[Miami Beach] – The City of Miami Beach Economic Development Department will unveil the Miami Beach Business Academy on Wednesday, May 11. Starting with a 90-minute introduction online seminar from 5 p.m. for English speakers and 6:30 p.m. for Spanish speakers. The academy aims to provide business assistance to new, aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs.
“Small businesses are the backbone of the city’s economy. Their ability to thrive, grow and prosper is critical to long-term viability. As well as the financial health of the city,” explained Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber.
The goal of the academy is to equip new businesses with the tools to succeed in the early stages of development. In addition to strengthening the operations of more established businesses through a combination of online instructions. Individual counselling, peer support groups, mentoring, reflection leadership and other techniques. The launch coincides with International Economic Development Week May 9-13.
The academy’s inaugural programming will include free, virtual and in-person technical support training. Funded by the Community Development Block Grant — Coronavirus. The introductory webinar includes an overview of the training program, schedule, and delivery methods. Interested entrepreneurs can join the webinar via Zoom here.
Mission of the Miami Beach Business Academy
The academy represents a partnership between the Miami Beach Department of Economic Development and Prospera, a South Florida nonprofit that specializes in bilingual assistance to entrepreneurs and small businesses. The Miami Beach Business Academy will be designed to inspire, develop skills, identify capital and turn business concepts into reality. The program runs from May to December.
The Prospera program is designed to support at least 12 virtual capacity building training sessions. Including topics on growth strategy analysis, business best practices, business continuity, access to capital, digital presence and payroll management.
“We understand the importance of building a strong, resourceful and sustainable small business community…. We are committed to delivering a top-notch business program that will produce tangible and meaningful results.
-Alina T. Hudak, Miami Beach City Manager
The Miami Beach Business Academy is an extension of the city’s ongoing efforts to help the local community and small businesses and their workforce navigate life after the pandemic.
Similarly, the City of Miami Beach Small Business Emergency Reimbursement Grant Program supports and promotes the business viability of eligible businesses by providing up to $20,000 in reimbursement for expenses incurred during the pandemic at their location. major. The grant is administered and awarded on a first-come, first-qualified, first-served basis through an online application.
Interested candidates should review program guidelines and login or create a new profile to preview the app. Applications will remain open until funds are exhausted.