Cutler Bay

Completed applications for Mom and Pop grants can be turned in

Commercial businesses are eligible to receive up to $5,000, with a $1,000 sustainability initiatives bonus, and home-based businesses are eligible to receive up to $2,500 in grant money for Miami-Dade County District 8.

“Small businesses make up over 99 percent of employers,” Mayor Peggy Bell said. “They provide funding for local government to pay for schools, police and fire services. Small businesses provide job opportunities for local residents, which saves commuting time, energy and money.”

An informational workshop explaining the application and requirements for the Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program was held at 5:45 p.m. on March 12 in the auditorium of the South Dade Regional Library in Cutler Bay.

“We need to grow and support the small owned and operated businesses in Cutler Bay and throughout Miami-Dade,” District 8 Miami-Dade County Commissioner Daniella Levine Cava said. “Small businesses are the backbone of economic development and are vital to growing the middle class.”

Completed applications will be accepted from March 16 to 4 p.m. on March 20. Applications can be picked up and hand-delivered to the district office at 10710 SW 211th St., Suite 103. Late applications will not be accepted.

“The Mom and Pop grants are one way that county government invests in the business community, while simultaneously giving people the resources and tools necessary to invest in their own communities,” Levine Cava said. “This program allows small businesses in Cutler Bay to interact with county government.”

The grant has been in existence since 1999 and is a county program available in all 13 districts to Miami-Dade County residents. Businesses that present projects with a green or sustainability initiative will receive an additional $1,000.

The Miami-Dade County program provides financial and technical assistance to selected small businesses that are approved for funding. Funding can be used to purchase inventory and supplies, equipment, marketing and advertising, building and business insurance, minor renovations, security systems, work vehicles, and professional services. Free technical assistance is also available.

“Cutler Bay small businesses have pride in their town, caring about their customers, because often they are their neighbors,” Bell said. “In return they receive loyalty from these customers, making their businesses more successful.”

For more information contact Elizabeth Tejera in the office of Miami-Dade Commissioner Bruno Barreiro at 305-643-8525 or Alice Townsend at the Neighbors and Neighbors Association (NANA) at 305-756-0605.

“The Mom and Pop grants are an excellent program that invests in small businesses across municipalities,” Levine Cava said. “My office has been responding to many questions and much interest about the grants. We held a workshop… to facilitate the process and answer resident questions. These grants can help many businesses make investments that will help them grow and offer more goods and services to the community.”

Applications were available from Feb. 23 to March 16. Online applications can be found at www.miamidade.gov/district08.

At its upcoming March 18 meeting, the town council has several items on its consent agenda, including two RFQ’s. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Town Hall’s Council Chambers, 10720 Caribbean Blvd.

One upcoming resolution authorizes the issuance of a request for qualification (RFQ), or a request for bid, for designing and costs estimates for a new aquatics facility, that would replace Cutler Ridge Park pool.

A second resolution authorizes the issuance of an RFQ for conceptual design plans and cost estimate services for the town center plaza.

The parks and recreation advisory committee voted to accept the Youth Council’s recommendation to rename the linear park to Blue Heron Park at its Feb. 2 meeting and will request the town to do the same.

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