MIAMI-DADE CHAMBER of COMMERCE

RESOURCES

U.S Small Business Association

Since its founding on July 30, 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

South Florida District Office
100 S. Biscayne Blvd 7th Floor
Miami, FL 33131

Phone: 305-536-5521
Fax: 305-536-5058
District Director: Francisco A. Marrero

The Beacon Council

Our experienced economic development professionals are ready to assist you in a wide range of areas, including:

  • the site selection process
  • planning for an expansion or relocation
  • applying for business incentives
  • obtaining timely market research
  • connecting with government and private-sector decision-makers
  • becoming a member of Miami-Dade’s economic development partnership
  • assisting with other services that support your business goals

The Beacon Council
80 SW 8th Street, Suite 2400
Miami, Florida 33130

Web: www.beaconcouncil.com
Email: info@beaconcouncil.com
Phone: 305-579-1300
Fax: 305-375-0271

Miami-Dade County Public Schools

Procurement Management Services
There are many opportunities for vendors, contractors, and consultants to do business with Miami-Dade County Public Schools. As one of the largest businesses in Florida, the District purchases all types of supplies, materials, commodities, and services; as well as constructing and maintaining a large variety of facilities. The School Board is committed to promoting and developing business relationships with a wide variety of businesses and ensuring that minority and women owned businesses as well as eligible local businesses have the chance to compete for a fair share of these opportunities. These opportunities are advertised in the print media, and publicized here on this web site. Interested parties should submit a completed Vendor Application Form (rev.09-14) and frequently visit our Bid Solicitation Portal to stay current with our business needs.

Office of Economic Opportunity
1450 NE 2nd Avenue, Suite 428
Miami, FL 33132

Web: http://oeo.dadeschools.net/
Email: oeo@dadeschools.net
Phone: 305-995-1307
Fax: 305-523-0739

Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program

The Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program was created to provide financial and technical assistance to qualified for-profit small businesses that are approved for funding. This program has allowed small owned and operated businesses the opportunity to interact with local government under favorable conditions, and this relationship will ultimately bridge the gap between the two entities.
Mom and Pop Grants are administered in collaboration with your Miami-Dade County Commissioner’s Office. For an application please contact Neighbors and Neighbors Association at 305-756-0605 or your respective commissioner’s office. Some commissioners provide additional information about the program on their websites.

South Florida Minority Supplier Development Council

The SFMSDC was founded in 1975 by the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Miami Progress Foundation for the purpose of fostering the development of minority-owned businesses throughout South Florida. Central to our mission is the principle that networks and relationships among and between minority businesses and Corporate and Government buyers build businesses. The Council’s main function is to register and certify minority-owned businesses. The process ensures that these businesses are 51% minority-owned and operated in accordance with the guidelines set by the National Minority Supplier Development Council.

9499 N.E. 2nd Ave. #201
Miami, FL 33138

Web: http://www.sfmsdc.org/
Phone: (305) 762-6151
Fax: (305) 762-6158

US Department of Commerce - Minority Business Development Agency

Forty years ago the United States Congress passes a resolution that charged the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) with the US Department of Commerce, with the responsibility to provide managerial and technical assistance services to small businesses that were owned by ethnic and disadvantage minority individuals.
Empowered with this responsibility, the MBDA launched a nationwide network of Minority Business Enterprise Centers (MBEC), strategically located in the larger minority communities nationwide. The MBEC’s are operated by for-profit or non-profit enterprises that are selected and funded every 2-3 years through a nationwide competitive bidding process.
The Miami/Ft. Lauderdale MBEC is operated by M. Gill & Associates, Inc.

4770 Biscayne Blvd. Suite 1050
Miami, Florida 33137
(305) 576-7888

Web: http://mgillonline.com/
Email: jorge@miamimbdacenter.com

CareerSource South Florida

CareerSource South Florida is responsible for initiating state and federally funded workforce development programs in Miami-Dade and Monroe counties. We assist employers and job seekers with employment services, labor market information, and provide training for economically disadvantaged adults, youth, dislocated workers, individuals transitioning from welfare to work, and refugees. While promoting the advancement of underutilized workers, the CareerSource South Florida stimulates the labor market by implementing policies such as business incentives, and provides valuable resources to South Florida’s diverse community. All CareerSource South Florida services and resources are available to everyone at no cost through a network of centers located throughout the Region.

CareerSource South Florida
7300 Corporate Center Drive, Suite 500
Miami, FL 33126-1234

Telephone:  (305) 594-7615
Web: http://www.careersourcesfl.com/

Small Business Development

Small Business Development (SBD) is responsible for monitoring awarded contracts for compliance with the Community Small Business Enterprise (CSBE), Community Business Enterprise (CBE), and the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) programs. The small business certification unit processes all applications for certification and re-certification for these programs.

Construction, Architectural and Engineering and Procurement Projects are subject to review and all such projects may be considered for bidding from contractors as posted.

Small Business Certification Programs
Miami-Dade County’s Small Business Enterprise Certification programs were created for any business entity providing goods and services which has an actual place of business in Miami-Dade County and whose three year average gross revenues do not exceed $5 million.

Procurement
Electronic Bidding

All competitive solicitations for goods and services are issued through the BidSync Electronic Bidding System. There is NO CHARGE TO VENDORS for use of this service. You will be able to view and submit your bid/proposal responses electronically through the BidSync system. Paper proposals are no longer accepted for solicitations issued/advertised after this date.
If you need additional assistance regarding the BidSync registration and training process as a Miami-Dade County vendor, please contact the BidSync support team at 1-800-990-9339. Should you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Adil Khan at 305-375-1436 or Janice Bandhu at 305-375-5317.

Water & Sewer Department (WASD)

The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department is committed to serving the needs of Miami-Dade County residents, businesses, and visitors by providing high-quality drinking water and wastewater disposal services while providing for future economic growth via progressive planning; implementing water conservation measures; safeguarding public health and the environment; and providing for continuous process improvements and cost efficiencies.
Every day, the Water & Sewer Department manages the flow and treatment of hundreds of millions of gallons of water. Learn about the work done to ensure the safety of your drinking water and much more.

Miami-Dade Water & Sewer Department
3071 SW 38th Avenue
Miami, Florida 33146
Director:  Lester Sola

Web: http://www.miamidade.gov/water/

Internal Services Department

Neighbors and Neighbors Association (NANA)

Neighbors and Neighbors Association (NANA), a non-profit organization, was founded in 1995 to establish a cooperative working relationship among small grocery stores. NANA is a 2011 HFFI grantee.

180 NW 62nd St.
Miami, FL 33150

http://www.nanafl.org/

PARTNERS FOR SELP EMPLOYMENT

Partners for Self Employment is responsible for aiding individuals and businesses that would otherwise be unable to qualify for a traditional loan.
To ensure responsible giving, accountability and repayment of loans, PSE established peer-lending groups and requires clients to complete financial and entrepreneurial training programs as a means to qualify for specific loans. Training has made PSE truly unique. Education has been and remains the driving force behind each loan. This acquired knowledge serves as a guarantee that the loans are spent conscientiously.
Since opening its doors, PSE has provided invaluable training, access to credit, financial counseling, savings programs for future homeowners, peer support to small businesses, as well as loans to more than 8,000 clients in Miami-Dade and South Broward Counties. 95% of our clients maintain a part-time home-based business, which provides additional income – averaging $10,000.00 per year.

3000 Biscayne Blvd # 102, Miami, FL 33137
(305) 438-1407
http://www.partnersforselfemployment.org/