The Idea Center at Miami Dade College (MDC), the College’s entrepreneurship and innovation hub, has launched a new Entrepreneur-in-Residence program that will bring experienced entrepreneurs to serve as mentors and resources for students. The program’s first resident is Doug Levine, Founder/CEO of Crunch Fitness and Big Move Properties; Co-founder and Chairman of Fridababy; and CEO of Matuse. Click here to learn more.
Join the Tap Tap Tours Team

Tap Tap Tours is searching for a vibrant Tour Guide to join their company. They are seeking a dynamic individual who is cultural savvy, a great storyteller, and someone who is knowledgeable about neighborhoods and communities.  Learn more by visiting here.

Transformative Experiences for the Culturally Curious Traveler

Cultural Heritage Alliance Tours (CHAT) is back and has gone global. Learn what CHAT has been up to during the global pandemic, their new business growth opportunities for Black-owned travel and tourism businesses and cultural attractions. CHAT is seeking to partner with small Black-owned businesses and cultural attractions throughout Miami as they relaunch and expand their Miami Black cultural heritage tour itineraries. Click here to request more information.

Business Entrepreneurship Specialist - College Credit Certificate by Miami Dade College
The Business Entrepreneurship Specialist College Credit Certificate is designed to prepare students for employment in entry-level positions or opening their own business or venture in the following areas: Family-Owned Business, Start-Up Venture, and Social Venture. Students may select one of the 3 options, but the certificate is awarded only once. To learn more visit Start-Up Entrepreneurship.
The Comcast RISE Investment Fund Will Award $1 Million in $10,000 Cash Grants to 100 Minority-Owned Small Businesses
The Comcast RISE Investment Fund provides monetary grants to help small, minority-owned businesses grow as thy navigate the challenges of the pandemic.  The investment Fund is the latest extension of Comcast RISE (Representation, Investment, Strength, Empowerment), the multi-year, multi-faceted initiative launched in 2020 to provide small businesses owned by entrepreneurs of diverse backgrounds the opportunity to apply for marketing, technology and capital resources. Comcast RISE is part of a larger $100 million Diversity, Equity and Inclusion initiative launched by Comcast to fight injustice and inequality against any race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation or ability.
Small Business Meet-up
With the rapid pace of things changing for Small Businesses, we invite you to join the Miami-Dade Chamber of Commerce for your chance to meet other business owners, talk strategy, and get the latest on COVID-19 recovery.  Every Tuesday and Friday at 4:00 p.m. via Zoom. Register here.
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