(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- In March 2003, County Commissioner Dennis C. Moss announced that he was making available $150,000 for small business owners from five under-developed areas in his south Miami-Dade district who apply and are selected for the District 9 "Mom and Pop" Small Business Grant Program. Four months and 333 applications later, 25 applicants from those areas - Goulds, West Perrine, Richmond Heights, South Miami Heights and Naranja - saw that promise become a reality when they found out they would receive grants from the program.
The Program's five-member selection committee, comprised of four South Dade bank vice presidents and an economic development agency representative, chose the following qualified applicants to receive grants of no more than $10,000 each:
- In Perrine, Integrity Janitorial Service, $5,000; Levi Moss L.L. Barbershop, $8,000; A&B Lawn Sevice, $8,000; E-Z Tax Preparation & Small Business, $5,000; Henry's Dry Cleaning and Laundry, $8,000; and Lee's Grocery, $5,000.
- In Richmond Heights: Richmond-Perrine Realty, Inc., $8,000; Kids Co Child Care Center, $2,500; Donna Jackson Family Day Care, $2,500; His Loving Hands Christian Academy, $8,000; Deloris Florist and Gift Shop, $8,000; TLO Productions, Inc., $7,000; E.B. Grands, $3,000; and Richmond Heights Townhouse Developers, $8,000.
- In Naranja: Yeung Ming Chinese Restaurant, $5,000; Hopkins Landscaping, $5,000; Dalton Marine Supply, $5,000; and Charles Bus Service, $8,000.
- In South Miami Heights: T-Solutions, $8,000; Clara's Cerezo Family Childcare, $7,000; and Comfort Zone Air Conditioning, $5,000.
- And in Goulds: Archie Smith, $7,000; 21 Century Natural Foods, $6,500; Andrea Bus Service, $5,000; and Jenine Swain Family Day Care, $2,500.
"The grants provided to these mom and pop businesses will help them obtain the resources and equipment they need to continue providing much-needed services to these underprivileged South Dade areas," said Commissioner Moss.