Florida SBDC at FIU Business helps small businesses obtain $27.6 million in COVID-19 aid.

As small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic struggle to hang on, the Florida SBDC at FIU Business (FSBDC) has helped owners in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties navigate disaster assistance programs, getting funds into the business’ hands and developing strategies to weather the crisis. As of June 18, 2020, the FSBDC has helped 273 local […]

FSBDC at FIU helps South Florida dental practice begin its recovery.

South Florida dentist Nolyris Alvarez is cautiously optimistic. Her dental practice, Oral Facial Comprehensive Care, has begun a slow recovery from the COVID-19 crisis. Payment arrangements are set with creditors. Patients are going to the dentist again. Many of her employees returned. But costs continue to increase, and monthly billings are down between 30 and […]

Florida SBDC at FIU Business helps small businesses obtain $24.1 million in COVID-19 aid.

Florida SBDC at FIU Business helps small businesses obtain $24.1 million in COVID-19 aid.

As small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic struggle to hang on, the Florida SBDC at FIU Business (FSBDC) has helped owners in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties navigate disaster assistance programs, getting funds into the business’ hands and developing strategies to weather the crisis. As of June 2, 2020, the FSBDC has helped local businesses obtain $24.1 million in […]

Cellular retailer turns to FSBDC to develop a “new normal” strategy.

UNICOMM Paging & Cellular, considered an essential business, wasn’t ordered to close amid the coronavirus pandemic. But it may as well have, as stay-at-home orders kept customers away and sales plummeted? “Our company is brick and mortar retail, and we depend on door swings,” said Sam Brejt, CEO of UNICOMM. “Sales were down 80 percent […]

Florida SBDC at FIU Business guides small business owners to obtain $5.9 million in COVID-19 aid.

Florida SBDC at FIU Business guides small business owners to obtain $20.8 million in COVID-19 aid.

Amid increasing challenges, small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic try to plan for an uncertain future. The Florida SBDC at FIU Business (FSBDC) has obtained $20.8 million in assistance for businesses in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties as it works with them to redirect their strategy and resources as the economy slowly opens. “Our team […]

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Florida SBDC at FIU helps local companies get nearly $4.5 million in loans–and essential guidance.

As federal and state options for small business assistance evolve, the Florida SBDC at FIU Business (FSBDC) continues to provide much-needed help in sorting through available programs and guiding businesses toward solutions. As of April 10, 2020, the center helped local businesses obtain nearly $4.5 million in Florida Small Business Emergency Bridge Loans, which provide up to […]

South Florida organic business turns to FSBDC at FIU for help in staying afloat.

South Florida organic business turns to FSBDC at FIU for help in staying afloat.

Miami-based distribution and co-packing company I Was Thinking strives to grow the presence of its imported natural and organic products at supermarkets across South Florida and beyond. Yet the demands of operating in the COVID-19 environment threatened to bring the business to a halt. “The coronavirus hit us on two sides – payroll and customer […]

Florida SBDC at FIU Business offers support to local businesses impacted by COVID-19.

Florida SBDC at FIU Business helps local companies obtain nearly $3.5 million in bridge loans to date.

The coronavirus has delivered a serious blow to small businesses throughout South Florida, and many are afraid of what the future holds. Amidst this crisis, the Florida SBDC at FIU Business (FSBDC), is providing much-needed assistance. As of April 6, 2020, the center helped local businesses obtain nearly $3.5 million in Florida Small Business Emergency […]

How to market during the covid 19 crisis and the recession it brings.

How to market during the COVID-19 crisis and the recession it brings.

Amid unprecedented fear, anxiety and uncertainty, small businesses may think it’s time to pause their marketing. Not so fast. Marketing and branding experts say this is the time to strategically continue investing in marketing, yet the messaging needs to shift for the coronavirus recession we are entering. “Marketing is about meeting your customer where they […]

Florida SBDC at FIU client receives national recognition for her recovery from Hurricane Irma.

Florida SBDC at FIU client receives national recognition for her recovery from Hurricane Irma.

As one of the oldest burger joints on Miami Beach, Cheeseburger Baby has a fitting motto: “Keeping it Classic.” However, it’s an ideal that the company struggled to keep after Hurricane Irma struck in 2017, nearly wiping out the restaurant business. Not only did Cheeseburger Baby endure the storm, it now is a model for […]