Business Frequently Asked Questions
- How can I do business with Miami-Dade County?
- How do I start my own business?
- Where can I find information on starting a small business?
- Where can I find local grants and financial assistance for small businesses?
- Where can I find federal grants and financial assistance for small businesses?
- What does the Mom and Pop Grant Program do?
- What do I need to know about my tax responsibilities?
How can I do business with Miami-Dade County?
If you would like to do business with Miami-Dade County, you may register and look for solicitations online with the Internal Services Department's Procurement Management Services Division.
Miami-Dade County's Small Business Development Division works to increase the participation of small businesses on County contracts.
How do I start my own business?
Below you will find procedural resources to assist you with the process of starting both your own non-for-profit business and for-profit business.
Additional not-for-profit resources may be found on the Tools for Nonprofits web page.
Where can I find information on starting a small business?
Starting a business is a complex and time-consuming endeavor. Thankfully there are state, federal and local resources to help entrepreneurs get up and running. The following resources from the Office of Management and Budget Grants Coordination Division, the Small Business Administration, and other entities will help you network with potential business partners apply for grants and loans, obtain tax information, become a registered vendor or a certified business and more.
The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center located in Miami, Florida is operated by the M. Gill and Associates, Inc. The center is part of a national network of funded centers located in major cities throughout the United States. The center works with minority business enterprises to generate increased financing and contract opportunities and to create and retain jobs.
The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) is an advocacy and advisory office responsible for promoting the use of small, small disadvantaged, 8(a), women-owned, veteran-owned, service-disabled veteran-owned, and HUBZone small businesses within the U.S. Department of Commerce's (DOC) acquisition process.
Similarly, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has its own Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) which provides resources and post contracting opportunities for both small businesses and large business. This website also provides users the opportunity to subscribe to HUD's contracting opportunities email notification list.
The Florida Resource Directory is a one-stop source for learning about the latest state and federal programs and resources for local communities.
Additional online resources for small business owners are:
- Count Me In For Women's Economic Independence
- Miami-Dade County Women's Chamber of Commerce
- Business Insurance: An Informative Guide to Small Business
- Federal Small Business Administration Information on Minority-owned and Women-owned Businesses
Where can I find local grants and financial assistance for small businesses?
The following Miami-Dade County programs offers grant funding opportunities to small businesses in Miami-Dade County.
The Miami-Dade County Department of Public Housing and Community Development also offers several loan programs and financial assistance programs for starting new or expanding existing small businesses.
Miami-Dade County's Regulatory and Economic Resources Department's Small Business Development Division is aimed at providing contracting opportunities to small firms. This program incorporates two business sectors, micro enterprise and small business.
Where can I find federal grants and financial assistance for small businesses?
Federal business/contracting opportunities, financial assistance and loan programs, as well as a vast array of information and support services, can be found on the U.S. Small Business Administration (in Spanish and English) and the FedBizOpps.gov websites. The Small Business Administration (SBA) offers a wealth of useful information on their website for those interested in starting a business and accessing information on establishing a business plan, as well as obtaining capital funding.
- U.S. Small Business Administration en Espanol
- Information for Venture Capital Startups
- All federal opportunities are posted on Grants.gov.
Federal funding and contracting opportunities for minority-owned small businesses can be found on these websites.
The U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency has a section on financing that may be helpful.
What does the Mom and Pop Grant Program do?
The Miami-Dade County Mom and Pop Small Business Grant Program provide financial and technical assistance to qualified for-profit small businesses that are approved for funding. It is administered in collaboration with your Miami-Dade County Commissioner's Office. The grant application cycle varies across commission districts but is generally announced between December and February of each year. 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.
What do I need to know about my tax responsibilities?
As a new business owner you will need to understand your federal tax responsibilities. To learn more about federal tax responsibilities, visit the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
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