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October 2022

The City of Miami Beach Economic Development Department is pleased to provide you with this monthly business newsletter that includes the latest information and resources available for our business community.

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Miami Beach Business Academy: Helping Local Businesses Find Success 

National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 - October 15, is a time when we celebrated the contributions of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture and success of our community. Join us as we proudly highlight local Mexican-American-owned business, Dulce Vida, a Miami Beach Business Academy participant, and successful recipient of the City of Miami Beach Emergency Small Business Reimbursement Grant, with the support of the City of Miami Beach Economic Development Department. 

Click here to read more.

City of Miami Beach Mourns Beloved DeAnne Connolly Graham

Click here to view press obituary.

2022 Miami Beach Hispanic Heritage Award Winners

The Miami Beach Hispanic Affairs Committee announced the 2022 Hispanic Heritage Award recipients. The award ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 6 p.m. at the Normandy Shores Golf Course (2401 Biarritz Dr.).


“Miami Beach is home to a large and robust population from many countries,” explained Hispanic Affairs Committee Chairperson Gabriel J. Paez. “We are once again pleased to acknowledge the vast contributions of Hispanic individuals and their cultures to our community.”


To view the 2022 award recipients click here.


Miami Beach Business Academy

Upcoming Seminars

Online Business & E-Commerce

October 4 & 25, 2022

Business continuity management is well underway in most organizations. As businesses recover from the impact of COVID-19, business continuity management is more important than ever. October seminars will discuss what you can do for your business to prepare any disaster.

Register here for the English seminar on October 4, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Register here for the Spanish seminar on October 25, 2022 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Looking for retail space? Consider this South Beach location at 1560 Lenox Ave or this corner space in the heart of Mid Beach at 3801 Collins Ave. If North Beach is on your list consider this location at 715 71st St.

To view other available properties, click here.


Comcast RISE Program Announces Additional $1 Million in Grants for South Florida Businesses

Comcast announced that it will award an additional $1 million in grants to 100 small businesses owned by women and people of color, including Black, Indigenous, Hispanic, and Asian American owners, among others, in Broward and Miami-Dade Counties, bringing the Comcast RISE program’s total investment in South Florida to $2 million.

Interested businesses can apply here. Applications will be accepted from October 3 through October 16, 2022.

Miami Bayside Foundation Accepting Applications for Upcoming Small Business Training Period

For entrepreneurs ready to take their business to the next level, the Miami Bayside Foundation (MBF) is now accepting applications for their upcoming 5-week, 14-session Small Business Training (SBT) program to help business owners sharpen their skills while learning how to prepare to access capital. 

To be accepted, small businesses must be active and in operation for a minimum of six months, at least 51% minority-owned, and located in Miami-Dade, Broward, or Monroe Counties. As defined by Florida statute, minorities include African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, Native Americans, and women.

For more information on program requirements and how to apply, click here.

Elevate D5: How to Find Customers Online Workshop

September 7 - October 17, 2022

“How to Find Customers Online” is an introductory course in digital marketing for small businesses, to assist them on how they can find, attract and retain customers online. Participating business owners will work with expert instructors and peer business owners to learn the BizHack Lead Building System™ methodology, create a Business Directory Listing, and develop a personalized Growth Roadmap that provides a clear plan of action with next steps for finding customers online.

To read program requirements and apply please click here.

2023 eMerge Global Startup Showcase

The eMerge Americas 2023 Startup Showcase is once again merging with Panoramic Ventures’ Startup Showdown and with the most active venture capital firm in Florida, Florida Funders, for a mega-pitch competition. Catapult your startup to the next level and pitch your brand in front of investors, decision makers and industry leaders at eMerge Americas on April 20-21, 2023.


Over 100 companies will be selected to compete within three tracks (University Stage, Early Stage, and Later Stage) for a chance to share their story on the eMerge Main Stage. The winning startup will receive over $400,000 in investment, as well as in-kind prizes that will be announced soon.

To read program requirements and apply, clichere.


City of Miami Beach Weekly Meetings

Stay up to date on all of our upcoming meetings. From Commission meetings to committee meetings, please click here for a full list with links to participate.

Forbes Travel Guide Hospitality Training 

October 24, 2022

This free interactive session will provide tools for leaders to guide their employees as to how to “capture golden nuggets” and how to exude pride while focusing on guest name usage as part of their daily interactions. This is a 90-minute session followed by a 15-minute Q&A.

To read more and to register click here.

Miami Beach Convention Center

Miami International Auto Show

October 15 - 23, 2022

Held in one of the nation’s hottest event destinations on South Beach, the Miami International Auto Show is expected to feature hundreds of new cars, trucks, SUVs, crossovers and the newest electric vehicles. Crowd pleasing exhibits such as Camp Jeep, Supercar Rooms Miami, Memory Lane, South Florida Rides and Car Boutique will once again be featured.

To purchase tickets click here.

26th Annual National LGBTQ Task Force Gala

October 22, 2022

The National LGBTQ Task Force Gala is the premier annual celebration of South Florida’s LGBTQ+ community. The Gala is a night for LGBTQ+ people and their supporters to unite our community, honor our heroes, and advance equality. The event is produced by the National LGBTQ Task Force. In addition to funding the work of the Task Force, the Gala also benefits numerous organizations serving the South Florida LGBTQ+ community.

