Mom and Pop Small Business Grants available in Dist. 11

By Lorena Guerra-Macias….
Miami-Dade Commission chair Joe A. Martinez, who represents District 11, is encouraging business owners in his district to apply for the annual Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program.

Applicants may be eligible to receive up to $5,000 that can be used for purchasing equipment, supplies, inventory, commercial liability insurance, security systems, advertising and marketing, and making minor renovations.

Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for consideration:

• Business must be located in District 11.

• Provide proof (in the business’ name) that the business has been operating for at least one year (e.g. include copy of company’s license, state incorporations, sales tax, income tax or utility bill).

• Must submit copy of current Local Business Tax receipt (Miami-Dade County Occupational License) or paid receipt. Business name on application must match one on license. If license not required by Miami-Dade County, applicant must provide written proof from Tax Collector’s Department.

• A printed copy of your active State of Florida Corporation, if business is incorporated (can be obtained at sunbiz.org).

• Must submit picture of the outside of the business location (building, home office, or work vehicle).

• Must provide business’ physical address (no PO boxes accepted).

• Provide copy of business owner’s picture ID (driver’s license, Florida ID, or immigration card).

• Submit copy of 2010 tax returns, or 2009 if 2010 is not available.

• If applicable at the time of application, provide business’ DUN & Bradstreet D-UN- S Number. To obtain your D-U-N-S Number, call 1-866-705-5711 or visit http://fedgov.dnb.com/webform.

• All interested applicants must attend a mandatory informational meeting on Friday, Jan. 28, 11 a.m., at the West Kendall Regional Library, 10201 Hammocks Blvd.

One original and one copy of the application, in addition to all the requested documentation, must be hand-delivered to Commissioner Martinez’s district office at: 1401 SW 107 Ave., Suite 301M.

Applications can be typed or handwritten. Home-based businesses are eligible to apply. Elected officials and government board appointees also can apply, provided they receive written approval from the Miami- Dade County Commission on Ethics stating that there is no conflict of interest.

However, applications will be disqualified if the business in question is part of a national chain; relocates out of District 11 during the application process; has a delinquent loan with Miami-Dade County, a county department, or county-funded agency; is a non-profit organization; plans to use funding to purchase alcohol, tobacco or medicine, or if the business received Mom and Pop funding previously.

Applications will be accepted from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4, 2011. No late applications will be accepted after 5 p.m. on Feb. 4. A copy of the application will be available at the District 11 office and on its website at www.miamidade.gov/district11.

For more information, contact Martinez’s office at 305-552-1155.


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