MCC’s presentation on Sept. 21 to assist with expedited loans, grants, and contract opportunities

IRMA LOGOFollow-up to initial (Sept 18) workshop expected to net high volume of participation by local minority businesses – focusing on FEMA, SB, HUD, and State of Florida “Bridge Loan”

The Minority Chamber of Commerce and South Florida affiliates will gather for a second installment of a crucial small business workshop to review time-sensitive guidelines and protocols in obtaining assistance in recovering from the financial and economic impact of Hurricane Irma. MCC hosts the event on Monday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Chamber’s business center at 1951 NW 7th Ave., Miami FL, 33136.

According to MCC President and Founder Doug Mayorga, “Back by popular demand, this second presentation will provide basic guidelines that will help businesses of any size develop a business continuity plan, as well as obtain a loan, contract, or grants that will help the overall economy of our community.”

Through key contacts that the staff and volunteers of MCC have made with federal government officials, as well as with large firms across the state and region, the Chamber is uniquely qualified to help business owners connect with the resources and business opportunities necessary to get their businesses back up and running following Hurricane Irma.

MCC hosts the event on Monday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Chamber’s business center at 1951 NW 7 Ave.

MCC hosts the event on Monday, Sept. 21 at 11 a.m. at the Chamber’s business center in Miami.

In the weeks following Hurricane Wilma, over $10 million in loans were brought into Miami-Dade County, Mayorga notes. “And now we are ready to again help implement disaster plan, assess damage, and to help businesses consider whether a backup location is needed. “The Chamber is prepared to assist members and partners in identifying multiple opportunities,” he said.

The State of Florida, FEMA, SBA, and HUD, are ready to provide billions of dollars in assistance in accordance with the response and recovery plan in South Florida, as well as current assistance efforts, and what local companies can do to obtain support. Additionally, conference participants will learn how to step up as a contractor for MCC’s national members and the U.S. government.

Assistance to small businesses in economic and physical damage:

  • Loans of up to $2 million are available for small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, and private and non-profit organizations of all sizes experiencing cash-flow issues as a direct result of the disaster and who need operational capital funds to recover. This loan, in combination with a property loss, loan cannot exceed $2 million – be it in economic or physical damages.
  • Loans up to $500,000 for farms and aquifers to cover production and property costs, excluding primary residence (Department of Agriculture).

Contracting Opportunities:

Employment Opportunities:

  • The U.S. Small Business Administration is hiring temporary employees to assist with the agency’s disaster recovery efforts at several locations across the country.  For more information: click on the “view jobs.”

MCC members will receive free access to the workshop and assistance without charge. For information, contact Maria Loaisiga at 786-406-2190 or at


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