For more information and to purchase tickets click here.

IBA 2022 - Annual Conference of The International Bar Association

October 30 - November 4, 2022

The International Bar Association (IBA) Annual Conference is the leading conference for legal professionals worldwide to meet, share knowledge, build contacts and develop business.

It serves to advance the development of international law and its role in business and society to provide members with world-class professional development opportunities to enable them to deliver outstanding legal services. 

For more information click here.


Miami Beach Emergency Small Business Expense Reimbursement Grant Funding Still Available

Small businesses in Miami Beach are encouraged to apply for a $20,000 emergency grant to cover rent, mortgage, utilities, payroll and operating expenses incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic. The grants are awarded on a first-come, first-qualified basis. Interested businesses may apply here.

Miami Beach Expedited Plan Review and Permitting Incentive Program

The City of Miami Beach is committed to diversifying the local economy by attracting and retaining companies in targeted industries like, financial services and technology. As part of this effort, the city is also offering an Expedited Plan Review and Permitting Program to incentivize targeted relocations, including expansions and associated development for companies. Click here to review full program guidelines.

Miami Beach Film & Production Incentive Program

Making movies and other film projects in Miami Beach has never been easier! A new incentive program brings new guidelines, and fewer restrictions. To review program guidelines and apply, click here.

Miami Beach Job Creation Incentive Program

The City of Miami Beach is offering the Job Creation Incentive Program (JCIP), a performance-based incentive adopted by the City Commission. The program aims to strategically attract new financial service companies and technology firms while helping existing businesses expand in Miami Beach to increase the number of high-wage jobs. Click here for more info and application details.

How to Apply for a Business Tax Receipt and a Certificate of Use

The choices you make affect your business operations, taxes, legal requirements, and revenue. View what you need to operate a business in Miami Beach here.

Plastic Free Miami Beach

PlasticFreeMB showcases businesses that have taken action to reduce plastics from their establishment and to help organizations learn and implement best practices in the area of environmental stewardship. Learn why and how we're combating single-use plastic hereInterested businesses can register here.

Pop-Up Venue Permit

Pop-up venues are temporary retail spaces that can be used to promote and sell products of all types, ranging from food and beverages, clothing or unique gifts. The concept has the potential for low overhead, low risk and is a great way to introduce yourself to the market, generate buzz, increase sales and extend the reach and exposure of your business. To apply for a City of Miami Beach Pop-Up Venue permit click here.

Miami Beach Vacant Storefront Cover Program

The City of Miami Beach relaunched the Vacant Storefront Cover Program in a continued effort to improve the appearance of vacant, street-level commercial buildings and support the lease-up of retail spaces throughout the city.

First unveiled in 2019, this initiative supports property owners, brokers, realtors and property managers by wrapping vacant storefront windows free of charge with one of five artistic designs preapproved by the city.

Click here to learn more about the program and how to get started. Interested brokers, realtors, property owners and managers should apply here and email the completed application to

Make A Bold Move - Business Assistance


Looking for Bid Opportunities?

If you would like to be notified of available competitive solicitations released by the City of Miami Beach, you must register your company through Periscope S2G, Supplier-to-Government by clicking here. Registration is easy and will take only a few minutes. Refer to the guide for instructions on how to register and submit an electronic bid here.

Become A Registered City of Miami Beach Vendor 

To read more and to register click here.


COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Site Near City Hall

Nomi Health continues to operate the testing and vaccination site located on the first floor of the Pennsylvania Garage (G9) at 17 Street and Pennsylvania Avenue. The site operates seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. with no appointment necessary. Vaccines are administered until 5 p.m., while testing continues until 6 p.m. The site is also administering the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 6 months+ and offering single booster doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to those eligible to receive them. Nomi Health has opened an additional walk-up testing site at 8400 Collins Ave for ages 5 and up. This location also operates seven days a week from 8 6 p.m. with no appointment necessary. It offers both rapid and PCR tests.


Click here for more information.

Help The City of Miami Beach Stop the Spread of Monkeypox

The safety and health of our residents, visitors, and businesses is our main priority. The City of Miami Beach continues to monitor monkeypox, a rare disease caused by infection with the monkeypox virus. Please click here to review the resources provided, as well as the link to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, for additional information on how to help mitigate the spread of the virus and create a safe environment for yourself and all of those who live, work, and play in our city.

Hurricane Preparedness for Small Businesses

A Business Emergency Response Team (BERT) training program can support and enhance your capabilities in an emergency situation. BERT volunteers can participate in efforts to increase the preparedness and resilience of the workplace and community. A BERT program equips employees with skills that enable them to perform basic disaster response operations in an emergency. Having trained volunteers on staff helps protect the health, safety, and lives of people at your workplace. Volunteers are trained using the FEMA Community Emergency Response Team basic Training curriculum. provides excellent resources for developing preparedness plans. You can find these resources listed under “Ready Business."


Visit or contact the Economic Development team here for more information on resources, finding the perfect location(s) for your business expansion or sharing  ideas for future topics. 


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