Commissioner Sorenson honors Small Business Grant recipients

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Miami-Dade Commissioner Katy Sorenson congratulated the recipients of the Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program during a mandatory training workshop on Wednesday, Mar. 30, at the South Dade Regional Library.

A committee comprised of South Dade business leaders selected 32 grant winners from a pool of more than 120 applicants. Home-based businesses received up to $2,000 and businesses operating within a commercial property received a maximum grant amount of $4,000.

Leroy Jones, executive director of Neighbors and Neighbors Association (NANA), created the Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program to financially assist business owners throughout Miami-Dade County. Since the program’s inception in 1999, more than 4,000 business owners from all 13 districts have received funding.

As a result of last year’s budget cuts, there was a 30 percent decrease in available funds for the Mom and Pop Grant Program, with each commission district receiving $89,250 in available funds for the program.

“The Mom and Pop Grant Program has helped so many small businesses in my district that I wanted to make sure we had enough funds for at least 30 businesses,” Commissioner Sorenson said.

“Fortunately, I had $10,750 in carryover funds, raising the total available funds in District 8 for the Mom and Pop Grant Program to $100,000.”

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